12 Oct

Medals put Waipara on world olive-oil map

by Tim Cronshaw, Waipara has established itself as an olive-growing district, after groves there won three gold medals at the Olives New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards in Wellington. Among the gold-medal oils were a leccino, frantoio and barnea- Bevian blend and another Bevian blend from seven varieties by Olive Agencies New Zealand owners […]

12 Oct

Plenty of uses for the ‘good oil’

By Ellen Vaz, Cudal olive growers Ross and Trish Bragg make the most of their product around the house, and not just in cooking. Their award-winning Paling Yards extra virgin olive oil comes in handy for a variety of things. “We use it for absolutely everything. We even use the oil from the bottom of […]

10 Oct

2006 Olives New Zealand National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards

The record number of entries in this, the sixth year of the Olives New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards reflects the expansion of the industry. The entries also reflect the outstanding quality of extra virgin olive oils produced in this country. Another record was set, this by Matapiro Olives of Hawke’s Bay who for […]

10 Oct

Tamar Valley business threatens class action over pulp mill

A Tamar Valley olive business has warned it will seek compensation or a class action if it is damaged by air pollution from Gunns’ proposed pulp mill. Peter and Diane Henning from Lentara Olives say they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and seven years establishing their high quality virgin olive oil business at […]

04 Oct

Pollen from feral olives can cause ‘severe respiratory problems’

The expansion of olive production across the country could be leading to human health problems. The Cooperative Research Centre for Australian Weed Management says leaving fruit on trees after harvesting is causing feral olives to spread outside the grove. Chief executive Rachel McFadyen says the pollen from feral olives can cause severe respiratory problems. “Olive […]