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NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

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.

GROWER SUP­PORT

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.

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