Where to invest your money?

A question asked the other day was, ‘if I gave you a million dollars to invest in NZ, where or what would you do with it’? Good question and a challenging or should it be?. If the fantasy of fast cars, flash holidays and taking a bath in Marlborough’s Sauvignon were removed what does this leave? No … [Read more...]

Marlborough Real Estate Round Up

Marlborough Real Estate Round Up

Here is the mid month statistics which gives a snap shot of Marlborough last month. No real surprises, things have slowed around the country and that has been reported in national media. Rural sales in Marlborough were limited but the impact of weather and a very busy harvest I believe has … [Read more...]

Getting Real

Stress in the rural environment has been highlighted after some pretty hard times for many in the industry. What did surprise me was some figures I saw on TV the other night which said there was a rural suicide every couple of weeks in NZ. We have a local identity in Marlborough who has taken a … [Read more...]

Positive News

I was after some positive news and didn’t have to look far or talk to many people. This morning I had my breakfast with a bunch of working blokes, they are all passionate about their business, about Marlborough and about moving forward. I will not get into names or who they work for but in the space … [Read more...]

What is New Zealand’s Media’s view on rural news?

I have just taken a snap shot of some news headlines straight off the on line media pages, this ties a little with what the “papers’ say that what readers want to read. I challenge that and while there are some good news articles they are normally hidden. So as a bad example of Rural farming in NZ … [Read more...]

Marlborough Vintage 2014

This year in Marlborough the weather gods did their best to spoil the party. But it’s important to remember that until the facts and figures of what was harvested and the quality of this fruit is known, everything said is speculation which is a bit like the boys fishing trip...the fish just get … [Read more...]

Foreign ownership issue – fact or fiction?

Foreign ownership is a subject that continues to headline in the media. Landowners get it in the neck for selling to foreigners, the Government gets it for letting these transactions through and every armchair critic jumps on board with a generalised view of what they think should have … [Read more...]

Welcome to Marlborough Rural’s new blog.

Welcome to Marlborough Rural’s new blog.

I’m Tom Rutherford, the manager of the Harcourts Marlborough Rural team, and am writing for businesses and individuals with a keen interest in local rural news, including the big picture stuff that impacts our  region’s agricultural-based businesses. I’ll be looking for feedback from readers about … [Read more...]