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In early October, deputy chief executive Richard Palmer left Horticulture New Zealand to travel to Jakarta, Indonesia, to live for three years.
He spent three and a half years at HortNZ working on issues ranging from biosecurity policy to research strategy, trade policy and market access, and the Food Act
The new deputy chief executive is Leanne Stewart. Leanne has worked in the plant health sector in roles across Government, international, and industry organisations, and brings diverse knowledge and experience that is directly applicable to the horticulture industry and of benefit to our growers.
horticulture innovation day at Massey University,
HortNZ attended the and the official opening of the Massey Innovation Orchard, sponsored by New Zealand Apple & Pears, T&G, and Fruitcraft New Zealand. This will be a leading research facility to assist the ongoing success of NZ apples, pears and kiwifruit production.
At the Women in Horticulture session at the Horticulture Conference 2018, it was decided to establish an industry leadership group for Women in Horticulture. This group will operate independently to, but with the support of, Horticulture New Zealand. A leadership group will be tasked with developing the Terms of Reference and electing its own chair. Nominations have been taken for an initial leadership group of 10.
At the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators annual awards in October, Horticulture New Zealand was pleased to award the
Horticulture New Zealand Journalism Award to Elaine Fisher,
Elaine has been a champion for horticulture with her articles in Coast & Country in the Bay of Plenty. We need to tell our horticulture story through the media so it is good to celebrate our story tellers.
NZGAP, GLOBALG.A.P., and British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards (GAP checklists) have all been approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries as Section 40 Template Food Control Plans for National Programme 1 under the Food Act 2014.
To achieve full recognition of existing systems and processes, NZGAP is continuing to work with MPI alongside the New Zealand GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Group on aligning existing GAP compliance programmes with the Food Act for three key components; registration, verification and reporting.
The dates have been set and the venue organised for the Horticulture Conference 2019 at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton from July 31 to August 2, 2019. We are responding to grower requests for a conference which is hands-on, with a focus on future technologies. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Mike Chapman at Horticulture New Zealand.
Horticulture New Zealand continues to talk to the Government about the application of the Auckland regional fuel tax on off-road vehicles and machinery. The issues growers have with the new online system and trying to get accepted for monthly rebates has been highlighted in media via interviews with chief executive Mike Chapman. HortNZ has also asked
for information from the New Zealand Transport Agency and Ministry of Transport under the Official Information Act. The Ministry of Transport has said that it is reviewing the rebate system.
Horticulture New Zealand is thrilled that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables got a step closer, with the second reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill passing in Parliament in October. Our research showed that more than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for fruit and vegetables.You can read our media release on our website www.hortnz.co.nz
HortNZ attended the Government announcement of its plans to “protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater quality” via a programme,
Essential Freshwater: healthy water, fairly allocated.
Environment Minister,David Parker and Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor promised a noticeable improvement in water quality within five years. The Government will involve interested parties in testing and advising on policy options through a network of advisory groups including Kahui Wai M-aori, chaired by Kingi Smiler; the Science and Technical Advisory Group, chaired by Ken Taylor; and the Freshwater Leaders Group, chaired by John Penno. Canterbury vegetable grower Allen Lim has been appointed to the Freshwater Leaders Group.
HortNZ has lodged a submission on the PukekohePaerata Structure Plan. The submission focuses on zoning and managing reverse sensitivity. We also lodged a submission on the Waikato Proposed District Plan. It covered a range of issues in the district including zoning, hazardous substances, earthworks, infrastructure, noise and many others. Both submissions are available on our website www.hortnz.co.nz
The Primary IndustryTraining Organisation (ITO), Horticulture New Zealand, and industry product groups, have developed a
biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry biosecurity capability. This has been developed under the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework, targeting grower owneroperators and supervisors/managers (NZQA Level 5). The micro-credential content includes biosecurity principles, onfarm practices, and an assessment component.
It is designed to give an individual an understanding of biosecurity, what risks are present on their farm/orchard (how to prioritise and manage them), and asks how practices can be put in place or improved (the assessment component). Two pilot programmes were going to take place in October.
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