NZ GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group

Think Global, Act Local

The New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group (NZ NTWG), officially launched in 2017 and was established to interpret the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) GLOBALG.A.P. Crops standards at a local level, here in New Zealand.

The Working Group works to identify specific local translations with legislation, systems and implementation challenges of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard for developing relevant guidelines in New Zealand. The annual workplan is set to support both the certification bodies and fruit and vegetable producers to implement the GLOBALG.A.P. requirements at a national level.

GLOBALG.A.P. certification opens up export market opportunities in Europe and across the world for producers in New Zealand.

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Main activities and duties

  • Development of National Interpretation Guidelines.
  • Work closely with regulators to interpret and align New Zealand. legislation with the GLOBALG.A.P. audit process and guidelines e.g. Food Act.
  • Collaborative approach in establishing guidelines and sharing of resources across the different sectors for horticulture.
  • Maintain strong ties between New Zealand and GLOBALG.A.P. with updates from in New Zealand and approval for the National Interpretation Guidelines.
  • Represent New Zealand producers and sectors on the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees by providing feedback on the challenges faced with the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard in New Zealand.
  • Work to streamline the GLOBALG.A.P. certification process with numerous compliance requirements in New Zealand, focusing on mitigating audit burden and costs to producers.



Chair: Kate McDermott, NZGAP


National Technical Working Groups and GLOBALG.A.P.

The Working Group plays a valuable role in collaborating with GLOBALG.A.P. both via the secretariat and the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committees on issues and improvement strategies.





Horticulture New Zealand (host)



Zespri International Limited

 Phil Thomson

Avocado International Council

 Brad Siebert


 Damien Farrelly

Kate McDermott (Chair) 


 Olivia McColl

Asure Quality

 Karen Satherley


Onions New Zealand

James Kuperus

New Zealand Apples & Pears

 Karen Morrish

 Danielle Adsett


 John Glass

 Wendy Fouracre

Potatoes New Zealand

 Kate Trufitt



The New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. Working Group collaborates with government, industry and other relevant research bodies to develop support and guidance for the implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard here in New Zealand.

New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. Documents

NTWG Workplan 

NTWG Terms of Reference


Food Act

GLOBALG.A.P. Approval Report – Template Food Control Plan

Supporting Guidelines

FPSC Food safety guidelines