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Horticulture industry meeting

22 October 2016, The Gisborne Herald

Local industry given chance to talk directly to government.

GISBORNE’S horticulture industry is being given the chance to talk directly to the Government’s regional development team. 

Social Development minister Anne Tolley and National MPs Jonathan Young, Dr Jian Yang, Jami-Lee Ross and Nuk Korako, who together make up National’s regional development caucus, will attend an industry-led meeting next Wednesday (October 26).

Organised by Activate Tairawhiti, the meeting will discuss opportunities, challenges and work force needs, across the wider industry; and identify possible actions and solutions.

Activate Tairawhiti marketing manager Suzanne Winterflood said the meeting, which will take place at the Bushmere Arms, was open to all horticulture industry employers and contractors.

“It is a great opportunity to get in the ear of some key government members of Parliament, and the minister of Social Development.”

A panel of local representatives of the different sectors will lead discussion with an overview of their industry sector. They will examine the current situation through the next five years with regards to increased plantings/expected production; the challenges and impact on seasonal labour demands, and permanent employment opportunities.

Representatives from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, MSD, Horticulture NZ and the Primary Industry Training organisation will also attend.

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