PM Jacinda Ardern may have many talents, but an understanding of business is clearly not one of them.
The Ministry for Primary Industry is sinking $5.3 million into a seven-year $13.25 million venture to breed new hop cultivars to expand the New Zealand craft beer industry.
It might seen a little sacrilegious in some quarters to be writing about brewing beer in a wine publication...
Winemaker Josh Scott of Marlborough has perfected the art of brewing, while still keeping his hand in with grapes.
PLANT & Food Research, in partnership with NZ Hops and Chris Little Engineering, have formally opened a new research brewery at the company's Motueka site.
The 'Hop Lab' has been designed to allow the hops breeding team the ability to create experimental trial brews from promising new hop cultivars in order to evaluate sensory characteristics.