27 June 2019

Craigmore Permanent Crop Limited Partnership has approval to buy 137 hectares of Kerikeri land to plant a kiwifruit orchard. The land is currently a dairy farm.

About $9 million will be invested to develop the kiwifruit orchard, including earthworks, orchard buildings, accommodation, vine structures, shelter, kiwifruit plants and irrigation.

By 2027, as the orchard production develops, about 33 direct seasonal full-time equivalent jobs will be created. Increased exports worth $7 million a year will result by the ninth year of the investment.

The company is a limited partnership established as a horticulture investment vehicle and is part of the wider Craigmore Farming Group.

Other benefits of the Kerikeri investment are conservation initiatives such as planting beside waterways, establishing wind shelters, controlling pests to protect kiwi and other native wildlife, and carrying out an ecological survey to identify any further action necessary. A 4.3-hectare covenanted area of native vegetation will continue to be protected.

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage and Associate Finance Minister David Clark approved the application in May.

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