Grower feed­back needed on HortNZ's struc­ture

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One of the ma­jor as­pects of Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s ‘Fu­ture Fo­cus’ re­view of the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been look­ing at the struc­ture of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and its board elec­tion process.

An In­dus­try Work­ing Group of grow­ers was put to­gether to con­sider the op­tions for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s struc­ture, its vot­ing process and its board elec­tion process.

The In­dus­try Work­ing Group was ap­pointed jointly by the HortNZ Board and Af­fil­i­ated Prod­uct Groups and com­prises the fol­low­ing peo­ple:

Dacey Balle – onion, po­tato and fresh veg­etable grower from Pukekohe

An­dre de Bruin – ku­mara grower from Dar­gav­ille

Tony Ivice­vich – HortNZ Board – tomato grower from Auck­land

John Mur­phy – gar­lic grower from Marl­bor­ough

Ian Palmer – pipfruit grower from Nel­son

Ju­lian Raine – HortNZ Pres­i­dent – pipfruit, ki­wifruit, black­cur­rant and boy­sen­berry grower from Nel­son

Ben Smith – tomato grower from Pukekohe

Mike Smith – ki­wifruit grower from Te Puke

Leon Stal­lard – pipfruit grower from Hawke’s Bay

Duane Wells – per­sim­mon grower from North­land

The In­dus­try Work­ing Group pre­pared a dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment which can be found on the HortNZ web­site www.hortnz.co.nz and is sum­marised here.

The work­ing group needs to know what you think of the op­tions they have ar­rived at for im­prov­ing the per­for­mance of HortNZ.

A sur­vey is go­ing out to all grow­ers with the HortNZ mag­a­zines, NZGrower and The Or­chardist. Grow­ers can also com­plete the sur­vey online here: https://www.sur­veymon­key.com/s/Z3LKZSC.

The ar­eas be­ing con­sid­ered for im­prove­ment are around who ac­tu­ally be­longs to HortNZ, how does vot­ing work for HortNZ, how should the HortNZ board be elected and how should the Board be made up.

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