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NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

Sub­mis­sions close on the Pro­posed Waikato Dis­trict Plan 2018 in early Oc­to­ber. HortNZ has held meet­ings with grow­ers to dis­cuss key is­sues for hor­ti­cul­ture in the pro­posed plan to in­form our sub­mis­sion. HortNZ has sub­mit­ted and com­mented on the Waimea Com­mu­nity Dam and was dumb­struck by the Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion not to sup­port its de­vel­op­ment, but pleased to see them see the er­ror of their ways nine days later and vote to pro­ceed with the project. The de­ci­sion to pro­ceed comes with a re­newed fund­ing model that is more palat­able to ratepay­ers, who will ben­e­fit from the dam. This process high­lights the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of ac­cess to wa­ter for grow­ers.

BIOSE­CU­RITY

HortNZ Pri­mary Ca­pa­bil­ity In­dus­tries has Net­work signed (MPI) an to (NBCN). agree­ment join the Na­tional The with NBCN the Biose­cu­rity Min­istry is ac­ti­vated for

dur­ing a biose­cu­rity re­sponse to en­sure re­sources to re­spond quickly and ef­fi­ciently. Should a biose­cu­rity re­sponse af­fect­ing hor­ti­cul­ture oc­cur, HortNZ staff may be called on for oper­a­tional roles. To raise aware­ness of the risk posed to hor­ti­cul­ture by the brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB), HortNZ biose­cu­rity and trade pol­icy man­ager Leanne Stew­art par­tic­i­pated in a BMSB re­sponse sim­u­la­tion at the NZ Wine­grow­ers (NZW) con­fer­ence.This in­volved a mock re­sponse gov­er­nance meet­ing, that NZW and HortNZ par­tic­i­pated in as sig­na­to­ries

of the Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment (GIA).

HortNZ biose­cu­rity staff vis­ited the Bay of Plenty to help with an Un­lock­ing Cu­ri­ous Minds project. This in­volved stu­dents from 20 schools across the Bay of Plenty en­gag­ing with science and tech­nol­ogy through prac­ti­cal, hands-on learn­ing about pest man­age­ment and biose­cu­rity in the pri­mary in­dus­tries. The project is led by Scion, and has been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with the House of Science with co-fund­ing from the Bi­o­log­i­cal Her­itage Na­tional Science Chal­lenge.

GROWER SUP­PORT

HortNZ joined the Pukekohe Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PVGA) in cel­e­brat­ing its cen­ten­nial at an im­pres­sive gala din­ner in Pukekohe. No de­tail was too small for the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and the tan­gi­ble “take­out” was a cen­te­nary trac­tor that guests could as­sem­ble them­selves from a “flat pack”, cre­ated by Abstract De­sign in Welling­ton. There was also a dis­play of the real thing – trac­tors through the ages – along with pho­tos and news of the past and present. HortNZ Pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine spoke, as did Labour MP Anahila Kanon­gata’a-Suisuiki, rep­re­sent­ing Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Damien O’Con­nor.

HortNZ has pro­vided sup­port to two prod­uct groups fac­ing is­sues re­cently. Straw­berry Grow­ers New Zealand had to front on a find of nee­dles in Aus­tralian-grown straw­ber­ries sold in an Auck­land su­per­mar­ket. On the back of pin and nee­dle dis­cov­er­ies in straw­ber­ries in Aus­tralian su­per­mar­kets, this be­came big news both in New Zealand and off­shore. Straw­berry Grow­ers New Zealand was quick to point out that there was no ev­i­dence to sug­gest any con­nec­tion to New Zealand straw­ber­ries from the finds of nee­dles in Aus­tralian straw­ber­ries. The mat­ter is be­ing dealt with by New Zealand Po­lice.

HortNZ has also of­fered sup­port to Po­ta­toes New Zealand as it works with Biose­cu­rity New Zealand to re­spond to a de­tec­tion of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) in potato tu­bers in Can­ter­bury. The virus is not a food safety is­sue.

PEO­PLE

On its web­site, HortNZ has pro­vided in­for­ma­tion for grow­ers on paid rest breaks and zero hour con­tracts. The Labour In­spec­torate is con­tin­u­ing to visit and inspect hor­ti­cul­ture busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers need to put them­selves in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion to en­sure that they are com­ply­ing with the law.

A great gift – a mo­mento of the PVGA cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand Pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine, Labour MP Anahila Kanon­gata’a-Suisuiki, and dual Young Veg­etable Grower of the Year Gur­jant Singh at the PVGA cen­ten­nial din­ner.

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