27 Jul 2020

Midday Rural News for 27 July 2020

From Rural News, 12:35 pm on 27 July 2020

Orchardists are being urged to take heed after a man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for human trafficking and slavery. The case relates to Joseph Matamata who brought Samoan nationals to the country to work on Hawkes Bay orchards. 

Farmer confidence slumps to its lowest level in more than a decade. 

And work on a new red kiwifruit variety delayed by a year because of Covid-19.


The first person be convicted of both human trafficking and slavery in New Zealand is being sentenced in the High Court in Napier today.