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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.

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