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Tauranga News: Friday 19 November 2010

$50 Million support package for kiwifruit growers
Zespri says kiwifruit growers having to aggressively vine prune stand to lose over a year's worth of production. A $50 million dollar support package has just been put forward to growers - the worst affected gold orchardists will receive up to $95-thousand. Head of Global Technical Innovation, David Tanner says as part of the plan growers need to manage the spread NOW through copper spraying and eradication. He says those showing worst symptoms unfortunately are facing a loss.There's been a mixed response from kiwifruit growers over a $50 million support package between Zespri and the Government.

Te Puke grower, John Jensen says it's about looking forwards to the future. He says it's still an uncertain time. But other growers are calling the Government's contribution a "drop in the bucket". Mike Anderson, who manages an orchard in Te Puke says the package is skewed too much towards compensating gold growers. He says as a green variety grower, he'll be more out of pocket. Growers must decide by tonight whether to implement the package.

Hot Sticky weekend ahead
Temperatures are taking a jump in the next couple of nights. Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says it's going to be hot and muggy - a sign we're definitely heading into summer. He says some residents might find it hard to sleep Saturday night, with no wind and temperatures hanging around the 17 degree mark.

Everyone loves a free ride
Passenger records aboard free buses in the region continue to break records. More than 7000 chose to travel on Tauranga's Bayhopper for free last Saturday. Bay of Plenty Regional Council says free Saturdays in November is proving hugely successful and has already received great positive feedback.

Posted: Fri 19 Nov 2010

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