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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.

Have your say on Samurai wasp

13th April 2018, Biosecurity

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Council has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the Samurai wasp in the event of a BMSB incursion in New Zealand.

BMSB is one the biggest biosecurity threats facing New Zealand, and is frequently intercepted at our borders. It has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the horticulture industry, and would become a serious nuisance to home owners.

HortNZ submission on Submission on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

14th February 2019, Grower Support

The horticulture sector is committed to responding to the challenges posed by climate change and contributing to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, whilst maintaining food production.

The horticulture sector is committed to responding to the challenges posed by climate change and contributing to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, whilst maintaining food production.

Government Reform Proposals Survey Results

14th February 2019, Grower Support

Update on regional council plan changes

16th June 2020

HortNZ continues to advocate on behalf of growers in several regional council plan changes. Here’s a brief update.

Northland Regional Plan summary - July 2020

31st July 2020, Natural Resources

Northland Regional Council initiated a review of their regional plan in 2017 – this summary provides an update on what provision of the remains subject to appeals and which provisions in the ‘Proposed’ Regional plan for Northland are operative.

Northland Regional Council initiated a review of their regional plan in 2017 – this summary provides an update on what provision of the remains subject to appeals and which provisions in the ‘Proposed’ Regional plan for Northland are operative.

Canterbury – Update on Plan Change 7

11th August 2020, Natural Resources

Environment Canterbury is currently progressing a plan change that introduces new provisions for commercial vegetable growing in the region – HortNZ has prepared a summary of PC7 and an update of where this is in the plan change process and next steps.

Environment Canterbury is currently progressing a plan change that introduces new provisions for commercial vegetable growing in the region – HortNZ has prepared a summary of PC7 and an update of where this is in the plan change process and next steps.

Otago Regional Council Plan Change Updates - August 2020

11th August 2020, Natural Resources

On 6 July 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency publicly notified Plan Change 1 (Dust Suppressants and Waste Oil), Plan Change 7 (Water Permits), and Plan Change 8 (Discharge Management).

On Monday 6 July the Environmental Protection Agency publicly notified the following plan changes: