Horticulture Export Authority Registration For New Zealand Walnuts – March 2020

Walnuts were accepted for registration under the Horticultural Export Authority In August 2019. An order in council was passed which registered walnuts under the Horticultural Export Authority (HEA) and recognised the Walnut Industry Group (WIG) as the official industry body representing walnuts. This was the culmination of about 20 years of work in trying to get walnuts recognised and registered.

March 2020. NZWIG needs to provide HEA with the standards and documentation to implement HEA protocols. These documents contain the specific requirements that walnut exporters from New Zealand are required to meet.

MEMBERS, PLEASE READ AND COMMENT ON THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

1/ Draft Export Marketing Strategy (EMS), please read and comment on this. Its role is to provide a robust quality assurance programme which ensures New Zealand walnuts establish and maintain a market reputation for quality excellence, in export markets.

2/ NZWIG described quality standards for walnuts.  This standard sets out the minimum quality requirements of walnut product to be either exported from NZ or sold in NZ.  HEA registration forces exporters of walnuts to comply to this standard.

Kaylene Fenton has given considerable consideration to this matter and has submitted amended documents which she has reason to believe are more consistent.

These documents are still under discussion and until finalised a shortened version may be provided immediately after the 2020 harvest


MEETING WITH SIMON HEGARTY, CEO of HEA

All members were invited to a special meeting on this topic with Simon Hegarty, the CEO of the NZ Horticulture Export Authority.

The meeting was held in the West Melton Community Centre on Thursday 19th March 2020 at 7.30pm.

Here are the notes from the presentation that Simon gave.

Meeting organised by Dave Malcolm