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A2 milk gains Chinese approval

Approval has been given by Chinese regulators for an Auckland-based a2 milk company to resume exports there.

a2 was one of the New Zealand manufacturer and exporter of infant formula, not given initial approval, after China introduced new import rules.

The company's product will be imported by its distributor, China State Farm Shanghai.

Dunsandel-based Synlait Milk, which is building a new powder canning plant south of Christchurch, is also seeking the same approval.

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‘We must diversify from dairy’- Greens

The Green Party is focused on diversifying from dairy farming.
Russel Norman’s proposed a billion-dollar boost to research and development, as part of a push to diversify from dairy.

The project is backed by Professor Shaun Hendy of the McDiarmid Institute, who says no other developed nation is as reliant on a single product as we are.

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Federated Farmers predict lower milk payout

Federated Farmers are predicting Fonterra’s benchmark forecast milk payout of $7 to decrease following this week’s GlobalDairyTrade price drop.

Federated Farmers Dairy Chair Andrew Hoggard says the drop is to be expected with strong milk production seasons worldwide.
Andrew Hoggard believes Fonterra’s payout will end up at $6 to $6.25 per kilogram of milk solids.
Federated Farmers is advising farmers to be conservative with their money, and prioritise productive investment.

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Red meat exports on a high

Beef and Lamb New Zealand have reported a lift in meat export returns.
Lamb, mutton and beef prices have all risen in the first nine months of the export season.

The value of lamb shipments rose by 10 percent to top $2 billion, despite a 3.6 percent drop in product volume after recent droughts.

Beef export returns increased by almost six percent, to $1.85 billion; but the biggest shift was in mutton exports rising 17 percent.

The value of mutton exports over that nine month period grew by 32 percent to $430 million.
Later in the show we talk to Federated Farmers meat and fibre chair, Rick Powdrell for more on these figures and the future of the red meat industry.


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Federated Farmers slams Green Party

Federated Farmers has slammed the Green Party for its stance on water quality issues.
Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson Ian McKenzie says the Green Party’s policy intent shows a lack of integrity and has a double standard for urban and rural waterways.
The Greens claim the new National Policy Statement of Freshwater is too soft and under their policy freshwater rules would be stricter for rural areas, however urban areas would have a separate set of rules.
Ian McKenzie says their proposed policy is flawed and has been constructed to get maximum votes rather than protect the environment.

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Hawke’s Bay Council withdraws Ruataniwha investment

Another potential investor has decided against putting money into Hawke’s Bay controversial Ruataniwha water storage scheme.
The Central Hawkes Bay District Council announced on Friday the council will not being investing in the scheme after an overwhelming opposition from residents.

For the council to invest it would have had to borrow five million dollars.
The proposed Ruataniwha dam would be the largest irrigation dam built in New Zealand, holding more than 90 million tonnes of water.

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National Country Music Awards 2014

National Country Music Awards 2014

Founders Theatre Hamilton  (Hamilton)

Kiwi Pro-Am presents the 2014 National Country Music Awards at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on Saturday 16 August.
Featuring some of New Zealand’s brightest country music stars in annual star-studded red carpet awards and show night, this year’s special guests include The Howie Morrison Trio, Pat & Brendan Dugan, Leslie Nia Nia, Kylie Austin and Australia’s Morgan Evans (who toured with Taylor Swift!).
Also performing is the 2014 Horizon Award nominees Cameron Luxton, Sarah Conlan and Daniel Cosgrove, as well as 2013 Horizon winner Cameron Scott.
Howie Morrison Trio
Featuring Howie Morrison Jnr, Russell Harrison and Chris Powley the HMT take their audiences down memory lane with a mix of nostalgic toe-tapping, sing-along tunes that were made famous by the Howard Morrison Quartet.
Morgan Evans
Singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is one of the hottest young performers in Australian country. He has just released his self-titled debut album and has toured with international superstars like Taylor Swift and Alan Jackson - playing to over 50,000 people in Nashville at the world’s biggest country music festival. In 2013, Morgan was awarded the New Oz Artist of the Year award at the CMC Music Awards. His music is driven by an optimism shaped by life’s bumpy journey, a faith in the power of love and hard work to overcome the obstacles we all face every day.

Pat & Brendan Dugan
Known as ‘The Godfather of Country Music’, Pat Dugan first sang at the Christchurch Civic Theatre at the age of 10 and now at over 80 years of age he still has a strong and wonderful voice. In 1990 he was awarded a QSM for his services to country music. Apart from singing and teaching music, Pat also won the New Zealand finals for Atlantic Plough Competition and joined his father in trotting horse breeding industry. Asked if he would like to pass any tips to others, he replied, "A smile costs nothing but makes a lot of people happy”. In 2012 Pat & his son Brendan Dugan were inducted into the Hands of Fame at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards.

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