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Conference 2016

13th May 2016

Horticulture New Zealand Incorporated, in conjunction with Pipfruit New Zealand Incorporated and industry association partners: Process Vegetables New Zealand, Tomatoes New Zealand Incorporated and Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated, are pleased to announce our joint conference in 2016. We are delighted to host the inaugural New Zealand Horticulture Conference at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson from the 3rd to...

RSE Conference 2016

21st July 2016

Proactive Biocontrol: A presentation by Mark S. Hoddle

12th December 2016, Biosecurity

Mark S. Hoddle, from the Department of Enthomology at the University of California, discusses the perennial threat posed by invasive pests, and what to do when incursions are detected.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification Sheet

20th December 2016, Biosecurity

The Ministry for Primary Industries have released a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification Sheet.

Staying ahead of biosecurity risks

23rd September 2016

With Biosecurity the number one priority for our growers, using every tool to keep pests out of horticulture in New Zealand is essential.

Team New Zealand

27th September 2016

New Zealand survives with income from exports and tourism. Not just tourism, and not just exports; we all need to work together to keep New Zealand financially afloat. But we also need to take a wider view of what we do and take responsibility for the environment and the...

Innovative horticulture - buying New Zealand grown

29th September 2016

Innovation was front and centre at the citrus growers’ conference and AGM in Gisborne yesterday. Growing the best orange or mandarin is not enough in today’s world. To sell what you grow, and earn a decent return for your fruit, the message is that you need to innovate.

Health and Safety for those uninvited visitors

7th October 2016

There is an endless number of central and local government officials that have right of entry to your orchard and farm; the Council can come and assess compliance with environmental regulations without notice, Immigration can come and make sure your workers are legally entitled to work in New Zealand without notice,...

More workers needed for harvest – NZIER report

12th October 2016

Horticulture and viticulture are, together, New Zealand's fourth largest export industry.  

Less regulation – no need to reinvent the wheel

14th October 2016

As the voice of growers in Wellington, Horticulture New Zealand represents your views when new rules and laws are being made by the Government. The issue with some rules and laws is that one size does not necessarily fit all and our job is to ensure the interests of horticulture...

Banning palm kernel shipment the right decision

18th October 2016

Ever since the MV Molat turned up off the coast of Tauranga carrying 23,000 tonnes of unverified Malaysian palm kernel, we have been concerned about it landing, and the potential biosecurity threats that it may have brought.

Jobs for Kiwis

21st October 2016

A recent report from the Salvation Army, asserting that there are 75,000 young Kiwis displaced by immigrants and educational inequality, has attracted a fair amount of criticism, including a challenge from Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce.

Biopesticide research essential to meet market changes

27th October 2016

Horticulture is undergoing rapid growth, which makes being ahead of trends particularly important to ensure ongoing competitiveness.

Better Biosecurity for Cruise Ships

4th November 2016

One of the more tangible outcomes of the Government Industry Agreements for Biosecurity has been the Government’s focus on cruise ships. 

Trade is the way to change the fortunes of Middle America

10th November 2016

History tells us that the path to power and prosperity is trade. You can’t grow your country’s wealth by trading with yourself; you have to go and get some other countries’ wealth to become more prosperous. This is absolutely true for New Zealand, where horticulture is an enormous contributor to our...

Resource Management Act reform one step closer

11th November 2016

During the final moment of the US Presidential election this week, there was an announcement that National and the Māori Party have reached an accord on amending the Resource Management Act. Labour has come out in opposition to the reforms. The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has been referred back to...

Earthquakes and bad weather will impact horticulture

16th November 2016

It has not been a great start to the week for some of our growers, with the earthquakes and now bad weather hitting the top of the South Island and lower North Island.

Registering chemicals in New Zealand to be easier

17th November 2016

Earlier this year, Horticulture New Zealand and other primary industry organisations made submissions on a Bill designed to make registration of chemicals more straightforward, without any reduction in the check and balances.

Increase in RSE workers needed

24th November 2016

The horticulture and viticulture industries rely on seasonal workers for harvest and pruning. It is not a full time job but it is an essential one to ensure that the crop is picked at the optimum time and skilled pruning is undertake. To assist with these seasonal tasks workers come from...

Trade deals open doors to wealth

25th November 2016

New Zealand’s wealth is driven by our exports, and anything the Government can do to improve our ability to export adds to our country's wealth. This week there have been two initiatives announced by the Government designed to do just that.

No more Great White Butterflies

29th November 2016

The Great White Butterfly is officially eradicated from New Zealand. What an achievement and what a story! 

Two sets of rules won’t work in the Waikato

5th December 2016

Having two sets of rules never works – it is divisive, and always leaves someone feeling disadvantaged. So HortNZ was surprised and disappointed when we learned the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) was slicing out an area previously covered by its notified Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1, to allow consultation...

Amendments made to the Horticulture Export Authority Act (HEA)

8th December 2016

This Act is designed to both help New Zealand exporters gain market traction in developing markets, and to hold market share in developed markets. It has been an important tool assisting the growth of horticulture in key markets. The products that come under this system are avocados, blackcurrants, buttercup squash, chestnuts, kiwifruit...

A decade of employment solutions for Otago

12th December 2016

Last week, I was at the 10 year anniversary celebration of Seasonal Solutions. 

A century of growth, and more to come

19th December 2016

Figures released last week by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) show that horticulture has grown by 4.2% over the past year, with an export value of just under $5 billion. In the next four years this is expected to grow by at least another $1.3 billion. This growth means horticulture is...

Overcoming barriers to trade

21st December 2016

Every two years a report is released setting out the barriers to horticultural exports out of New Zealand. In the latest report, released on 30 November, the following data is presented:

New horizons for horticulture

3rd April 2017

The Tree Crops Association held its conference in New Plymouth last weekend. More than 100 highly enthusiastic growers attended, ranging from back-yard growers through to commercial growers.  Their interest in and passion for horticulture was very evident. I had the privilege to speak to them about the new horizons for horticulture.

Law makers asked not to “reinvent the wheel”

13th October 2016

Law makers were asked not to “reinvent the wheel” when Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman, and senior business managers Richard Palmer and Matthew Dolan, appeared before the Primary Production Select Committee at Parliament today.

Journalism award winner congratulated on covering key issues

14th October 2016

Country Life host Susan Murray was presented with the Horticulture New Zealand Journalism Award at a gala event last night.

Funding approved for stream restoration project

18th October 2016

Horticulture New Zealand has assisted Pukekohe vegetable growers to get funding for riparian plantings along the waterways that feed into the Waikato River.

Congratulations to Young Horticulturalist of the Year

11th November 2016

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates Pukekohe grower Andrew Hutchinson, who was named Young Horticulturalist of the Year at last night’s awards dinner in Auckland.

Increase in seasonal workers welcomed

23rd November 2016

An increase of 1,000 seasonal workers announced by Government today brings some welcome relief to the growing horticulture industry, says Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman.

HortNZ celebrates 100 years of representing growers

30th November 2016

Today, Horticulture New Zealand celebrates 100 years of representing growers, with its foundations in the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Federation formed in 1916.

Horticulture shows 'spectacular' growth

30th November 2016

Horticulture has experienced a spectacular 40 percent growth in export earnings since 2014, according to a new report, with tariffs on exported produce down by 22 percent since 2012.

HortNZ says botched Waikato plan a disaster

5th December 2016

The Waikato Regional Council (WRC) should withdraw the entire notified Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 to allow full and proper consultation, rather than slicing up the region, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Horticulture exporters gain flexibility from law changes

7th December 2016

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority (HEA) Amendment Bill passed late yesterday, says chief executive Mike Chapman.

Judicial review sought by horticulture and farmers

15th December 2016

Six organisations representing horticulture growers and farmers in the Waikato today filed an application in the Hamilton High Court for a judicial review regarding a decision made by the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) over the Waikato River clean-up.

HortNZ congratulates Damien O’Connor on Ministerial roles

25th October 2017

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates Damien O’Connor on being appointed Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Rural Communities and Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth and looks forward to working with the new Labour-led coalition Government in the days ahead, says President Julian Raine.