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The need to se­cure valu­able hor­ti­cul­ture grow­ing land via a New Zealand food se­cu­rity pol­icy has had a high pro­file in me­dia in the past month and is an is­sue Hort NZ will be tak­ing up with the new gov­ern­ment. Hort NZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man has done a num­ber of in­ter­views on TV, ra­dio and in print, em­pha­sis­ing Pukekohe in par­tic­u­lar as an area that needs ur­gent at­ten­tion be­fore we pave all of par­adise.

The Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment team has been busy in North­land, with pol­icy ad­vi­sor Lucy Dev­er­all, and Hort NZ con­sul­tants Vance Hodg­son and Lynette Wharfe, and Brad Siebert from NZ Av­o­cado meet­ing with grow­ers to dis­cuss is­sues to in­form the Hort NZ sub­mis­sion on the North­land Regional Coun­cil’s Regional Plan, which cov­ers a range of is­sues from wa­ter qual­ity, to wa­ter takes, use of wa­ter, agri­chem­i­cal use, and land dis­tur­bance.

Grow­ers’ work­shops were also held in Blen­heim to dis­cuss the Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil’s Pro­posed Marl­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment Plan, and in Can­ter­bury to dis­cuss the Waimakariri District Plan re­view.

The Tri­bunal con­sid­er­ing the Ngaruroro River and Clive River Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Or­der (WCO) has de­cided to have two hear­ings. The up­per river hear­ing will be heard from 14 Novem­ber to 14 De­cem­ber, and the lower will be heard in May 2018. The tri­bunal will is­sue one de­ci­sion once both hear­ings have con­cluded. Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand and other par­ties raised a ju­ris­dic­tional is­sue with the ground­wa­ter, and this will likely mean there is wider no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the lower river hear­ing process. Hort NZ is pre­par­ing a le­gal sub­mis­sion and in­dus­try state­ment for the up­per river hear­ing. Our main focus will be on the lower river hear­ing, where we will sub­mit sub­stan­tive ev­i­dence to sup­port our op­po­si­tion to the WCO be­low the Whanawhana Ca­ble­way.

Auck­land Coun­cil has no­ti­fied Pro­posed Plan Change 4. This is an ad­min­is­tra­tive plan change that deals with tech­ni­cal er­rors and anom­alies within the ex­ist­ing Auck­land Uni­tary Plan (op­er­a­tive in part). Auck­land Coun­cil agreed to ad­dress Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s ap­peal on the def­i­ni­tion of build­ings and yards in this plan change. We are re­view­ing the plan change to en­sure those mat­ters, and any oth­ers, have been met suf­fi­ciently.


Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand has put to­gether an up­date on new Ac­com­mo­da­tion Stan­dard Le­gal Re­quire­ments. The full up­date is avail­able on the Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand web­site.

Mark 23 – 25 July 2018 in your cal­en­dars for the 2018 Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­fer­ence, which will be held at the Airforce Mu­seum, Wi­gram, Christchurch. The theme of the con­fer­ence is Our food story. Watch out for more in­for­ma­tion in the new year.

A decade has passed since the 5+ A Day Char­i­ta­ble Trust was launched to help en­cour­age us all to eat more fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, and it cel­e­brated its 10 years last month. The mes­sage is sim­ple – eat at least five serv­ings each day to help main­tain good health – but one which re­quires on­go­ing pro­mo­tion and ed­u­ca­tion to en­sure New Zealan­ders of all ages un­der­stand the im­por­tance of healthy eat­ing. At Hort NZ we are con­scious that our big con­nect with the pub­lic to en­sure on­go­ing “li­cence to farm” is pro­mot­ing healthy food, and our vi­sion is “Healthy food for all for­ever”.

Last month, Hort NZ pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment man­ager An­gela Hal­l­i­day and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Josie Vi­dal vis­ited veg­etable grow­ers in In­ver­cargill. Josie and An­gela went on to Ettrick to see fruit

grower Stephen Dar­ling. Hort NZ is con­scious of get­ting out and about to see as many grow­ers as we can each year to en­sure we are on top of lo­cal and na­tional is­sues con­cern­ing grow­ers and where op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist that could be de­vel­oped. The In­ver­cargill vis­its were to Drys­dale Hy­dro­pon­ics, South­ern Cross Pro­duce and Pyper’s Pro­duce.

Pukekohe grow­ers were also on the vis­it­ing sched­ule with Ju­lian Raine and Mike Chap­man at­tend­ing the Onions New Zealand Board meet­ing, AGM and din­ner, and Hort NZ direc­tor Mike Smith and Mike Chap­man at­tend­ing a Pukekohe Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PVGA) meet­ing. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Josie Vi­dal caught up with fine culi­nary herb grower Jeanette Rae and onions, pota­toes and ki­wifruit grower Peter Reynolds. Jeanette is work­ing with a lo­cal school to help them set up a veg­etable gar­den that can get NZ GAP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Josie got a glimpse at the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the Reynolds fam­ily, who have been con­nected with the land in Pukekohe

since Wil­liam Henry Reynolds landed in New Zealand with his fam­ily from County Mon­aghan in Ire­land, via the ship Ganges in 1865. With the PVGA cen­te­nary com­ing up next year, there will be lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to share the his­tory of grow­ers in this area which will be of great in­ter­est to the pub­lic.


Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand has launched a pan-in­dus­try In­sta­gram page – Grow­ers of New Zealand (@ grow­er­sofnz), aim­ing to show the real faces of the peo­ple who grow New Zealand’s fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, their com­mit­ment to sup­ply­ing this food, and demon­strate what can be done with their de­li­cious, healthy pro­duce when it ar­rives in your kitchen.This is a new and im­por­tant so­cial me­dia chan­nel for Hort NZ as it con­nects us, and our grow­ers, to the wider pub­lic and in par­tic­u­lar, food­ies, chefs, blog­gers and peo­ple who gen­er­ally in­flu­ence the pub­lic around food.

Dr Anna Rathe has joined the Hort NZ biose­cu­rity team. Anna comes from the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI), where she worked on biose­cu­rity re­sponses, and on pre­par­ing for brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB). Anna has a strong sci­ence back­ground in in­va­sive species, and will be work­ing closely with oth­ers across in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment on biose­cu­rity readi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.


Hort NZ, as an ob­server to the Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment (GIA), has at­tended the GIA Deed Gover­nance Group meet­ing.

A range of top­ics was cov­ered in­clud­ing the fu­ture strat­egy for GIA and re­view­ing the GIA part­ner­ship cor­po­rate needs, in­clud­ing the fu­ture of the Sec­re­tariat, once the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries' (MPI) fund­ing runs out in De­cem­ber 2019.

The re­sponse to Pea Weevil in the Wairarapa is get­ting un­der­way again for the sea­son. This is the sec­ond year of a ban on grow­ing peas, aimed at erad­i­cat­ing pea weevil and al­low­ing a full re­turn to grow­ing by 2018. Ac­tiv­ity in the pea weevil re­sponse has picked up, with 20 trap crops (seven more than last sea­son) to be planted in key lo­ca­tions around the Wairarapa. These new crops will be planted closer to ur­ban ar­eas and, to ex­tend cov­er­age, sucker traps (which op­er­ate like large vac­uum clean­ers) will be op­er­at­ing soon. Pea weevil only feeds on peas, and there­fore no peas = no wee­vils. If you see, or know of, any peas grow­ing in the Wairarapa area, please call the MPI Pest and Dis­ease hot­line on 0800 80 99 66.

Hort NZ, along with fruit fly op­er­a­tional agree­ment sig­na­to­ries, at­tended a Fruit Fly Coun­cil meet­ing. The coun­cil is get­ting down to de­liv­ery of the strat­egy and ob­jec­tives and agreed to de­velop a joint tech­ni­cal work­ing group with the Brown Mar­morated Stink Bug Coun­cil.


Hort NZ con­tin­ues to cham­pion the benefits of free trade; the ne­ces­sity for New Zealand to have a global out­look, and a lib­eral and en­gag­ing ap­proach to trade, has never been more nec­es­sary, not just to make gains from lower tar­iffs (as the TPP 11 would do), but to in­te­grate our ex­per­tise, cap­i­tal, and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty into global sup­ply chains and re­alise the op­por­tu­nity. Hort NZ will work closely with the new gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try groups, and or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­sure our voice on this mat­ter is heard.

At Pyper’s Pro­duce, from left to right, Bren­dan Hamil­ton from Pyper’s Pro­duce, Mike Chap­man from Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand, Brent Lamb from Pyper’s Pro­duce, An­gela Hal­l­i­day and Ju­lian Raine from HortNZ. At Drys­dale Hy­dro­pon­ics, from left to right –...

Stephen Dar­ling in his or­chard.

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