Pattrick Smellie

A nine-year exercise in experimental consensus-building among habitual combatants, the Land and Water Forum, is putting itself "into abeyance" and calling for the creation of a new government agency, a Land and Water Commission, to "provide national direction and oversight" it says is required to bring urgency to cleaning up New Zealand's freshwater bodies. Pattrick Smellie reports.

Fonterra Cooperative Group wants more information from its Chinese partner Beingmate Baby & Child Food amid reports the infant formula firm didn't make sure product sourced from another supplier met its licensing conditions.

Nelson-based aquaculture firm New Zealand King Salmon Investments believes fish-farming in Cook Strait, using newly emerging submersible technology being developed in Norway, is the route to realising its ambitions for expansion. Pattrick Smellie from Business Desk reports.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters doubled down on last week's New Zealand First party attacks on the performance and leadership of Fonterra, saying the country's largest business was costing the economy more than $2 billion from food safety and animal welfare scares.