[26 July/Stuff]

Zespri Chairman, Peter McBride, received the industry’s Bledisloe Cup. It is horticulture’s premier award. His involvement with the kiwifruit industry spanned almost 40 years. He said it was a great honour to be recognised and humbling. He remained coy about suggestions he has put his name forward to stand as a Fonterra director. He added there had been a few discussions and he had been approached by a few people. He noted Fonterra was an iconic company in New Zealand and it was important for dairying that we had a high performing co-operative. Nominations for Fonterra farmer directors closed on 23 July, and candidate names would be revealed mid-September. Horticulture New Zealand President, Julian Raine, said the cup celebrated a person who had made an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand horticulture industry. Horticulture NZ presented its first environmental award to James Trevelyan from Te Puke.