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Hort NZ president Julian Raine, vice-president Tony Howey, and director Leon Stallard have been re-elected to the board of Hort NZ unopposed. Theirs were the only nominations received for the three board positions which were up for reelection by rotation.
Julian is a pipfruit, kiwifruit and berryfruit grower from Nelson. Tony is a vegetable and berryfruit grower from Canterbury, and Leon a pipfruit grower from Hawke’s Bay.
Following a recent review of its ownership and terms of reference, NZ GAP has announced its new committee members:
* Tony Howey (Horticulture New Zealand – chair)
* John Murphy (Vegetables New Zealand)
* Allen Lim (Canterbury Vegetable Growers Assn)
* Malcolm Pook (Tomatoes NZ)
* Gary Bennetts (Summerfruit NZ)
* Mathew Bannister (NZ Citrus Growers Inc)
NZ GAP is owned by Horticulture New Zealand, with the NZ GAP committee being responsible for the management and oversight of the programme.The committee is made up of two positions appointed by Hort NZ, and four positions elected by the industry product groups and district associations.
The new committee comes together at an exciting time, as NZ GAP continues to grow its membership and releases a range of new programmes and services for growers.
Horticulture New Zealand congratulates the government on listening to the people and passing the first reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill in Parliament.
The Country of Origin of Food Bill has now been referred to the Primary Production Select Committee for review.
Submissions close on May 18, and Horticulture New Zealand has prepared a detailed submission and a shorter submission that can be sent in by anyone who wants to submit. In the meantime, like the Facebook page https://www.facebook. com/NZCoOL to show your support for country of origin labelling.
Prime Minister Bill English launched the government’s new trade strategy, Trade Agenda 2030. Hort NZ supports this strategy, which sets a target for 90% of New Zealand’s exports to be covered by free trade agreements. In an increasingly difficult global trade environment, the strategy is focused on New Zealand advocating for, and using the mechanisms of, the global rules based system, centred around the World Trade Organisation, in particular to address non-tariff barriers.
Hort NZ has been briefed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on the key aspects of the strategy.
As part of the Horticulture Industry Forum in Wellington last month, Hort NZ ran a quick exercise and workshop session based on a brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) incursion. The exercise was well supported by technical and response staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries, who briefed the forum on BMSB biology and helped to further highlight the risk to our industry. The exercise identified the significant challenge in dealing with a bug that is difficult to detect, as well as the huge resource likely to be required in response.
The exercise governance group used the opportunity to test the industry cost-share modelling that has been started by the BMSB council.
Hort NZ also attended the now twice-yearly GIA Deed Governance Group (DGG) meeting in Wellington.
Hort NZ also attended the first of a series of workshops with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) looking at the process to amend the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. The second workshop will be in May and, following that, Hort NZ has proposed to MBIE that a workshop be held for the horticulture sector to hear what we anticipate to be the wide ranging views from growers on plant variety ownership.
If you have views on this issue that you wish to have heard, please contact Richard Palmer at Hort NZ so we can assemble a reference group.
Horticulture New Zealand staff were saddened to hear of the passing of George Sue last month. George made a great contribution to both horticulture and the community. In 2013 he received a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to the community. Reflecting that, his family has asked that in lieu of flowers, they invite you to offer a couple of hours to assist a voluntary organisation/sports club – in recognition of the countless hours George gave to assist the many community organisations to which he dedicated his life. Alternatively, you can donate towards the Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre.
Hort NZ’s Eve Williams spent four days in Whangarei with the career roadshow. She talked to the students about the value of the horticulture industry. Bronwyn Walters from NTL Horticulture was also there, and talked about the industry from the perspective of someone who owns and runs an orchard, and who studied extramurally through Lincoln to gain her qualifications in horticulture.
Eve also maintained Hort NZ’s presence in Gisborne at the Careers Expo.