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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.

Erin Atkinson crowned BOP Young Grower of the Year

16th February 2017

Erin Atkinson, 29, Technical Advisor for Apata Group Limited in Te Puke, has been crowned Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2017 at last night’s special gala dinner in Tauranga.

Horticulture welcomes clean water plans

23rd February 2017

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes today’s Clean Water launch by the Government, says chief executive Mike Chapman.

Waikato Regional Council stonewalls on plan change action

27th February 2017

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says he is disappointed by the Waikato Regional Council’s (WRC) delay tactics around a judicial review by six organisations over plans for the Healthy River Plan Change.

Tairāwhiti labour force funding good news for horticulture

1st March 2017

Funding of $1.8 million, announced yesterday by the Government to grow the skills and capability of Tairāwhiti’s regional labour force, is good news for horticulture, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

New Zealanders want country of origin labelling on fruit and veges

8th March 2017

More than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for fruit and vegetables, a joint Consumer NZ and Horticulture New Zealand survey shows.

Horticulture's rapid export growth reliant on sound trade policy

24th March 2017

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says to continue its rapid growth, horticulture needs good trade policy, and he welcomes today’s announcement from the Government enabling that.

New Zealanders get closer to being CoOL

12th April 2017

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates the Government on listening to the people and passing the first reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill in Parliament today.