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The Hort NZ Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme is now open for ap­pli­ca­tions. Jointly run by Hort NZ and Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity, the pro­gramme at­tracts strong de­mand for one of the 18 avail­able places. If you are a grower, an em­ployee of a grower, or an or­gan­i­sa­tion closely as­so­ci­ated with grow­ing, you are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

Hort NZ is of­fer­ing 12 schol­ar­ships that will meet all course fees and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs. In ad­di­tion there will be up to six po­si­tions avail­able for a fee of $3,500 + GST

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on May 31. See the Hort NZ web­site for ap­pli­ca­tion and ref­eree forms.For queries con­tact Sue Pick­er­ing on 021 938 825.

The na­tional Veg­etable Grower of the Year com­pe­ti­tion was held in Pukekohe at the Pukekohe In­dian Hall on May 11. A pro­file of the win­ner will ap­pear in next month’s mag­a­zine.

SUB­MIS­SIONS

Hort NZ sub­mit­ted on the Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment for Fresh­wa­ter Man­age­ment.The key ob­jec­tion in our sub­mis­sion was the “down­grad­ing” of wa­ter for cul­ti­va­tion and food pro­duc­tion seem­ingly out of the Te Mana o Te Wai frame­work. The val­ues for wa­ter have been di­vided with cul­ti­va­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion for food pro­duc­tion now in­cluded un­der a list of ‘ex­trac­tive uses’. We have asked all prod­uct groups, dis­trict as­so­ci­a­tions and rel­e­vant cor­po­rates to sup­port our sub­mis­sion.

NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

The nat­u­ral re­sources and en­vi­ron­ment team or­gan­ised a grower meet­ing to give an up­date on the im­pli­ca­tions of the En­vi­ron­ment Court’s de­ci­sion on the Hori­zons One Plan. We will send out a fur­ther up­date when a date has been set for this meet­ing.

Hort NZ sub­mit­ted feed­back to the Auck­land Coun­cil on the Fu­ture Ur­ban Land Sup­ply Strat­egy, us­ing this op­por­tu­nity to re­in­force mes­sages around loss of land with high pro­duc­tion value, is­sues with re­verse sen­si­tiv­ity, and se­cu­rity of do­mes­tic food sup­ply.

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, July 12-14 in Tau­ranga, is the place to be for in­dus­try to get to­gether and share ideas, learn about in­no­va­tion, hear in­spi­ra­tional and in­flu­en­tial speak­ers and con­nect and so­cialise.

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

Asia Fruit Lo­gis­tica is the big­gest com­mer­cial fruit and veg­etable in­dus­try trade show in the South­ern Hemi­sphere and we only have two ‘C’ pods left in the New Zealand pavil­ion.

If you want to build new and bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with your buy­ers, sup­pli­ers and global in­dus­try col­leagues, don’t miss this op­por­tu­nity.

The event will take place on Septem­ber 6-8, 2017. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 04 472 3795 or email Mike Chap­man.

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