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HortNZ submission on importance of independent fruit and vegetable retailers reopening

03 Apr 2020

Click here to read HortNZ's submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) requesting recognition of independent fruit and vegetable retailers as an ...

Immigration New Zealand RSE update

02 Apr 2020

Immigration New Zealand - part of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment - released on 1 April information that clarifies the situation for RSE workers and their...

New Essential Workers COVID-19 Leave Payment Scheme

02 Apr 2020

The Government has announced that a new COVID-19 payment that will be available to essential businesses for essential workers from 6 April 2020.The new payment is intended to ...

COVID-19 Advice on health and safety, and duty of care

31 Mar 2020

Learn more about the Health and Safety responsibilities of employers operating essential service businesses during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, and the consequences of not meeting ...

COVID-19 Advice on employees

30 Mar 2020

Advice on employees who want to voluntarily self-isolate and whether an employee who wants to come to work, shouldWe know a number of growers have questions about employment a...

MPI update on 29 March 2020

29 Mar 2020

MPI has provided responses to two more grower questions, as below. Identifying essential services cargoWe askedHow are the ports and courier companies identifying "essential s...

MBIE says door-to-door, local fruit and vegetable box deliveries can go ahead, but all COVID-19 anti-transmission measures must be in place

28 Mar 2020

MBIE has just advised HortNZ that door-to-door, local fruit and vegetable box deliveries can go ahead, but COVID-19 anti-transmission measures must be in place, such as the 2m...

Wage subsidy scheme update 27 March 2020

27 Mar 2020

The government announced modifications to the wage subsidy scheme on 27 March 2020. They include: While businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavours to...

COVID-19 update for horticulture - 26 March

26 Mar 2020 COVID-19 update for horticulture - 26 March image

HortNZ is closely monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and its potential impact on the horticulture industry. The situation is constantly evolving. Please keep an eye...

MPI responses to key grower questions and concerns - 5pm

26 Mar 2020

Updated at 7.30pm March 26 We have just received notice that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be visiting packhouses and other horticultural operations across th...