YOUR LEVY AT WORK
INDUSTRY WIDE ISSUES FOR INDUSTRY GOOD
Horticulture New Zealand, working closely with product groups, has taken the industry lead to keep the government up-to-date on the impact of COVID-19, particularly around the RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employer), scheme at this busy time of the year for most growers.
We have helped coordinate work across New Zealand to identify where labour shortages are and will be, and to match vacancies with workers from other industries like forestry who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is putting additional strain on the industry, on top of drought and regulatory change uncertainty. Please do not hesitate to contact us with issues or concerns. Product groups and district associations are also available to assist and provide advice.
Horticulture New Zealand submitted on the proposed National Policy Statement on Biodiversity. Our proposal highlighted issues with the proposal around the definitions of significant biodiversity and raised concerns about how the proposal would be implemented.
River Terrace Developments Limited (RTDL) has made an appeal to the Environment Court against the Central Otago District Council’s decision to reject Plan Change 13. Hort NZ has joined the appeal as a Section 274 party, as we strongly believe that the council’s decision was sound. It is likely that the appeal will proceed to a court hearing in the latter half of this year.
Hort NZ has resolved outstanding issues in the Bay of Plenty mediation on the Air Plan, achieving outcomes on reverse sensitivity and recognising the importance of training such as Growsafe for agrichemical users.
Hort NZ is working on a submission on proposed changes to the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality. The submission is due in April.
Hort NZ submitted on the Hawke’s Bay Outstanding Water Bodies Plan Change, which proposes that 38 rivers are classed as ‘outstanding’ in the Hawke’s Bay. Our submission called for greater clarity on the criteria for classifying outstanding water bodies and greater emphasis on the significant values within catchments.
Hort NZ has engaged specialists who represented horticulture in expert witness conferencing on the appeal of the Ngaruroro Water Conservation Order decision.we expect a hearing to take place mid-year.
Hort NZ is working on a submission on the proposed Water Permits Plan Change (PC7) in Central Otago, which is due in April.
Independent commissioners have released their recommendations on Waikato Plan Change 1. The decision recognises the importance of vegetable growing. However, the rules will constrain existing growing and expansion. Hort NZ is working with growers on what parts of the decision we may appeal.
Hort NZ submitted on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) proposal to accelerate renewable electricity and energy.the government’s proposals have the potential to affect glasshouse growers the most.we are advocating for the government to recognise the barriers that exist to converting glasshouses to alternative fuels, and to assist growers to make any transition.
Hort NZ has been actively participating in He Waka eke Noa, which is a partnership between government and the primary sector to manage agricultural emissions, including emissions from fertiliser. Hort NZ staff have attended workshops on emissions reporting, sequestration and emissions pricing, and are represented in the He Waka eke Noa steering group.
NZGAP FARM ENVIRONMENT PLANS
Hort NZ has held workshops in Canterbury to assist growers with developing Farm Environment Plans (FEPS) that will meet Environment Canterbury requirements.
Hortnz is working with product groups to coordinate efforts so growers understand how audited FEPS can help them meet their water and greenhouse gas regulatory requirements.
Please go to our website https://www.hortnz.co.nz/ to stay up to date with event postponements and changes.