Posts tagged "Horticulture New Zealand"

Rezoning could badly affect cherry growers

[3 July/Rural Life] At the reconvened hearing on Tuesday into plan change 13, which would allow a 900-lot residential development on the outskirts of Cromwell, commissioners were told the production of cherries and other summer fruits in Cromwell orchards would be irreversibly impacted if the plan change was granted. Horticulture New Zealand environmental policy adviser...

NZ could go bananas over climate change

[24 June/Rural Life] Head of Horticulture New Zealand Mike Chapman reports that bananas might one day be a staple crop for the country due to climate change. Mr Chapman wants growers and farmers to see the opportunities climate change might bring as well as the barriers as some new crops begin to thrive whilst others...

Zespri targets use of plastics

[14 June/Farmers Weekly] Zespri’s chief executive Dan Mathieson is pushing for more sustainable processes in horticulture’s fastest growing sector. Zespri is to lead development of a sustainability framework for the sector in response to growing consumer demands for more sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. The demand for more sustainable practices is becoming as strong...

Hort wants big picture gas policy

[13 May/Farmers Weekly] Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman reports that the main issue from the horticulture sector consists of emissions from fertiliser use and limiting this is the only effective mechanism currently. Mr Chapman maintains any greenhouse gas policy needs to look at the wider picture of food security and research needs to...

NZ agriculture groups urge WTO rescue at global forums

[23 January/Radio NZ] Seven major agricultural organisations are urging the government to use forums like the World Economic Forum meeting of global government and business leaders in Davos to try to rescue the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used the WEF meeting to speak about issues like climate change and New Zealand’s...

New housing is eating our lunch: report finds NZ set to struggle to grow enough fruit and vegetables

[28 November/NZ Herald] A report produced by Rachel McClung of Horticulture New Zealand as part of her Kellogg Rural Leadership programme, suggests that vertical farming, where food is grown indoors in stacks in a technology-controlled environment, is unlikely to replace traditional growing. Ms McClung said that spread of urban development into areas with prime soils,...

Horticulture group members sought

[17 October/Rural Life] Nominations for memberships for the new national Women in Horticulture leadership group were wanted as part of its establishment process. A mandate to start the group came from a session at the Horticulture New Zealand conference. Horticulture New Zealand Policy Analyst, Eve Williams, said those who wished to put their name forward...

Country of Origin labelling a step closer to law

[20 October/The Country] Horticulture New Zealand was excited that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables was a step closer. The second reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know Bill passed Parliament. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said their research showed over 70 percent of New Zealanders wanted mandatory labelling on...

Pukekohe grower: ‘We’re really the last frontier’

[15 August/Radio NZ] Increased lettuce prices are possible according to the horticulture industry. A report predicted fresh fruit and vegetables could increase by 50 percent due to Auckland’s booming population and housing demands. It warned of increased produce costs, job losses, and a $1.1 billion impact on the economy. Hira Bhana and Co Grower, Bharat...

Horticulture employers must clean up their act to address its worker shortage

[26 July/Stuff] Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said the horticulture industry needed to identify and fix its bad employers if it wanted to attract workers. In 2016 there was a labour shortfall of 6,000 workers, and he was confident that would be a larger figure this year. A seasonal labour shortage was declared...

Fuel tax hits

[2 July/Farmers Weekly] The Auckland fuel tax could cost some individual vegetable growers up to $100,000 per year. The industry was annoyed, calling the introduction chaotic and rushed. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, was unsure why KiwiRail was exempt from the tax but offroad vehicles used by growers, horticulturalists and farmers who would...

Fuel tax to increase healthy food prices

[28 June/Rural News] The Regional Fuel Tax introduced by Labour this week has caused confusion in the horticulture sector. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said the tax did not have an exemption system for off-road behind the farm gate vehicles and machinery. He added 441 fruit and vegetable growers in Auckland would be...

Fruit, vege growers set to vote on commodity levy

[20 June/Rural Life] Horticulture growers are being consulted about their support for the continuation of a levy to fund Horticulture New Zealand and its work. If more than 50 percent of growers vote in favour, an application would be made to the Ministry for Primary Industries for a new Commodity Levy Order. There would be...

Horticulture industry scores another record breaking year

[16 May/Rural News] The New Zealand horticulture industry had a record breaking year in 2017 with exports reaching $5.12 billion. The industry value was up $100 million from last year at $8.8 billion. According to Plant and Food Research horticulture produce accounted for 10.3 percent of New Zealand’s export income. The growth was primarily driven...

Vegetable prices grow as crops rot

[5 March/Radio NZ] Across the country, vegetables such as cauliflower had increased to up to $10 a head which is more than double the average price. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said heavy rain, cyclone Gita and high humidity are causing crops to go to seed or rot. He added that limited supply...

Urban sprawl and the land that keeps on giving

[17 November/New Zealand Herald] Local growers in the Pukekohe region are concerned that their soil is under threat from urban sprawl. Soil Scientist Fiona Curran-Cournane explained that the soil type, climate, and versatility of the land were all ideal for crop development. It is rated class one on the scoring system for land fertility (scores...

Future supply of NZ fruit, vegetables in jeopardy

[9 November/New Zealand Herald] Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman believes it is time to develop a national food security strategy. A document released by the organisation on Thursday indicates New Zealand may be unable to feed its growing population with domestically grown fruit and vegetables in the future. As our population has expanded,...

Urban sprawl and extreme weather put pressure on fruit and vegetable crops

[2 November/Stuff] The rapid housing market growth coupled with crop damage from extreme weather could mean a shortage of home-grown fresh fruit and vegetable for New Zealand says a Horticulture New Zealand report. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said that fruit and vegetable production was already below that required for domestic consumption and that a food...

Southland growers impress HortNZ

[22 October/Otago Daily Times] Southland produce, in particular, parsnips, has impressed Chief executive Mike Chapman from Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ). Mr Chapman sees enormous potential for more horticultural development in Southland. Along with HortNZ president Julian Raine, natural resources and environment manager Angela Halliday and communications manager Josie Vidal, Mr Chapman spent last Wednesday in...

Horticulture NZ calls for food security policy

[9 August/NZ Herald] Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a food security policy, and has launched an election manifesto outlining five key priorities for the new Government – biosecurity, food security, workforce capability, mandatory country of origin labelling, and healthy eating education. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said challenges to the country’s food supply included urban...

Farmer hits out at both National and Labour water policies as bad for farming

[10 August/ Stuff] Canterbury Farmer John Ridgen said National’s water policy is as much of a threat to his business as Labour’s and would be lost without use of water from the Central Plains Water (CPW) scheme. Mr Ridgen said if water charges or other constraints became too onerous, he would have to convert to...

Wet conditions put dampener on vege crops

[17 May/ Radio NZ] Horticulture New Zealand said wet conditions have made it difficult to grow vegetables over the past few weeks. Growers umbrella group Spokesperson, Richard Palmer, said gardens are submerged in water, plants have been destroyed by the rain, and cyclone Debbie and Cook have made harvesting root vegetables difficult. Mr Palmer said...

Transport issues loom for fruit growers

 [15 November/ Rural News] Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman said engineers had inspected the company’s Wellington building after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and determined that there was only superficial damage and it was safe for staff to work in. On 15 November, the buildings occupied by Federated Farmers and Beef + Lamb New...

Tourism ‘flippant’ on biosecurity

[26 September/ Rural News] Horticulture New Zealand Biosecurity and Trade Policy Manager, Richard Palmer said the tourism sector posed a biosecurity threat due to the arrival of passengers, but the tourism sector was not taking it the risk it posed to the economy seriously. Mr Palmer was making a submission to Biosecurity 2025, a consultation...