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a re­sult of this and other dis­cus­sions on Brexit, Hort NZ has pre­pared some background brief­ing for any­one in the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try who may be trav­el­ling to the UK and meet­ing with UK hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try or of­fi­cials. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Richard Palmer.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man says to con­tinue its rapid growth, hor­ti­cul­ture needs good trade pol­icy, and he wel­comed last month’s an­nounce­ment from the gov­ern­ment en­abling that.

“Ex­ports in­creased by 40% from June 2014 to 2016 and this growth shows no signs of slow­ing down. For hor­ti­cul­ture to con­tinue to play a valu­able role in the New Zealand econ­omy we need Free Trade Agree­ments that de­liver quar­an­tine mar­ket ac­cess and ad­dress non-tar­iff bar­ri­ers,” he says.

Read the full me­dia re­lease on the HortNZ web­site.

PEO­PLE

Fund­ing of $1.8 mil­lion to grow the skills and ca­pa­bil­ity of Tair awhiti’s re­gional labour force, an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment last month, is good news for hor­ti­cul­ture, says Hort NZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man. Growth pro­jec­tions in the area sug­gest about 1,200 more peo­ple will be re­quired in the next three to five years for pro­duc­tion, re­lated pro­cess­ing and as­so­ci­ated ser­vices.

Read the full me­dia re­lease on the Hort NZ web­site.

Hor­ti­cul­ture main­tained a pres­ence at three ca­reer ex­pos, tar­geted at se­condary school stu­dents and their par­ents, aim­ing to en­cour­age new re­cruits into the in­dus­try. Eve Williams from Hort NZ has been in­volved with these events, with sup­port from grow­ers and lo­cal hor­ti­cul­tural busi­nesses.

• The Whangarei Road­show toured seven sites with vis­its from 15 dif­fer­ent colleges be­tween Tues­day, March 28 and Fri­day, March 31.

• The Gis­borne Ca­reer Expo was held at Show­grounds Park Events Cen­tre on April 3 and 4, with more than 2,500 se­condary school stu­dents ex­pected over the two days.

• Next month, the Far North Road­show will tour five sites

with vis­its from 18 colleges be­tween May 9 and May 12.

We’d love sup­port from lo­cals to spread the word about hor­ti­cul­ture as a ca­reer at any up­com­ing ex­pos, es­pe­cially with the work­force chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead. Get in touch with Eve if you’re able and will­ing to help out.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand has also ac­cepted a pro­posal from UMR Re­search to help in­form the devel­op­ment of an in­dus­try-wide strat­egy to pro­mote the ad­vance­ment of women in the New Zealand hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor. This strat­egy will be de­signed to sup­port women to fur­ther their ca­reers and in­volve­ment, par­tic­u­larly into lead­er­ship roles.

SUB­MIS­SIONS

Hort NZ has made a sub­mis­sion to MPI sup­port­ing changes to the Seed for Sow­ing Im­port Health Stan­dard (IHS). These changes in­cor­po­rate the manda­tory treat­ments that have been in place as emer­gency mea­sures to pre­vent pea wee­vil from en­ter­ing and es­tab­lish­ing in New Zealand.

Hort NZ has made fur­ther sub­mis­sions on the Opotiki District Plan, and is work­ing with a num­ber of par­ties in prepa­ra­tion for hear­ings later in the year. Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment (NRE) staff will meet with the coun­cil to

- dis­cuss is­sues in early April, and plan to do a trip to the area in mid-May to look at the out­stand­ing land­scape is­sues and im­pacts on grow­ing op­er­a­tions.

Hort NZ has put in a sub­mis­sion on the Pro­posed Waikato Re­gional Plan Change 1 Waikato and Waipa River Catch­ments. You can read the full sub­mis­sion on the Nat­u­ral Re­sources sec­tion of the Hort NZ web­site.

NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man and Pukekohe grow­ers Bharat Ji­van and Mark Ball ap­peared on New­shub last month to talk about pro­tect­ing valu­able Pukekohe veg­etable grow­ing land from en­croach­ing hous­ing de­vel­op­ments. Two gov­ern­ment min­is­ters were also in­ter­viewed for the piece and came across as not un­der­stand­ing the is­sues, par­tic­u­larly food sup­ply se­cu­rity and in­creas­ing pres­sure on poor in­fras­truc­ture (wa­ter and roads).

Last month Hort NZ, in con­junc­tion with Pipfruit NZ and Sum­mer­fruit NZ, held a two-day field trip around Cen­tral Otago for Otago re­gional coun­cil­lors and Cen­tral Otago district coun­cil­lors.

High­lights in­cluded a trip to Plant & Food Re­search, where the group learned about innovations in fruit grow­ing; a visit to a block of land in Spring­vale that had pre­vi­ously been un­us­able for other en­deav­ours but is now be­ing pre­pared to grow cher­ries; and a talk from He­len Axby at Sea­sonal Solutions about worker ac­com­mo­da­tion is­sues and the Reg­is­tered Sea­sonal Em­ployer (RSE) scheme.

Ac­cess to land and wa­ter, re­verse sen­si­tiv­ity, devel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion, and the po­ten­tial growth of hor­ti­cul­ture in Otago were some com­mon themes that came up, and the trip was a great suc­cess with lots of pos­i­tive feed­back from the coun­cil­lors. The team ap­proach with Pipfruit NZ and Sum­mer­fruit NZ was suc­cess­ful; we think it will con­tinue to be so in the fu­ture dur­ing the coun­cils’ re­spec­tive plan­ning pro­cesses, in mak­ing sure that the im­por­tance of hor­ti­cul­ture in Otago is not over­looked. The tour is cov­ered in more de­tail in this mag­a­zine.

The Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment team also at­tended an En­vi­ron­ment Court me­di­a­tion on the Otago Re­gional Pol­icy State­ment. This is the over­ar­ch­ing doc­u­ment that the var­i­ous plans af­fect, so it is im­por­tant that hor­ti­cul­ture is recog­nised and pro­vided for. Grow­ers will be up­dated as this de­vel­ops.

Hort NZ has been in­volved in a num­ber of plans where the Na­tional Grid lines owned and op­er­ated by Trans­power have been iden­ti­fied in spe­cial pro­vi­sions in­cluded in district plans. Some of the lo­cal elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies also want sim­i­lar pro­tec­tion. At present, Aurora En­ergy wants pro­tec­tion of lines in Cen­tral Otago.

Hort NZ would be in­ter­ested to hear from grow­ers in Cen­tral Otago who have Aurora or Delta lines through their or­chards as we need to as­sess the likely im­pact.

EVENTS

Hor­ti­cul­ture is the pri­mary in­dus­tries’ quiet achiever – ex­pand­ing, grow­ing and meet­ing global con­sumer de­mands for healthy food. Grow­ers play a valu­able role in the New Zealand econ­omy, both at a lo­cal level as pro­duc­ers, em­ploy­ers and food sup­pli­ers to New Zealan­ders, and with ex­ports.

The Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence 2017, from 12-14 July in Tau­ranga, is the place to be for in­dus­try to get to­gether and share ideas, learn about in­no­va­tion to im­prove their busi­ness, hear in­spi­ra­tional and in­flu­en­tial speak­ers, con­nect and so­cialise.

Find out more about the Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence 2017 on our web­site.

Hort NZ, in con­junc­tion with Pipfruit NZ and Sum­mer­fruit NZ, held a two-day field trip around Cen­tral Otago for Otago re­gional coun­cil­lors and Cen­tral Otago district coun­cil­lors. Pic­tured from left: Alan Pollard (Pipfruit NZ chief ex­ec­u­tive), Tim Paulin,

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