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1 September, 2015

Extra $2.6m support for storm-affected regions

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye have announced an extra $2.6 million of Government support for communities worst affected by the severe storm in June.

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23 August, 2015

Increased focus on rural depression

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have today announced increased training for rural health professionals and community leaders to tackle depression in rural communities.

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19 August, 2015

Dairy diversification opportunities in SE Asia

Growing consumer demand in South East Asia offers plenty of opportunity for the New Zealand dairy industry to increase its exports of consumer-ready products into the region, a new report shows.

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19 August, 2015

Speech to the Seafood New Zealand 2015 conference

Thank you for the invitation to open the 2015 New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference. Your industry is vital to the economy, especially regional economies, directly providing 8000 jobs and earning more than $1.5 billion in export revenue each year.

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14 August, 2015

Central Plains Water irrigation scheme opens in Canterbury

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the official opening of Stage 1 of the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme in Canterbury today, which has the potential to create more than $1 billion in new economic activity.

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14 August, 2015

Support extended for drought-affected South Island

Support for the drought-affected eastern South Island has been extended with an extra $100,000 for Rural Support Trusts and the medium scale event officially extended to February next year, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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13 August, 2015

Independent dairy processors collecting more milk

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today certified that in the 2014/15 season independent dairy processors collected 22 percent of all milksolids in the South Island.

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5 August, 2015

Tougher biosecurity measures at airports welcomed

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a new package of biosecurity measures to be implemented at international airports, including more detector dogs and new x-ray machines, as a result of $27 million in new funding in Budget 2015.

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5 August, 2015

Speech to Pipfruit NZ Annual Conference

It’s an exciting time for your industry which is having a really strong year.

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4 August, 2015

More hands-on support for rural communities

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy say around 100 more people will be trained to help farming families across the country access the support they need.

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31 July, 2015

Report reveals Manawatu-Whanganui opportunities

The Manawatu-Whanganui region has strong growth potential and could become a much more prosperous region if new investment can be attracted into a number of significant opportunities, a new report on the region has found.

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28 July, 2015

Speech to Horticulture New Zealand Conference Award Dinner

It is a pleasure to join you this evening in recognising excellence and future leaders of the horticulture industry.

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23 July, 2015

New Māori aquaculture agreements signed

New regional agreements for Māori commercial aquaculture have been signed by Government Ministers today, including Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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13 July, 2015

New moves to tighten swamp kauri management

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a range of new operational changes announced today to improve the transparency, clarity and enforcement of rules around swamp kauri.

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9 July, 2015

$7.3m for agricultural research partnership

The Government will invest $7.3 million over five years in an agricultural research partnership to improve pasture grasses and lift the performance of livestock farming, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

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7 July, 2015

Rural Assistance Payments for struggling farmers

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy say lower North Island farmers struggling as a result of recent flooding are now able to access Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs).

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6 July, 2015

New Zealand steps up support for international shark conservation

New Zealand has boosted the protection of sharks by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks.

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6 July, 2015

Improvements sought for forestry scheme

A review to increase uptake for the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative is underway and the government is seeking feedback from industry on the proposed changes, says Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew.

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2 July, 2015

Speech to Federated Farmers 2015 Annual Conference

Good morning and thank you all for the opportunity to speak to your annual conference here this morning.

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1 July, 2015

$8.8m in erosion grants awarded

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced $8.8 million in funding grants over four years to help councils tackle hill country erosion.

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23 June, 2015

Medium-scale adverse event declared for primary sector in lower North Island

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event for the primary sector.

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17 June, 2015

Forestry standard part of Govt’s plan to simplify RMA

A new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry to simplify and standardise Resource Management Act requirements was proposed today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew at Paengaroa Forest in the Bay of Plenty.

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16 June, 2015

New Marine protected areas for West Coast

Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) have been announced for the West Coast today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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14 June, 2015

Fieldays 2015 another big success

This year’s Fieldays has been another major success and shows the resilience of the primary sector, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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11 June, 2015

Greenhouse gas study tour winners announced

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced the two winners of the 2015 Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) - World Farmer Organisation Study Tour in Argentina later this year.

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11 June, 2015

Farmer Wellness Big Breakfast – Fieldays speech

We know there are plenty of challenges this year, as there always is with farming. Fickle weather and Global commodity fluctuations, to name just a few. These are all a part of farming life. This National Government backs rural communities and this can be easily demonstrated by the recent Budget.

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11 June, 2015

$500,000 boost to help rural mental health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced a $500,000 funding boost to support mental health initiatives targeted at rural communities.

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10 June, 2015

Ministers welcome KPMG Agribusiness Agenda

Primary Industries Ministers Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew have welcomed the annual KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, which shows strong industry support for the Government priorities of strengthening biosecurity and adding value to exports.

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9 June, 2015

Opportunities for greater New Zealand-European Union agricultural partnerships

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says his visit to Europe over the last 10 days successfully highlighted opportunities for more agricultural partnerships between producers in the European Union and New Zealand.

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