Grower feedback needed on HortNZ's structure
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.