Posts tagged "Kiwifruit"

Growers claim win in Psa case

[2 July/Farmers Weekly] A High Court decision has upheld claims made by a group of kiwifruit growers’ that Crown negligence caused losses as a result of the Psa outbreak.  The decision could leave the Government exposed to a large compensation bill; growers that joined the claim have sought over $400 million in compensation. The ruling...

Why iwi teamed up to buy three kiwifruit orchards

[28 June/NBR] Three North Island iwi based entities put their money together to keep three Te Puke orchards in New Zealand ownership. Te Arawa, Rotoma No 1 Incorporation and Ngati Awa acquired the Matai Pacific kiwifruit portfolio which was marketed at more than $65 million. Rotoma No 1 Chief Executive, Neville King, said the trajectory...

Free trade deal with Europe could deliver a $30m windfall for kiwifruit exports

[21 June/Stuff] According to Zespri CEO, Dan Mathieson, a free trade deal with the European Union could offer a $30 million benefit to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The current tariff into Europe could be removed under the proposed free trade agreement. Mr Mathieson said Korea was a good example of where tariff relief had...

Overseas Investment Office rejects Craigmore application to buy orchard

[1 June/Stuff] Craigmore Permanent Crop Limited Partnership Chief Executive, Che Charteris, said its application had been caught up in Government changes to foreign land ownership in light of its rebuff from the Overseas Investment Office to its application to buy a kiwifruit and avocado orchard. He added every government had the right to set new...

Western Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry rejoices at much-needed cold snap

[29 May/The Country] Temperatures in the Western Bay of Plenty have fallen which is good news for the kiwifruit industry. NIWA’s principal Scientist for Forecasting, Chris Brandolino, said the coldest days were yet to come and warmer temperatures would return this weekend. MetService meteorologist, April Clark, added a southerly flow was traveling up the country...

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...

Kiwifruit sales to China, Japan set to hit $1 billion

[25 March/NZ Herald] Zespri said sales to China were tracking at a record $500 million, while Japan looked set to make it double completing another half a billion dollars in sales. China and Japan are Zespri’s two biggest markets and most of the fruit sold there was from New Zealand. Zespri’s spokesperson, Rachel Lynch, said...

Zespri shareholders vote in favour of changes to constitution

[14 March/NZ Farmer] Zespri shareholders have voted to ensure active growers have greater control of the co-operative. A share cap will be introduced with growers able to hold a maximum of four shares for each tray of kiwifruit that they supply to Zespri.  This will mean around 8 percent of growers are ‘overshared’, whereas 29...

Kiwifruit portside storage gets $11m boost

[28 November/ NZ Herald] The Port of Tauranga has opened a new $11 million cool store, ushering in a new era in the storage and containerisation of kiwifruit to overseas markets. Port of Tauranga Chief Executive, Mark Cairns said the cool store replaced one that was 48 years old and at the end of its...

Govt lawyers, kiwifruit growers battle over duty of care in Psa court case

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] After 11-weeks the court case brought by kiwifruit growers against the Ministry of Primary Industries over the 2009 outbreak of Psa is coming to a close. Jack Hodder QC, the Government’s Lawyer, said in his closing statement that the Government did not have a duty of care for biosecurity. The group...

Orchard buyers set new kiwifruit gold standard as Zespri expands plantings

[19 October/Stuff] A handful of kiwifruit orchards in Bay of Plenty have sold for over the $1 million per hectare mark this week, setting a new high for the industry. Values had soared since 2014 when gold orchards were worth about $400,000 per hectare. The latest sales come as Zespri announced an acceleration in its...

Zespri lifts forecast for 2018 tray returns, boosts SunGold licence allocations

[19 October/New Zealand Herald] Zespri Group, the country’s statutory kiwifruit exporter, has raised its forecast for tray returns across all varieties in the 2018 financial year. Total fruit and service payment is now expected to be $1.39 billion in the year ending March 31 (previous forecast of $1.34b). The board has also signed off on...

New Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson in for the long haul

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] New Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson will continue to live in Singapore where he has been living for the past two years, and also maintain a presence at the kiwifruit co-operative’s base in Tauranga. Zespri, experiencing a growth phase, has reported revenues of $2.2 billion, and plans to reach $4.5...

Kiwifruit industry on tenterhooks

[3 October/ NZ Herald] Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron said the fungal disease Psa, which damaged the kiwifruit industry in 2010, had not been defeated. Mr Cameron explained that the disease could flare up again as it evolved and became immune to current pest management practices. Te Puke Orchard Owner, Bob Burt said Psa has...

Court hears about role of kiwifruit pollen in possible arrival of PSA

[18 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] The kiwifruit claim has continued in the Wellington High Court with lawyers for the 212 growers and post-harvest operators making the claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries discussing the role that the Kiwi Pollen Company played in the PSA outbreak, they content their imports of pollen are believed to be...

Kiwifruit PSA ‘ground zero’ at Te Puke

[7 August/NZ Herald] The class action suit by the 212 members of the Kiwifruit Claim against the Ministry for Primary Industries has begun in the High Court at Wellington this week. The growers say the bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae cost the industry over than $800 million and officials were negligent in allowing it in....

Kiwifruit exporter enters Orange County

[28 July/ Rural News Group] Zespri has opened its regional office in Orange County, California to manage increasing sales across America. Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager said a majority of the growth came from the new gold variety Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit. Mr Jager said the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is expected to more than double...