Media Releases

Horticulture supports harsher penalties for food contamination

14 Jan 2019

Horticulture New Zealand supports a Member's Bill, announced today, that will introduce harsher penalties for people who intentionally contaminate food, or threaten to do so. ...

Proposed temporary visa changes welcomed by horticulture

18 Dec 2018

Addressing labour needs by region will lead to more productive primary industries, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman. The proposed changes to temporar...

New President and Vice-President elected to HortNZ board

05 Dec 2018

The Horticulture New Zealand board elected Barry O’Neil as its new President and Chairman at a meeting today. Mr O’Neil replaces Julian Raine, who has been President and Chair...

Horticulture growth retains momentum

03 Dec 2018

Horticulture growth retained momentum with a seven percent growth in export earnings since 2016, according to an updated report, with tariffs on exported produce down by 12 p...

Horticulture congratulates Government on CoOL law

28 Nov 2018

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates the Government on passing the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill into law.  “Getting mandatory Country of Origin ...

Vertical farming has limits

27 Nov 2018

Vertical farming - where food is grown indoors in high stacks - will not replace traditional fruit and vegetable growing in New Zealand, but it may supplement it in future if ...

Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture

06 Nov 2018

Horticulture New Zealand is pleased Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway have increased the amount of Recognised Seasonal Em...

Horticulture submission not nonsense

24 Oct 2018

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says he was surprised by the attitude of some members of the Education and Workforce Select Committee when he spoke to th...

Country of Origin Labelling a step closer to law

17 Oct 2018

Horticulture New Zealand is thrilled that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables got a step closer today, with the second reading of the Consumers’ Rig...

Young Grower title goes back to the Bay

23 Aug 2018

After a lengthy battle, Danni van der Heijden was crowned Young Grower of the Year 2018 at an event in Napier last night. Danni, 24, was named the winner after a day-long gaun...