Kiwifruit production in Kerikeri will be boosted by more than a third and 29 full-time jobs will be created when a 137ha dairy farm is converted into a huge orchard.

The move comes as the horticulture boom gathers pace in Northland with kiwifruit and avocados especially fetching good prices and dairy losing some of its lustre.

Monday's announcement came after the Overseas Investment Office gave Craigmore Permanent Crop the green light to buy the Wiroa Rd dairy farm, near Bay of Islands Airport, as well as properties in Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.

The company is planning to

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