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HortNZ submission on NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement

14th February 2019, Grower Support

Horticulture Scholarships

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 director elections 2019

6th March 2018

The Horticulture New Zealand constitution provides for a term of three years for elected directors with one third of directors retiring by rotation each year. This year two grower elected Directors will retire by rotation, and there is one other vacancy.

Horticulture supports harsher penalties for food contamination

15th January 2019

"Recently, we have seen some incidents of intentional contamination of fruit in both Australia and New Zealand and people need to understand the full and serious implications of such sabotage," Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Expert evidence rejects water conservation order bid

29th January 2019

Horticulture New Zealand opposes the application for the WCO in the Lower Ngaruroro River and the Clive River.

Watch the BOP’s best young fruit growers in action

4th February 2019

This year’s eight entrants for the Bay of Plenty are:

"Give it a go!" - Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the Year

14th February 2019

The practical competition took place last Saturday, 9 February, at Te Puke Showgrounds, where the eight competitors tested their skills and ability to run a successful orchard in a series of challenges. These were followed by a speech competition discussing future disruptors to horticulture at the gala dinner last night.

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes call for protection of versatile land

23rd April 2019

An environmental report released last week further substantiates Horticulture New Zealand’s concerns about ongoing urban and lifestyle block expansion into prime growing land, and shows that urgent action is required to slow this down.

Bumper crop of Young Vegetable Growers

3rd May 2019

The victor will be crowned Young Vegetable Grower of the Year, and move on to the Young Grower national final, to be held in Tauranga in October. There, they will join the winners of the Bay of Plenty, Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson, and Gisborne regional fruit-grower events, to compete...

Central Otago Young Fruit Grower starts this Friday

21st May 2019

Six of Central Otago’s young fruit growers will face off in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition in Cromwell on Friday, 24 May.

Water Conservation Order: Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers evidence

29th January 2019, Natural Resources

Evidence from nine experts supports Horticulture New Zealand’s evidence that a water conservation order (WCO) is not the way to ensure healthy Hawke’s Bay rivers.

Plants need water too

17th January 2019

Horticulture New Zealand submits to councils from one end of New Zealand to the other to get water allocated for plants that grow healthy food. You would think that it is self-evident that plants need water not only for survival, but to be productive and to produce top quality, healthy food. From...

Working together for healthy rivers and healthy food

1st February 2019

We can have both healthy rivers and healthy food.  All that is required is for us to work together as one country and face up to the fact that we are going to need to store water for use during dry periods.  In dry times, stored water can maintain river...

Capital gains tax not right for New Zealand

8th February 2019

The report from the tax working group, including the merits or otherwise for a capital gains tax, has been made available to Government, and is due for public release later this month. As the tax working group did its work, Horticulture New Zealand, along with all the other primary sector organisations,...

Move to high wage economy needs to be better thought through

15th February 2019

Successive governments have deployed policies to transform the New Zealand economy.  One transformational policy is to turn New Zealand into a high wage economy.  Those that adhere to this policy, and advise these governments, seem to have adopted what, I believe, is the pure economic fallacy that driving up wages...

Suffocation by taxation

28th February 2019

We are currently analysing the final report of the Tax Working Group (TWG), and offering our views on what has been recommended. It seems there may have been a significant opportunity missed; taxing air. 

Horticulture’s ask from 2019 Budget

7th March 2019

The Government is preparing the 2019 Budget, to be delivered on 30 May. This will be New Zealand’s first well-being budget and very much a world first covering: (1) natural capital; (2) social capital; (3) financial capital; and (4) human capital.  Putting the budget, and as a result New Zealand’s...

Reform of Vocational Education

21st March 2019

Learner numbers are dropping. This has seen the polytechnic sector turn from a once breakeven operation into one now making a loss, with the only exception being where there is significant external non-governmental funding. 

Climate change: Science vs politics

27th March 2019

Worldwide, there are protests demanding action on climate change and in New Zealand, the report of our Interim Climate Change Committee is soon to be released. At the same time, there are countries around the world getting “cold feet”. 

Growing what consumers want

5th April 2019

The days of the standard New Zealand evening meal being meat and three vegetables are changing. Research from IBISWorld reports that sales of vegan food products “have soared” over the past five years in New Zealand. This represents a shift in consumer preferences to healthier eating. Flexitarians and transumers are words are entering...

The future of apple picking

12th April 2019

 

A conference like no other – our food future

15th April 2019

Horticulture’s growth is underpinned by innovation and grower know-how. This isn’t limited to growing techniques, but also a rapidly increasing use of technology. Want to learn more? Well, come along to the Horticulture Conference at Mystery Creek on 31 July to 2 August and find out.

Putting the tomorrow in tomorrow’s schools

29th April 2019

Following extensive consultation in 2018, a government appointed taskforce put together a comprehensive report called ‘Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together’. This report makes many excellent recommendations, which will hopefully result in a number of far-reaching changes. Eight key issues were identified that are designed to make the needed structural changes, and the...

How much capital is enough?

3rd May 2019

The Reserve Bank is currently consulting on a proposal to get New Zealand banks to hold more funds. This would reduce the risk of banks failing so that, in the event of a ‘run on the bank’, there would be enough funds keep the bank operating.

Business as usual won't achieve Zero Carbon

9th May 2019

The Zero Carbon Bill was introduced into Parliament on Wednesday, May 8, and as the Prime Minister has said, it provides certainty to business (particularly the primary sector), and acts as a plan for the next 30 years.

Innovating for the future

17th May 2019

There are many challenges facing primary production, and the only way that these challenges are going to be conquered is by researching new technologies, and new ways of growing and farming.  Whatever climate change targets are set, whatever environmental standards are set, and whatever programmes are put in place to...