Hor­ti­cul­ture board elects its new pres­i­dent

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The Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand board has elected Barry O’neil as its new pres­i­dent and chair­man.

Mr O’neil re­places Ju­lian Raine, who has been Pres­i­dent and Chair­man for six years and who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to hor­ti­cul­ture for New Zealand. Mr Raine has stood down to pur­sue other busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Ber­na­dine Guilleux was elected Vice-pres­i­dent, with both po­si­tions ef­fec­tive from 1 Jan­uary 2019.

“Barry O’neil has an im­pres­sive back­ground and is well placed to lead the ex­tra­or­di­nary growth in hor­ti­cul­ture that is not without the chal­lenges of ac­cess to land, wa­ter and peo­ple to en­able that growth,” out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Ju­lian Raine says. “He will be well sup­ported by Ber­na­dine. Barry’s knowl­edge about biose­cu­rity glob­ally will also be an as­set to grow­ers.

“This has been a fan­tas­tic, in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing lead­er­ship role for me, and I know it will be the same for Barry.” .

Mr O’neil has been a grower since 1984. Since 2003, he has been grow­ing ki­wifruit in Katikati. He held a num­ber of gov­ern­ment roles in­clud­ing New Zealand Trade Coun­sel­lor to the Euro­pean Union and Chief Vet­eri­nary Of­fi­cer for the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture. He lob­bied for, and in 2005 led, the first en­tity want­ing to achieve an in­te­grated ap­proach to biose­cu­rity, Biose­cu­rity New Zealand. He was the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ki­wifruit Vine Health for six years, driv­ing in­dus­try re­cov­ery from Psa, and has held a num­ber of board po­si­tions in­clud­ing deputy chair of Scion, Chair of Toma­toes NZ, and Chair of the kauri dieback re­view panel. He has been an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor on the Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand board since April 2015, but will now stand as a grower-elected di­rec­tor at the 2019 elec­tions.

“Th­ese are ex­cit­ing times for hor­ti­cul­ture as the world catches on to our vi­sion of: healthy food for all for­ever,” Mr O’neil says. “While I have a strong back­ground in gov­er­nance, gov­ern­ment and as a grower, I am ex­cited about work­ing with grow­ers to find a bet­ter fu­ture — for both us and our grand­chil­dren.”

Ber­na­dine Guilleux is a grower rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand board. She has a strong mar­ket­ing back­ground, in New Zealand and Europe. She is a mem­ber of the Balle fam­ily and grew up in the veg­etable grow­ing area of Pukekohe.

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