We Need You! Waikato Food Inc launches campaign to get people vaccinated

The hospitality industry has been hit hard by Covid 19 and the government will only stop lockdowns  when over 90% of the New Zealand population is vaccinated. The Waikato Food Inc board wants to do all it can to help the industry and believes one of the best ways to do that is to help […]

Rock is dead? Scientists, iwi investigate bringing back rock oyster industry

NIWA scientists and the Northland-based Kahukuraariki Trust Board are investigating whether Aotearoa New Zealand’s long defunct rock oyster industry can be revived by using modern aquaculture practices could be used to farm rock oysters and turn them into a viable industry. Trust general manager Geraldine Baker said that the iwi’s strong relationship with the marine […]

October’s NZ Cheese Month encourages Kiwis to try a new cheese

Kiwis are being encouraged to try a new cheese this month to celebrate New Zealand Cheese Month. A regular event on the country’s food calendar, New Zealand Cheese Month is an initiative created and organised by the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association, to draw attention to the value of the local cheese industry. NZ Cheese […]

Grand plans for Cathedral Square announced

Before the 2010 earthquakes, Cathedral Square was the hub of Christchurch. Now, an ambitious crowd-funded project is set to make the Square once again a place for the people. Christchurch businessman Darin Rainbird has launched a PledgeMe campaign to support his plan to convert the restored 140-year-old former Chief Post Office in Cathedral Square, (estd. […]

‘Help for Hospo’ initiative targets workers in need

A new initiative called ‘Help for Hospo’ will provide direct and additional support to hospitality workers who need immediate financial help, beyond the wage subsidy or other means. The initiative will distribute donated funds to those who work within the industry and need extra support to make ends meet.  The fund was created by Blair […]

Has COVID-19 changed our shopping habits forever?

COVID-19 is having a significant impact in supermarket aisles around Aotearoa, new research by United Fresh shows. Empty shelves, food shortages, masks and socially distanced queues make the weekly shop seem like a sci-fi dystopia compared to the care free days of the ‘old normal’ before the pandemic. In 2019, less than 10 percent of […]

Blue Royal: Aotearoa’s biggest, tastiest blueberry set to reign the summer fruit market

Summer entertaining just got juicier with the launch of Blue Royal, a new premium brand offering high quality super-sized and super-tasty locally grown blueberries to New Zealanders for the first time. Sourced from the world-renowned Mountain Blue Orchards in Australia, Blue Royal blueberries have been cultivated to produce berries which grow bigger, have more flavour, […]