Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Kiwifruit to be brought under HEA


Kiwifruit to be brought under HEA

The Horticulture Export Authority Act is to be amended to allow kiwifruit exports to Australia to be brought within the HEA framework, Associate Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said today.

Mr O'Connor said that the Government had responded to requests from the kiwifruit industry to regulate the export of kiwifruit to Australia. Kiwifruit exports to the rest of the world are done by Zespri in a single desk export regime.

"It seems that since the Australian market for kiwifruit was deregulated in 1988, that market has been swamped with low-quality kiwifruit and this has damaged the market. There is also a problem with illegal re-exporting of New Zealand kiwifruit from Australia."

Mr O'Connor said it was estimated that growers were losing about $5 million a year because of problems with the Australian market.

"The kiwifruit industry considers that bringing kiwifruit exports to Australia within the HEA framework will allow marketing to be co-ordinated and quality standards to be applied, leading to increased returns. The Government agrees with this. It is clear this move is supported by the great majority of producers.

"This move will also make it possible to limit or end illegal re-exporting because exporters could be required in their export licenses to comply with an agreed export marketing strategy. Increasing returns from the Australian market will reduce the margin between this and higher value Asian markets, and will therefore reduce the economic incentive for re-exports.

"Opportunities will remain for independent exporters to operate in collaboration with Zespri in ways that do not undermine returns for the industry as a whole."

Mr O'Connor said an amendment to the Horticulture Export Authority Act 1987 would be drafted, and he hoped it would be introduced into the House and referred to the primary production select committee before the end of the year.

"I would like to have this amendment in place as soon as practiable."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

Maybe, Over Thirty Years: Oil Ban Could Cost Govt $7.9B

The government's proposed ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration permits may cost the country $7.9 billion in revenue foregone between now and 2050, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

ALSO:

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels