NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES

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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 www.hortnz.co.nz

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 R-akau (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.

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