14 January 2020

Welcome to Horticulture New Zealand’s first newsletter for 2020.

Throughout the year, we will keep you informed about central and local government activity in the areas of land use and plan changes, agrichemicals, health and safety, freshwater management, employment law, biosecurity and vocational education.  HortNZ is committed to keeping the industry up to date about what we are doing to help ensure that you can grow, and develop and maintain prosperous businesses. 

We will also keep you informed about industry developments – for example, supermarkets’ new social practice requirements – and how you can respond, and what we are doing to support your response. 

We are really keen to hear from growers.  Please send us an email if you would like to say something or would like us to cover a topic. 

In this issue

Mike's Blog

Lessons from the Australian fires

The devastation caused by the Australian bush fires raises the need for New Zealand to have a national food security plan so that, in the event of a disaster, we would still be able to feed our people.

Read the full blog here.

Grower support

Impact of Australia fires on horticulture 

No doubt growers in New Zealand have been following report about the devastating bush fires in Australia.

Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) says that three main apple and pear growing regions have been affected.  The Adelaide Hills in South Australia were hit just before Christmas while Bilpin and Batlow in New South Wales have been affected by the latest fires. 

In South Australia, about 25 hectares were damaged while in New South Wales, in several cases, the fires were kept out of the main orchards with damage occurring only on the perimeters. 

APAL says the Australian apple and pear industry has faced ‘an inordinate’ number of challenges over the past 12 months, including ongoing drought, excessive heat, hail storms and bird and flying fox damage. 
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Biosecurity New Zealand fruit fly update

On the ground efforts to manage Queensland fruit fly detection in the Northcote area continue. The Controlled Area Notice that restricts the movement of some fruit and vegetables remains in place, along with extensive trapping.

It is possible that the Controlled Area Notice could be lifted if there are no further detection this summer.
Read the full update here

Central Otago District Council decision on Plan Change 13 – River Terrace

Plan Change 13 (PC13) sought a new housing development of about 900 houses in Cromwell Basin. The Central Otago District Council has notified its decision - the plan change was not accepted.

The hearing panel said the evidence it found the most compelling related to the levels of noise from lawfully established horticultural and motorsport activities that could not be mitigated, as well as the disconnection with Cromwell town.

HortNZ submitted in opposition to PC13 and presented evidence at the hearing.  This is a very good decision that HortNZ is pleased with.
Read the decision here

Save the date: Second Farm Environment Plan workshop, 25 February, Pukekohe  

Commercial vegetable growers in the greater Auckland and Waikato regions are invited to the second Farm Environment Plan (FEP) workshop. 
When:    5.30pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday 25 February 
Where:   Pukekohe Indian Hall
Cost:      $200 per business per workshop (more than one person can attend)

This workshop will focus on mapping, and erosion and sediment control.  It will step you through requirements under the New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP) Environmental Management System (EMS).
The EMS add-on is available to all NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P certified growers.  It includes extra requirements to meet New Zealand regulatory requirements.
Please use this link to register for the EMS ($250 per business) and this link to register for the workshop. 
Read more here
In the media
This week's extended media section brings you some of the most interesting articles published over the holiday season. It also includes news of the Australian bush fires. Price of Australian produce set to rise due to damaging bushfires

9 News: 'Operation Rock Wallaby' food drops to save endangered animals after fires

NZ Herald: Zespri gains trademark protection in China

NewsHub: Hawke's Bay fruit growers use Kiwi ingenuity to soften blow of financial losses 

The Country: Year in Review: Damien O'Connor - Why this Govt doesn't 'hate' farmers 

NZ Herald: Todd Muller: Clean waterways are everyone's responsibility

NZ Herald: First-hand look at what water can do

The Country: Urban teachers learn about rural sector

Hawkes Bay Today: New Zealand Apple Industry appoints first associate directors

Horticulture Conference 2020
- Save the date!

The 2020 Horticulture Conference will be at Mystery Creek on 29-31 July. More details will be announced soon.
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