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Dairy farmers meet
Franklin dairy farmers will join their
counterparts around the country to
make sure politicians are aware of
what they see as legislative
requirements that undermine the
viability of Fonterra.
They ll get the chance to hear it from
the horse s mouth next Monday when
Agriculture Minister David Carter and
a Fonterra director front up at a public
meeting in the Pukekohe Town Hall
The meeting s been arranged by
Hunua MP Paul Hutchison who says
there ll will be ample time for farmers
to ask questions.
Under the Dairy Industry Re-
structuring Act, Fonterra is required
to supply up to 5 percent of its pro-
duction to competitors in order to
ensure a monopoly does not eventuate.
Companies such as Tatua and West
Coast that have been in existence for
many years are felt to have had a
windfall at the expense of Fonterra
shareholders, Dr Hutchison says.
And start-up companies that are
largely foreign-owned receive up to 50
million litres of milk per year which is
exported overseas in competition with
Many believe that New Zealand s
main thrust should be in ensuring that
we are able to compete successfully
internationally and not be undercut by
other New Zealand companies,
subsidised through Fonterra, Dr
Given that Fonterra is New
Zealand s largest exporting company
by far and is crucial to the New Zea-
land economy, it is vital that the revis-
ion of the legislation serves the best
interests of New Zealand and our
Monday s meeting starts at 7.30pm.
We asked and you all responded
Project Surf -- a fundraiser for
Surf Life Saving New Zealand -- has
helped raise $70,000.
The money came through
donations to the Mad Butcher and
Suburban Newspapers Community
Trust as well as cash collected dur-
ing the 2011 Coca Cola Christmas
in the Park event.
The trust was set up in 1998 and
has given away over $500,000 in the
past year to organisations including
Diabetes Auckland, Allergy New
Zealand and Plunket.
One of its biggest campaigns,
Operation Heal, raised $230,000 for
the purchase of a high-tech operat-
ing microscope at the National
Burns Unit in 2010 and a similar
amount was given to the Prime
Minister s Fund set up after the
Much of the money was generated
by readers of the Suburban
Newspapers group -- publisher of
the Papakura Courier.
It is therefore important for our
audience to know that every cent
contributed goes to the cause we are
supporting, general manager and
trust chairman David Penny says.
The trust s activities are very
much part of a community team
effort and so I want to say thank
you to all of our readers for their
ongoing support -- without you none
of this would be possible.
The trust is now finalising plans
for its next big fundraiser and is
expected to announce plans soon.
Concern grows over
kiwifruit crop killer
By MELISSA KINEALY
Damaged: Psa-V on the outside of the plant has geometric shapes and a yellow halo around each spot.
Photo: KIWIFRUIT VINE HEALTH
Go to www.papakuracourier.co.nz
and click on Latest Edition to see
growers talking about the disease.
SOUTH Auckland kiwifruit growers
need public help to stop a killer dis-
Kiwifruit growers in south Auck-
land and Franklin are concerned
about the discovery in their region
late last year of Psa-V -- a bacterial
disease that kills kiwifruit vines.
Five orchards in the Waiuku-
Pukekohe region have tested posi-
tive for the disease. It was the first
confirmed appearance of the disease
outside the Bay of Plenty.
Longtime grower Tim Reynolds is
part of a family business with
orchards in Pukekohe and Tuakau
which are so far clear of the disease.
He says they ve come a long way
in the past 12 months with the
knowledge they have about the dis-
Preventing it from spreading
means taking a fresh approach to
running the business and a con-
siderable change to management
procedures, he says.
There are now quarantine
procedures in place, staff wear clean
clothing every day, footwear is dis-
infected and staff don t travel
between orchards on the same day.
If we are moving equipment from
one orchard to another equipment it
is washed down and sprayed with
disinfectant, Mr Reynolds says.
We know things will never be the
same. We will have to be more vig-
ilant from here on in and there s a
nervousness around contracting
machinery and pickers coming from
Bay of Plenty.
We really do have to treat the
matter as though we do have the
There are about 130 orchards in
the wider Auckland region with
around 550 hectares in productive
Most of the registered orchards
are in the wider south Auckland
region, concentrated around
Ardmore, Pukekohe, Waiuku and
Symptoms of Psa-V can include
distinctive geometric spots that
appear between the leaf veins and
are surrounded by a yellow halo.
There may be dieback of shoots
for no apparent reason on an other-
wise healthy-looking plant and once
the disease has entered the plant
there may be a white or rusty-
brown pus-like ooze.
All kiwifruit plant material,
vehicles and other hard surfaces
have the potential to carry the dis-
ease, which affects the green and
gold kiwifruit varieties.
The bacteria can survive for
weeks on leaves and other plant
material so they pose a very high
Orchards are being monitored
closely for signs of the disease and
many samples have been tested.
The disease can enter the plant
through cuts or wounds to the
leaves or vines.
Once it has become established in
an area it can spread rapidly with
wet windy weather so early detec-
tion is vital.
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Help growers stop the spread of PSA
Kiwifruit growers need your help to
keep their orchards free of PSA
disease for as long as possible.
That means there are some
important steps to follow if you are
planning to visit a kiwifruit orch-
Always contact the owner for per-
mission to enter any orchard before
Stay on the main hard track and
only use designated parking areas.
Before you leave the orchard,
wash your footwear and check your
car -- especially the wheels -- and
remove any plant debris.
Never take any kiwifruit plants
home with you.
Check all kiwifruit vines in your
garden and if you find anything sus-
picious report it to the Auckland
Regional Psa Committee by email-
If you know of an abandoned orch-
ard report it to Kiwifruit Vine
Health by phoning 0800-665-825 or
email email@example.com. Give details
about the location of the orchard
and your contact details.
Report any wild kiwifruit plants to
the Auckland Council by phoning
301-0101 or email biosecurity@
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