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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.

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.

2020’s asparagus season off to an early start

30th September 2020

Asparagus lovers across New Zealand are rejoicing, thanks to the 2020 season getting off to an early start.

HortNZ says vegetable price increases of up to 58% could result in health cost increases of up to $610 million

2nd October 2020

Horticulture New Zealand says it is concerned that predicted increases of up to 58% could price vegetables off the table, resulting in preventable and costly strains on the health system of up to $610 million.

Videos show the benefit to the Pacific and New Zealand of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme

6th October 2020

A set of short videos has been put together by Horticulture New Zealand and the horticulture industry to show how the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme benefits the Pacific and New Zealand.

New HortNZ video shows RSE scheme’s role in the Pacific

13th October 2020

Horticulture New Zealand has released another Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) video, this time explaining the scheme’s importance to the Pacific.

RMA and FEP webinar - 12pm, 22 October

13th October 2020

HortNZ is running a webinar on Farm Environment Plans requirements in the Resource Management Act (RMA), and the NZGAP Environmental Management System (EMS) framework and checklists. This introductory webinar will cover: