October has flown by with Plan Change Hearings; Hort NZ pursuing government action on seasonal workers; PNZ gathering stories from industry and consumers, including our hospo community; plenty of work in the background with PNZ R&D; as well as our new Information System BELIS build and go-live.
Read in detail the latest news, comms, admin and technical below.
Potatoes New Zealand’s new Biosecurity, Emissions & Levy Information System (BELIS)
All potato businesses will shortly receive an email from our new BELIS system, asking them to login and create a password. Grower members’ records are being updated with a commodity levy payment record, so that accurate recording of commodity levy collection is achieved. This updating process also includes agents now submitting their levy payments on-line, completing the sales-levy loop. Depending on the email recipient’s role and responsibility, they will be able to see the current financial year’s levies in their membership account.
Read about the launch here.
Next steps for growers:
The database is planned to go live at the end of October after a grower testing phase
Growers will receive an email inviting them to login to the membership database
Administrative support will be available through Nicola Loach (PNZ Admin Officer)
Depending on role and responsibility, growers will initially be able to see and check Buyer Created Invoices (BCI) levies and update staffing and contacts information.
Regional Plan Change Updates
Horizons PC2 & ECAN PC7
PNZ presented at the hearings this month along with several potato growers and processors.
Any queries contact Puevf.Pynevqtr@cbgngbrfam.pb.am.
PNZ did not submit on this Plan Change, but the PNZ board have decided to appeal PC1 in addition to the Hort NZ appeal
PNZ will carry out 3 case studies of FEPs and consent process in Pukekohe, to determine the technical difficulties that Waikato PC1 presents our industry, in order to support any appeal to Waikato Council
View Waikato PC1 FAQs in the Plan Changes section on our webpage here or direct download here.
PNZ Process Sector Recovery
The anti-dumping tariff application was submitted on 3rd July 2020, we were then asked to submit a revised application 2 months ago and we are now awaiting MBIE’s decision.
PNZ COMMS & ENGAGEMENT
Read the latest PNZ articles on our website
These include the full article on our new information systems’ launch (BELIS) as well as a NZ Grower piece about Annat Farms.
Vlogs from Niki Bezzant which celebrate hospitality’s love for NZ potatoes
can be found on our website here.
The latest Potato Chat showcases new Auckland Restaurant Onslow and their fondness for the Kiwi all-round classic spud.
Save the date:
PNZ Conference 2021
19th & 20th August 2021
Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland
Keep up-to-date with all industry events via our events page here.
Export Registration is available on the website. You will receive an email with the form and can access it on our website here as well. Your export registration is due before 31st October.
Please assist us by keeping up-to-date with your Buyer Created Invoices, which can be downloaded here and have been emailed to you as well.
Please also ensure you have completed your 2018 to 2019 Direct Sales Levy Form found on our website here.
For your reference the Commodity Levies Order can be read here.
Area planted surveys are imperative for informing industry pandemic recovery plans. Please complete the form you receive in the mail or download one from our website as soon as possible and email it to Nicola Loach.
Latest Technical Bulletin- Potato Tuber Moth. You can read it on our website here or download directly here.
Biosecurity incursion – Tomato Red Spider Mite
Please go to our Biosecurity Updates page here to read the recent notices about this newly arrived pest.
NZ Seed Potato Certification News
Please visit the NZ Seed Potato Certification pages on our PNZ website to see important recent activities including:
All required formsRevised NZ Certified Seedlines & Rulebook
All NZ Seed Potato Guides & resourcesImportant August 2020
Notice for Seed Growers
All notices & newsletters
We know growers are resilient and resourceful, however if needed please reach out for support.
PNZ 0800 399 674
Rural Support 0800 787 254
PNZ USEFUL LINKS
All forms here
R&D projects and more here
Grower Resources here
Seed Grower Resources here
Export news and statistics read here
Media articles here
The PNZ team are here to help you
CEO Chris Claridge
Technical Manager Dr. Iain Kirkwood
Communications & Engagement Officer Gemma Carroll
Administration & Finance Officer Nicola Loach
PNZ Agronomist Paula Lleras
PNZ Social Media Links
Over 9,500 people and organisations now follow us on social media to keep up with the latest New Zealand and international potato news. Send us your news and events so we can publish them via our social media channels.
Instagram – Potatoes_NZ
Facebook – Potatoes NZ
Facebook – The Chip Group
Twitter – Potatoes NZ
Linkedin – Potatoes NZ Inc
Twitter – Chris Claridge