Your levy at work
The need to secure valuable horticulture growing land via a New Zealand food security policy has had a high profile in media in the past month and is an issue Hort NZ will be taking up with the new government. Hort NZ chief executive Mike Chapman has done a number of interviews on TV, radio and in print, emphasising Pukekohe in particular as an area that needs urgent attention before we pave all of paradise.
The Natural Resources and Environment team has been busy in Northland, with policy advisor Lucy Deverall, and Hort NZ consultants Vance Hodgson and Lynette Wharfe, and Brad Siebert from NZ Avocado meeting with growers to discuss issues to inform the Hort NZ submission on the Northland Regional Council’s Regional Plan, which covers a range of issues from water quality, to water takes, use of water, agrichemical use, and land disturbance.
Growers’ workshops were also held in Blenheim to discuss the Marlborough District Council’s Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan, and in Canterbury to discuss the Waimakariri District Plan review.
The Tribunal considering the Ngaruroro River and Clive River Water Conservation Order (WCO) has decided to have two hearings. The upper river hearing will be heard from 14 November to 14 December, and the lower will be heard in May 2018. The tribunal will issue one decision once both hearings have concluded. Horticulture New Zealand and other parties raised a jurisdictional issue with the groundwater, and this will likely mean there is wider notification for the lower river hearing process. Hort NZ is preparing a legal submission and industry statement for the upper river hearing. Our main focus will be on the lower river hearing, where we will submit substantive evidence to support our opposition to the WCO below the Whanawhana Cableway.
Auckland Council has notified Proposed Plan Change 4. This is an administrative plan change that deals with technical errors and anomalies within the existing Auckland Unitary Plan (operative in part). Auckland Council agreed to address Horticulture New Zealand’s appeal on the definition of buildings and yards in this plan change. We are reviewing the plan change to ensure those matters, and any others, have been met sufficiently.
Horticulture New Zealand has put together an update on new Accommodation Standard Legal Requirements. The full update is available on the Horticulture New Zealand website.
Mark 23 – 25 July 2018 in your calendars for the 2018 Horticulture Conference, which will be held at the Airforce Museum, Wigram, Christchurch. The theme of the conference is Our food story. Watch out for more information in the new year.
A decade has passed since the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust was launched to help encourage us all to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and it celebrated its 10 years last month. The message is simple – eat at least five servings each day to help maintain good health – but one which requires >
▶ (Right) At Pyper's Produce, from left to right, Brendan Hamilton from Pyper’s Produce, Mike Chapman from Horticulture New Zealand, Brent Lamb from Pyper's Produce, Angela Halliday and Julian Raine from HortNZ.
▶ (Top right) Stephen Darling in his orchard.