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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...

Horticulture levy votes successful

21st August 2018

The individual groups’ levy referendums closed on 13 August and independent vote counting shows resounding support. The levy orders come up for renewal every six years.

Young Grower title goes back to the Bay

23rd August 2018

Danni, 24, was named the winner after a day-long gauntlet of horticultural challenges, testing her skills and knowledge to the limits. As the regional Bay of Plenty champion, she beat out six other contestants for the title, and also secured the national title of Young Fruit Grower of the Year,...

Country of Origin Labelling a step closer to law

17th October 2018

Horticulture New Zealand is thrilled that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables got a step closer today, with the second reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill passing in Parliament.

Horticulture submission not nonsense

24th October 2018

"I thank National MP Nikki Kaye for calling out the comments about our submission from Labour MP Kieran McAnulty. We appeared in good faith to speak to our submission and were speechless when we were told we did not understand what the Bill proposes and then had to watch the...

Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture

6th November 2018

Horticulture New Zealand is pleased Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway have increased the amount of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who will be available for the upcoming busy fruit harvest season.

Vertical farming has limits

27th November 2018

As part of her Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, Horticulture New Zealand environmental policy advisor Rachel McClung has published a report, "Can vertical farming replace New Zealand’s productive land to deliver high quality fruits and vegetables in the future?"

Horticulture congratulates Government on CoOL law

28th November 2018

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates the Government on passing the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill into law. 

Horticulture growth retains momentum

3rd December 2018

Horticulture growth retained momentum with a seven percent growth in export earnings since 2016, according to an updated report, with tariffs on exported produce down by 12 percent since 2012.

New President and Vice-President elected to HortNZ board

5th December 2018

Mr O’Neil replaces Julian Raine, who has been President and Chairman for six years and who has made a significant contribution to horticulture for New Zealand. Mr Raine has stood down to pursue other business interests.