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Annual Report 2018

11th September 2017

Horticulture New Zealand annual report 2018

BMSB Q&A

7th March 2018, Biosecurity

A quick list of frequently asked questions about BMSB.

Have your say on Samurai wasp

13th April 2018, Biosecurity

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Council has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the Samurai wasp in the event of a BMSB incursion in New Zealand.

BMSB is one the biggest biosecurity threats facing New Zealand, and is frequently intercepted at our borders. It has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the horticulture industry, and would become a serious nuisance to home owners.

HortNZ director elections 2018

6th March 2018

The Horticulture New Zealand constitution provides for a term of three years for elected directors with one third of directors retiring by rotation each year. This year two grower elected Directors will retire by rotation.

2018 HortNZ AGM Papers

22nd June 2018

 

What you need to know about Regional Fuel Tax

3rd July 2018

From 1 July 2018, regional fuel tax (RFT) of 10 cents/litre plus GST will be applied to petrol, diesel and their bio-variants, delivered to the Auckland region. This will affect your on and off-road vehicles and machinery powered by these fuels. Horticulture New Zealand is working on your behalf to create...

Greenhouse nutrient discharge good practice

25th January 2018, Grower Support

Regional Fuel Tax Amendment Bill Submission

24th April 2018, Grower Support

HortNZ says drought threatens food supply

17th January 2018

Water is vital for plants and trees to grow and New Zealand needs to better mitigate droughts that threaten our domestic supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

The long arm of competition law

8th January 2018

Yes, there is a branch of law called competition law. Simply put, its aim is to make sure consumers get the best price, by making sure companies compete with each other in the fullest possible way. It applies not only to companies, but to the key decision makers in the companies...

Seasonal labour a vital ingredient

11th January 2018

Research New Zealand recently conducted a survey reporting on the impacts of the RSE scheme, where it has directly enabled:

PM’s prize focuses on the value of science in horticulture

14th February 2018

The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Minister’s top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Water storage to improve water standards

18th January 2018

Environment Minister David Parker has announced that preliminary work has begun to create a new freshwater policy for New Zealand, building on the previous Government’s work. He is quoted in media as saying: “I think [most] New Zealanders share an objective that their waterways should be clean enough to swim in...

Horticulture New Zealand backs strong stance on stink bugs

16th February 2018

Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand.

Linking compliance to consumer expectations

9th February 2018

The way to grow a primary sector business is to provide the consumers of our food with what they want. But in recent years, the focus has been forced away from consumers and onto compliance. This creates the risk that having to put so much focus on compliance might take attention away...

Access to Japan big win for horticulture in CPTPP

9th March 2018

Access to Japan for New Zealand fruit is one of the big wins for horticulture from today’s signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific (CPTPP), says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand, who is in Chile for the event.

Telling our food story

14th February 2018

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? In the past year, we have taken on the challenge of getting our food story out to urban New Zealand and our local and central government politicians. Along the way, we’ve discovered that a lot of...

Access to labour critical to horticulture’s growth

16th March 2018

Horticulture is growing rapidly and demand for workers is higher than the number of people available, says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand.

Protecting New Zealand’s borders – isolation is not enough

19th February 2018

New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world has, until recently, protected our country from many pests and diseases. By good luck and some good management we have kept a lot of the world’s pests and diseases out of New Zealand.

Employment law plans could destroy trust and not fit for this era

29th March 2018

Proposed employment law changes are a step backwards, and could destroy trust relationships between employers and employees and result in lower productivity, the horticulture industry says.

Stormy weather and food supply

26th February 2018

 

Let’s protect our valuable soils, says Horticulture New Zealand

19th April 2018

The need to protect New Zealand’s best soils for growing healthy fresh fruit and vegetables is clear in the Our land 2018 report released today, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Biosecurity intelligence team a good move

30th April 2018

Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

CPTPP a real win for New Zealand

8th March 2018

Once you strip away all the figures, data, and modelling, there remains one essential fact: free trade deals generate incredible wealth for those who are party to them. In reality, free trade agreements have two main benefits besides tariff reductions.

Tax system not broken, so doesn’t need to be fixed

1st May 2018

New Zealand’s tax system is admired for being simple, efficient, and fair, and Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says adding new taxes will undermine this.

New features in the CPTPP

12th March 2018

Today’s trade deals are broadening their focus, from just addressing tariff reductions to including issues that are challenging the world today, such as protecting the environment, encouraging the growth of small to medium businesses, and fair treatment of workers.

Four vie for Horticulture New Zealand Board

1st May 2018

Four candidates will vie for two positions on the Horticulture New Zealand Board as elections open today, with voting closing on 28 May 2018.

Where are the workers?

16th March 2018

A question many industries in New Zealand are asking is “where are the workers?” While robotics and artificial intelligence are being touted to replace workers in many industries, this isn’t going to happen en masse anytime soon.

Regional fuel tax will add to the cost of food

3rd May 2018

Regional fuel tax legislation, as it stands, is likely to add costs to fresh fruit and vegetables for consumers.

Horticulture: growth predictions and constraints

23rd March 2018

This week the Ministry for Primary Industries released its growth predictions. Modest growth is predicted for horticulture (including wine), with kiwifruit and apples predicted to be growth leaders. This comes after two years of exceptional growth: 10% in 2015, and 19.5% in 2016.

Vegetable industry cultivates healthy competition

15th May 2018

Four of the finest young vegetable growers in New Zealand will go toe-to-toe in the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition in Christchurch on Friday, 18 May.

The balancing act of workplace relations

29th March 2018

There has been significant maturing on New Zealand’s labour law in recent years. The current legislation set about to achieve a greater degree of co-operation, trust, and fairness between employers and employees in the workplace. This seems to have worked, as there have been relatively few employment disputes that ended in strike...

Twice the talent; bumper crop of winners from Young Vegetable Grower

18th May 2018

For the first time in the competition’s history, there are two winners of the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition: Esteban Ibanez and Gurjant Singh.

The rise of the flexitarians

5th April 2018

There is a food revolution coming the way of farmers and growers, caused by consumers around the world changing their eating habits. Beef + Lamb NZ recently released an excellent report discussing this trend, along with what it means for the future of meat farming in New Zealand.

Central Otago Young Fruit Grower starts this Friday

23rd May 2018

Six of Central Otago’s young fruit growers will face off in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition in Cromwell on Friday, 25 May.

We should value our workers, says 2018’s Central Otago Young Fruit Grower

25th May 2018

Hamish Darling from Moorpark and Mulberry Orchard, Cromwell has been named Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the Year, following a day of intense competition in Cromwell today. 

New directors elected to Horticulture New Zealand Board

1st June 2018

Horticulture New Zealand’s President Julian Raine was advised of the results by Electionz, which ran an independent voting process for the Board.

Saving our land

20th April 2018

Yesterday, the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand released the Our Land 2018 report which provides pertinent data about the state of land in New Zealand. The report highlights the importance of land to New Zealand’s continued economic prosperity, as our two top export earners, primary production and...

Horticulture supports action plan for water quality

5th June 2018

With the communication tools available today, consumers are able to access information about the origin of their food and make buying decisions based on how food producers show responsible and sustainable farming practices, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Technology is not a magic bullet

27th April 2018

New Zealand unemployment is currently at its lowest level since 2008. In some areas of the country there are very few people available for work, down to double digits, and this looks like it will continue for some time.

Do we really need another fuel tax?

4th May 2018

Reducing congestion on our main roads and making roads safer is something we all want. How we make that happen is the hard question. A simple solution would be less cars on the road, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Record entries for Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower competition

22nd June 2018

This year’s entrants are:

Maintaining trade rules essential

10th May 2018

New Zealand relies on trade for its economic survival. Without trade New Zealand would be a very different and a much poorer country. Successive New Zealand Governments have successfully worked to open up trading opportunities throughout the world and this continues today, with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)...

Confusion reigns on fuel tax

27th June 2018

"This tax comes into force in Auckland on Sunday, yet there is no system in place for off-road ‘behind the farm gate’ vehicles and machinery used by the 441 fruit and vegetable growers in Auckland that we represent," Chapman says.

Biocontrol our best defence

14th May 2018

Winter, the risk season for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is finishing in the Northern hemisphere countries where it lives. In winter, this bug hibernates in dark and protected places such as houses, cars, machinery, and suit cases. Just go onto YouTube and you can see some horrific videos of what...

The best in the Bay

30th June 2018

Lisa Arnold, an orchard operations assistant at Bostock NZ has emerged victorious against seven other entrants to be named Hawke’s Bay’s Young Fruit Grower of 2018.

Horticulture New Zealand asks growers to renew funding

2nd July 2018

A levy rate of 14 cents per $100 of sales of the fruits and vegetables covered in The Commodity Levies (Vegetables and Fruit) Order is the principal funding mechanism to support Horticulture New Zealand’s work for commercial fruit and vegetable growers.

"A fantastic experience" - Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2018

6th July 2018

Dillon Peterson of Hoddys Fruit Co has prevailed against five other entrants to be named Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2018 at an event in Richmond on Friday night.

Know your food

1st June 2018

Consumer trend reports show that when consumers are asked to pay a premium price for their food, those consumers want to know why it’s worth it; namely, where and how that food was grown. But New Zealand law hasn’t quite caught up with this. 

Nelson's best young grower decided this Friday

9th July 2018

Six of Nelson’s top young orchardists will vie for the title of Nelson Young Fruit Grower of the Year in Richmond this Friday, 6 July.

Sustaining our environment – best products from the best country

6th June 2018

On World Environment Day, 5 June, Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor launched a primary sector action plan for water quality. This is the rural sector’s commitment to environmental sustainability. It not only reports on progress to date - click here for an example of what individual growers are...

Inaugural Gisborne Young Grower contest this Thursday

10th July 2018

The champion will progress to the Young Grower of the Year national final, to be held in Napier in August. There, they will join the winners of the Bay of Plenty, Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay, and Nelson regional fruit-grower competitions, as well as two Young Vegetable Growers, to contend for...

Matt Gomm named first Gisborne Young Fruit Grower

13th July 2018

Some of the best young horticulturalists in Gisborne took part in the competition at Kaiaponi Farms yesterday. The event saw contestants facing a series of challenges designed to test their knowledge and skills around topics vital to the management of a successful orchard, including fencing, biosecurity, and tractor safety.

Good law-making missing on Regional Fuel Tax

22nd June 2018

The Government plans to implement, in conjunction with the Auckland Council, a fuel tax for Auckland on 1 July 2018. On behalf of our growers, HortNZ has submitted to the Parliamentary Select Committee considering the Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill, written to Ministers, met with Ministers, met...

Telling our food story

19th July 2018

“As people around the world turn towards a more plant-based diet and start looking at the contribution food makes to their general health, horticulture is a growing industry that presents lots of opportunities,” Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

The impact of rising wages

2nd July 2018

New Zealand’s economy is in good shape and growing. In the past, when the economy is growing, workers have gone after wage increases. The flow-on effect of this is that businesses put up their prices, inflation increases, the exchange rate increases making exports less profitable, and the Reserve Bank tightens...

Horticulture cautious on Zero Carbon Bill

20th July 2018

Horticulture New Zealand has made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on its Our Climate Your Say discussion paper for the Zero Carbon Bill. The submission is supported by Katikati Fruitgrowers Association Incorporated, Tomatoes New Zealand Incorporated, Potatoes New Zealand Incorporated, Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated, New Zealand Kiwifruit...

Join the campaign to Fix the Bill

9th July 2018

Two Bills before Parliament will radically change how employment law operates in New Zealand. Both Bills are designed to increase the influence of unions and to change how the workforce interacts with employers. Horticulture New Zealand has recommended that neither of these Bills be made law and has made submissions on them. ...

Determination 2008/111

2nd February 2018, Natural Resources

Access and facilities for people with disabilities to a building providing kitchen and ablution facilities at an orchard in Kawarau Gorge Road, Central Otago

Horticulture Conference is a must-attend

12th July 2018

The Horticulture Conference will be held at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch from 23 to 25 July. The theme this year is ‘Our Food Story’, with the sessions tracing that story from the commercial vegetable gardens and fruit orchards, all the way through to the consumer.

Guidance to Assist the Development of Seasonal Workers Accommodation

2nd February 2018, Natural Resources

This document is intended as a general guide to assist the design and construction of seasonal workersaccommodation in the context of horticultural activities.

Horticulture New Zealand’s top five

19th July 2018

Next week, Horticulture New Zealand has its Annual General Meeting (AGM), where we will focus on our top five activities including:

Young Growers to face off in Napier final

8th August 2018

Seven finalists - the most the competition has ever seen - will go head to head at venues along the Napier waterfront. They will face a gauntlet of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test their knowledge and skills around running a successful growing business.

Does complexity produce quality?

27th July 2018

A constant concern of all businesses, whether urban or rural based, is that running their business is becoming increasingly harder as profit margins become tighter. Complicated business processes and regulations do not necessarily produce the high quality produce that consumers demand.

Report shows need to protect Pukekohe food hub

14th August 2018

A lettuce costing $5.54 – 58 percent more than today – and a big economic hit to Auckland could be the case if the value of fruit and vegetable production in Pukekohe isn’t recognised, a report released at a function at Parliament today finds.

Balance needed between climate change mitigation and food production

3rd August 2018

In a letter published in the scientific journal, Nature Climate Change, entitled “Risk of increased food insecurity under stringent global climate change mitigation policy” the authors advise that their “analysis shows that by 2050, the potential for a sizable increase in the risk of hunger is higher in the (Representative...

Horticulture signs up to prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy

20th August 2018

Today, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman and Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Management Committee, signed an agreement that will see a horticulture Ahuwhenua Trophy in 2020. Each year the awards recognise a farming sector and horticulture will be on a third year rotation, after dairy (2018) and...

Time to act on food security

16th August 2018

It’s time to act on food security New Zealand.  We cannot take for granted that our fruit and vegetable growers can continue to feed New Zealand, as well as generate increasing export returns to benefit the economy. We need to take a strategic and measured assessment of where we grow our...

Damning decision from district council

29th August 2018

Earlier this week, the Tasman District Council decided not to support the development of Waimea Community Dam. This dam was going to supply water for urban households, support the area’s thriving horticulture, and ensure minimum river flows during dry periods, sustaining the aquatic life in the river. During floods, the dam would...

Asian markets still open

18th September 2018

Guest Blog – Richard Palmer