HortNZ's Environment Team focuses on achieving the best operating conditions for growers, through evidence-based policy and regulation advocacy, and work to assist growers to adapt to a changing environment. 

Working with product groups and district associations from across the horticulture sector, HortNZ invests heavily in its relationship with central and local government to ensure ministers, councillors and officials understand our industry and make decisions that help our industry to thrive.  

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides the legal framework for our resource management system – setting out systems and process for decision-making relating to the environment. This system includes national (government) level policy as well as, at the local level – Regional and District Plans. Regional and District Plans determine whether an activity requires resource consent.