Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Sustainable Management Framework Project Launch

Sustainable Management Framework Project Launch

Sustainable management assurance systems are being brought under the spotlight through the Sustainable Management System Network (SAMSN). The network will launch its Sustainable Management Framework project at Te Papa tomorrow.

The trend towards the use of eco-labelling for market differentiation has led to an explosion of on farm Quality Assurance (QA)/Best Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

Concerned about expensive duplication, the Network that includes representatives from producers, industry, verification agencies, national, local and regional government established the SAMSN also known as the SAMeSoNg project.

Federated Farmer's President Tom Lambie said that the Federation has been worried for some time that various generic QA/EMS initiatives failed to recognise that New Zealand producers are highly diversified and supply a wide range of diversified markets.

"There is a real risk the compliance cost of these schemes could outweigh any benefit. New Zealand producers need be in a position to benefit from the full range of markets, and they need on-farm assurance schemes that are flexible but share a common core."

Project Manager, Mr Karl Mischewski said that New Zealand is too small for individual sectors to develop Quality Assurance (QA) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in isolation.

"The SAMSN project paves the way for a more integrated approach to the future development of QA/EMS systems in New Zealand," Mr Mischewski concluded.

The Minister of Agriculture Hon Jim Sutton, Commissioner for the Environment Morgan Williams and Federated Farmer's President Tom Lambie will be speaking at the launch at Te Papa on Tuesday 10 September from 9am and limited seats are available.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


BusinessDesk: Body massages and Uber are in, DVDs are out, says Stats NZ

Statistics New Zealand has rejigged the consumers price index basket in its latest three-year review, adding body massages, Airbnb and Uber and removing DVD and Blu-Ray players…More>>


StuffMe: Commerce Commission Welcomes Dismissal Of Merger Appeal

In a summary of their judgment released today, Justice Dobson and lay member Professor Martin Richardson dismissed the appellants’ process criticisms and found the Commission was entitled to place significant weight on the prospect of reduced quality of the products produced by the merged entity. More>>


Digital Futures: New Chief Technology Officer Role Created

Communications Minister Clare Curran has called for expressions of interest for the new role of Chief Technology Officer position to help drive a forward-looking digital agenda for New Zealand. More>>

Real Estate: NZ house sales slump in December but prices still firm

The number of property sales across New Zealand slumped 10 percent in December from a year earlier but prices continued to lift, according to the Real Estate Institute. More >>


Dry: Beef + Lamb Launches Drought Resources

The resources include a fact sheet outlining strategies to manage and mitigate the effects of drought, coping with stress on the farm and advice on feed requirements and animal welfare during the dry period. More>>


InternetNZ: Net Neutrality Failure In US "Will Hurt All Users"

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter has condemned the decision by the United States communications regulator to undo 2015 open Internet rules, warning that all Internet users will end up worse off as a result. More>>