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Sunday 03 July 2022

Horticulture

Last call for Aotearoa Horticulture 2030 input 16th June 2022

Last call for Aotearoa Horticulture 2030 input

Consultation on the horticulture action plan being developed by industry and government finishes this Friday 17 June.


Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower 2022 named 30th May 2022 /

Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower 2022 named

Maatu Akonga, assistant manager at T&G Global, took out the title of 2022 Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower of the Year.


MG Marketing contestable applications open 17th May 2022

MG Marketing contestable applications open

Fruit and vege co-operative MG Marketing has been established a contestable fund which aims to contribute towards the general improvement, capability and profile of the horticulture industry in New Zealand.


HortNZ scraps 2022 annual conference 29th April 2022 /

HortNZ scraps 2022 annual conference

The HortNZ board has decided to not hold a Horticulture Conference in 2022, with regional events set to replace the fixture this year.


Govt help needed to cool vege prices – HortNZ 17th March 2022 /

Govt help needed to cool vege prices – HortNZ

Vegetable prices will continue to surge ahead if the government doesn’t help growers find ways to lower costs, according to Horticulture New Zealand.


Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs 8th March 2022 /

Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs

A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.


Blenheim viticulturist wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 24th February 2022 /

Blenheim viticulturist wins Young Horticulturist of the Year

Viticulturist Rhys Hall has been named the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year.


Arable crops destroyed by bad weather 16th February 2022 /

Arable crops destroyed by bad weather

Three weeks of heavy rain has caused widespread damage to arable crops – with some farmers calling it the “worst harvest season in living memory.”


Govt pledges $440k to boost hort potential 10th February 2022 /

Govt pledges $440k to boost hort potential

A major horticulture project is underway in northern Hawke’s Bay to lift the productivity of Maori-owned land.


RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel 29th October 2021 /

RSE trial leads to wider quarantine-free travel

The horticulture and wine grape industries have welcomed the evolution of quarantine-free travel following a trial for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers from the Pacific.


Apata’s van den Heuvel wins Young Grower Of The Year 22nd October 2021 /

Apata’s van den Heuvel wins Young Grower Of The Year

The 25-year-old is an avocado grower services representative at Apata Group, based in the Bay of Plenty.


Hort Connections to go ahead in Brisbane as planned 28th May 2021 /

Hort Connections to go ahead in Brisbane as planned

Annual trade show and conference confirmed for 7-9 June despite Victoria lockdown.


Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats 28th April 2021 /

Five hort heavyweights battle for two board seats

Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.


Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ 16th April 2021

Govt must act to save productive land – HortNZ

The Government must act now to retain remaining highly productive land for fruit and vegetables.


Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats 18th March 2021 /

Govt failing horticulture sector – Nats

The Government is failing to support New Zealand’s horticulture sector as it faces a worker shortage crisis, according to the National Party.


Plant geneticist recognised for contribution to horticultural science 15th March 2021 /

Plant geneticist recognised for contribution to horticultural science

Retired Plant & Food Research molecular geneticist Sue Gardiner has been recognised for her contribution to global horticultural science.


Call for HortNZ director nominations 25th February 2021 /

Call for HortNZ director nominations

The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.


INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT 22nd February 2021 /

INZ “disrupting” NZ’s food supply chain – ACT

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HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land 17th February 2021

HortNZ calls on Govt to protect productive land

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to establish protection for highly productive land.


Young growers put to test in 2021 comp 7th December 2020

Young growers put to test in 2021 comp

Growers in Northland and Waikato have also been invited to enter.


New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment 3rd December 2020

New independent eye on growers’ staff treatment

Independent auditors will be evaluating growers to ensure they are treating their staff fairly.


Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity 2nd December 2020

Taranaki looks to grow food & fibre opportunity

An assessment on the region’s land and climate has identified around 207,000 hectares which could be used.


Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive 1st December 2020 /

Kiwis offered $1000 seasonal work incentive

Up to $200 a week for accommodation costs is on offer, plus a $1000 payment for some.


Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start” 30th November 2020 /

Summer RSE worker decision a “positive start”

Growers are relieved by the government’s announcement that a cohort of Registered Seasonal Employer workers will arrive in the New Year.


New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers 27th November 2020 /

New Year border exemption for Pacific RSE workers

Horticulture and wine growers across the country will see labour shortages ease.


Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association 27th November 2020

Flegg in first for NZ Avocado Growers Association

She is the first woman in the position in the organisation’s 40-years.


Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers 26th November 2020

Hawke’s Bay growers seek iso facility for Covid-free RSE workers

Hawke’s Bay horticulture and viticulture sectors worked together on a plan delivered to government last week.


New training course to fill gaps caused by growth 18th November 2020

New training course to fill gaps caused by growth

Bay of Plenty-based Fruition Horticulture has announced the new diploma.


More Northland students to get horticulture training 18th November 2020

More Northland students to get horticulture training

Extra funding has been given to the Kerikeri Gateway Horticulture Schools Programme.


HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt 12th November 2020

HortNZ seeks “constructive” relationship with Govt

Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work constructively with the new Government, including minister Damien O’Conner who has been given the new trade and export growth portfolio.


Fruit production fungicide makes EPA hazardous list 6th November 2020

Fruit production fungicide makes EPA hazardous list

It’s been added to the list for reassessment.


New Northland reservoir to support local horticulture sector 2nd November 2020

New Northland reservoir to support local horticulture sector

A new water storage reservoir in Northland could see horticulture opportunities in the region grow.


Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan 2nd November 2020 /

Horticultural initiative gets $1.6m PGF loan

Tairāwhiti’s Wi Pere Trust is receiving a PDU loan from the latest round of Provincial Growth Funding.


New fruit picking job service launched 30th October 2020

New fruit picking job service launched

A new online job service is encouraging Kiwis to take on a working holiday over the summer.


Hort NZ creates new role for career development 28th October 2020

Hort NZ creates new role for career development

A new role has been created, and an appointment made, to help develop careers in New Zealand’s horticulture industry.


Horticultural training gets $2.2m PGF boost 23rd October 2020 /

Horticultural training gets $2.2m PGF boost

The horticulture sector will benefit from the latest Provincial Growth Fund drop.