Horticulture New Zealand

Pukekohe soils need protecting

Pukekohe growers were in Parliament on Tuesday 14 August to hear details of a significant report into protecting the region’s elite growing soils. Hunua MP Andrew Bayly welcomed the Deloittes review of the economic impacts of losing horticultural land to housing. The 66 page report commented on the unique soils of Pukekohe and the impact of future housing on growing land. […]

Report shows need to protect Pukekohe food hub

Horticulture New Zealand commissioned Deloitte to report on New Zealand’s food story: The Pukekohe hub, detailing the significant contribution Pukekohe’s horticulture industry makes to the health and wealth of New Zealand, and in particular its largest city, Auckland. The report was released at a function at Parliament on Tuesday 14 August 2016 and outlines the possible economic hit that could […]

Confused about the RFT?

What’s that you say? What is the RFT? It’s a clever little tactic – taking a title with the word “tax” in it, and turning it into a sexy little abbreviation. RFT stands for Regional Fuel Tax, and a tanker load of confusion. I undertook a quick stake out at a local petrol station last week. ‘Had you heard of […]

Franklin grower on Hort NZ board

Horticulture New Zealand announced the new directors on their board recently. Franklin’s Bernadine Guilleux from Balle Bros Pukekohe is one of the elected two. Growing is part of Bernadine’s identity. She comes from a line of growers, from her great grandfather who set up his farm on Pukekohe Hill after returning from WW1, to her father and his brothers for […]

Report highlights serious land issues

A report on the state of the country’s land has highlighted the impact of urban sprawl, the loss of important wetlands and emerging problems associated with soil compaction. “The Our Land 2018 report, released by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ last week, confirms the need for more action to improve land management,” Environment Minister David Parker said. […]

Minister of Agriculture visits Pukekohe

Is Pukekohe’s unique vegetable growing environment at risk as housing encroaches on the fertile slopes of Pukekohe Hill and surrounding areas? This is one of the issues brought to the Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities, Hon Damien O’Connor’s attention during his visit on Friday 13 April. The Minister was invited by Horticulture New Zealand and Onions […]

Website helping the horticulture industry

By Jess Paton jess@thepost.nz The launch of the ‘Work the Seasons’ website was done in style on Friday 16 March. The website, an initiative of the Ministry of Social Development, was launched by the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Employment Willie Jackson at an event hosted by vegetable growers A S Wilcox & Sons in Pukekohe. […]

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