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Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand has launched its 2017 Election Man­i­festo. We came out with five key pri­or­i­ties for the new gov­ern­ment, to be elected on Septem­ber 23 namely, biose­cu­rity, food se­cu­rity, work­force ca­pa­bil­ity, manda­tory coun­try of ori­gin la­belling and healthy eat­ing ed­u­ca­tion. Then Labour came out with its tax pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing a tax on wa­ter for some wa­ter users, and the ques­tion list we had for the next gov­ern­ment in­creased.

It is vague on de­tail, but as an­nounced, Labour’s wa­ter tax pol­icy ap­pears to have po­ten­tial to have a big im­pact on fruit and veg­etable grow­ers. A num­ber of grow­ers have con­tacted Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand to voice their con­cerns, both about the tax and that, as an­nounced, it would be un­fairly tar­get­ing food pro­duc­ers to be re­spon­si­ble for pay­ing to clean up wa­ter ways. The bot­tom line is that any ad­di­tional pro­duc­tion cost gets passed on to con­sumers and the healthy food our grow­ers pro­duce gets more ex­pen­sive. Mak­ing healthy food more ex­pen­sive, in a coun­try with a lot of health is­sues re­lated to poor diet, does not seem like sound pol­icy. Since the pol­icy was an­nounced, Hort NZ has put out three me­dia re­leases (all on our web­site) and chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man and pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine have spo­ken out via me­dia on many oc­ca­sions. So­cial me­dia has also been all a Twitter on the sub­ject. We will con­tinue to put for­ward grow­ers’

views on this crit­i­cal is­sue.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s NZGrower magazine has won an in­ter­na­tional award for its front cover il­lus­tra­tion. One of more than 400 en­tries for the 2017 Tab­bie Awards, from the Amer­i­can-based Trade As­so­ci­a­tion Busi­ness Pub­li­ca­tions In­ter­na­tional, the July 2016 NZ Grower cover was awarded Bronze in the Front Cover – Il­lus­tra­tion cat­e­gory. “Fun with just the right amount of hu­mour; love the ex­e­cu­tion here (no pun in­tended!),” judges said of the cover il­lus­tra­tion de­pict­ing a wasp with a “big ham­mer” to hit the tomato-potato psyl­lid. NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil re­cently voted to in­ves­ti­gate changes to its One Plan that cover in­ten­sive farm­ing and nu­tri­ent leach­ing, in par­tic­u­lar ni­tro­gen. Chang­ing a plan is not easy, sim­ple, or quick. It is both a le­gal and a public process and it may take two to four years. This de­ci­sion, and its po­ten­tial im­pacts, are cov­ered in a Ques­tion and An­swer doc­u­ment on our web­site.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Dr Nick Smith has an­nounced fund­ing of $485,168 from the Fresh­wa­ter Im­prove­ment Fund for a three-year project: Pro­tect­ing our Ground­wa­ter – Mea­sur­ing and Man­ag­ing Dif­fuse Nu­tri­ent losses from Crop­ping Sys­tems, which has been wel­comed by Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand. Food con­sumers world-wide are in­creas­ingly want­ing in­for­ma­tion about the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of the food sup­ply chain, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to healthy food, so it is im­por­tant to have fund­ing to ap­ply sci­ence and re­search to en­sur­ing the best man­age­ment prac­tices for our grow­ers. The project is man­aged by the Foun­da­tion for Arable Re­search (FAR) with fund­ing from Veg­etable Re­search and In­no­va­tion (V R & I), in­dus­try and re­gional coun­cils. Hort NZ is part of the project team.

Hort NZ is look­ing to set up a work­ing group to dis­cuss the is­sues with crop­ping and leased land re­lat­ing to _________________________________________________________

land use con­sents. If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved please con­tact As­tra Fos­ter, as­tra.fos­


Hort NZ, along with other groups, at­tended the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade’s (MFAT) Agri­cul­ture Core Group meet­ing on Au­gust 3. MFAT gave a thor­ough round up of trade ne­go­ti­a­tions, and Mike Petersen (spe­cial agri­cul­tural trade en­voy) gave a wrap-up of his trav­els, with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on his visit to Latin Amer­ica. Mike talked about a real agri­cul­tural awak­en­ing in places such as Ar­gentina, and an align­ment with New Zealand on the need for a lib­eral free trading en­vi­ron­ment. This is il­lus­trated by the Pa­cific Al­liance in­tent on com­plet­ing an am­bi­tious free trade agree­ment with the four as­so­ciate mem­bers: New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore and Canada. See Page 36 for more on Latin Amer­ica and Trade 2030. Si­mon He­garty of the Hor­ti­cul­ture Ex­port Author­ity and Richard Palmer from Hort NZ briefed Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade (MFAT) staff due to head to off-shore post­ings over the next six months. They spoke about hor­ti­cul­tural trade, mar­ket ac­cess, and the valu­able sup­port of­fered from off­shore posts.


The gov­ern­ment has re­leased its re­sponse to the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion’s re­view of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. Four key fo­cus ar­eas have been iden­ti­fied, three of which Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand and its af­fil­i­ates ad­vo­cated for, namely:

• Meet­ing the needs of in­dus­try through rel­e­vant, re­spon­sive, and sup­port­ive teach­ing.

• Im­prov­ing per­for­mance across the sys­tem. • En­abling and en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tive new mod­els and providers.

There ap­pears to be some trac­tion on our con­stant mes­sag­ing around smaller, bite-sized chunks of learn­ing and there­fore, more flex­i­ble in­dus­tryfriendly mod­els.

The East Coast hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try has come to­gether to ad­dress the labour short­age is­sue in the Tairawhiti re­gion. The Tipu project aims to de­velop a skilled and sus­tain­able labour force, and max­imise lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Tairawhiti hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.The first phase re­quires re­search and data col­lec­tion from East Coast grow­ers, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about labour re­quire­ments, hu­man re­source pro­cesses, and train­ing avail­abil­ity. Raw­inia Parata, the Tairawhiti hor­ti­cul­ture co­or­di­na­tor, will con­tact in­dus­try peo­ple to de­velop an analysis over the next few months. >

This year Hort NZ has ac­cepted 17 par­tic­i­pants from a wide range of hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors and busi­nesses for the Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand lead­er­ship pro­gramme, sup­ported by Lin­coln Univer­sity. De­signed for po­ten­tial or cur­rent lead­ers in the fruit and veg­etable in­dus­try, and with the sup­port of key lead­ers, the pro­gramme strongly matches the needs of the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor, and in­volves train­ing by the best providers, fa­cil­i­ta­tors and pre­sen­ters pos­si­ble. The suc­cess­ful can­di­dates are: Ni­cholas Arch­dale - Leader­brand, Gis­borne; Erin Atkin­son - Apata Group, Bay of Plenty; Jonathan Baker - Lit­tle Green House, Can­ter­bury; Canaan Balck - Hoddy’s Or­chard, Nel­son; Jaco Grobbe­laar - Aon­gatete Cool­stores, Bay of Plenty; Chad Har­ris - Bo­s­tock New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay; Danni van der Hei­j­dan - Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool, Bay of Plenty; Shanna Hick­ling - River­sun, Gis­borne; Pa­trick Mal­ley - Onyx Hor­ti­cul­ture, North­land; Jean­nette Rea - Scar­bor­ough Fare

North, Waikato; Alexis Rolle­ston EastPack, Bay of Plenty; Do­minique Zivkovic - T&G, North­land; Ja­nine Carter - T&G, Hawke’s Bay; Hamish McKain - DMS, Bay of Plenty; Lilou Tabourin - Onyx Hor­ti­cul­ture, North­land; Re­becca Tur­ley - Tur­ley Farms, Can­ter­bury; and Paul Koce Seeka, Bay of Plenty.

UMR Re­search was com­mis­sioned to com­plete a re­port into path­ways to lead­er­ship for women in the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try, which was pre­sented at the Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence. The full re­port is on the web­site and it re­ceived a write-up in the Otago Daily Times un­der the head­line: Lack of women in lead­er­ship ‘con­strain­ing’. The re­port said women were more likely than their male coun­ter­parts to fos­ter an in­crease in chal­leng­ing tra­di­tional think­ing, carry out more col­lab­o­ra­tion and idea shar­ing, be more fo­cused on re­sults and pay at­ten­tion to de­tail while see­ing the

wider big pic­ture. Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand would like to thank Toma­toes NZ, Hawke’s Bay Fruit­grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Process Veg­eta­bles NZ, Veg­eta­bles NZ Inc., New Zealand Ki­wifruit Grow­ers In­cor­po­rated, and the NZ Fruit­grow­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust for con­tribut­ing to the re­port.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Erin Atkin­son, who was named Young Grower of the Year 2017 in Christchurch in Au­gust. Erin, 30, is a tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor for Apata Group in Te Puke, and is the first woman to win the ti­tle in its 11 year run. Erin is pro­filed fur­ther in this magazine. Con­grat­u­la­tions also to run­ner up Scott Wil­cox of Pukekohe, third placed Ben Geaney from Wai­mate, and to the other two con­tes­tants Ralph Bas­tian and Jor­don James. The young grower com­pe­ti­tion is an im­por­tant way to fos­ter tal­ent and de­velop the ca­reers of the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try’s fu­ture lead­ers. Hor­ti­cul­ture is a $5.6 bil­lion in­dus­try that ex­ports 60% of to­tal pro­duc­tion

to 124 coun­tries. We want the bright­est and the best to seek out ca­reers in our in­dus­try and to stay be­cause they can see op­por­tu­ni­ties. Con­tes­tants say that in ad­di­tion to the prizes, the real value lies in the net­work­ing and con­nec­tions made through the com­pe­ti­tion.


Hort NZ and other sec­tor groups have met with the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) to dis­cuss the Ve­hi­cle, Ma­chin­ery and Tyres Im­port Health Stan­dard (IHS), which was put out for con­sul­ta­tion in Septem­ber 2015. MPI has ad­vised that sig­nif­i­cant change has been made to this IHS, and it will go out for full con­sul­ta­tion again in two to three months’ time.

Hort NZ at­tended two quite dif­fer­ent biose­cu­rity fo­rums. First was the NZ Plant Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety biose­cu­rity fo­rum in Tau­ranga, which saw peo­ple from across gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try, and the re­search com­mu­nity come to­gether to learn from one an­other about the sys­tem and var­i­ous ap­proaches to deal­ing with is­sues. At the open­ing day of the NZ Biose­cu­rity Ini­tia­tive’s Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Sem­i­nar (NETS) event, sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple in­volved in biose­cu­rity met in Welling­ton, mostly to dis­cuss es­tab­lished pests and dis­eases. These events high­light the broad range of op­er­a­tional biose­cu­rity un­der­way in New Zealand, and help to draw peo­ple to­gether in the biose­cu­rity team of 4.7 mil­lion en­vis­aged by Biose­cu­rity 2025.

Hort NZ, as an ob­server, at­tended the in­au­gu­ral Brown Mar­morated Stink Bug (BMSB) Coun­cil meet­ing where the pro­posed strat­egy put to­gether by some of the par­ties, in­clud­ing Hort NZ, was re­viewed and a work plan­ning con­sid­ered.

Hort NZ, with oth­ers, work­shopped the key as­pects of a re­vised brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB) re­sponse plan. This will be fur­ther re­fined in an­other work­shop in­volv­ing US re­searchers, part spon­sored by Hort NZ and sec­tor groups. This work­shop will en­hance New Zealand’s un­der­stand­ing of key as­pects of a BMSB re­sponse, and there will be dis­cus­sion on fu­ture tools and in­vest­ment for erad­i­ca­tion and sur­veil­lance.

Hort NZ deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Palmer chaired the first meet­ing of the Biose­cu­rity 2025 Strate­gic Di­rec­tion 3 Work­ing Group (free-flow­ing info high­ways), and the group will meet again on Septem­ber 21 to work through the goals and out­comes for this strate­gic di­rec­tion.

◀ Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s NZGrower magazine has won an in­ter­na­tional award for its front cover il­lus­tra­tion by graphic de­signer Hope Walker.

▴ The East Coast hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try has come to­gether to ad­dress the labour short­age is­sue: Ruth Bound (deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment), Anne Tol­ley, Raw­inia Parata (Tairawhiti hor­ti­cul­ture co-or­di­na­tor), Michael Wood­house,

An­nie Aranui (re­gional com­mis­sioner for the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment) Tim Egan and Wayne Hall (Tipu Ad­vi­sory Group). __________________________________________________________________________________________________

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