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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.
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.