HortSource Blog

Fair and Sustainable Produce Prices – The Book

I am sitting here at my keyboard, just like last year, and the year before, writing a blog entry. It is spring in New Zealand. The evergreen Azaleas are coming to the end of their flowering cycle, the first columbines Read More

Apples Need To Be Picked To Earn Export Dollars

It is not easy being Minister of Immigration. Particularly in Covid times. New Zealand is a very attractive destination for people from around the world at the best of times; for tourists, as well as people intent to build a Read More

North Korea – The Next Global Banana Merchant?

Global warming is causing all sorts of rethinks. The English county of Kent these days has a burgeoning wine industry. There wasn’t a wine maker in sight in my days in London in the seventies. Wine culture at the time Read More

The New Normal is Different Today

The photo on this page was taken a year after the big Christchurch earthquake. It represented an inner Christchurch suburb community attempt to cope with the ‘new normal’ the city had been presented with by these devastating earthquakes. Once collapsed Read More

COVID and All That

The Auckland Lockdown reverts from Level 3 to something the Prime Minister refers to as Level 2.5. The rest of the country remains at Level 2. Back to normal again. Or is it? Of course, some things will feel perfectly Read More