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10 December 2019

In this issue

Mike's Blog

Consumers vs. Trade Barriers

Waitrose supermarkets in the United Kingdom have announced that they will only sell UK farmed lamb as it is important to ‘invest in British agriculture’. 

Waitrose's decision doesn't promote trade when the UK needs new trading partners. It also denies consumers choice.

Read the full article here.  

Grower Support

Clarification on fruit stickers 


You may have read or heard news reports mentioning plastic fruit stickers being banned by the Government as part of a further clamp down on single use plastics. 

You can read the Government’s media release here, however, it does not mention plastic fruit stickers and neither does Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard’s report titled Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand

HortNZ has had clarification from the Ministry for the Environment about what is going on. 
No decisions on the future of plastic fruit stickers have been made by the Government yet. 

By early 2020, the Government has asked the Ministry for the Environment to pull together a list of single use plastic – including fruit stickers – that the Government could consider banning. 

Once the Government has made a decision about what’s on this list, the Ministry for the Environment will consult publicly on the list before making final recommendations for the Government to decide on some time in 2020. 

HortNZ will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with updates. 

Summerfruit NZ appoints interim chief executive


Richard Palmer (pictured right) has been appointed as interim Chief Executive of Summerfruit NZ for one year, on a part-time basis.  Richard will take over from Marie Dawkins when she leaves Summerfruit NZ at the end of the year.
Click here to read more

December NZGrower and The Orchardist published


The December NZGrower and The Orchardist magazines will be in your mailboxes this week.  

The magazines have an end-of-the-year as well as summer flavour.  We look back on key events in 2019 such as the Government’s freshwater and highly productive land proposals.  We also celebrate spring and summer produce, including asparagus, berries and summerfruit. 
Do you have a good story idea for the NZGrower or The Orchardist, or would you like to be featured on the GrowersofNZ Instagram?  

If you do, please get in touch with HortNZ Communications and Events Assistant, Hugh Chesterman.  
News

In the media this week


Stuff: Environmentalists against proposed farming plan changes in Manawatū
Hawke’s Bay Today: At 24, Emily manages 18 orchards
Newsroom: Seasonal workers’ important NZ role
Rural News: Govt policy will cost $80m
Stuff: Marlborough employer seeks measles vaccinations for Samoan RSE workers
Gisborne Herald: Pastoral care the key to success
NZGAP

NZGAP re-benchmarked to GLOBALG.A.P.


The NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent Checklist, Guidelines and Scheme Rules have been re-benchmarked against the latest GLOBALG.A.P. Standard (Version 5.2).

This means that from 1 January 2020, all NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. equivalent audits will be against this new version. 

Registered and certified growers will soon receive a copy of the updated checklist, guidelines and scheme rules.  These can also be found on the NZGAP website.

Growers who are currently GLOBALG.A.P. Option 1 certified can leverage their GLOBALG.A.P. audit to attain both NZGAP and Food Act recognition in an efficient and cost-effective way.  Your can find out more information about this here.  
Government

Better protection for contractors


The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has started consultation on ways to better protect contractors who are sometimes vulnerable in the workplace, thanks to sitting in the grey zone between contractor and employee status.

Concerns arise where work done by contractors is low paid and/or essentially full-time, meaning the contractor is missing out on the minimum conditions that employees get under an employment agreement.  

While the initial focus is on cleaners and courier drivers, the review could have unintended consequences for higher paid work that is better suited to contractual arrangements. 

Comments are due to MBIE by 14 February 2020.  However, there will be no change to the law in 2020 as this is preparatory work before making any law change.  

HortNZ is likely make a submission but is seeking views from the industry before deciding whether or not to submit and if so, what to submit on.  Please email your feedback and views to Hugh Chesterman.  
Click here to provide MBIE with feedback

Update from the Border


Read the latest from Biosecurity New Zealand on the things they are doing to prevent pests and diseases entering our country.  
Click here to read more
Events

Thrips and pest management workshop


Strawberry Growers NZ is facilitating a pest and disease management workshop on 10 January 2020. The workshop will be held at Coatesville, near Auckland and feature guest speaker Dr Paul Horne, who has decades of experience working with strawberry growers in Australia.

Please RSVP to Karen Orr by 20 December 2019.  You can also phone Karen on 04 494 9984 or 021 926 890.
Click here for event information

Temporary work visa webinar


Immigration New Zealand has put together a webinar to explain changes to the employer-assisted temporary work visa system. 
View the webinar here

Horticulture Conference 2020
- Save the date!


The 2020 Horticulture Conference will be at Mystery Creek on 29-31 July. More details will be announced early in the new year.
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