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.