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Staying ahead of biosecurity risks

23rd September 2016

With Biosecurity the number one priority for our growers, using every tool to keep pests out of horticulture in New Zealand is essential.

Team New Zealand

27th September 2016

New Zealand survives with income from exports and tourism. Not just tourism, and not just exports; we all need to work together to keep New Zealand financially afloat. But we also need to take a wider view of what we do and take responsibility for the environment and the...

Innovative horticulture - buying New Zealand grown

29th September 2016

Innovation was front and centre at the citrus growers’ conference and AGM in Gisborne yesterday. Growing the best orange or mandarin is not enough in today’s world. To sell what you grow, and earn a decent return for your fruit, the message is that you need to innovate.

Health and Safety for those uninvited visitors

7th October 2016

There is an endless number of central and local government officials that have right of entry to your orchard and farm; the Council can come and assess compliance with environmental regulations without notice, Immigration can come and make sure your workers are legally entitled to work in New Zealand without notice,...

Less regulation – no need to reinvent the wheel

14th October 2016

As the voice of growers in Wellington, Horticulture New Zealand represents your views when new rules and laws are being made by the Government. The issue with some rules and laws is that one size does not necessarily fit all and our job is to ensure the interests of horticulture...

Trade is the way to change the fortunes of Middle America

10th November 2016

History tells us that the path to power and prosperity is trade. You can’t grow your country’s wealth by trading with yourself; you have to go and get some other countries’ wealth to become more prosperous. This is absolutely true for New Zealand, where horticulture is an enormous contributor to our...

Resource Management Act reform one step closer

11th November 2016

During the final moment of the US Presidential election this week, there was an announcement that National and the Māori Party have reached an accord on amending the Resource Management Act. Labour has come out in opposition to the reforms. The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has been referred back to...

Earthquakes and bad weather will impact horticulture

16th November 2016

It has not been a great start to the week for some of our growers, with the earthquakes and now bad weather hitting the top of the South Island and lower North Island.

Registering chemicals in New Zealand to be easier

17th November 2016

Earlier this year, Horticulture New Zealand and other primary industry organisations made submissions on a Bill designed to make registration of chemicals more straightforward, without any reduction in the check and balances.

Increase in RSE workers needed

24th November 2016

The horticulture and viticulture industries rely on seasonal workers for harvest and pruning. It is not a full time job but it is an essential one to ensure that the crop is picked at the optimum time and skilled pruning is undertake. To assist with these seasonal tasks workers come from...

Trade deals open doors to wealth

25th November 2016

New Zealand’s wealth is driven by our exports, and anything the Government can do to improve our ability to export adds to our country's wealth. This week there have been two initiatives announced by the Government designed to do just that.

No more Great White Butterflies

29th November 2016

The Great White Butterfly is officially eradicated from New Zealand. What an achievement and what a story! 

Two sets of rules won’t work in the Waikato

5th December 2016

Having two sets of rules never works – it is divisive, and always leaves someone feeling disadvantaged. So HortNZ was surprised and disappointed when we learned the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) was slicing out an area previously covered by its notified Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1, to allow consultation...

Amendments made to the Horticulture Export Authority Act (HEA)

8th December 2016

This Act is designed to both help New Zealand exporters gain market traction in developing markets, and to hold market share in developed markets. It has been an important tool assisting the growth of horticulture in key markets. The products that come under this system are avocados, blackcurrants, buttercup squash, chestnuts, kiwifruit...

A decade of employment solutions for Otago

12th December 2016

Last week, I was at the 10 year anniversary celebration of Seasonal Solutions. 

A century of growth, and more to come

19th December 2016

Figures released last week by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) show that horticulture has grown by 4.2% over the past year, with an export value of just under $5 billion. In the next four years this is expected to grow by at least another $1.3 billion. This growth means horticulture is...

Overcoming barriers to trade

21st December 2016

Every two years a report is released setting out the barriers to horticultural exports out of New Zealand. In the latest report, released on 30 November, the following data is presented:

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. 

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:

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. 

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.

New horizons for horticulture

3rd April 2017

The Tree Crops Association held its conference in New Plymouth last weekend. More than 100 highly enthusiastic growers attended, ranging from back-yard growers through to commercial growers.  Their interest in and passion for horticulture was very evident. I had the privilege to speak to them about the new horizons for horticulture.

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?

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.

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

 

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.

Maximising the value chain

23rd June 2017

"Equipping producers to maximise their roles in the value chain" is just one of the 110 recommendations made in the recently released 2017 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda: The Recipe for Action.

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. 

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.

The Future of Trade

21st July 2017

At the recent Horticulture Conference in Tauranga, Dr Roland Fumasi –vice president, senior analyst and manager for Rabobank’s RaboResearch’s Food and Agribusiness group – gave an insightful presentation into where New Zealand will be trading in the future. 

Workplace safety vital

27th July 2017

The fact that consumers expect 100% perfection from their food producers was a growing trend discussed at the recent Horticulture Conference. Delegates were also told that consumers expect total transparency, so that they can confirm that perfection. Achieving these two market requirements will result in premium pricing and high volume sales for...

Horticulture has a great story to tell

3rd August 2017

Horticulture has a fantastic story to tell. It is one about growth, a significant contribution to New Zealand’s financial well-being, environmental sustainability, safe and healthy food, the increasing value of our exports, and an industry with many and varied career opportunities. The vital contribution that horticulture is and will increasingly continue making...

Primary sector diversity is the way to go

14th August 2017

One of the themes to come out of the Agri-Summit Conference in Napier last week was diversity. For the continued prosperity of the primary sector, and New Zealand’s entire economy, mixed land uses will need to be adopted in coming years; this was one of the propositions put forward.

Understanding Labour’s proposed water tax

21st August 2017

Farmers and growers need reliable water supply to feed New Zealand and grow our exports. To achieve that, farmers and growers need certain and reliable water policy. Labour announcing that it will impose a water tax, but work out the details later, causes uncertainty. 

Trade transcends the election

28th August 2017

Growth in horticulture, and the entire primary sector, is dependent on good trade access to countries that can afford to pay for our premium food.  Reducing tariffs certainly assists with the flow of export earnings back to New Zealand, but the real issue is what is called non-tariff barriers. Whether or...

Costs upon costs - taxes and penalties

6th September 2017

The old saying goes that the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. In the modern horticulture industry, you could say that the only certain things would be death, taxes, and health and safety penalties.

Tax has woken the sleeping giant

14th September 2017

Political talk of new taxes, particularly a water tax, has stirred the primary sector. Growers and farmers across New Zealand are uniting over concerns about proposed new taxes. Let’s be clear, irrigation is vital for the vast majority of our commercially grown fruit and vegetables. 

Food security; from paddock to plate

18th September 2017

It is good to see mainstream media asking the government to look at food security. In the New Zealand Herald yesterday, Business Editor at Large Liam Dann penned an excellent piece: Why aren’t food prices an election issue?

Disrupt or be disrupted

25th September 2017

Change is rapidly coming to the primary sector. Our traditional approaches to farming and growing are going to change radically change in the next decade, in the form of changing eating habits, technological advances, and the robotic revolution. The by-line coming from the leaders and thought creators, for horticulture in particular, is...