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First 'Kiwis' come off the vines

The kiwifruit picking season in the region is under way, with the first of the fruit coming off vines on a property in Harper Road at Makauri.

NZ Fruits director Trevor Lupton said he believed the gold variety kiwis were the first picked anywhere in the country.

“This continues the Gisborne tradition of being the first area in the country to supply kiwifruit each year.”

Mr Lupton said the crop volume looked very good.

A harvest crew are pictured at work under the vines yesterday. From left are Kia Andersen, Michael Haines, Christine Joseph, Juliean August, Chelsea Debruyn and Slade Tiopira.Pictures by Liam Clayton
Also kiwifruit picking were Raymond Miriorangi and Raymond Beach.