Vegetable capital of NZ

LETTER

Pukekohe has been Auckland’s vegetable source for many years and with rapid growth out that way, it won’t be long until all the land is taken for housing growth.

The growers up there are very concerned about the loss of fertile land being gobbled up for section development, but in saying that the almighty dollar will win in the end and they will take the money and a well-deserved break.

We are very lucky in Gisborne to have people who can take the initiative and have the foresight to make us No.1 in food production.

We have very productive land, field workers who are very capable, and have the will to make Gisborne “grow”.

What we do need is a rail service and a Mayor who can dictate to the Government that this stupid rail charade has gone on long enough.

Gisborne will grow, but the powers-that-be need to get off their butts and stop blaspheming.

Someone has got to supply Auckland, why not us? Our fruit can go there as well, or perhaps we should just do what we have done year after year and throw all prosperity ideas in the too-hard bin.

We have companies in Gisborne that are action-oriented and all go, but we also have people who are only worried about whether an electric bike should ride on the footpath, road or a cycleway. I suppose they have to say something or they will get lockjaw.

Ray Hill

Pukekohe has been Auckland’s vegetable source for many years and with rapid growth out that way, it won’t be long until all the land is taken for housing growth.

The growers up there are very concerned about the loss of fertile land being gobbled up for section development, but in saying that the almighty dollar will win in the end and they will take the money and a well-deserved break.

We are very lucky in Gisborne to have people who can take the initiative and have the foresight to make us No.1 in food production.

We have very productive land, field workers who are very capable, and have the will to make Gisborne “grow”.

What we do need is a rail service and a Mayor who can dictate to the Government that this stupid rail charade has gone on long enough.

Gisborne will grow, but the powers-that-be need to get off their butts and stop blaspheming.

Someone has got to supply Auckland, why not us? Our fruit can go there as well, or perhaps we should just do what we have done year after year and throw all prosperity ideas in the too-hard bin.

We have companies in Gisborne that are action-oriented and all go, but we also have people who are only worried about whether an electric bike should ride on the footpath, road or a cycleway. I suppose they have to say something or they will get lockjaw.

Ray Hill

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Pat McGuinness - 1 month ago
It does my heart good to hear from someone with real insight into what can be achieved in this "breadbasket" area of New Zealand. The whole Coast could be far more productive than it is currently. I think people have become dispirited and tired. We need a crank up. Go Mr Hill with your vision!

Mathew - 1 month ago
Gisborne is a great area for the growth industry of horticulture. We are also fortunate that we have excellent road transport services to the major population centres which are all to the north.
While rail may have been the only method of rapidly servicing the nation's markets before modern road infrastructure, there are some significant downsides. Each time a pallet of product is handled it is at risk of damage and reduction of time in a temperature-controlled environment.
Rail also suffers from a risk that a bio security incursion along the route may then result in additional costs to producers to pest-proof produce, or in some cases would restrict the export markets the produce can be sent to. An option for road transport is also to take a different route.
For many of the export crops, road transport is the method of choice even when cost-effective rail options are available.
The invisible hand of market forces is motivated by more than just lowest cost.
For Gisborne to continue to expand in the horticulture sector there needs to be suitable water and soils to create sustainable increases in production and processing. Through the recent Freshwater Management Plan, the MAR trial and other initiatives, the prospects for Gisborne to continue to be a growth area for growing are good.

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