In­dus­try wide is­sues for in­dus­try good

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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 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.

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