Saving Natural Resources and Environment costs
Some of the outcomes and benefits to growers are:
Action: 57 Resource Management submissions
57 Resource Management submissions/cases over the past three years. (A separate schedule with a regional break down of activity is also available).
Significant changes particularly in avoiding the need to apply for consent(s) to undertake day to day growing operations. This analysis is of the benefits from just 20 of these cases.
- First year costs of obtaining consents: $24m over last three years: $8,000,000
- Ongoing annual costs of maintaining consents: $3,400,000
- Based on the above, a further 37 cases: $10,000,000
Action: Agrecovery Programme
HortNZ took a key role in establishment of this chemical and chemical container recover programme that meets both regulatory and customer requirements.
Action: National Policy Statement on Fresh Water
Strongly represented growers throughout the process to develop the National Policy Statement (NPS) on Fresh Water.
Made sure that economic efficiency and food production were recognised. Had the NPS redrafted to ensure a balance between economic and other objectives, as opposed to putting the environment first. Ensured existing entitlements continued.
Action: National Environment standard on Water Measuring Devices
Negotiated critical changes to the National Environmental Standard on Water Measuring Devices.
Ensured transition period of up to six years was included. Excluded the requirement for telemetry on all measuring devices. Allowed the use of a single meter on mobile plant. Excluded takes of under 5 litres/sec from the standard.
Action: National Environmental standard on assessment and measurement of soil contaminants
Strongly represented growers throughout the development of the National Environmental Standard on assessment and measurement of soil contaminants.
Standard rules on treatment of horticulture land by District Councils. Ensured sensible controls regarding management of cadmium in fertilisers.
Action: Local Government Review
Participated in the discussion on Local Government Review supporting rationalisation and fairer funding systems.
Working with other primary industry organisations to support change.
Action: Represent Growers at the Land & Water Forum
Represented growers throughout the recent Land & Water Forum process looking at the future of water management in NZ.
Horticulture views were strongly represented alongside other primary producers, energy generators, local bodies, recreational users and environmental groups and influenced the final report of stage one of the forum. HortNZ has been invited to be part of the Leadership Group for the second stage of the process.
Action: Climate Change and Emissions Trading Scheme
Represented growers on issues related to the Climate Change and the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Assisted greenhouse growers to get recognition as an energy intensive industry so that they now get an allocation of units. Advocated for NZ to adopt measures that are not in advance of our key trading partners, will reduce emissions (rather than just add costs) and allow flexibility of land use.
Action: Supporting GROWSAFE training programmes
Supporting the operation of the NZ Agrichemical Education Trust which runs the GROWSAFE training programmes.
A simple one-stop qualification that minimises costs to growers by meeting both market and local/central government regulatory requirements. GROWSAFE training is referenced in regional plans, recognised by central government and forms part of schemes such as GlobalGAP and NZ GAP.