Read in detail the latest news, comms, admin and technical below.
The PNZ team will be available over the festive period via email and phone, but this will be the final newsletter for 2020 and the next newsletter will dispatch at the end of January 2021. Keep an eye out for the PNZ member Xmas Mailout in December, containing the revised MRL Residue Handbook.
We wish you a Happy New Year and festive fun!
Potatoes New Zealand Governance
The PNZ Board will be appointing a casual/temporary director to fill the vacancy created by a Director resigning. This board appointed temporary Director will hold the seat until the AGM in August 2021, when a formally appointed Director will be decided by election and voting. Member voting rights will be activated when you login to our new membership database (BELIS) and verify your levies (see below).
Potatoes New Zealand’s new Biosecurity, Emissions & Levy Information System (BELIS) is live. Please check your inbox for an email inviting you to login. You can check all your admin information is correct and verify your levies. These steps will then qualify you as an active member of PNZ with the voting rights that brings.
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.
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.
PNZ attended the Primary Industries New Zealand Summit on the 23rd & 24th November. It was a gathering of bright and expert minds at Te Papa, covering topics in markets, environment and innovation.
PINZ highlights included:
The Trust Alliance New Zealand launch. Read more here to learn about the Primary Sector Consortium working on trusted, permissioned, data interoperability and sharing, to enhance connectivity between farmers, market and consumers. PNZ are members of TANZ and potatoes are a user case study for the pilot.
Robust and passionate discourse on Regenerative Agriculture – will this be the way forward for sustainable farming?
If you’re wondering what Regen actually is or what it seeks to achieve, check out these articles
PNZ Process Sector Recovery
MBIE is now investigating the PNZ tariff application.
PNZ COMMS & ENGAGEMENT
Canterbury December Event
Our Industry are hosting the new Special Agricultural Envoy, Mel Poulton, on a Canterbury Seed-to-Plate tour, on the 4th & 5th December. We invite Canterbury growers/processors to join us at the Ashburton Hotel on Friday 4th December for nibbles and talks.
Please call Nicola to RSVP for this 6pm gathering 027 206 5390.
He Waka Eke Noa is the Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership working together to implement a framework to reduce emissions and build resilience. Click this link to subscribe for updates.
Read the latest PNZ articles on our website
These include the full article on our new information systems’ launch (BELIS), 2020 PNZ in review and an article about Canterbury’s Annat Farms.
Save the dates:
PNZ Field Walks 2021
16th to 19th February 2021
Pukekohe, HB or Levin and Canterbury
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 was 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.
PMTV Identification Guideline Newly approved by The Seed Authority and can now be found on our website here.
Latest Technical Bulletin: Potato Tuber Moth You can read it on our website here or download directly here. An update from PNZ Technical Manager Dr. Iain Kirkwood on the PTM project should be on our website in the coming week 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 forms
Revised NZ Certified Seedlines & Rulebook
All NZ Seed Potato Guides & resources
Important 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 statistics read here
Media articles here
The PNZ team are here to help you
CEO Chris ClaridgeTechnical 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