Your Levy at Work

HortNZ leads in­dus­try wide is­sues for in­dus­try good

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IN­DUS­TRY

Count­down: The Com­merce Com­mis­sion re­leased its re­port into al­le­ga­tions of anti-com­pet­i­tive and in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour by Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises Ltd, the op­er­a­tor of Count­down su­per­mar­ket chain, to­wards their sup­pli­ers. The Com­mis­sion's in­ves­ti­ga­tion dealt with 90 com­plaints from sup­pli­ers. The Com­mis­sion found that Pro­gres­sive did not breach any laws.

HortNZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Sil­cock says HortNZ ac­cepts the Com­mis­sion found there was no breach of the law, but the fact is New Zealand has one of the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of su­per­mar­ket power in the world and one of the least reg­u­lated mar­kets.

“We need to ad­dress that. The es­tab­lish­ment of a manda­tory su­per­mar­ket code of con­duct and in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion around un­con­scionable con­duct would be a great start.”

Grow­ers sup­ply­ing su­per­mar­kets and other re­tail­ers should note that the Com­mis­sion did high­light two ar­eas where, as it says, “com­mer­cial par­ties should be re­minded to take care”. The first is about am­bi­gu­ity in business com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which can be mis­un­der­stood and place re­tail­ers at risk of breach­ing the law.

The sec­ond piece of ad­vice from the Com­mis­sion was a warn­ing to re­mem­ber not to ex­change in­for­ma­tion about com­peti­tor's fu­ture be­hav­iour, or dis­cuss sup­plier in­ter­ac­tions with a com­peti­tor. “In­di­vid­u­als who do so are ex­pos­ing both them­selves per­son­ally and their company to a po­ten­tial breach of the law,” the Com­mis­sion says.

Read the full re­port here: http://www. com­com.govt.nz/business-com­pe­ti­tion/ com­pe­ti­tion- en­force­ment- re­sponses/ in­ves­ti­ga­tion-re­ports/

Levy: Grow­ers who make di­rect sales should have re­ceived a let­ter with their ID num­ber and in­struc­tions on how to pay their Di­rect Levy on­line.

To get started go to https://levy. hortnz.co.nz/paynow and en­ter your mem­ber­ship ID num­ber, this can be found on your Orchardist or NZGrower mag­a­zine la­bel or on the di­rect levy let­ter which was posted to you, or by call­ing the HortNZ of­fice on 0508 467 869.

If you didn't make any di­rect sales for the pe­riod 18 June 2013 to 30 June 2014 there's no need to re­turn the form. If you do make di­rect sales, but didn't re­ceive a let­ter, please email your name and con­tact phone num­ber to max.po­laczuk@hortnz.co.nz.

And thank you very much to those grow­ers who have al­ready paid their di­rect levy us­ing the on­line fa­cil­ity. We've had some very pos­i­tive feed­back al­ready.

Data­base: Thanks to all the grow­ers in the North­land re­gion who have re­turned our data­base check­ing forms to us. We got an ex­cel­lent re­turn rate. This is all part of our reg­u­lar HortNZ data­base check­ing. We are about to send out a survey form to grow­ers in the Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu and Taranaki re­gions.

In this survey we are ask­ing a new ques­tion about the coun­cil and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties grow­ers have to work with. We are ask­ing this be­cause we know there are grow­ers who might op­er­ate a business in one lo­cal au­thor­ity re­gion and live in another. We are try­ing to make sure we talk to the right peo­ple when we need to work with lo­cal grow­ers on dis­trict or re­gional coun­cil re­source man­age­ment plan­ning.

We are work­ing on this re­gion-byre­gion so we can man­age the re­sponses we get and build up a con­sis­tent work pro­gramme for up­dat­ing the data­base. If you are a grower in North­land and DID NOT re­ceive the survey form, please email Kirsty.mills@hortnz.co.nz and we will fig­ure out what hap­pened, and will send you a form.

GOV­ER­NANCE

Direc­tors: The ap­point­ment of two peo­ple to the HortNZ Board for their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence took a step closer with the HortNZ di­rec­tor se­lec­tion group es­tab­lished. The se­lec­tion group com­prises the pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine and two mem­bers elected by the Hor­ti­cul­ture In­dus­try Fo­rum, John Bourke of Bay of Plenty and Les­ley Wilson from Hawke's Bay.

The direc­tors se­lec­tion group will rec­om­mend to the Board one per­son to be ap­pointed to HortNZ's Board by the 2015 an­nual meet­ing and a fur­ther per­son to be ap­pointed be­fore the 2016 an­nual meet­ing. The two ap­pointed direc­tors will join the seven direc­tors elected by grower mem­bers. Elected direc­tors must be grow­ers. The ra­tio­nale for hav­ing ap­pointed direc­tors, that may be ei­ther grow­ers or non-grow­ers, is to ex­tend the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence on the board while at the same time leav­ing grower mem­bers firmly in con­trol of their or­gan­i­sa­tion.

FOOD SAFETY

United Fresh: The very top­i­cal sub­jects of food safety and trace­abil­ity were the fo­cus of a United Fresh work­shop held in Auck­land last month. About 80 peo­ple at­tended, in­clud­ing HortNZ di­rec­tor Mike Arnold and staff Peter Sil­cock and Leigh Cat­ley. Lawyer Ciska de Ri­jik from Simp­son Gri­er­son gave a brief over­view of in­dus­try re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the Food Act and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for the in­dus­try to make health and nu­tri­tion claims not avail­able to the mar­keters of many other prod­ucts.

Shaun Bos­son from GS1 ex­plained global trends in trace­abil­ity and the key el­e­ments for de­vel­op­ing trace­abil­ity sys­tems. Sally John­ston from the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries spoke about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Food Act and in­vited the in­dus­try to work with MPI on im­ple­men­ta­tion. Peter also at­tended a reg­u­lar meet­ing of the MPI Food & Bev­er­age Fo­rum while in Auck­land.

PEO­PLE

Train­ing: The new set of hor­ti­cul­ture qual­i­fi­ca­tions (Lev­els 1 to 6 – trade cer­tifi­cate and diploma level) have been sub­mit­ted to the New Zealand Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work (NZQA). HortNZ has worked to en­sure the qual­i­fi­ca­tions have been based on spe­cific job roles i.e. work­ing from the job back­wards, rather than be­ing ed­u­ca­tion driven.

In the past there have been more than 115 dif­fer­ent hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor qual­i­fi­ca­tions regis­tered at lev­els 1-6 on (NZQA). HortNZ has ad­vo­cated for a re­duc­tion of the du­pli­ca­tion and pro­lif­er­a­tion of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and for a sys­tem that is easy to un­der­stand, par­tic­u­larly for em­ploy­ers and learn­ers.

HortNZ's Sue Pick­er­ing says the new qual­i­fi­ca­tions have been worked on ex­ten­sively by a good com­bi­na­tion of in­dus­try peo­ple, the Pri­mary ITO and ed­u­ca­tors. The next step is for the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be ‘listed' and then pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment will be­gin.

HortNZ and oth­ers have in­di­cated they want to have full in­volve­ment to en­sure the process re­sults in sen­si­ble and ben­e­fi­cial out­comes. While in­dus­try has in­di­cated it is happy with the new qual­i­fi­ca­tions map be­ing put in place we will still have to work hard in this phase to en­sure that we don't get a pro­lif­er­a­tion of pro­grammes un­der­neath the qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Lead­er­ship: The HortNZ lead­er­ship pro­gramme for 2014 has now been com­pleted. The last part of the course in­volved the par­tic­i­pants spend­ing three days in Wellington, which in­cluded the pre­sen­ta­tion of their in­di­vid­ual course projects and a meet­ing with Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Nathan Guy.

As usual we asked those on the course to re­view and rate their ex­pe­ri­ence of the pro­gramme. Re­sults av­er­aged at 8.5/10 for pro­gramme goals and 8.0/10 for per­sonal goals and the feed­back it­self has been equally pos­i­tive: “Out­stand­ing pro­gramme – rec­om­mend it to any­one in the in­dus­try”. And ad­vice to any­one think­ing of tak­ing the course was: “Go for it” or “Do it and you will never look back”. About 170 grad­u­ates have now com­pleted the course.

NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

Hawke’s Bay: The Ru­atani­wha Dam High Court Ap­peal started last month. HortNZ is in­volved along with DairyNZ, Fon­terra, Ir­ri­ga­tion New Zealand and Fed­er­ated Farm­ers in re­spond­ing to ap­peals to the dam decision by the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fence So­ci­ety, For­est & Bird and Fish & Game. Other par­ties re­spond­ing to the ap­peals in­clude the Hawke's Bay Re­gional Coun­cil and Hast­ings Re­gional Coun­cil.

The ap­peals by EDS, F&G and F&B were on a num­ber of broad le­gal points but were ba­si­cally ar­gu­ing that the plan change does not give ef­fect to the Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment (NPS) for fresh­wa­ter with­out a dis­solved in­or­ganic ni­tro­gen (DIN) con­tent limit of 0.8 in the river be­cause the on-farm Land Use Class (LUC) lim­its are not enough to en­sure wa­ter qual­ity. The pro­posed limit of 0.8 DIN is much lower than the A grade of the NPS which is 1.5.

MAR­KET AC­CESS

South Korea: HortNZ wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of a new free trade deal with South Korea which should re­sult in the cre­ation of a much more at­trac­tive mar­ket for some of our hor­ti­cul­ture grow­ers and ex­porters.

Ac­cord­ing to Si­mon He­garty, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Hor­ti­cul­ture Ex­port Au­thor­ity, New Zealand ex­ports 60% of its hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duc­tion at a value of NZ$2.4 bil­lion and South Korea is the des­ti­na­tion for almost 3% of that. It is our 7th largest ex­port mar­ket with ex­ports in 2014 amount­ing to NZ$64 mil­lion. How­ever, th­ese ex­ports at­tracted an es­ti­mated NZ$25 mil­lion in tar­iffs at an av­er­age 39% of the value.

Si­mon says this has con­trib­uted to the de­cline in trade to this mar­ket in the past two years. The 45% tar­iff on ki­wifruit alone amounted to a cost of $20m or an av­er­age $7,820/grower, while the cost to the 40 but­ter­cup squash grow­ers was $2.9m or an av­er­age of $73,000 per grower.

The new deal elim­i­nates 93% of our cur­rent tar­iffs within five years, on ki­wifruit and but­ter­cup squash (that make up 85% of our cur­rent trade).

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