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PM’s prize focuses on the value of science in horticulture

14th February 2018

The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Minister’s top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Horticulture New Zealand backs strong stance on stink bugs

16th February 2018

Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand.

Bug’s impact on horticulture devastating, report says

27th February 2018

An economic report, released today, says if the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) establishes in New Zealand it would dramatically impact New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) as well as export revenues from horticulture.Prepared by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), Quantifying the economic impacts of a Brown...

Access to Japan big win for horticulture in CPTPP

9th March 2018

Access to Japan for New Zealand fruit is one of the big wins for horticulture from today’s signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific (CPTPP), says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand, who is in Chile for the event.

Access to labour critical to horticulture’s growth

16th March 2018

Horticulture is growing rapidly and demand for workers is higher than the number of people available, says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand.

Employment law plans could destroy trust and not fit for this era

29th March 2018

Proposed employment law changes are a step backwards, and could destroy trust relationships between employers and employees and result in lower productivity, the horticulture industry says.

Let’s protect our valuable soils, says Horticulture New Zealand

19th April 2018

The need to protect New Zealand’s best soils for growing healthy fresh fruit and vegetables is clear in the Our land 2018 report released today, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

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.