New Zealand avocados step closer to China

Press Release – NZ Avacado

New Zealand is a significant step closer towards supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to a brand new market for our growers, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Avocado announced today. A series of … Read more »

PSGR Letter to MPs on Genetically Engineered Organisms

Press Release – PSGR

PSGR is a not-for-profit, non-aligned charitable trust whose members are science and medical professionals. Since the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification to proceed with caution PSGR has maintained a watching brief on … Read more »

Shanna Hickling is NZ’s Young Horticulturist of the Year

Press Release – Young Horticulturist Of The Year

Shanna Hickling tonight became only the third woman in 13 years to win horticultures top Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award 2017. Read more »

New Roses to Shine at International Rose Trials

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council

National and international rose growers will soon learn what rose is judged the Best Grown at the New Zealand International Rose Trial Grounds in the Palmerston North Victoria Esplanade Gardens. Read more »

Blooming roses draw hundreds

Press Release – Hastings District Council

A love of roses, live entertainment and a fantastic venue drew more than 500 people to Rose Sunday at the weekend [November 12]. Read more »

Fresh Food – Out of Reach

Press Release – Primary Land Users Group

Amy Wiggins writes in the front page of the NZ Herald on Friday November 10th 2017, that as the prices for fresh fruit and vegetables rise they are becoming out of reach for low income families. The article goes on to say that many New Zealanders are … Read more »

SFO ends six-year Zespri investigation with no charges

Article – BusinessDesk

The Serious Fraud Office won’t files charges against Zespri Group over dual-invoicing, ending a six-year investigation into the legislated fruit export monopoly. Read more »

Website covers new ground for fertiliser spreaders

Press Release – New Zealand Groundspread Fertiliser Association

Website covers new ground for fertiliser spreaders A new website has been launched by the New Zealand Groundspread Fertilisers Association (NZGFA). The site – – promotes best practice fertiliser spreading. It was recently unveiled alongside … Read more »

Perfect storm brewing for fruit and vegetable supply

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

A perfect storm is brewing for New Zealands supply of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables that could see us unable to feed our growing population with domestically grown produce, a report from Horticulture New Zealand says. Read more »

Farming sector should face environmental responsibilities

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game is backing calls for the farming sector to properly tackle the environmental challenges it is facing, saying farming leaders must face up to their responsibilities. Read more »

A win for clean, green, GE-free New Zealand

Press Release – SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 October 2017 The Soil & Health Association is celebrating the decision by Federated Farmers to abandon its appeal against the right of councils to control the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their territories. … Read more »

Biosecurity Week 2017 kicks off

Press Release – Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc.

Pests and diseases from offshore can cause serious harm to New Zealand’s unique environment and primary industries; and the Port of Tauranga is one of many potential gateways. Read more »

Q+A: Mike Chapman interviewed by Corin Dann

Press Release – TVNZ

Urban sprawl impact on NZ horticulture land quite extreme warns industry Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the new Government to protect locally-grown food as urban sprawl threatens valuable growing land. Read more »

Govt lawyers, kiwifruit growers battle over duty of care

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 27 (BusinessDesk) – In the closing days of the 11-week court case brought by kiwifruit growers against the Ministry for Primary Industries over the 2009 outbreak of Psa, the government’s lawyers insist it doesn’t have a duty of care for biosecurity … Read more »

Kiwifruit Claim Against the Government Wraps Up

Press Release – The Kiwifruit Claim

The landmark case brought by the Kiwifruit Claim against the Government for the Psa-V incursion that devastated the kiwifruit industry in 2010, is now being wrapped up in the Wellington High Court after a twelve-week trial. Read more »

New Chair for New Zealand Avocado Growers Association

Press Release – NZ Avacado

25th October 2017, TAURANGA: Avocado grower and Avocado Growers Association Representative Tony Ponder has been elected as the New Zealand Avocado Growers Association and Avocado Industry Council Chair. Read more »

HortNZ congratulates Damien O’Connor on Ministerial roles

Press Release – Horticulture NZ

Horticulture New Zealand congratulates Damien OConnor on being appointed Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Rural Communities and Associate Minister of Trade and Export Growth and looks forward to working with the new Labour-led coalition … Read more »

Upper NI Dominates Race for NZ’s Top Horticulturist 2017

Press Release – Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Education Trust

This years search for New Zealands best young horticulturalist has a distinctly Upper North Island flavour with four out of the five contestants for New Zealands top young horticulturist 2017 coming from Gisborne, Auckland, Te Puke and Waiheke … Read more »

Fair water policy needed in wake of water tax dumping

Press Release – Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says hes not surprised that the government has dropped its controversial water tax on irrigators but has left a royalty on water bottlers. Read more »

Continued investment in water infrastructure vital

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

Continued investment in water infrastructure vital for regional growth and to combat climate change A Labour and Green commitment to wind down Government loan funding for irrigation ignores irrigations vital role in regional growth and climate change … Read more »

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