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The Orchardist - - Under The Mikeroscope -

cur­rent lead­ers in the fruit and veg­etable in­dus­try, and with the sup­port of key lead­ers, the pro­gramme strongly matches the needs of the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor, and in­volves train­ing by the best providers, fa­cil­i­ta­tors and pre­sen­ters pos­si­ble. The suc­cess­ful can­di­dates are: Ni­cholas Arch­dale - Leader­brand, Gis­borne; Erin Atkin­son - Apata Group, Bay of Plenty; Jonathan Baker - Lit­tle Green House, Can­ter­bury; Canaan Balck - Hoddy’s Or­chard, Nel­son; Jaco Grobbe­laar - Aon­gatete Cool­stores, Bay of Plenty; Chad Har­ris - Bo­s­tock New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay; Danni van der Hei­j­dan - Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool, Bay of Plenty; Shanna Hick­ling - River­sun, Gis­borne; Pa­trick Mal­ley - Onyx Hor­ti­cul­ture, North­land; Jean­nette Rea - Scar­bor­ough Fare North, Waikato; Alexis Rolle­ston - EastPack, Bay of Plenty; Do­minique Zivkovic - T&G, North­land; Ja­nine Carter - T&G, Hawke’s Bay; Hamish McKain - DMS, Bay of Plenty; Lilou Tabourin - Onyx Hor­ti­cul­ture, North­land; Re­becca Tur­ley - Tur­ley Farms, Can­ter­bury; and Paul Koce - Seeka, Bay of Plenty.

UMR path­ways Re­searchto lead­er­ship­was com­mis­sioned­for women to in com­pletethe hor­ti­cul­turea re­port into in­dus­try, which was pre­sented at the Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence. The full re­port is on the www.hortnz.co.nz web­site and it re­ceived a write-up in the Otago Daily Times un­der the head­line: Lack of women in lead­er­ship ‘con­strain­ing’. The re­port said women were more likely than their male coun­ter­parts to fos­ter an in­crease in chal­leng­ing tra­di­tional think­ing, carry out more col­lab­o­ra­tion and idea shar­ing, be more fo­cused on re­sults and pay at­ten­tion to de­tail while see­ing the wider big pic­ture. Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand would like to thank Toma­toes NZ, Hawke’s Bay Fruit­grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Process Veg­eta­bles NZ, Veg­eta­bles NZ Inc., New Zealand Ki­wifruit Grow­ers In­cor­po­rated, and the NZ Fruit­grow­ers Char­i­ta­ble Trust for con­tribut­ing to the re­port.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Erin Atkin­son, who was named Young Grower of the Year 2017 in Christchurch in Au­gust. Erin, 30, is a tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor for Apata Group in Te Puke, and is the first woman to win the ti­tle in its 11 year run. Erin is pro­filed fur­ther in this magazine. Con­grat­u­la­tions also to run­ner up Scott Wil­cox of Pukekohe, third placed Ben Geaney from Wai­mate, and to the other two con­tes­tants Ralph Bas­tian and Jor­don James. The Young Grower com­pe­ti­tion is an im­por­tant way to fos­ter tal­ent and de­velop the ca­reers of the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try’s fu­ture lead­ers. Hor­ti­cul­ture is a $5.6 bil­lion in­dus­try that ex­ports 60% of to­tal pro­duc­tion to 124 coun­tries. We want the bright­est and the best to seek out ca­reers in our in­dus­try and to stay be­cause they can see op­por­tu­ni­ties. Con­tes­tants say that in ad­di­tion to the prizes, the real value lies in the net­work­ing and con­nec­tions made through the com­pe­ti­tion.

BIOSE­CU­RITY

Hort NZ and other sec­tor groups have met with the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) to dis­cuss the Ve­hi­cle, Ma­chin­ery and Tyres Im­port Health Stan­dard (IHS), which was put out for con­sul­ta­tion in Septem­ber 2015. MPI has ad­vised that sig­nif­i­cant change has been made to this IHS, and it will go out for full con­sul­ta­tion again in two to three months’ time.

Hort NZ at­tended two quite dif­fer­ent biose­cu­rity fo­rums. First was the NZ Plant Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety biose­cu­rity fo­rum in Tau­ranga, which saw peo­ple from across gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try, and the re­search com­mu­nity come to­gether to learn from one an­other about the sys­tem and var­i­ous ap­proaches to deal­ing with is­sues. At the open­ing day of the NZ Biose­cu­rity Ini­tia­tive’s Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Sem­i­nar (NETS) event, sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple in­volved in biose­cu­rity met in Welling­ton, mostly to dis­cuss es­tab­lished pests and dis­eases. These events high­light the broad range of op­er­a­tional biose­cu­rity un­der­way in New Zealand, and help to draw peo­ple to­gether in the biose­cu­rity team of 4.7 mil­lion en­vis­aged by Biose­cu­rity 2025.

Hort NZ, as an ob­server, at­tended the in­au­gu­ral Brown Mar­morated Stink Bug (BMSB) Coun­cil meet­ing where the pro­posed strat­egy put to­gether by some of the par­ties, in­clud­ing Hort NZ, was re­viewed and a work plan­ning con­sid­ered.

Hort NZ, with oth­ers, work­shopped the key as­pects of a re­vised brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB) re­sponse plan. This will be fur­ther re­fined in an­other work­shop in­volv­ing US re­searchers, part spon­sored by Hort NZ and sec­tor groups. This work­shop will en­hance New Zealand’s un­der­stand­ing of key as­pects of a BMSB re­sponse, and there will be dis­cus­sion on fu­ture tools and in­vest­ment for erad­i­ca­tion and sur­veil­lance.

Hort NZ deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Palmer chaired the first meet­ing of the Biose­cu­rity 2025 Strate­gic Di­rec­tion 3 Work­ing Group (free-flow­ing info high­ways), and the group will meet again on Septem­ber 21 to work through the goals and out­comes for this strate­gic di­rec­tion.

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