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Food Act 2014 consultation now open

Consultation is now open on the proposals for regulations under the Food Act 2014. Interested growers, people and organisations are invited to provide submissions to the Ministry for Primary Industries. The new proposals for regulations and information on the submission process can be found via the following link http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/proposals-for-regulations-under-the-food-act-2014/ For further information about the regulations and submission process contact Bevan, bevan.jelley@nzavocado.co.nz

NZAGA Rule change consultation and grower vote

The Board has been reviewing the NZAGA rules and the membership of the Executive. Currently the rules provide for eight members, one from the Bay of Plenty, one from the Far North, one from Mid North, one from Rest of NZ and four At Large representatives. During the discussions some At Large Rep’s said that because they did not have a constituency they did not feel aligned to any growers, nor feel they had the opportunity to represent all growers as they didn’t travel very often to all regions. Ashby as the single Bay of Plenty Rep as well as being Chair was by far the most active across all regions. Discussions suggested that with 60% of volume in the BOP there needed to be more than one BOP representative. It was also noted that the Rest of New Zealand constituency, currently represented very well by David French, was an area that stretched nearly as far as the At Large area. The Board was presented with statistics of the past three years’ export production and hectares which suggested that a better allocation would be to have one Far North, two Mid North, and three Bay of Plenty rep’s leaving two At Large positions. As a consequence of the discussion the Board resolved at the November Board meeting: That the NZAGA go to postal vote to seek grower support for a rule change in the NZAGA Rules for the reduction of two At Large Rep's and the addition of two extra BOP Rep's to achieve 1 Far North, 2 Mid North, 3 BOP and 2 At Large representation. Further to this, in order to ensure all growers have a voice, the BOP constituency will be extended to include Rest of NZ, so will become BOP/Rest of NZ. This ensures that a grower from Rest of NZ is able to stand and be elected to the Executive, and would fill a BOP/RoNZ seat. Any change would take effect from the 2015 AGM. We will be seeking your support for this NZAGA rule change via a postal vote in March - at the same time as we seek your support to sign and implement the Government Industry Agreements (GIA).

GIA and Biosecurity Act levy consultation and grower vote

NZ Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy.  A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy.  Consultation is on-going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website www.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn  An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote.  To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236.  Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.  GIA consultation meetings  Please call us or email Jo jnunn@nzavocado.co.nz to register for any of the below meetings.  Bay of Plenty - Monday 9 March • Te Puke - 9:00am - The Orchard Church (Café area), MacLoughlin Drive • Omokoroa - 12:00pm - Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Road • Katikati - 3:00pm - Katikati Community Resource Centre, Beach Road  Northland - Friday 13 March • Whangarei - 9:00am - Kingsgate Hotel, Riverside Drive • Kaitaia - 2:30pm - Houhora Fishing Club, Far North Road The significance of having a well-resourced and effective biosecurity system has been highlighted with Vietnam looking to block Australian fruit imports from 2015 due to insect concerns. Australia's management of fruit fly has come into question and no one horticulture industry has been singled out. Therefore all fruit fly host industries within Australia (including avocados) will potentially lose market access from the beginning of 2015. The Vietnamese market is worth over US$40 million to Australia’s fruit exporters and these significant trade impacts re-enforces the NZAGA’s board view that being part of a GIA and helping to maintain NZ’s pest freedom status is a priority for the New Zealand avocado industry. More information can be found here: http://www.freshplaza.com/article/133051/AU-Time-running-out-for-access-Vietnam-market  We welcome feedback on GIA so please contact us or make a comment in the NZ Avocado Growers' Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/nzavocado

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Upcoming Events

NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc. hosted ACC Seminar – all growers welcome

10:00 AM, 12 February 2015

NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc. hosted ACC Seminar – all growers welcome Where/When?:  A’Fare, 197 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei, Thursday 12 February 2015, 10:00am-12pm The Centre at Kerikeri, 43 Cobham Road, Kerikeri, Thursday 12 February 2015, 2.30pm-4:30pm This seminar is free to attend and will give you an understanding of the value of your injury cover through:  Understanding what levies you pay, how they are calculated and why you pay them Identifying ways to reduce your ACC levies. Also, hear from WorkSafe New Zealand about New Zealand’s new workplace health and safety model. Tea & Coffee provided. Presenters:  ACC Relationship Managers – Leigh Austin and Duncan Leuchars: Leigh and Duncan will give an overview of the ACC scheme, levies, and discuss key points for businesses. WorkSafe New Zealand – Mike Goodison, Assessment Manager – Northland.  Mike will introduce New Zealand’s new workplace health and safety model.  Mike will discuss the changes to the regulatory approach and what this may mean for your business. If you have any queries about the seminar, please contact info@nzkgi.org.nz or alternatively 0800 232 505.     

Omokoroa Meeting - Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy

12:00 PM, 09 March 2015

Town:  Omokoroa Date:   Monday 09 March 2015 Time:   12:00pm Venue: Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Road Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy The Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy. A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy. Consultation is on going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website: http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote. To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236. Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.

Katikati Meeting - Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy

03:00 PM, 09 March 2015

Town:  Katikati Date:   Monday 09 March 2015 Time:   3:00pm Venue: Katikati Community Resource Centre, Beach Road Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy The Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy.   A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy. Consultation is on going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website: http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote. To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236. Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.    

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