Industry wide issues for industry good
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.
HortNZ has signed an agreement with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to join the National Biosecurity Capability Network (NBCN). The NBCN is activated 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 “take-out” 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
q 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.