Kiwis for the picking

Harvest gets into full swing with first shipment headed for Japan.

Harvest gets into full swing with first shipment headed for Japan.

KIWIS FOR THE PICKING: These workers were pictured yesterday in the College Vineyard in Tucker Road at Makauri. From left are Sione Tupa, Mataanga Foki, Arco Macgillivray and Lepolo Halauafu. Picture by Liam Clayton
KIWIS UNDERWAY: The annual kiwifruit harvest has got underway this week with the first shipment of the season over the side of the Gisborne wharf bound for Japan. Fruit size looks excellent and the season if off to a promising start according to Bill Thorpe from NZ Fruits. Mosese Taufa(left) and John Macpherson were pictured hard at it in the College Vineyard in Tucker Road, along with Mata Foki(left), Latu Vea and Ani Faliauli. Bruce Van Dorp was right in the action too. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Mele Fonohema and Shannelle Collins.

IT'S all smiles under the vines as the kiwifruit harvest gets under way around the district.

“The crop maturity has been variable and slow in coming on,” said chairman of New Zealand Fruits Bill Thorpe.

“At this stage the crop looks promising, with excellent size a feature, and we are loading the first kiwifruit shipment for the season out of Eastland Port, bound for Japan.”

IT'S all smiles under the vines as the kiwifruit harvest gets under way around the district.

“The crop maturity has been variable and slow in coming on,” said chairman of New Zealand Fruits Bill Thorpe.

“At this stage the crop looks promising, with excellent size a feature, and we are loading the first kiwifruit shipment for the season out of Eastland Port, bound for Japan.”

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