Posts tagged "New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers"

Critical seasonal labour shortage may hinder kiwifruit industry growth – report

[3 August/The Country] A report by New Zealand Kiwifruit Gowers Inc says a critical shortage of seasonal workers could limit the kiwifruit industry’s growth over the next ten years. The report showed the industry would require 7,000 seasonal workers if it was to double in size as predicted. At the start of the 2018 season,...

Kiwifruit sector sparks jobs boom in Bay

 [21 February/ NZ Herald] New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Acting Chief Executive, Kate Longman said the industry would need an additional 4,740 seasonal staff and 420 full time staff by 2019, due to increasing SunGold kiwifruit volumes. Ms Longman said the industry had partnered with the Ministry of Social Development and the Master Contractors Association to...

Three keys to success of kiwifruit vote [25 April/ Rural News]

Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project Chairman, Neil Richardson said the project’s success was due to three things; consultation, the industry designing its own strategy, and industry believing the group got it right. Mr Richardson believed that the three key drivers and the way the process was run led to a high voter turnout which produced a...

Kiwifruit harvest likely to be a bumper crop

[16 March/ Radio NZ Rural] New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers President, Neil Trebilco said growers in Kerikeri and Whangarei had experienced nowhere near the damage expected from the remnants of Cyclone Pam, however Gisborne growers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the storm. Kiwifruit growers are expecting a bumper crop this year, with fruit ready for...

Legal action still worries growers’ body

[1 December/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Despite suing the Government over the incursion of the Psa virus into New Zealand, representatives of the Kiwifruit Claim have said that they have been assured by ministers that there would be no repercussions from the claim. However, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers president, Neil Treblilco said there could still...

Zespri slams Kiwifruit claim

[2 October/ Business Day] Zespri chairman, Peter McBride said that he had written to kiwifruit growers stating that he did not support or agree with the $885 million class action kiwifruit claim against the Government filed by the alliance of growers accusing Biosecurity New Zealand of negligence for the Psa infection. The kiwifruit claims grower...

Seasonal worker scheme expanded

[23 July/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The Government has increased the Recognised Seasonal Employer worker cap from 8,000 to 9,000. Horticulture New Zealand CEO, Peter Silcock said that while the industry’s priority is to employ New Zealanders, overseas workers will also be needed. NZ Kiwifruit Growers’ president, Neil Trebilco expects seasonal workers to increase as...

Kiwifruit industry must stay in NZ hands

[9 June/ Rural News Group] Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project’s independent chairman, Neil Richardson said that when compared with its overseas counterparts, the New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry is incredibly profitable and sustainable, as well has having effectively handled Psa. He attributed its success to the single point of entry system, where Zespri is the sole marketer...