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Information for all levy payers and collectors

Horticulture New Zealand held a referendum in 2012 asking growers to vote on a new compulsory levy affecting all fruit and vegetables commercially grown in New Zealand.

Growers voted “YES” to the levy, which came into effect in July 2013.

HortNZ represents New Zealand’s 5500 fruit and vegetable growers on industry-wide issues. HortNZ formed out of the merger of the New Zealand Vegetable and Potato Growers’ Federation (Vegfed) and the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Federation (NZFF) in 2005.

The brochure ‘Guide to the Vegetable and Fruit Commodity Levy' (pdf 148KB)’ is a guide for all growers and collection agents that are responsible for paying or collecting the levy on fruit and vegetables.

For more detailed information on the HortNZ levy, growers should call 0508 467 869. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Set The Levy Rates?
The rates were voted on by growers in a 2012 referendum.

Why Do We Need A Levy At All?
Without a levy HortNZ would cease to operate. HortNZ’s prime reason for existence is to protect growers’ interests, increase fruit and vegetable consumption and improve profitability of the entire industry.

Do I Have To Collect The Levy?
Yes, if you buy fruit or vegetables from or sell fruit or vegetables on behalf of growers you are legally required to deduct the levy from payments to growers and pay the levy collected on to HortNZ.

Can Hortnz Put The Levy Rate Up Beyond The Maximum Levels Voted On By Growers?
No, not without the approval of at least 50% of growers in the respective sector by volume and turnover. This would require holding another referendum under the Act.

Need More Information?
If you have any queries about the levy, HortNZ, or need copies of any forms, please direct dial the grower freephone: 0508 HORTNZ (0508 467 869) or email