Your Levy at Work
Horticulture New Zealand has congratulated Damien O’Connor on being appointed Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Rural Communities and Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth. We issued a press release with President Julian Raine saying we look forward to working with the new Labour-led coalition Government in the days ahead. The media release is on the HortNZ website www.hortnz.co.nz
The Minister talks to this magazine on pages 12-15.
We have started our engagement with the new Government taking opportunities as they have presented themselves to talk with Labour Ministers Damien O’Connor, Grant Robertson and David Parker and New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson. We have also requested meetings with a number of Ministers. We have made it clear that we want to work with the government and be consulted as policy and law changes are developed.
In our push to ensure New Zealanders understand what building houses on valuable growing land will mean to the country’s food supply, particularly in Pukekohe, there was a lot of coverage in national media, including Mike Chapman on TVNZ Sunday programme Q + A, followed by Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA) President Brent Wilcox on the TVNZ Breakfast programme, and Pukekohe growers Bharat Bhana, Stan Clark and David Clark on Q + A a fortnight after Mike. The New Zealand Herald’s Friday The Business magazine did a cover story on urban sprawl encroaching on valuable growing land in Pukekohe, interviewing both Mike and Pukekohe grower Bharat Jivan.
Hort NZ deputy chief executive Richard Palmer has met with the Ministry of Transport to consider the implications of the Auckland regional fuel tax on the horticulture industry. Hort NZ will be contacting some likely affected growers to establish some facts on on-road use of tractors and other farm machinery to shape discussions with officials. The new government has proposed a 10c per litre regional fuel tax on wholesale fuel sales within the Auckland Council boundary, as a proxy for the use of Auckland’s stressed roading infrastructure. Such sales would include on-farm fuel deliveries within the council zone.
Our @GrowersOfNZ Instagram is taking off, with over
260 followers in just a couple of months.
NZGAP is in the final stages of benchmarking to GLOBALG.A.P. version 5.1, which includes some minor changes to wording and question categories from version 5.0. The updated standard, (NZGAP v6.1) will be available in December and will be required for any NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent audits completed after 1 January 2018. NZGAP has reviewed and updated the guidance documents for the updated standard to make it more user friendly, and this new implementation guideline will also be available for growers when v6.1 is launched in December.
Orchardists James and Kristina Williams, of Gisborne, are among those featured in Hort NZ’s @GrowersOfNZ instagram page.