Planning for uncertainty - HORTICULTURE NEW ZEALAND

Planning for uncertainty - HORTICULTURE NEW ZEALAND
VOL 93 | NO 05 | SEPTEMBER 2020                                   HORTICULTURE NEW ZEALAND

Planning for

  In this issue

07 Lockdown                       26 Taking a closer        42 Organic kiwifruit
   déjà vu                           look at traceability      evolves in Oropi
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THE MOST IMPORTANT                                                                                                                                                           51                                                                                23

Proud to support NZ                                         “Boysenberry harvesting lasts
                                                            through to until mid to late January
                                                                                                          Supporting clients like Jono is
                                                                                                          what FMG is here for and it’s great
orchardists.                                                with a few weeks break before our             to be here to support clients for
                                                            apple picking season starts.”                 long haul. As Jono says, his family
Jono Sutton is a third-generation                                                                         has been with FMG for “longer
orchardist based out of the small                           It’s both the seasonality of the              than I’ve been around”.
Nelson settlement of Hope, on the                           work and the harvesting of high-
Waimea plains.                                              quality fruit that Jono enjoys most           What Jono values most about FMG
                                                            about his career, which is why he             is his relationship with his adviser,
Alongside his parents and                                   sees a key opportunity for the                their approachability and the               16
grandfather, he runs Eden’s Road                            sector is attracting others into              Mutual’s fair approach to insurance.
Fruit, which grows a broad variety                          horticulture careers.
of apples and stunning New Zealand                                                                        “FMG are awesome to deal with—
boysenberries.                                              “With such an emphasis on healthy             they always want to help in your
                                                            eating internationally, we have a             time of need,” says Jono.
“We currently have three varieties                          real opportunity to leverage New
of boysenberry along with a variety                         Zealand’s fresh image.”                       Pictured:

of apples, including Royal Gala,                                                                          Jono Sutton,
Red Braeburn, Kanzi, Lady n Red                             Of course, Jono’s business isn’t              Edens Road Fruit Limited
and Dazzle,” says Jono.                                     without challenges too – the top                                                                                                                                                                            33
                                                            of mind one being the current
For Edens Road Fruit, the busy                              availability of staff given the
seasons generally kick off from                             impacts of Covid-19.
mid-December with the                                                                                                                                                                              SEPTEMBER 2020
boysenberry harvest says Jono.

                                                                                                                                                  Up Front                               Your Industry
                                                                                                                                                  2   President’s Word:                  23 Planning for an uncertain              48 NZKGI’s Labour Strategy
                                                                                                                                                      The AGM – just a yearly ritual?       labour force                              nimble for Covid-19
                                                                                                                                                  4   The Chief Executive:               26 Taking a closer look at traceability   46 Thinking differently
                                                                                                                                                      Covid’s impact continues           30 Plant & Food Research, Kerikeri
                                                                                                                                                  7   Lockdown déjà vu                                                             Technical
                                                                                                                                                                                         33 Gisborne bananas go from
                                                                                                                                                                                            trial to table                         51 Understanding chemical
                                                                                                                                                  Your Levy at Work                                                                   thinners and growth regulators
                                                                                                                                                                                         34 Citrus NZ update
FMG’s Orchard Fruit insurance not only covers your growing and                                                                                    8   Natural resources and                                                        56 MetService update:
                                                                                                                                                                                         36 Ladders lead way to
harvested fruit (pip fruit, stone fruit or grapes) against hail strike, there’s                                                                       environment                                                                     Back-to-back dry years for
                                                                                                                                                                                            whitebait recovery
no limit on the fruit size at claim time. So it’s well worth getting insurance                                                                    12 Farm Environment Plans                                                           many areas
in place at this time of year. Because no fruit means no income. We also                                                                                                                 38 Pathways into Primary Industries
                                                                                                                                                     in horticulture
cover for fire, malicious acts, impact, natural disaster and flooding.                                                                                                                   40 Pruning a way to new employment
And we’ll pay out 100% if more than 65% of your insured fruit block is                                                                            14 Have you got an on farm/
                                                                                                                                                                                         42 Organic kiwifruit evolves in Oropi
damaged. No matter what happens, we’ve probably seen it before, and                                                                                  orchard biosecurity plan?
                                                                                                                                                                                         44 Centre closer to reality
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                                                                                                                               I don’t believe this achieves anything other than releasing

                             The AGM –                                                                                         hot air and encouraging the government decision
                                                                                                                               makers to avoid working with those that act in this way.

                         just a yearly ritual?                                                                                 I hear sometimes that we are too focused on domestic
                                                                                                                               production and not sufficiently recognising the needs of
                                                                                                                               export groups. HortNZ is not a market access organisation,
                                                                                                                               and during our strategy review we received strong feedback
                                                                                                                               from Product Groups that trade policy shouldn’t be a priority

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                            It’s that time of the year. Annual General Meetings are rife
                                                                                                                               for us. Our focus therefore is on enabling growers to do
                           and this year for an added twist due to Covid-19 restrictions
                                                                                                                               what they do best, grow, without unnecessary burdens and
                                   we are trying to do these by Zoom or webinar,                                               compliance costs. We are agnostic as to whether growers
                                        which makes them even more exciting!                                                   are domestic or export focused but recognise that we
                                                                                                                               do need to feed our populations, and that horticulture is
                                                                                                                               an important part of our economy. Industry and Product
                                                       By Barry O’Neil
                                                                                                                               Groups must have the customer focus to support their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The best varieties
                                            President : Horticulture New Zealand
                                                                                                                               growers supplying what consumers are wanting and                                for the best results
                                                                                                                               needing, whether that be domestic or international.
                                                                                                                               Sometimes I hear comments that we are putting too
                                                                                                                               much effort into biosecurity, or alternatively not enough.
I understand that many of us don’t get overly                                  to work collaboratively, and Horticulture
                                                                                                                               Biosecurity is an area of such importance we are and will
excited about sitting through an AGM, but                                       New Zealand often facilitates this process.
                                                                                                                               continue to be totally committed to policy and resource
the reality is an AGM apart from being a                                         I personally think we need to be seeing
                                                                                                                               settings that deliver the best results for the sector. We
requirement by law, is also the opportunity                                      more collaboration as it makes no sense
                                                                                                                               don’t lead on specific pests and pathogens unless asked
for members to raise issues they want                                            to me why we need to reinvent the wheel.
                                                                                                                               by Product Groups, but we are absolutely focused on the
clarified or to suggest the organisation
                                                                                  I sometimes hear from fruit Product          government providing border and biosecurity settings
focuses on or deals with differently.
                                                                                 Groups that they believe with our Resource    that manage the plethora of threats to the wider sector
At AGMs we don’t always have the discussion                                  Management Act and environmental activities       Personally I believe we have too much duplication
in the areas that I am sure many in the audience                          we are putting most of our energies into             happening within biosecurity at the moment, and
would want to hear, in order for everyone to better                 vegetable growing issues. We try very hard to ensure       collectively we need to address some of this, for instance
understand the organisation’s position. So I thought           our efforts are not favouring one sector over another, and to   whether we can do better than having 15 industry people
I should try and cover a few areas that some of you may        focus on getting the best results for all growers to prosper.   all turning up in Wellington for a Government Industry
have questioned or wondered, that may help clarify but         Sometimes there will be government policies that are            Agreement (GIA) administration meetings.
also may become a prompt to engage with us at our              impacting on one area at a point in time more than others,
                                                                                                                               Lastly there are no doubt thoughts about whether the AGM
AGM on 25 September.                                           such as with freshwater reforms impacting more on the
                                                                                                                               will consider increases in directors’ fees. Director fees are
                                                               vegetable sector currently. But to me this will be swings and
Over the last twelve months working with our members                                                                           not something we as a board have control over, rather we
                                                               roundabouts, with future governments bringing no doubt
and Product Groups we have renewed our strategy to                                                                             use an independent remunerations committee to make any
                                                               different priorities and areas of focus.
ensure we are concentrating our efforts on the areas that                                                                      recommendation on changing fees directly to the AGM for           Call us now to place your tree orders!
will make the greatest improvements to growing, and            I often hear we are not putting enough effort into labour,      members to vote on. Directors record what activities they
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then advocating and influencing government accordingly.        and that we are not being hard enough on decision               perform, including how much time they are putting into
Our purpose has not changed, to create an enduring             makers and politicians. Labour is without doubt one of          their roles, and the independent committee considers this,
environment where growers thrive. I think we have got          the most crucial industry enablers for future success, but      looks at other like bodies, and also the Institute of Directors
it right, but feedback always welcomed!                        unfortunately in a Covid-19 world there are just so many        fee comparisons, then tries to land on the appropriate
                                                               uncertainties. While we were getting close to a Pacific         fees for these roles. This year due to Covid-19 impacts our
                                                               bubble opening, with the resurgence of community                directors decided to voluntarily reduce their fees, so no
                                                               transmission this is now not going to happen in the short       resolution will be put to our AGM on director fees this year.
    Our purpose has not changed, to                            to medium term, so we are left with big challenges for the
                                                                                                                               AGMs should not be a yearly ritual, but rather they are
                                                               Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. We have a
    create an enduring environment                             great collaborative model working between HortNZ and
                                                                                                                               meetings that give us all the opportunity to engage with
                                                                                                                               and give the board of directors feedback and suggestions
    where growers thrive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Specialist Fruit Tree Nurserymen
                                                               Product Groups on labour and are proactively engaging                                                                              for Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Nectarine, Peach, Plum and Pears.
                                                                                                                               on how the organisation could be doing even better. They
                                                               with officials and key ministers on RSE and migrant labour
We focus on sector wide priorities that all growers benefit                                                                    are also the place where new directors are selected or
                                                               policies that will support future industry needs, as well as
from, and promote and advocate for a framework that                                                                            announced, and as such are an opportunity for members
                                                               getting more Kiwis into horticulture. As growers I believe
will enable future horticulture growth, without picking any    we can be confident that what can be done is being done.
                                                                                                                               to ensure that directors are also very much held to account.      07 827 8281                 Email

specific fruit or vegetable winners. We have 21 affiliated                                                                     I hope you can participate in our Covid-19                                                    Visit   3/1628 Cambridge Rd,
Product Groups and they work on the specific needs for         I do not condone that we adopt the behaviour of
                                                                                                                               delayed Zoom AGM and look forward to any                                                              RD3 Hamilton 3283, NZ
their growers, but when we have common issues we try           some others, thumping the table and demanding.
                                                                                                                               general business discussion!
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THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE                                                                                                                                        THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

             Covid’s impact continues
                  As I write this column, Covid-19 has again imposed itself on New Zealand;
                      not that it or its impacts had really gone away since our first period
                                           of lockdowns earlier this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ahumāra Kai Aotearoa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ahumāra Kai Aotearoa

                                                    By Mike Chapman                                                                             Warrant of Fitness 2020-2021
                                        Chief Executive : Horticulture New Zealand                                              Priority area       Measure Warrant of
                                                                                                                                                            Warrant of Fitness
                                                                                                                                                                       Fitness 2020-2021
                                                                                                                                                                               2020-2021                         Rationale

                                                                                                                                Valued              Number of active partnerships between HortNZ                This will demonstrate whether the Government

                                                                                                                                  Priority area
                                                                                                                                Partnerships        and the Government
                                                                                                                                                    Percentage of growers who
                                                                                                                                                                                       Measure                  seeks to actively work with HortNZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Growers who take part in the survey are actively
                                                                                                                                                    i) respond to the annual survey and                         engaging to provide their thoughts about HortNZ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The percentage who rate HortNZ high or very high
                                                                                                                                                    ii) rate HortNZ high or very high on the delivering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                gives an indication of the perceived value that
                                                                                                                                  Valued                value question                    Number of active partnerships between HortNZ                                    This will demonstrate whether the Government
The horticulture industry has been engaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                HortNZ provides to growers
                                                                                can travel in and out of Auckland without         Partnerships                                            and the Government
                                                                                                                                                    Number of Product Groups that have work allocation   Indicates the degree of engagement with HortNZ                   seeks to actively work with HortNZ
in two significant campaigns since 11                                            undue uncertainty or delay (delays of up
                                                                                                                                                    agreements with HortNZ

                                                                                                                                Enabling            Growth in the horticulture sector by  Percentage of growers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Growth is awho
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     proxy for the right regulatory and policy            Growers who take part in the survey are actively
August, when the decision was first made                                         to two hours have been reported).              horticulture        i) value and                                                settings being in place – one of HortNZ’s focus areas
                                                                                                                                                                                          i) respond to the annual survey and                                             engaging to provide their thoughts about HortNZ.
to impose Alert Level 3 restrictions on the
                                                                                                                                                    ii) hectarage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The percentage who rate HortNZ high or very high
                                                                                                                                                                                          ii) rate HortNZ high or very high on the delivering
Auckland region and Alert Level 2 on the                                           New KPIs and HortNZ’s AGM                                                                                  value question
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gives an indication of the perceived value that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HortNZ provides to growers
rest of the country.                                                              At last year’s Annual General Meeting         Advocacy            Pick up of HortNZ communications                            This measure is not how many media releases or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                social media postings are made – but rather, as a

                                                                                 the HortNZ Board were asked to develop                                                                   Number of Product    Groups
                                                                                                                                                                                                        result of            that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  those releases andhave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    postings,work  allocation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             how many are                 Indicates the degree of engagement with HortNZ
We have campaigned long and hard for
                                                                                                                                                                                                        picked up and repeated
                                                                                                                                                                                          agreements with HortNZ
                                                                                some new Key Performance Indicators                                 Number of invitations for HortNZ to participate in          Measures how effectively HortNZ is working with

independent fruit and vegetable retailers to be
                                                                                                                                                    discussions at the early stages of policy/regulation        government departments, agencies and councils, etc
                                                                             (KPIs) for reporting back to the AGM on how          Enabling          development                           Growth in the horticulture sector by                                            Growth is a proxy for the right regulatory and policy
allowed to remain open during Alert Levels 3 and 4.                      effectively HortNZ is operating. The first step
                                                                                                                                  horticulture                                            i) value and
                                                                                                                                                    Number of Product Groups represented by HortNZ
                                                                                                                                                    in biosecurity meetings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is an indication of a service provided by HortNZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to product groups that directly reduces duplication
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          settings being in place – one of HortNZ’s focus areas

We restarted this campaign on 11 August so all Aucklanders     the Board took working with our staff was to refresh the         People                                                    ii) hectarage
                                                                                                                                                    Number of people applying for HortNZ scholarships           This would be measured year on year to see if we are
                                                                                                                                                    and the HortNZ leadership course                            attracting people into the horticulture industry. If we
could continue to have access to fresh and healthy fruit       HortNZ strategic plan. The key change was to develop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                are successful in this space, more and more people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                will seek to participate in these HortNZ initiatives
and vegetables.                                                out of the previous plan four goals, five priorities and a                           Number of kiwis placed in work by the                       Measures how effective the Career Progression
                                                                                                                                                    Career Progression Manager network                          Managers are at attracting and placing New

                                                               section on how HortNZ works. The KPIs were then crafted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Zealanders in horticulture
Not only does up to 60% of fruit and vegetables find their                                                                        Advocacy
                                                                                                                                Fit for                                                   Pick up of HortNZ
                                                                                                                                                    Number of submissions made to central and regional       communications
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Measures HortNZ’s work output that is focused on                This measure is not how many media releases or
way to the end consumer through independent retailers          based off the new strategic plan, reporting on each of           the Future          government enabling growing in the future                   enabling growing in the future                            social media postings are made – but rather, as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          result of those releases and postings, how many are
and other means, such as farmers’ markets, but these           the priority areas: see the opposite page for the KPIs.                                                                                                                                                    picked up and repeated
closures will have a lasting effect on our country’s fresh     The Board has named these KPIs the “Warrant of Fitness”.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Number of invitations for HortNZ to participate in                              Measures how effectively HortNZ is working with
produce supply chains. While we appreciate the need to         This is because they report on the day-to-day business                                                                     discussions at the early stages of policy/regulation                            government departments, agencies and councils, etc
contain Covid-19, there is also an equally important need      of HortNZ and because they give an assessment of how                                                                       development
for New Zealanders to have access to healthy food. What        well HortNZ is performing.                                                                                                 Number of Product Groups represented by HortNZ                                  This is an indication of a service provided by HortNZ
we need to do is make sure we can achieve both goals.          The warrant of fitness KPIs reflect that HortNZ is very much
                                                                                                                                                                                          in biosecurity meetings                                                         to product groups that directly reduces duplication

The second issue has been the operation of the Auckland        a relationship organisation. This is evident from the valued       People                                                  Number of people applying for HortNZ scholarships                               This would be measured year on year to see if we are
                                                                                                                                                                                          and the HortNZ leadership course                                                attracting people into the horticulture industry. If we
border: ensuring that essential horticulture workers can get   partnership and advocacy KPIs. It is no accident that HortNZ                                                                                                                                               are successful in this space, more and more people
to and from work, and the border movements associated          is based in Wellington where central government is located.                                                                                                                                                will seek to participate in these HortNZ initiatives
with production can continue.                                  A vast majority of HortNZ’s work is with government and                                                                    Number of kiwis placed in work by the                                           Measures how effective the Career Progression
                                                               with the groups that make up the horticultural industry. In                                                                Career Progression Manager network                                              Managers are at attracting and placing New
About a third of New Zealand’s fresh vegetables are grown
                                                               many ways this is a facilitation role between industry and                                                                                                                                                 Zealanders in horticulture
in the Pukekohe hub. The issue here is that the Pukekohe
                                                               government on horticulture wide issues. HortNZ needs to            Fit for                                                 Number of submissions made to central and regional                              Measures HortNZ’s work output that is focused on
hub straddles the Auckland and Waikato boundary.                                                                                  the Future                                              government enabling growing in the future                                       enabling growing in the future
                                                               act as the ‘canary in the mine’ for government initiatives,
We estimate that there are up to 2,000 production border       develop responses working with the Product Groups and
movements each day with many tractors, trucks and              District Associations and collectively present a horticultural
workers crossing and re-crossing the border multiple           view to the government. As a horticulture collective we
times. While the cost of delays has not been estimated,        aim to draw on the expertise within the industry to lead the
it would be in the order of thousands of dollars.              response, and that expertise might not necessarily reside
                                                               with HortNZ. The combined horticulture sector letter to the
While it is significant that the horticulture industry has
                                                               Prime Minister supported by all Product Groups asking that
been one of the few industries to be exempt from Alert
                                                               under Level 3 lockdown independent fruit and vegetable
Level 3 requirements in Auckland, considerable effort
                                                               retailers be permitted to open is a recent example of us all
has had to go into ensuring essential horticulture workers
                                                               working collectively for horticulture.

4   The ORCHARDIST : SEPTEMBER 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The ORCHARDIST : SEPTEMBER 2020           5
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                                                                       the Covid recovery
                                                                       will only be successful                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lockdown déjà vu
Editor:                                                                if it is industry led,
Andrew Bristol
Ph: 04 470 5665                                                        government enabled                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Level 3 lockdown brought up a number of issues for growers
Email:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and some independent fruit retailers in Auckland.
Advertising Manager:
Jackie Enright
Ph: 04 494 9986,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By Glenys Christian
Mobile: 0274 489 913
Design:                                         The Covid-19 Recovery                                                                                                                                                                                 The final warrant of                At the start of lockdown some growers were                           some issues getting the necessary supplies of
Scenario — brand new thinking
                                                Strategy is another                                                                                                                                                                                    fitness area is focus              spending from one to two hours in traffic queues                       some vegetable lines they needed because harvesters
Ph: 04 385 9766
                                                good example of                                                                                                                                                                                          on the future. This              just to get to production sites around Tuakau and                      had to be spaced out. And some stores were having
                                                                                                                      Horticultural Post-Covid Recovery Strategy

                                                                                                                                               Industry led                                                               Government enabled

                                                HortNZ’s facilitation                                                                                Horticultural                                       Government

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is about expanding               Pukekohe, said Pukekohe Vegetable Growers                             trouble displaying QR code posters as required to

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Association (PVGA) president, Kylie Faulkner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Investment into regions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not only were they being delayed because of heavy
                                                                                                                                 • Wide range of markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Positive health benefits for NZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ACT Leader David Seymour once again campaigned against

                                                                                                                           • Ability to capitalise on reputation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Investment in innovation
                                                                                                                                • Supports “Trade for all”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Production of healthy food

                                                                                                                              • Can channel revenue and

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                                                                                                                                                   Labour            Promoting                Maximising                   Plant            Trade
                                                                                                                                                                     improved                                              food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          traffic flows but they were being questioned on their

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          what he called arbitrary and unfair rules under which super-
                                                                                                                                                                     production               and systems                  story
                                                                                                                                                                     practices                to validate

The Orchardist is produced by                   and HortNZ as a whole                                                                                                                                                                                 all for challenges and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of access
                                                                                                                            on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to natural

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          documentation. While the Ministry for Primary Industries
                                                                                                                            diversity of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          markets, petrol stations, dairies and pharmacies were able
                                                                                                                            horticulture         R&D /                                                                                     Partnership
                                                                                                                                                 innovation/                                                                               with Maori
                                                                                                                                                 automation                       Data and                         Government              and Pasifika
                                                                                                                                                                                  information plan                 support

Horticulture New Zealand and is free            of horticulture response                                                                                                                                                                            emerging risks. Our
for all levy payers. The Orchardist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (MPI) had applied for an exemption for horticulture, it was     to trade but greengrocers, butchers and bakers could not,
                                                to horticulture’s and New                                                                                                                                                                        collective Covid response is a
magazine is partially funded by a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         only approved by the Ministry of Health late on Sunday          which brought on a sense of déjà vu. One fruit and vegetable
                                                Zealand’s economic recovery                                                                                                                                                                prime example. The Product Groups
grant from the NZ Fruitgrowers’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           night, over four days into the lockdown.                        store he described as iconic in his Epsom electorate,
                                                from Covid, which has been made all the                                                                                                                                                and HortNZ are meeting weekly, and
Charitable Trust to ensure all fruit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And for some independent fruit and vegetable retailers it       “has simply given up and closed under the current rules”.
growers in New Zealand receive a                more difficult due to Auckland’s recent                                                                                                                                                during Level 2, 3 and 4 lockdowns
copy each month.                                community transmission cases. The                                                                                                                                                      daily, with government as required to              was a replay of earlier in the year when they were unable       “Forcing people to travel further to visit a smaller number
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                    YOUR LEVY AT WORK
                            INDUSTRY WIDE ISSUES FOR INDUSTRY GOOD

                   Natural resources and                                                                                      Otago Plan Change 7 (water abstractions)
                                                                                                                              The Minister for the Environment used his powers to
                                                                                                                              ’call in’ this Plan Change. This means that there are
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Enabling low and moderate nitrogen leaching
                                                                                                                                                                                              vegetable production to expand without any area limits.
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Enabling high leaching vegetable production to expand

                       environment                                                                                            no appeals, other than appeals to the High Court on
                                                                                                                              procedural matters.
                                                                                                                                                                                              within more sub-catchments than provided in the version
                                                                                                                                                                                              of the Plan Change upon which decision was made.
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Changes to ensure certified sector schemes can
                                                                                                                              Plan Change 7 (PC7) proposes an objective, policies and
                                                                                                                                                                                              effectively manage and audit farm environment plans.
                                                                                                                              rules that manage the replacement of deemed permits (also
                                                                Water regulations                                                                                                           • Changes to provide more flexibility in the format of
                                                                                                                              known as mining privileges) expiring in 2021 and any other
           Air                                                  The new Freshwater National Environmental Standards           water permits expiring prior to 31 December 2025 (the date
                                                                                                                                                                                              Farm Environment Plan maps.
                                                                include provisions of relevance to horticulture which apply   by which a new Regional Land and Water Plan is expected       Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA) has
Review of NZS8409                                               in relation to activities in and near natural wetlands and    to be operative). The Plan Change also introduces a new       determined to lodge its own appeal in order to broaden
The Standards Development Committee are undertaking             other activities in rivers.                                   policy regarding the duration of new water permits.           opportunities for discussion in mediation. The PVGA
a review of NZS8409:2004. These national standards              Amendments to the Measurement and Reporting of Water                                                                        appeal aligns with HortNZ’s appeal.
                                                                                                                              PC7 was previously notified by the Otago Regional Council
set good management practice for the transportation,            Takes Regulations introduce the requirement to measure        earlier this year. HortNZ lodged a thorough submission        Horizons Plan Change 2 evidence (water discharges)
storage, supply and use of agrichemicals. They are often        water take in each 15 minute period and to provide daily      at that point. Due to legal obligations, the Environmental    HortNZ and growers have attended pre-hearing
referred to in (or applied directly by) regional council air    electronic records to regional council. The regulations       Protection Authority (EPA) has re-notified PC7, along with    conferencing where we strongly advocated that commercial
quality regulations. The draft standard is anticipated to be    only apply to consents to take five litres or more of water   PC8 and PC1. However, all submissions lodged will be          vegetable growing should be recognised with its own
finalised end of August 2020 and feedback will be sought        per second. There is a phased implementation period           considered with equal weight and therefore HortNZ will        policy and rules framework, particularly due to importance
in September or October. HortNZ is working closely with         (applying to larger users first). The first compliance        not be lodging an additional submission.                      of the vegetables grown in the region for domestic food
Product Groups and experts to ensure a workable outcome.        deadline is 3 September 2022.
                                                                                                                                                                                            supply, and because of the diverse range of crop rotations,
                                                                                                                              Waikato Plan Change 1 Appeal (water discharges)
                                                                                                                                                                                            and the need to rotate crops to support soil health.
                                                                                                                              The independent panel’s decision on the Waikato Plan
          Water                                                           Land                                                Change 1 Appeal has been accepted by Council, and             The HortNZ submission will be supported by economic,
                                                                                                                              was notified in May.                                          farm systems, water quality, planning and legal experts.
The government finalised the Action for Healthy waterways       Biodiversity Strategy                                                                                                       These experts that have been participating in expert
                                                                                                                              The decision had positive elements, recognising the
reforms with the delivery of the National Policy Statement                                                                                                                                  witness conferencing.
                                                                Te Mana o te Taiao – Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity        importance of vegetable growing and allowing for some
for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPSFM 2020), National           Strategy 2020 provides the overall strategic direction for    expansion of vegetable growing. However, there are some       HortNZ is working with Potatoes NZ which has its own
Environmental Standards for Freshwater (Freshwater NES)         biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand for the next 30 years.   practical constraints with some of the proposed provisions.   submission on the Plan Change focused on presenting
and new water metering regulations, which come into                                                                                                                                         recent evidence that demonstrates that potatoes grown
force from the 3 September 2020.                                HortNZ sought feedback on the strategy from Product           The Plan provides a permitted pathway for fruitgrowing,
                                                                                                                                                                                            in pasture rotations could expand in area without
                                                                Groups and District Associations, and provided comments       but requires vegetable growers to gain consents. It
                                                                                                                                                                                            increasing water quality impacts.
NPSFM                                                           on the proposed strategy in September 2019.                   requires certified and audited Farm Environment Plans
The new National Policy Statement for Freshwater                                                                              for all activities.                                           HortNZ is also working closely with Vegetables NZ,
                                                                HortNZ supported the overall vision and sought
Management (NPSFM) sets out a revised framework for                                                                                                                                         NZGAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and Tararua Growers
                                                                recognition of the importance of ecosystems services in       HortNZ lodged an appeal in July following a series of
freshwater management (requiring limits and minimum                                                                                                                                         Association to support vegetable growers in Levin to
                                                                supporting food production These values are recognised        meetings with growers and Product Groups to refine
flows and so on to be set). Regional councils must notify a                                                                                                                                 develop robust Farm Environment Plans, using the
                                                                within the strategy: Our international brand and domestic     and communicate appeal points. The key points of the
freshwater plan no later than 31 December 2024 to give                                                                                                                                      Environmental Management System developed by NZGAP
                                                                tourism, our resilience to climate change, the health of      HortNZ appeal are as follows:
effect to the NPSFM 2020.                                                                                                                                                                   In giving evidence, the HortNZ team will explain the
                                                                our fisheries, forests and productive soils – these are all   • Ensuring vegetable rotation can occur across
                                                                                                                                                                                            benefits of a collective approach to farm planning.
Of note, it includes specific recognition of defined areas      dependent on the ecosystem services provided by healthy          multiple properties and between sub-catchments.
of vegetable growing in Pukekohe and Horowhenua. This           nature. There are also cultural, social and human health
allows a regional council to set a water quality target below   benefits that need to be recognised and considered as
a national bottom line, however water quality must still be     part of the value of nature.
improved. This policy applies for a period of 10 years, or
until a vegetable specific National Environmental Standard
is introduced.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Contact us:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Freephone: 0508 467 869
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Phone: 04 472 3795
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fax: 04 471 2861

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2020 HortNZ
     HortNZ AGM
            AGM –– Notices
                   Notices of
                           of Motion
                              Motion                                                                                                                         Te Mana o te Taiao is a visioning document that is         • councils must have regard to emissions reduction
  The following motions will be considered at the Horticulture New Zealand Annual General                                                                    intended to be implemented through various means,            plans and national adaptation plans (prepared
  The following
  Meeting  (AGM)motions will be
                 being held   at considered at the
                                 the Pukekohe      Horticulture
                                               Indian           New Zealand
                                                      Centre, Pukekohe,     Annual
                                                                        Auckland onGeneral
                                                                                    Friday                                                                   including national policy as well as policy and rules        under the Climate Change Response Act) when
  Meeting  (AGM) being  held  at the Pukekohe  Indian Centre, Pukekohe, Auckland
  25 September 2020 at 12.30pm and by Zoom for members unable to get to Pukekohe.on Friday                                                                   within the regional and district Plans, that impact on       making or amending their regional or district plans.
  25 September 2020 at 12.30pm and by Zoom for members unable to get to Pukekohe.                                                                            the protection and restoration of biodiversity. An
                                                                                                                                                             implementation plan will be released in 2021.
     Motion 1                                                          of the price received after the deduction of all                                      HortNZ also submitted on the proposed National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Regional and
     Motion 1                                                          of the price   received
                                                                                         and forafter  the deduction of all
That the minutes of the 14th AGM of Horticulture
                                                                                 costs   and   for
                                                                                                             sales remain
                                                                                                             sales remain
                                                                       and be set at 0.14% of the notional process value.
                                                                                                                                                             Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB)                District Policy
                                                                                                                                                             earlier this year. The government is still considering
New the   minutes
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                                  on 1 August  2019 at                 and be set at 0.14% of the notional process value.
                                                                       Proposed by the HortNZ Board                                                          submissions. The timeframe for the delivery of the
New   Zealand     (HortNZ),  held on  1 August
Mystery Creek be taken as read and confirmed   2019 as
                                                     at                Proposed by the HortNZ Board                                                          NPSIB has been extended until April 2021.
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                                                                       The Commodity Levies (Vegetables and Fruit) Order 2019
a true and    correct  record of that meeting.                         The  Commodity        Levies    (Vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HortNZ has made a submission on the TANK plan in
Proposed by the HortNZ Board                                           allows  a maximum        rate to   be set for and    Fruit) Order
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                                                                                                                                                             climate change policy, including the policy goal to        Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers, Hawke’s Bay Vegetable
                                                                       vegetables and fruit is 0.14%. This levy funds the activities of
That the President’s and CEO’s Report for                              vegetables                                                                            transition to net zero carbon emissions by the second      Growers Associations, and grower meetings.
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                                                                                                     Budget.                                                 This means that from 31 December 2021:                     NZKGI, Zespri, Summerfruit NZ and Process Vegetables
published     in
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                                                                                                                                                             • the sections of the Resource Management Act which        NZ to progress Farm Environment Plan (FEP) case studies
read  and adopted.                                                     That there be no change to the directors’
                                                                       That there be no                                                                                                                                 to aid our evidence. HortNZ will present water quality,
Proposed by the HortNZ Board                                           remuneration   forchange  to the directors’
                                                                                          the 2020/2021   year.                                                 prevented Councils from being able to consider the
Proposed by the HortNZ Board
Explanatory Note                                                       remuneration   for the 2020/2021   year.                                                 effects of discharges of greenhouses gases on climate   hydrology, farm systems, economic and planning
                                                                       Explanatory Note
Explanatory   Note                                                                                                                                              change will be removed and                              evidence to support the HortNZ submission.
A PDF of the Annual Report will be available at      Explanatory  Note
                                                                       The HortNZ Directors requested a 20% reduction to their fees for
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                                                                          being proposed            no change
                                                                                              and there        to the directors’ remuneration
                                                                                                        is no motion.
     Motion 3                                                          is being proposed and there is no motion.
That the audited financial statements for the year                          Motion 5
ended the
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                             adopted. for the year                          Motion 5
ended   31 March 2020 be adopted.                                      That the Budget for the year ended 31 March

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A PDF of the Annual Report and Financial Statements will be
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 different  engine2WD    and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ratings per 4WD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The ideal and up
                     By Damien Farrelly : NZGAP and Food Safety Manager, Horticulture New Zealand                                                                                                          configuration   for a wide variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to 6 different engine ratings per version. jobs  and  maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The ideal
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2WD and    4WD versions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          productivity                      Overall width
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in vineyards and orchards.    New 70as to 111
                                                                                                                                                                                                   4 model HPranges.    for a wide variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 engines, new transmission  narrowofasjobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               with mechanical
                                                                                                                                                                                                          hydraulic in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   New fuel              vineyards
                                                                                                                                                                                                              efficient  70             andIndustry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             toshuttle, new   orchards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             axles            New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                new 70
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and suspensions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       leading       flat to 11
In the near future, agricultural emissions (e.g. nitrous oxide    meet the extensive New Zealand regulatory expectations      In a similar way to how NZGAP is benchmarked to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     HP     unbeatable    ease  of handling. Bonnet   and   cab have
from fertiliser use) are also likely to be included in FEPs to    for FEP content and implementation.                         and recognised by GLOBALG.A.P. and the Food                          120  HPengines,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            engines. new transmission               with mechanical or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            floor cabin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            been completely redesigned to provide the highest
                                                                                                                              Act 2014, the EMS add-on has been benchmarked to                     hydraulic     reverse
support growers with meeting the Zero Carbon Act 2019
                                                                  As a result, NZGAP has developed the Environment                                                                                 Transmission    optionsofshuttle,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         new    axles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               comfort, ergonomics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and suspension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and safety.
and He Waka Eke Noa (a primary sector partnership to                                                                          regional and national FEP requirements and is already
                                                                  Management System (EMS) add-on with the purpose of                                                                               tounbeatable
                                                                                                                                                                                                      suit.            ease of handling.         Bonnet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            strength         and cab have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       & reliability.
reduce on-farm agricultural emissions).                                                                                       formally recognised by Environment Canterbury.
                                                                  supporting growers to meet regulatory expectations for                                                                             been completely redesigned to provide the highes
Growers and the horticulture industry are already very            an FEP as an extension to their existing GAP system. The    This means that growers can meet multiple market and
familiar with Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), and an            Good Management Practices (minimum requirements) and        regulatory outcomes via the one NZGAP integrated
                                                                                                                                                                                                        standards of comfort, ergonomics and safety.
FEP is essentially an extension to this existing assurance        Best Management Practice (aspirational environmental        assurance system. NZGAP is now seeking to integrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Distributed by
system. The primary focus of NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P.               outcomes) identified in the EMS are incorporated from       data from the development and implementation of
certification is food safety risk assessment and                  relevant industry guidelines and Codes of Practice, which   FEPs into reports for growers, catchment groups and
management. While there are elements of environmental             have been developed from evidence-based research and        industry bodies to support telling of the horticulture
management in these standards, they do not currently              have been tested with New Zealand growing systems.          story via our ‘joining the dots’ framework.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Distributed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Contact us for more information and your nearest dealer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Distributed by
                                                                                                                                 For more information on FEPs and                                       p: +64 7 573 8132
                                                                                                                                 the EMS, visit                                                              Landini is a trademark of Argo Tractors S.p.A.

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YOUR LEVY AT WORK                                                                                                                  YOUR LEVY AT WORK

                                                                                                                                 HortNZ has produced a pan-sector guidance booklet
                                                                                                                                 to help growers prepare a farm biosecurity plan.
                                                                                                                                 The guide is designed to help you identify and
                                                                                                                                 prioritise biosecurity risks relevant to your property
                                                                                                                                 and understand how you could take action to address
                                                                                                                                 the identified biosecurity risks.
                                                                                                                                 The guidance booklet outlines and explains the five
                                                                                                                                 key steps to preparing and implementing a biosecurity
                                                                                                                                 plan for your farm or orchard. These steps are:


                                                                                                                                    01      Review property map


                                                                                                                                    02      Identify biosecurity risks and mitigating actions


                                                                                                                                    03      Prioritise


                                                                                                                                    04      Communicate expectations


                                                                                                                                    05      Implement actions

                                                                                                                                 For details view the full guidance booklet – contact us
                                                                                                                                 at HortNZ if you would like to be sent a hard copy, or
                                                                                                                                 download a PDF from the website (
                                                                                                                                 For further biosecurity risk management information and
                                                                                                                                 resources contact your industry body in the first instance.

            Have you got an on farm/
            orchard biosecurity plan?
                        The whole horticulture sector benefits from the adoption of good
                                    on farm/orchard biosecurity practice.

                              By Anna Rathé : Biosecurity Manager, Horticulture New Zealand

The New Zealand horticulture industry is fortunate to         Why do you need a biosecurity plan?
be free of many of the damaging pests, pathogens and          The best defence for your property against biosecurity
weeds that growers overseas have to manage on an              threats such as pests, diseases and weeds is to have sound
ongoing basis. Adoption of good on farm or orchard            biosecurity practices in place – this will help to protect your
biosecurity practices is critical for the continued success   farm, your orchard, and your future.
of the horticulture industry. These practices can help to:
                                                              Creating a biosecurity plan for your property is a good way to
• prevent new pests, pathogens and weeds from
                                                              understand your on farm biosecurity risks and identify simple
    establishing in New Zealand
                                                              but effective everyday biosecurity practices to manage these
• reduce the spread of pests, pathogens and
                                                              risks. The practices you select will be unique to your property,
    weeds to new areas
                                                              production method, and the surrounding environment.
• prevent pests, pathogens and weeds being
                                                              Good practices don’t need to cost a lot of money, but they
    introduced to your property
                                                              do need to be clear and easy to follow. Once put in place
• aid management of pests, pathogens and
                                                              they will likely provide ongoing day-to-day benefits, and
    weeds that are already here.
                                                              will be invaluable if a biosecurity event were to happen.

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         Cards promote hort careers
                     A group of Tasman Year 13 students have created a card game about

                                                                                                                                                    Why risk your
                     careers in horticulture that has come up trumps, with packs of cards
                                being taken up by schools around the country.

                                                     By Anne Hardie

The five Waimea College business studies students had
to find a gap in the education system and come up with
a solution, which led them to the lack of information
about careers in primary industries. They focused on
horticulture, working with the industry to find out what
                                                                                                                                                    kiwifruit crop?
was needed, then using a survey to gather information
from Year 8 to 10 students about the way they liked to
learn — which wasn’t lectures or reading screeds of text.
An app was the first thought, but students could easily
be distracted by other options on their phones. So they
turned to cards, following the typical top-trumps type of
game, then tested the game on that age group in schools.
One of the team members, Emma Fox, says the reason
they chose that age group was because they wanted
to get students thinking about career options before
they reached NCEA (National Certificate of Educational
Achievement) levels.
“When you get to NCEA levels, you choose the subjects
                                                               The card game creators; Toby Collett (back left) and Moab Heynekamp,
you will want as you get older, so we wanted to influence      with Emma Fox and Bree Anderson. Nadia Cregeen is absent.
them before that.”
Moab Heynekamp, also part of the creative team, says
their research showed the younger students needed to
get as much exposure as possible to potential careers            it’s a fun way to learn about the wide
in the primary industries for them to make those subject
choices later.
                                                                 range of careers in the industry
A pack of cards is made up of 40 different jobs in the         “For us, seeing all those jobs in horticulture opens up
horticulture industry and each gives the job’s salary          those pathways in the future.”
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                                                               Their business group is part of the Lion Foundation Young
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                                                               Enterprise Scheme which is an opportunity for budding
of that career. The graphics were designed by the team’s
                                                               entrepreneurs to experience the start-up world first hand                                    leaf spot and Psa first time, every time.
graphic whizz, Toby Collett. Up to five people can play the
                                                               and run a real business.
game together and in the classroom setting, it’s designed                                                                                                   For more information contact your
as a fun way to learn about the wide range of careers in the   The card game has excited the GoHorticulture careers
                                                                                                                                                            Farmlands TFA, Nufarm Territory Manager
industry that go beyond the image of simply picking fruit.     team at HortNZ which has financially partnered the
                                                               business enterprise. GoHorticulture will now take the                                        or visit us at
Bree Anderson admits they didn’t know most of the
                                                               orders for the cards and distribute them, working with
horticulture careers outlined on their cards even existed
                                                               CATE (Careers and Transition Education Association NZ).
and that is typical for their age group. Such as a career
as a geneticist studying the role that genes play in           Within the first week the cards were made available,
disease and health. In their survey among students, more       Nelson Tasman Careers Progression manager, Robyn

than 70% did not know what primary industries meant            Patterson, says 400 orders were received from schools
and what they involved.                                        around the country.
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