Train­ing for our fu­ture

Key hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors have es­tab­lished pro­grammes to get New Zealan­ders into per­ma­nent work and set out a ca­reer path­way.

NZ Grower - - Contents - Mike Chap­man | Chief Ex­ec­u­tive

Over­see­ing this is the Hor­ti­cul­ture Ca­pa­bil­ity Group (HCG), made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from New Zealand Ki­wifruit Grow­ers, New Zealand Ap­ples & Pears, NZ Avocado Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Veg­eta­bles New Zealand, the Hawke’s Bay Fruit Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand.

The group has been ac­tive in reestab­lish­ing hor­ti­cul­ture ap­pren­tice­ships, through the Pri­mary In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ITO). The ap­pren­tice­ship scheme was launched by Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Damien O’Con­nor at the Hor­ti­cul­tural Con­fer­ence, on July 24. There is also work be­ing done with Massey Uni­ver­sity to hope­fully re­in­state the hor­ti­cul­ture de­gree and pro­gres­sively pro­vide a suite of mi­cro-cre­den­tials (short cour­ses) from 2019.

Get­ting both the ap­pren­tice­ships and de­gree course es­tab­lished have been truly col­lab­o­ra­tive in­dus­try ef­forts, but Erin Simp­son from NZ Ap­ples & Pears has done an ex­cep­tional job, well sup­ported by Thomas Per­e­nara from the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE).

To en­sure a sup­ply of can­di­dates for both the ap­pren­tice­ships and the de­gree, the HCG has es­tab­lished a po­si­tion in Gis­borne to chan­nel peo­ple into these ca­reer pro­grammes and place them with in­dus­try dur­ing their train­ing. This has been funded with sup­port from the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and through the Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund. There has been fund­ing ap­proval for a sim­i­lar po­si­tion in North­land. Ap­pli­ca­tions are un­der­way to cre­ate sim­i­lar po­si­tions in the Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson and Marl­bor­ough, and Cen­tral Otago. There would also be a co-or­di­na­tor po­si­tion at Massey Uni­ver­sity. Plus there is a pipe­line be­ing es­tab­lished with Can­ter­bury grow­ers, though the Pri­mary ITO, into hor­ti­cul­ture ap­pren­tice­ships.

The Pri­mary ITO and HCG have de­vel­oped a busi­ness case for the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion to pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing for hor­ti­cul­ture ap­pren­tice­ships to up­grade the pro­gramme into a world class and best prac­tice ap­pren­tice­ship.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand has pub­lished a re­port pre­pared by

To en­sure a sup­ply of can­di­dates for both the ap­pren­tice­ships and the de­gree, the HCG has es­tab­lished a po­si­tion in Gis­borne to chan­nel peo­ple into these ca­reer pro­grammes and place them with in­dus­try dur­ing their train­ing.

Deloitte about the value of the Pukekohe grow­ing hub. Us­ing the Trea­sury’s liv­ing stan­dards frame­work, Deloitte has mea­sured the eco­nomic value of the Pukekohe grow­ing hub to both Auck­land and New Zealand. This re­port was launched by Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Damien O’Con­nor on Au­gust 14 at an event at Par­lia­ment. The full re­port and a sum­mary ver­sion are on the HortNZ web­site (www.hortnz. for down­load­ing.

The liv­ing stan­dards frame­work draws on the con­cept of fos­ter­ing holis­tic well­be­ing through re­port­ing on the growth and dis­tri­bu­tion of four in­ter­de­pen­dent cap­i­tals: so­cial; fi­nan­cial; hu­man and nat­u­ral cap­i­tal. Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Grant Robert­son, has said the Govern­ment will use the liv­ing stan­dards frame­work to develop the world’s first well­be­ing Bud­get in 2019, to mea­sure the coun­try’s suc­cess in a holis­tic way. The hu­man cap­i­tal as­pects of the Deloitte re­port are di­rectly rel­e­vant to the em­ploy­ment of New Zealan­ders and will in­form the work be­ing un­der­taken by the HCG. Deloitte rec­om­mends six ac­tions. One is in­creased use of tech­nol­ogy to man­age the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of crop­ping within en­vi­ron­men­tal lim­its. An­other rec­om­men­da­tion is more fund­ing and in­vest­ment in hor­ti­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion to pro­vide for, and at­tract, skilled tal­ent into the in­dus­try. Both are ar­eas be­ing worked on through the HCG.

Fund­ing sup­port for the HCG is pro­vided by the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in it, with HortNZ’s fund­ing com­ing from the levy. The six-yearly levy ref­er­en­dum has been com­pleted and has as­sured con­tin­ued fund­ing of this and other HortNZ ac­tiv­i­ties with a yes vote from 89.69 per­cent of grow­ers who voted and by value 92.01 per­cent. Thank you for all of you who voted.

Mike Chap­man is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand

Deloitte rec­om­mends six ac­tions. One is in­creased use of tech­nol­ogy to man­age the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of crop­ping within en­vi­ron­men­tal lim­its.


The Govern­ment has con­sulted on the Zero Car­bon Bill, which will set a long-term com­mit­ment to tran­si­tion New Zealand to a low-emis­sion, cli­mate re­silient econ­omy. There are a range of op­tions pro­posed by the Govern­ment on the role of a Cli­mate Change Com­mis­sion and on pos­si­ble emis­sions tar­gets. HortNZ has made a sub­mis­sion on the Bill, which is avail­able on the web­site

It is ex­pected the Bill will be in­tro­duced to Par­lia­ment in Oc­to­ber 2018 and will be in force by April 2019.

Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has no­ti­fied its Pro­posed Dis­trict Plan. This is a full dis­trict plan re­view and will have im­pli­ca­tions of re­zon­ing ar­eas of land and changes to ac­tiv­i­ties and rules. HortNZ will be meet­ing with grow­ers to dis­cuss a sub­mis­sion.

HortNZ has made a sub­mis­sion on the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment’s first set of Draft Na­tional Plan­ning Stan­dards. The Plan­ning Stan­dards were in­tro­duced as part of amend­ments to the Re­source Man­age­ment Act last year and aim to make plans sim­pler and more ef­fi­cient to pre­pare, and eas­ier to un­der­stand and com­ply with. A lot of HortNZ's sub­mis­sion fo­cuses on the Def­i­ni­tions Stan­dard where we felt that many of the def­i­ni­tions were drafted with ur­ban ac­tiv­i­ties in mind and would have un­in­tended con­se­quences on ru­ral ac­tiv­i­ties. Other sub­mis­sion points in­clude tim­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion and zone frame­work. The sub­mis­sion is avail­able on the HortNZ web­site.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sion with the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) about the One Bil­lion Trees pro­gramme, HortNZ is pleased to ad­vise that MPI is com­fort­able with hor­ti­cul­ture trees be­ing added to the Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) tree counter. In ad­di­tion to fu­ture recog­ni­tion of com­mer­cial tree plant­ings grow­ers may also be el­i­gi­ble for plant­ing as­sis­tance that ben­e­fit the New Zealand en­vi­ron­ment (e.g. na­tive plants). Fur­ther details on how our in­dus­try will par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme and fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties for grow­ers will be avail­able soon.


You’ve heard a lot about the pow­ers of the Sa­mu­rai wasp in com­bat­ting the brown mar­morated stink bug (BMSB), and in a big win, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (EPA) has granted ap­proval for the sa­mu­rai wasp to be re­leased in the event of a BMSB in­cur­sion. Though there is more work to do be­fore the wasp can be used as a tool, this is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in terms of our readi­ness for BMSB, and is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort from in­dus­try and MPI.


Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Damien O’Con­nor hosted the launch of the re­port New Zealand’s food story: The Pukekohe hub in Par­lia­ment in Au­gust, an event at­tended by politi­cians, pri­mary in­dus­try lead­ers, Pukekohe grow­ers and Govern­ment stake­hold­ers. Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand com­mis­sioned Deloitte to do an eco­nomic study of Pukekohe’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Auck­land and New Zealand econ­omy, as well as to the New Zealand do­mes­tic food sup­ply. The re­port shows the press­ing need to pro­tect grow­ing land close to our largest pop­u­la­tion cen­tres to meet not only con­sumers’ needs, but also the Govern­ment’s health and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­per­a­tives.

The re­port has at­tracted plenty of me­dia at­ten­tion and will be used in HortNZ’s sub­mis­sions to cen­tral and lo­cal govern­ment. The me­dia re­lease, Q and As, the full re­port and a sum­mary re­port are all avail­able on the web­site

Re­port­ing to HortNZ’s pur­pose – En­abling, pro­mot­ing and ad­vo­cat­ing for grow­ers in New Zealand to achieve the in­dus­try goal (a $10 bil­lion in­dus­try by 2020) – Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand’s 2018 An­nual Re­port fo­cuses on the di­ver­sity and ex­pe­ri­ence of the peo­ple who make their liveli­hood from hor­ti­cul­ture. Con­sumers in­ter­ested in “our story” want to know about the

clever, hard-work­ing peo­ple bring­ing them healthy food ev­ery day – the sto­ries that res­onate al­ways in­volve great peo­ple. As a rapidly grow­ing in­dus­try, we need to at­tract more peo­ple, so it is im­por­tant to show the depth and breadth of tal­ent new­com­ers can join. The 2018 an­nual re­port is avail­able on the HortNZ web­site.

Par­lia­ment’s Pri­mary Pro­duc­tion Se­lect Com­mit­tee has re­leased its fi­nal re­port on the Con­sumers’ Right to Know (Coun­try of Ori­gin of Food) Bill, avail­able on the Par­lia­ment web­site www.par­lia­ It puts in place manda­tory coun­try of ori­gin la­belling for fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles and sin­gle in­gre­di­ent frozen fruit or veg­eta­bles. This is to be done via the Fair Trad­ing Act. HortNZ has sub­mit­ted in sup­port of the amend­ments to the Bill, as it cov­ers what our grow­ers are af­ter. For some, the Bill is seen to have been too wa­tered down. It is now up to the MP in charge of the Bill, Gareth Hughes, to take it for­ward to a sec­ond read­ing and con­tinue the Par­lia­men­tary process for it to be­come law.

Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand has signed up for hor­ti­cul­ture as part of the pres­ti­gious Ahuwhenua Tro­phy Te Puni Kōkiri Ex­cel­lence in Māori Farm­ing Award, which recog­nises ex­cel­lence in Māori farm­ing. This will see a hor­ti­cul­ture Ahuwhenua Tro­phy in 2020. Each year the awards recog­nise a farm­ing sec­tor and hor­ti­cul­ture will be on a third year ro­ta­tion, af­ter dairy (2018) and sheep and beef (2019). There are sig­nif­i­cant Māori hold­ings in hor­ti­cul­ture, so it is great for our in­dus­try to be able to join the legacy that the Ahuwhenua Tro­phy holds.

Auck­land’s re­gional fuel tax (RFT) con­tin­ues to present chal­lenges for Auck­land grow­ers, putting them at a dis­ad­van­tage to grow­ers in other parts of New Zealand where there is no RFT. Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand con­tin­ues to work with the New Zealand Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (NZTA) to sort out a re­bate sys­tem for off-road ve­hi­cles – the tax was in­tro­duced be­fore such a sys­tem had been de­signed. NZTA has clar­i­fied the el­i­gi­bil­ity for RFT re­bate; any ve­hi­cle that is ex­empt from Road User Charges (RUC), which in­cludes (but is not lim­ited to) trac­tors, ATVs, fork­lifts and self-pro­pelled har­vesters. They say they will have an on­line re­bate sys­tem avail­able from Oc­to­ber 2018 and in the in­terim, grow­ers in Auck­land who wish to make a monthly claim for RFT re­bates may ask NZTA to do so by email­ing RFTassess­ments@ with rea­sons for seek­ing monthly re­bate. NZTA will send out forms for you to reg­is­ter, and to sub­mit your claim. HortNZ con­tin­ues to ask the Trans­port Min­is­ter Phil Twyford to en­gage on this is­sue. He does not seem to be aware of the com­plex­i­ties spe­cific to hor­ti­cul­ture.


Fol­low­ing on from their suc­cesses in the Gis­borne Young Grow­ers com­pe­ti­tion, Matt Gomm and Krista Manuel have set up a Gis­borne Young Grow­ers Group. Check them out on Face­book @gis­bor­ney­oung.

▴ Hon. Damien O’Con­nor, who hosted the launch at Par­lia­ment.

▴ Pukekohe grow­ers who were in­ter­viewed by Deloitte for the re­port and at­tended the launch - back row, from left to right: Kevin Wil­cox, Pravin Hari, John Suther­land, front row, from left to right: An­drew Keaney, Sarah Web­ster, Kylie Faulkner, Ber­na­dine Guilleux, Ki­ran Hari, Rob Craig and Bharat Ji­van. Com­pa­nies rep­re­sented: A S Wil­cox & Sons, RC Hari & Sons, Suther­land Pro­duce, T&G Global, Balle Bros, Punch­bowl Ki­wifruit Ser­vices, Ji­van Pro­duce.

▴ Chair­man of the Ahuwhenua Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee Kingi Smiler, left, and Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Chap­man sign­ing up to the Ahuwhenua Tro­phy Te Puni Kōkiri Ex­cel­lence in Māori Farm­ing Award for 2020 and ev­ery three years there­after.

▴ Hon. David Parker with Michelle Sands, HortNZ Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment man­ager, left, and Katie Milne, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers na­tional pres­i­dent.

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