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14 Apr 2020

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COVID-19 Update:

HortNZ’s Board has reviewed the events planned through winter this year and decided because of the disruption caused by COVID-19,  that the Director elections and the appointed director selection process be postponed until later in 2020. The announcement of the successful candidates will link in with the delayed AGM.  See the timetables below for the new dates.

Director Elections

Nominations Re-opened

1 July 2020

Nominations Close

29 July 2020


12 August to 9 September 2020

Result announced

At HortNZ’s AGM 25 September 2020


Appointed Director

Applications Re-opened

3 June 2020

Applications Close

1 July 2020

Appointment Announced

At HortNZ’s AGM 25 September 2020

Call for Director Nominations 2020 – Three Vacancies

This year, three grower elected Horticulture New Zealand directors will retire by rotation. Nominations are being sought from individual grower members, affiliated product groups, and affiliated grower associations for these three vacancies.

Candidates must be nominated by at least two grower members or affiliated organisations.

Click here for the nomination form and click here for the position description.
For any further questions, or if you have trouble accessing the files, please contact the board secretary, Kerry Norman via email or by calling 0508 467 869.

Nominations re-open on Wednesday 1 July.

Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday, 29 July

If the number of nominations exceeds the number of positions to be filled an election will be called.  Ballot papers will be provided to all active grower members entitled to vote.  Candidates will be expected to make themselves available for electioneering meetings. 

Click here to view the position ad.


VACANCY – HortNZ Board Appointed Director

Horticulture New Zealand Inc (HortNZ) is the national organisation representing New Zealand’s 5,000 commercial fruit, vegetable and berry fruit growers. The organisation works on industry-wide issues for industry good to support and encourage industry growth.

The Board is looking to appoint a director to complement the skills, experience and knowledge of the grower directors elected by members.

Candidates will have strong governance and leadership experience. They must have a genuine interest in, and knowledge of, the breadth of issues affecting horticulture. Candidates will also be familiar with the current political/advocacy process and possess strong business management skills. Excellent communication skills and established networks will also be an advantage.

Appointed directors serve on the board for up to three years and are expected to commit a minimum of 15-20 days each year to meetings and other board duties, plus preparation time.

A full job description is available here. A CV and covering letter should be sent to Board Secretary, Kerry Norman at

Application re-open on Wednesday 3 June

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

Click here to view the position ad.


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