Media Releases

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

14 Feb 2019 "Give it a go!" - Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the Year image

Alex Ashe, a technical advisor at Farmlands Te Puna, was named Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2019 at an awards dinner in Tauranga last night. The practical competitio...

Watch the BOP’s best young fruit growers in action

04 Feb 2019 Watch the BOP’s best young fruit growers in action image

Eight of the Bay of Plenty’s best growers will showcase their horticultural expertise at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend for 2019’s first Young Fruit Grower competition. Thi...

Expert evidence rejects water conservation order bid

29 Jan 2019

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, Horticulture...

Horticulture supports harsher penalties for food contamination

14 Jan 2019

Horticulture New Zealand supports a Member's Bill, announced today, that will introduce harsher penalties for people who intentionally contaminate food, or threaten to do so. ...

Proposed temporary visa changes welcomed by horticulture

18 Dec 2018

Addressing labour needs by region will lead to more productive primary industries, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman. The proposed changes to temporar...

New President and Vice-President elected to HortNZ board

05 Dec 2018

The Horticulture New Zealand board elected Barry O’Neil as its new President and Chairman at a meeting today. Mr O’Neil replaces Julian Raine, who has been President and Chair...

Horticulture growth retains momentum

03 Dec 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 p...

Horticulture congratulates Government on CoOL law

28 Nov 2018

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

Vertical farming has limits

27 Nov 2018

Vertical farming - where food is grown indoors in high stacks - will not replace traditional fruit and vegetable growing in New Zealand, but it may supplement it in future if ...

Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture

06 Nov 2018

Horticulture New Zealand is pleased Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway have increased the amount of Recognised Seasonal Em...