AGM 2016

Notice is given of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association.

BNZ Partners Pukekohe Business Centre,
10 Massey Ave, Pukekohe.

Tuesday 10 May 2016 At 7:00pm.

All members, growers, and interested parties are invited to attend.

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Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association

Supporting Growers throughout the Pukekohe, Auckland and Waikato


The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association incorporates an area from northern Warkworth to Te Kauwhata in the south.

The association has operated in various forms as a grower organisation since the early 1900’s. It represents in excess of 230 vegetable growing businesses from the Auckland region. These vary from small family-run businesses to large corporate organisations - some who have operations throughout New Zealand.

These growers produce a large proportion of fresh vegetables for the Auckland region (population total - 1.5 million) as well as export crops. The exports include onions, potatoes, buttercup squash, capsicums, tomatoes, and carrots.

New Zealand National Horticulture Industry Statistics (2010) :

  • Total horticultural revenue $5.8billion export and retail (including $1b in wine)
  • Export industry FOB sales revenue $2.4billion (plus $1billion of wine)
  • Domestic Retail value – $2.4billion
  • Total area of only 100,000 hectares is used for horticulture crops
  • 1% of New Zealand’s total arable land area is used for horticulture
  • Employs 50,000 people in eight key growing regions

The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association has an elected committee of President and approximately 20 Executive Members. This committee meets monthly to provide a forum for discussion and action on any relevant issues and to ensure that information is passed back to grower members.

Association History

The rich productive soils and the temperate climate favours the growing and horticulture industries. The name Pukekohe means “Hill of the Kohekohe”, New Zealand’s native mahogany. Pukekohe lies between the Auckland and Waikato regions (52 kms from Auckland and 97 kms from Hamilton). The town developed as a service town for the horticultural and agricultural industries and has now broadened into a thriving and modern community – a destination for shopping and recreation.

Pukekohe has been called the food basket of New Zealand.

Annual rainfall for Auckland is around 1142mm and annual sunshine hours are approximately 2149 hours. Parts of Pukekohe are frost-free – giving an early advantage over the rest of the country.

The local vegetable growing industry is acclaimed for its innovative growing methods. The Franklin Sustainability Project for environmental care won the prestigious Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award in 2000. The project was initiated by the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association to champion and promote best practice guidelines amongst the commercial vegetable growers of the area for the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the district.

The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association is affiliated to Horticulture New Zealand - the National Industry Body.

Horticulture New Zealand Facts:

  • Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) is a national industry association representing all of New Zealand’s 6,000 commercial fruit, vegetable and berry-fruit growers.
  • HortNZ manages and supports issues that impact on the whole industry
  • HortNZ is funded by growers and is governed by a board of eight, all of whom have been, or are growers
  • There are 23 affiliated Product Groups (not including flowers, wine, nuts and seeds)
  • HortNZ is funded by a direct levy on the sales value of all fruit and vegetables
  • HortNZ’s purpose is to protect the interests of all horticultural growers by working with the Product Groups, other primary sector groups, government, political parties, media, and business groups on national issues such as:
    • BMAC - Representation at the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee
    • MAF/BIO - National incursion procedures and responses
    • GIA - Government Industry Agreement (G.I.A) – new initiative and negotiations
    • RMA - Negotiating issues that have a national impact on all growers
    • Export - Addressing market access issues and International Trade Agreements
    • RSE Scheme - Labour and seasonal worker scheme
    • Leadership & Training - Development of 60 industry leaders
    • Young Grower of the Year - Manage and promote the YGY program and awards
    • Communications - Orchardist and Grower magazines, Email news, Media monitoring and responses, HORTNZ Conference and AGM