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HortNZ submission on NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement

14th February 2019, Grower Support

Horticulture Scholarships

17th January 2017, People

Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) has a number of $500 scholarships available to industry trainees active in the Horticulture Industry who are studying towards a certificate or diploma.  Applications are reviewed by a panel in April with the selection decision advised in May. 

HortNZ director elections 2019

6th March 2018

Nominations are being sought from individual grower members, affiliated product groups, and affiliated grower associations for these positions. Candidates must be nominated by at least two grower members or affiliated organisations.

Horticulture supports harsher penalties for food contamination

15th January 2019

"Recently, we have seen some incidents of intentional contamination of fruit in both Australia and New Zealand and people need to understand the full and serious implications of such sabotage," Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Expert evidence rejects water conservation order bid

29th January 2019

Horticulture New Zealand opposes the application for the WCO in the Lower Ngaruroro River and the Clive River.

Watch the BOP’s best young fruit growers in action

4th February 2019

This year’s eight entrants for the Bay of Plenty are:

"Give it a go!" - Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the Year

14th February 2019

The practical competition took place last Saturday, 9 February, at Te Puke Showgrounds, where the eight competitors tested their skills and ability to run a successful orchard in a series of challenges. These were followed by a speech competition discussing future disruptors to horticulture at the gala dinner last night.

Water Conservation Order: Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers evidence

29th January 2019, Natural Resources

Evidence from nine experts supports Horticulture New Zealand’s evidence that a water conservation order (WCO) is not the way to ensure healthy Hawke’s Bay rivers.

Plants need water too

17th January 2019

Horticulture New Zealand submits to councils from one end of New Zealand to the other to get water allocated for plants that grow healthy food. You would think that it is self-evident that plants need water not only for survival, but to be productive and to produce top quality, healthy food. From...

Working together for healthy rivers and healthy food

1st February 2019

We can have both healthy rivers and healthy food.  All that is required is for us to work together as one country and face up to the fact that we are going to need to store water for use during dry periods.  In dry times, stored water can maintain river...

Capital gains tax not right for New Zealand

8th February 2019

The report from the tax working group, including the merits or otherwise for a capital gains tax, has been made available to Government, and is due for public release later this month. As the tax working group did its work, Horticulture New Zealand, along with all the other primary sector organisations,...

Move to high wage economy needs to be better thought through

15th February 2019

Successive governments have deployed policies to transform the New Zealand economy.  One transformational policy is to turn New Zealand into a high wage economy.  Those that adhere to this policy, and advise these governments, seem to have adopted what, I believe, is the pure economic fallacy that driving up wages...

Suffocation by taxation

28th February 2019

We are currently analysing the final report of the Tax Working Group (TWG), and offering our views on what has been recommended. It seems there may have been a significant opportunity missed; taxing air. 

Horticulture’s ask from 2019 Budget

7th March 2019

The Government is preparing the 2019 Budget, to be delivered on 30 May. This will be New Zealand’s first well-being budget and very much a world first covering: (1) natural capital; (2) social capital; (3) financial capital; and (4) human capital.  Putting the budget, and as a result New Zealand’s...

Reform of Vocational Education

21st March 2019

Learner numbers are dropping. This has seen the polytechnic sector turn from a once breakeven operation into one now making a loss, with the only exception being where there is significant external non-governmental funding.