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Commercial fishers agree to extend Hawke's Bay area closure

The commercial fishing industry will again support the closure of 237 square kilometres of ocean off Hawke's Bay this summer. The voluntary measure, agreed between Napier Fishermen’s Association and LegaSea Hawke's Bay is supported by Fisheries Inshore New Zealand (FINZ) and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The area, known as Springs Box, is due east of Napier Port and to the north of Cape Kidnappers. It was originally closed to commercial fishing for the summers of ... more

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Call to label added sugars overlooks science, says industry

Calls for extra sugar labelling to show the amount of ‘added sugars’ in a product rather than just total sugars overlooks the science of food and nutrition, says the NZ Food and Grocery Council. The call was made by Consumer NZ and the Dental Association ahead of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, to be held today in Australia, where ‘added sugar’ labelling is expected to be discussed. Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor will ... more

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Climate model gets the measure of myrtle rust

Myrtle rust never sleeps and, for a while it seems, neither did Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Rob Beresford, who spent the month of June poring through research articles, crunching data and creating mathematical formula to better gauge what the disease may mean for New Zealand. The end result of the sleep deprived month was the Myrtle Rust Risk Model, specifically designed to understand and predict how myrtle rust will behave under New Zealand conditions. The model is already ... more

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Public perception of fisheries management at odds with international reputation - TNC

New Zealand fisheries’ Quota Management System (QMS) is being presented as an international example by a prominent US-based conservation group. The long established The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s largest conservation organisations and a leader in coastal and marine management, last night released an extensive report on the QMS aimed at enhancing the development of fishery management programmes internationally. Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim ... more

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Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways

Co-operative announces ambitious water commitments; invites Kiwis to visit farms and see what’s being done to promote healthy rivers. Fonterra today launched an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of New Zealand’s waterways. Based around six strategic commitments, the plan will underpin Fonterra’s efforts to promote healthy streams and rivers, including a strong focus on sustainable farming and manufacturing. In parallel, the Co-operative’s ... more

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Commercial fishermen support getting digital monitoring right

Deepwater Group, which represent commercial fishermen in New Zealand’s deep-water fisheries, support the Labour Government’s decision to slow down the implementation of IEMRS (Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System) to ensure the new measures are effective. The Labour Government has committed to implementing digital reporting and monitoring systems that are cost effective, fit for purpose, and provide real fisheries management benefits. Fisheries Minister ... more

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FSANZ: Call for submissions on genetically modified cotton line

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to permit a cotton line genetically modified to be resistant to two herbicides. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the cotton line had been genetically modified to be tolerant to glyphosate and isoxaflutole. “FSANZ has conducted a thorough safety assessment based on best practice principles established by the World Health Organization and has not identified any public health ... more

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Perfect storm brewing for fruit and vegetable supply

A perfect storm is brewing for New Zealand’s supply of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables that could see us unable to feed our growing population with domestically grown produce, a report from Horticulture New Zealand says. In releasing the report, New Zealand domestic vegetable production: the growing story, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says it is time to take stock and develop a national food security strategy. "Our research shows that New ... more

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FGC will work with Govt on healthier food choices

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s interest in food and beverage manufacturing, and looks forward to sharing the success of our members’ reformulation and innovation work, and working constructively to see what more can be done to help Kiwis make healthier choices, says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “Our member companies are responsive to New Zealand consumers, and the No 1 consumer trend over the past five years has been for food and ... more

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Industry backing for policy on housing’s threat to food

The NZ Food & Grocery Council backs the call from Horticulture NZ for a national food security policy focused on the threat to food production from urban sprawl. Chief Executive Katherine Rich says concerns raised by Horticulture NZ at the effect urban development is having on prized horticulture land, particularly land that used to grow local vegetables, are well founded. “Horticulture NZ says we have lost about 10,000 hectares of horticulture land to housing in just 15 years ... more

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