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Amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999

Amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999

The Minister of Primary Industry announced today that Cabinet has approved amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999.

The amendments are the result of a substantial review of the regulations undertaken by the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) after the Kiwifruit Industry Strategic Plan (KISP) process and report. KNZ has worked closely with MPI, Zespri, and NZKGI with the aim of ensuring the amendments provide a balance between providing for industry growth and innovation and regulatory protections.

The key areas to impact on the work of KNZ are the definition of core business for Zespri, (which is expanded to include marketing, market development, and research & development of kiwifruit), the non-diversification rule, the introduction of two independent Directors on the KNZ Board, and KNZ’s reporting requirements which includes the introduction of a Statement of Intent.

KNZ believes that these changes will ensure that the independence of KNZ is maintained, but also build on the work KNZ has been doing to better align its skills and expertise, while also providing greater transparency around our strategic intentions, performance, and funding. We believe we now have the people, policies and procedures in place to provide the independent professional oversight expected of us by the industry and the government.

KNZ will continue to work closely with all industry stake-holders to ensure the amendments are implemented as smoothly as possible.

The amendments will take effect on 1 August 2017

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