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Gunman targets berry farm cafe

10th February 2017

by Alison McCulloch

Horticulture Conference 2017

3rd March 2017

 

Join the Bug Man's hunt for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

27th February 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries have enlisted Ruud Kleinpaste, the 'Bug Man', to raise awareness about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Submission on Pea seed IHS changes

21st March 2017, Biosecurity

Myrtle Rust Information

10th May 2017, Biosecurity

Information and resources surrounding myrtle rust.

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that affects plants in the myrtle family, including mānuka, and can also have negative effects on feijoa. It has recently been found in Kerikeri in Northland. 

Horticulture Scholarships 2017

17th January 2017, People

Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) has a number of $500 scholarships available to industry trainees active in the Horticulture Industry who are studying towards a certificate or diploma.  Applications are reviewed by a panel in April with the selection decision advised in May. 

HortNZ Leadership Application Form 2017

21st March 2017, People

Brown marmorated stink bug and fruit fly – top biosecurity threats

10th January 2017

At this time of year, our top biosecurity threats are the brown marmorated stink bug and fruit fly; this is when they are most likely to arrive in New Zealand and attempt to take up residence.

The best career – skill development for horticulture

16th January 2017

As the Christmas holidays draw to a close, many of us start thinking about our careers or, if you’re just out of college, what your career may be. Gone are the days when, following the end of schooling, one settled into the same career for life. 

What comes after the Trans Pacific Partnership?

24th January 2017

United States President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). So, what now?

Houses or food, Mr Seymour?

26th January 2017

In a speech given on 23 January in Auckland, ACT Leader and MP for Epsom David Seymour stated:

Move over dairy, horticulture is advancing

3rd February 2017

Horticulture is expanding and growing through exports. Today, 60% of what we grow in New Zealand is exported. Data shows that horticulture exports increased by 40% from June 2014 to 2016; this rapid growth shows no signs of slowing down, and horticulture will continue to play a valuable role in the New...

RSE scheme is not migration – it adds to New Zealand’s wealth

8th February 2017

There is a commonly held misapprehension that the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme with the Pacific Islands is a form of migration; it is not. The workers come to New Zealand for, on average, about six months, and then they return home. They do not migrate to New Zealand. But what they do...

Horticulture New Zealand’s collective voice vital

10th February 2017

Whether showing rapid growth, or facing challenges, it is vital to have a pan-industry representative voice for horticulture growers. I’ve now been at HortNZ for one year, and during that time my belief in a pan-industry group has been fortified. There are three good reasons for this.

Healthy food for healthy minds

20th February 2017

A recent study has shown that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables in young adults can increase mental health, including increased motivation and vitality.

It’s what’s inside that counts

22nd February 2017

When you buy fruit and vegetables, the way it looks will probably influence your selection; good-looking fruit and vegetables sell for premium prices. But often, even if fruit and vegetables don't look great on the outside, they are just as tasty and nutritious as their better looking cousins.

Horticulture and drugs do not mix

28th February 2017

 

Getting Kiwis into work

1st March 2017

Horticulture is working hard to get New Zealanders who have not been in work for some time, or who have just left school, into permanent work. There are many opportunities in horticulture and, with the industry growing as fast as it is, there are great careers on offer. One of the best...

Public enemy number one: the Brown marmorated stink bug

7th March 2017

This is the time of year that the brown marmorated stink bug is hitchhiking to New Zealand in luggage, packages, containers, machinery, vehicles, medical equipment, protein powder, roof tiles, and furniture. Even Barbie dolls aren't safe; you name it, it hitchhikes in it. 

County of Origin Labelling – voluntary does not work

10th March 2017

One of the reasons given for there being no need for mandatory country of origin labelling is that there is voluntary compliance and therefore, it is not needed.  We will convince those who hold this view that voluntary does not work.

Zespri celebrates 20 years

13th March 2017

Twenty years ago, the kiwifruit industry had the foresight to develop what has become a world-leading, iconic brand that is recognised by consumers in Zespri’s key offshore markets. That’s an incredible achievement for a New Zealand grower-owned company. 

Risks in 2017 for primary sector exports

20th March 2017

Many commentators are predicting a tough year for our primary sector exports, and even a decline in returns. This is an easy prediction to make, considering the global repercussions of Brexit and President Trump's policies.

Government’s new trade strategy helps horticulture

27th March 2017

Last Friday, the Government released its new trade strategy, Trade Agenda 2030.  This is a comprehensive and thoughtful strategy that will enable horticulture growth through its focus on:

Getting ready for biosecurity incursions – we need all New Zealanders

31st March 2017

Everyone in New Zealand has a key role to play finding and reporting unwanted pests that can wreak havoc on our lifestyles and our economy.  Number one public enemy today is the brown marmorated stink bug.  If you see one, the poster below explains what to do.

Growing the export value of our food

4th April 2017

This week, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy addressed the Te Hono Summit (a one-day event aimed at sharing ideas and driving growth in the primary sector) with the question, how can New Zealand double our export value by 2025?

Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling – time to talk to your Member of Parliament

10th April 2017

This week, we have the first opportunity to get in place mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL).

Country of Origin Labelling gets over first hurdle

18th April 2017

Country of origin labelling has started the journey to become law. Last week, Parliament voted for the Green Party’s Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill to be referred to the primary production select committee.

The price of vegetables

26th April 2017

Wet and wild weather inevitably brings enquires about whether or not the price of vegetables will increase in New Zealand.  But the real determinant of the price of vegetables is how much demand there is, and can the supply keep up.

Pacific Trade Deal

1st May 2017

Largely unnoticed last week was the announcement of the Pacific Trade Deal designed to cut down trade barriers covering goods and services as well as reduce tariffs, boost tourism, and raise living standards in the 12 Pacific Island Nations are part of the deal with Australia and New Zealand.

Investment in horticulture – development of Maori land

5th May 2017

It's no secret that horticulture is experiencing growth largely through exports; 60% of our fresh fruit and vegetables are exported and horticultural exports have grown 40% in the two years since June 2014.

The real price of vegetables

15th May 2017

Extremely wet conditions have made it very difficult to grow vegetables in the past few weeks, especially leafy greens. Gardens are under water, plants have been destroyed by the constant rain and, until it stops raining, the plants will not be able to grow. It is also difficult to harvest root...

Country of Origin Labelling

22nd May 2017

 

Getting support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

26th May 2017

An 11 nation TPP is looking like more of a possibility every day. The United States has said that it will not be party to the TPP, but other countries have indicated they want to press on with reaching an agreement.

Plant vegetables not houses on prime growing land

2nd June 2017

As better weather means the supply of vegetables is improving, consumers will be noticing prices are returning to what can be expected for this time of year. The best buys are of course, seasonal vegetables. Leafy greens, being predominantly summer vegetables, will remain in shorter supply and that will keep the price...

UK election's impact on trade

12th June 2017

 

Erin Atkinson crowned BOP Young Grower of the Year

16th February 2017

Erin Atkinson, 29, Technical Advisor for Apata Group Limited in Te Puke, has been crowned Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2017 at last night’s special gala dinner in Tauranga.

Robots are horticulture's future

19th June 2017

Robots are making a difference in fruit and vegetable pack houses already, as seen in the above picture. This trend will continue.

Horticulture welcomes clean water plans

23rd February 2017

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes today’s Clean Water launch by the Government, says chief executive Mike Chapman.

Waikato Regional Council stonewalls on plan change action

27th February 2017

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says he is disappointed by the Waikato Regional Council’s (WRC) delay tactics around a judicial review by six organisations over plans for the Healthy River Plan Change.

The New Eating Trends

26th June 2017

The2017 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda: The Recipe for Action, released recently, draws the conclusion that, as lifestyle accelerates, consumers are actively seeking out ways to find products that fit into their lifestyles.

Tairāwhiti labour force funding good news for horticulture

1st March 2017

Funding of $1.8 million, announced yesterday by the Government to grow the skills and capability of Tairāwhiti’s regional labour force, is good news for horticulture, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Trade is the life force of New Zealand

29th June 2017

The Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are currently holding public meetings around New Zealand, explaining our trade agenda through the Government’s recently released Trade Agenda 2030: securing our place in the world. This is a great initiative, designed to explain to New Zealanders the importance of trade, and...

Opportunities abound in horticulture

3rd July 2017

Horticulture is "on a bit of a roll" Prime Minister Bill English said last week, “with the kiwifruit and apple industries leading the charge and creating a bit of excitement for New Zealand's economy”. This is substantiated in two reports released last week.

Horticulture Conference next week – registration still open

4th July 2017

Once again, there is an excellent offering at the Horticulture Conference, giving both fruit and vegetable growers excellent networking opportunities, new ideas, and inspiring concepts for the future. Issues that concern growers most and our key priorities are covered; the Conference looks at biosecurity and the latest developments, with an up-to-date...

New Zealanders get closer to being CoOL

12th April 2017

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates the Government on listening to the people and passing the first reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill in Parliament today.

RSE scheme celebrates 10 years

5th July 2017

I remember when there was no Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme and the severe problems horticulture had getting labour at harvest time. It was not easy to find workers who would turn up each day and who wanted to progressively develop their skills. So as an industry – apples, kiwifruit, other horticulture...

US food guru to speak at horticulture conference

1st May 2017

American food and agribusiness guru Roland Fumasi has today been announced as one of the keynote speakers for the Horticulture Conference 2017, on 14 July in Tauranga.

Government leaders gather to discuss RSE scheme

10th July 2017

Last week, New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) employers, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, and key Ministers and government officials from both New Zealand and the Pacific countries providing RSE workers to New Zealand, joined together at a conference on the RSE scheme’s 10th birthday. The consensus was that the RSE...

Horticulture New Zealand AGM

11th July 2017

The Horticulture New Zealand AGM will cover the previous year’s achievement, report on the financial position and present the current campaigns that HortNZ is leading. The full report on the previous year can be found here. 

Irrigation investment first step towards food security

18th May 2017

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the Government’s planned increase in grant funding and capital investment towards irrigation and water infrastructure in Budget 2017.

Sustainable horticulture: healthy food for all forever

17th July 2017

One of the themes at last week’s Horticulture Conference was sustainability. To illustrate this, a mini documentary video was produced and released; you can view the video below.

Momentum building for mandatory CoOL

25th May 2017

Engagement with the New Zealand public is clearly showing their desire to have mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) Horticulture New Zealand told the Primary Production Select Committee at Parliament today.

Waimate grower crowned Central Otago’s young fruit grower

29th May 2017

Ben Geaney from Waimate has emerged victorious against three other entrants to be named Central Otago’s Young Fruit Grower for 2017.

Creating a life outside the wire in horticulture

20th June 2017

Horticulture New Zealand national seasonal labour coordinator Jerf van Beek today told a breakfast function in Wellington, hosted by Corrections Minister Louise Upston and the Corrections Department, about the rewards of helping former offenders into permanent work.

Young Growers prepare for Nelson competition

27th June 2017

Six of Nelson’s best young fruit growers are preparing to compete in next week’s regional young fruit grower competition.

Horticulture ripe for investment

30th June 2017

World-wide consumer interest in healthy food, growers being early-adopters of innovation, and rapid growth make horticulture in New Zealand ripe for further investment, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Jordan James named 2017 HB Young Fruitgrower of the Year

3rd July 2017

The Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers’ Association is thrilled to announce that Jordan James is the 2017 winner of the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition.

Budding Tasman orchardist crowned Nelson’s young fruit grower

10th July 2017

Ralph Bastian from Appleby has emerged victorious against five other entrants to be named Nelson’s Young Fruit Grower for 2017.

Horticulture growers to vote on levy reduction

11th July 2017

A levy reduction for commercial fruit and vegetable growers will be voted on at tomorrow’s Horticulture New Zealand Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tauranga, says Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine.