The week that was…in Kiwi (Agri)-Politics – Week32


A new feature for The AgriChain Centre’s HortSource Blog….and I know that the week is not complete  yet but I would like this contribution to be in your in-trays on a Friday morning…so here we go.


The New Zealand cabinet will shortly be joined by a Minister for Compensation Payments, judging by the increase in pace of discovering that people serving long prison terms for capital offences might be innocent. This week’s candidate is Teina Pora. Alternatively this new portfolio could be managed by the Minister of Everything, Stephen Joyce. Or could this be a portfolio through which the ex-Minister in charge of bow ties and taxes is rehabilitated because his vote is needed so we can be spied upon?


I am sorry but the Fonterra explanation about a dirty hose pipe does not wash with me . Professor Steve Flint from Massey University has a wee bit of a problem with it as well. And said so.

Nothing like a crisis though to focus people’s minds.  And on that basis – the Food Bill is now working its way through Parliament’s Select Committee Stages faster than it was anticipated when the Minister was called Wilkinson. I have just finished reading the latest Supplementary Order Paper, all 450 plus pages of it.  There will be changes afoot alright. Any New Zealand food business wanting to understand what’s around the corner in terms of proposed legislation and operational consequences should have a chat with Anne-Marie Arts.

The latest Tomatoes New Zealand Media Release about Irradiated Australian Tomatoes just turned up in my In-Box. Despite there being no compulsory country of origin labelling requirement for fresh produce, “the New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ), which states all food that has been irradiated, or food that contains irradiated ingredients or components, must be labelled or have a label displayed on or close to it stating that it has been treated with ionising radiation” applies, according to Tomatoes New Zealand. Further details on the FANZ site.

We might as well close off with a Fonterra related aspect as well.  It seems that the Pure New Zealand brand is wearing some flak as the whey saga unravels – and understandably though.  What a classical case study though in marketing terms and a jolly good reason why one should think twice before one includes brand value on one’s company balance sheet!