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Biosecurity intelligence team a good move

30th April 2018

Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Tax system not broken, so doesn’t need to be fixed

1st May 2018

New Zealand’s tax system is admired for being simple, efficient, and fair, and Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says adding new taxes will undermine this.

Regional fuel tax will add to the cost of food

3rd May 2018

Regional fuel tax legislation, as it stands, is likely to add costs to fresh fruit and vegetables for consumers.

Do we really need another fuel tax?

4th May 2018

Reducing congestion on our main roads and making roads safer is something we all want. How we make that happen is the hard question. A simple solution would be less cars on the road, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Horticulture submission not nonsense

24th October 2018

"I thank National MP Nikki Kaye for calling out the comments about our submission from Labour MP Kieran McAnulty. We appeared in good faith to speak to our submission and were speechless when we were told we did not understand what the Bill proposes and then had to watch the...

Horticulture’s ask from 2019 Budget

7th March 2019

The Government is preparing the 2019 Budget, to be delivered on 30 May. This will be New Zealand’s first well-being budget and very much a world first covering: (1) natural capital; (2) social capital; (3) financial capital; and (4) human capital.

How much capital is enough?

3rd May 2019

The Reserve Bank is currently consulting on a proposal to get New Zealand banks to hold more funds. This would reduce the risk of banks failing so that, in the event of a ‘run on the bank’, there would be enough funds keep the bank operating.

Business as usual won't achieve Zero Carbon

9th May 2019

The Zero Carbon Bill was introduced into Parliament on Wednesday, May 8, and as the Prime Minister has said, it provides certainty to business (particularly the primary sector), and acts as a plan for the next 30 years.

Export and domestic organic horticulture industry will benefit from a national standard

23rd June 2020

Horticulture New Zealand says it backs moves to introduce a national standard for organic products through the Organic Products Bill, currently before Parliament.

Direction of horticulture industry aligns with Fit for a Better World

7th July 2020

Horticulture New Zealand says the horticulture industry’s future focused strategies align well with what is proposed in Fit for a Better World.

RMA Amendment Act 2020

7th July 2020

The Resource Management Act (RMA) Amendment Act 2020 was passed on 30 June and has introduced to the RMA a provision for farm plans (Part 9A). This development was signalled as part of the Government’s freshwater management announcements in May.

Government support and increased flexibility for RSE workers overdue

8th July 2020

Horticulture New Zealand says while it welcomes increased government support and flexibility for the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who are still in New Zealand waiting for repatriation back to the Pacific, the decisions should have come a lot earlier, says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman.

Horticulture post-Covid recovery strategy

16th July 2020

HortNZ Chief Executive Mike Chapman and Minister for Agriculture Damien O'Connor at the launch in Nelson. Photo: Summerfruit New Zealand.

HortNZ releases election manifesto

29th July 2020

Post-Covid, the New Zealand horticulture industry has a critical role to play in our country's economic and social recovery. Horticulture New Zealand's election manifesto has been written with that role in mind because if horticulture is to spearhead New Zealand’s recovery, the next government needs to take immediate action in...

HortNZ welcomes Govt’s recognition of the importance of vegetable growing in NZ in freshwater decisions

5th August 2020

Horticulture New Zealand is welcoming recognition of the importance of vegetable growing in the Government’s new national direction on freshwater management.

Freshwater update on NPSFM and Freshwater NES - August 2020

11th August 2020

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPSFM 2020), National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (Freshwater NES) and new water metering regulations were released Wednesday 5 August and will come into force on 3 September 2020.

Open letter to the PM: Hort requests independent fruit & veg retailers to be essential services

12th August 2020

Dear Prime MinisterWe are writing to you on behalf of the New Zealand horticulture industry to collectively address our growers’ concerns that independent fruit and vegetable retailers are not classified as essential services under Covid-19 Alert Level 3 and 4.In New Zealand there are multiple ways fresh fruit and vegetables...

HortNZ welcomes Government’s support of horticulture through immigration changes

22nd September 2020

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s latest immigration changes, saying they offer support to stranded backpackers and RSE workers as well as the New Zealand horticulture industry at a critical time.

Government support for FEPs welcomed by HortNZ

23rd September 2020

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed government support for Farm Environment Plans, saying the horticulture industry is already well on the way to implementing Farm Environment Plans across the country.