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2018 Vegetables NZ Inc. AGM and Horticulture Conference

The 2018 Vegetables NZ Inc. AGM and Horticulture Conference will be held on Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25 July, at the Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

The VNZI AGM will be held on Monday 23rd July, and the Horticulture Conference Theme - "Our Food Story".

Put these dates in your calendar and more information will follow.


Vegetables NZ Inc. AGM / Horticulture Conference 12th 13th & 14th July 2017

Horticulture Conference – “Healthy food for all forever”

Vegetables NZ Inc. AGM will be included with this year’s 2017 Horticulture Conference, on July 12 – 14, at the ASB Baypark Arena in Tauranga and presenting “healthy foods, current and future challenges and opportunities”

The Conference will be presenting potential solutions to the challenges and opportunities growers and business owner’s face today in regards to fresh foods and the future – such as the impacts of Social Media, Ingenuity, Technology, Science Advances, Value Add, Trace ability and valuable information on farm staffing and management topics .

Click here for a copy of the Vegetables NZ Inc. 2017 AGM meeting Agenda and Conference papers
lick here for an updated copy of the 2017 Financial Reports 


Media release - 8 November 2016

Fresh vegetable industry signs Biosecurity Agreement.

Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated today signed an agreement with Government to better protect the fresh vegetable growers it represents in managing biosecurity procedures.

Vegetables NZ Inc is the governing body representing 900 commercial growers who produce more than 50 crops, with a farm gate value of over $390 million per annum, to supply the increasing demands of sophisticated customers both in New Zealand and in our export markets.

The Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response was signed by representatives from Vegetables NZ Inc. and government at Parliament, with Martyn Dunne, chief executive of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew in attendance. Vegetables NZ Inc joins 12 other primary sector industry groups that have joined with the Government in the GIA partnership.

“It is paramount that the continued supply of fresh, high-quality, healthy vegetables for our domestic and export consumers are not put at risk by a biosecurity pest or virus incursion,” says Andre de Bruin, Chairman of Vegetables NZ Inc.

“Becoming a partner to the GIA Deed benefits our growers by giving us a seat at the decision-making table with government and other primary sector groups affected by similar biosecurity threats. It gives our growers a greater say in preparing for and managing biosecurity risks specific to our industry. With the increased number of imports, containers and tourists, the potential risk for a foreign pest or disease to establish itself in New Zealand is increasing all the time.

“The best way to protect New Zealand’s horticulture industry is through world-class border security, preparation for possible incursions, and a rapid response programme when unwanted pests or diseases do arrive, to contain, control, and eradicate these threats quickly and effectively,” says Mr de Bruin.

GIA Secretariat Manager Steve Rich agreed, saying he was pleased that the fresh vegetable sector has recognised the benefits of joining with other industry groups and government to jointly manage biosecurity readiness and response to deliver better outcomes.

“With 12 industry groups having now signed a partnership agreement with MPI, the partnership numbers have more than doubled in size since this time last year. GIA is moving from strength to strength and beginning to demonstrate the pan-sector benefits offered by the partnership.

“Vegetables NZ Inc joining GIA will really strengthen the partnership and illustrates how it is prepared to take responsibility for managing biosecurity risks within their sector. On behalf of the Deed Governance Group, we commend this industry group on taking this bold step and welcome them to the GIA partnership,” says Mr Rich.

Vegetables NZ Inc. represents the interests of commercial growers of all fresh vegetable crops (other than potatoes, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, and buttercup squash).

It is the largest of the vegetable product groups, and with such a wide range of crops, it has the task of ensuring that the interests of all its member growers are appropriately represented.


For more information contact: Vegetables New Zealand

Andre de Bruin, Chairman of Vegetables New Zealand Inc, 027 272 4239

John Seymour, General Manager of Vegetables New Zealand Inc, 027 543 7631

GIA - Steve Rich, GIA Secretariat Manager, 021 445 180


Vegetables New Zealand Inc Society rules for reference

Posted by on 20 November 2014

The Vegetables New Zealand Inc Society rules have been added


IPM Manual for Vegetable Brassica

This is the revised IPM Manual Pocket Guide for Vegetable Brassica. It was updated in February 2016.

There are three versions of the IPM Manual.
High resolution for PC use
- Low and medium resolution for smartphone or tablet use.


The Numbers

Posted by on 28 July 2014

Horticulture export revenue forecast to increase 5.2% to $3.83b in June 2015 year.  Wine comprises 36% of this total and is set to increase to 220m litres of exports ($1.45b total export value) in June 2015 due to the record vintage of 2014.  Export values of kiwifruit fell 22% in June 2014 year, with Psa virus affecting orchards and falling gold kiwifruit prices.

Source: NZ Herald Agribusiness 9 July 2014


The Agricultural Vehicles Guide 2014 is now available

The Agricultural Vehicles Guide 2014 is now available on our About Us/Resources & Links page.  Please click here


HortNZ Leadership Programme – Applications Now Open!

This programme is designed for potential or current leaders in the horticulture industry who want to develop their leadership skills. Jointly run by HortNZ and Lincoln University, demand for one of the 18 available places is high. If you are a grower, an employee of a grower or an organisation closely associated with growing, then you are eligible to apply.

The course is in three phases and is designed to feed into existing programmes like the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. Phase 1 is a three day residential programme at Lincoln University from 25-28 August, Phase 2 is an independent project, and Phase 3 is a three day residential programme in Wellington from 11-13 October. Its emphasis on developing “ready to use” leadership and business skills has made it highly sought after by growers and employers alike.

You can download an application form here or from the HortNZ website. Applications and two referee forms are to be submitted by 31 May 2016 to Kirsty de Jong at For queries, contact Kirsty de Jong on 04 494 9971.

Click here for application form.