Horticulture New Zealand says it backs moves to introduce a national standard for organic products through the Organic Products Bill, currently before Parliament.
The New Zealand Defence Force has begun taking more than 1000 Vanuatu nationals home. Photo: NZDF
Two populations of the tomato red spider mite (Tetranychus evansi) were found on nightshade plants near Auckland Airport and in Pakuranga as part of routine surveillance several weeks ago.
Alex Tomkins is already making waves within the horticulture industry, despite not yet having left Massey University. Now in the final year of studies for her Bachelor of AgriCommerce degree, Alex is majoring in International AgriBusiness with a minor in Horticulture and is also president of the Massey Horticulture Society.
Horticulture New Zealand says the horticulture industry’s future focused strategies align well with what is proposed in Fit for a Better World.
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.
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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Immigration has granted a special direction to issue new limited visas to stranded Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who qualify.
We sent out an update on the changes to the RSE scheme that were made on 8 July. These changes offer increased flexibility and certainty for those involved with the scheme. You can read our update on what these changes include here.