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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.

IN­DUS­TRY

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.

BIOSE­CU­RITY

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.

GROWER SUP­PORT

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.

PEO­PLE

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.

From left: Ju­lian Raine, Tony Howey and Leon Stal­lard.

Eve Wil­liams

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