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8 October 2019

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New Zealand needs a plan not regulation


Cleaning up water quality and meeting the challenges of climate change will not be achieved through current ways.  That is, through the Resource Management Act, central government or our local councils.  
Read Mike's blog here.  


Highly Productive Land consultation closes on 10 October 


You have until 10 October to make a submission to the Government on the draft National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land.  Thanks to all those who have provided feedback on the submission that HortNZ will make on behalf of growers.  

We are also encouraging growers to make their own submissions.  To help, we have drafted a pro forma submission, which you can find here.

Complete our survey on the freshwater management proposals


We’ve received hundreds of completed surveys.  If you would like to tell us what you think in order to inform our submissions to the Government on behalf of growers, please complete the survey by 11 October.  

Vegetable prices set to increase by more than half, risking New Zealanders’ health


Vegetable prices could increase by as much as 58% by 2043, risking New Zealanders’ health, if central and local government policies that will stop new vegetable growing in New Zealand are accepted.

That’s the finding of a Deloitte report prepared for Horticulture New Zealand to balance debate around land use and freshwater quality.  Deloitte found that if vegetable growers are prevented from expanding to keep up with demand, by 2043, New Zealanders could be paying as much as $5.54 in today’s money for a Pukekohe-grown lettuce, instead of about $3.50. 

Read the full media release here.  

Young Grower of the Year winner announced


Nelson’s Jono Sutton, 26, is this year’s Young Grower of the Year.  

“This is one of horticulture’s highest achievements for a young person, so winning it is massive,” said Jono.  “Some of the past winners have gone on to do amazing things in horticulture, so to have my name next to theirs is overwhelming.”  Read the full media release here.  

Youngest finalist wins Vegetable Grower of the Year


The youngest finalist of this year’s Young Grower of the Year competition, Austin Singh Purewal, beat the field to win this year’s Young Vegetable Grower of the Year.

At only 18, Austin has managed to achieve a lot in his horticulture career already. After winning the Pukekohe regional competition, Austin was looking forward to taking part in the finals.  Read the full media release here.  

Become a HortNZ Future Director


HortNZ is seeking a Future Director to serve on its board.  The year-long appointment will allow the successful appointee to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing their own horticultural knowledge and experience to the board table.

This is a great development opportunity for a future leader with a genuine interest in governance, as the Future Director will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an industry leader and receive a contribution towards their governance training.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a cover letter to Kerry Norman. Applications will close at 5pm, 25 October, with the successful candidate attending their first board meeting on 20 February 2020. You can view the Job Description by clicking here.

Horticulture Careers Promotion Coordinator wanted


This great new role would see you helping people in horticulture to thrive in Central Otago.  The successful applicant will act as a point of connection between growers, industry related businesses, education providers and the Central Otago community.  To find out more, click here.  Applications close on 20 October.  

John R Templin scholarships


Applications are now open for graduates of the University of Canterbury or Lincoln University to apply to the Templin Scholarship Trust for scholarships to support research, higher studies or practical experience in engineering or horticulture at Ohio State University, or at any other approved institution in the United States or Canada. 

For more information, click here.  The closing date for applications is 31 October.  

Telling Our Story
 

Newshub: Minister rejects claim vegetable prices will skyrocket under proposed policies

Stuff: Vegetable prices could surge by almost 60pc under proposed changes, report finds

The Country: Damien O'Connor: Why this Government doesn't 'hate' farmers
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