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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.

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:

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).

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.

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.

Taxing water an issue for us all

10th August 2017

NZ First want a bottled water tax, and Labour want to tax primary producers as well as water bottlers. Labour’s stated aim is to clean up our water ways. But there are no details about how, with the policy to be worked out in the first 100 days if they are elected...

Horticulture welcomes funding for water protection project

8th August 2017

Government funding for a nationwide project to better protect waterways, by measuring and managing nitrogen on cropping farms, has been welcomed by Horticulture New Zealand.

HortNZ congratulates Damien O’Connor on Ministerial roles

25th October 2017

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates Damien O’Connor on being appointed Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Rural Communities and Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth and looks forward to working with the new Labour-led coalition Government in the days ahead, says President Julian Raine.

Biosecurity intelligence team a good move

30th April 2018

Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Tax system not broken, so doesn’t need to be fixed

1st May 2018

New Zealand’s tax system is admired for being simple, efficient, and fair, and Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says adding new taxes will undermine this.

Regional fuel tax will add to the cost of food

3rd May 2018

Regional fuel tax legislation, as it stands, is likely to add costs to fresh fruit and vegetables for consumers.

Do we really need another fuel tax?

4th May 2018

Reducing congestion on our main roads and making roads safer is something we all want. How we make that happen is the hard question. A simple solution would be less cars on the road, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Horticulture submission not nonsense

24th October 2018

"I thank National MP Nikki Kaye for calling out the comments about our submission from Labour MP Kieran McAnulty. We appeared in good faith to speak to our submission and were speechless when we were told we did not understand what the Bill proposes and then had to watch the...