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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.
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.
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.
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.