Welcome to Kiwifruit New Zealand

Kiwi-Stack-Green-webKiwifruit New Zealand (”KNZ”) was established on April 1, 2000 when the New Zealand Kiwifruit industry was restructured through the Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring Act 1999 and Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999.

The Act established Zespri, and provided for the making of Regulations for the establishment, funding, and other matter relating to KNZ, which contain export related, monitoring and enforcement provisions.

The export orientated provisions of the Regulations operate to only permit Zespri or collaborative marketers approved by KNZ to export New Zealand grown kiwifruit. The Regulations do not apply to the sale of such kiwifruit in New Zealand, or its export for consumption in Australia (which from 2004 is regulated by the Horticultural Export Authority). Refer here for more on collaborative marketing.

The Regulations also contain provisions relating to monitoring and enforcement. Refer here for more on Non-discrimination, Non-diversification and Information Disclosure. These provisions operate to:

  • limit Zespri from unjustifiably discriminating in the way it purchases kiwifruit and sets the point of purchase of New Zealand grown kiwifruit at not earlier than FOBS (free on board ship).
  • prevent Zespri using capital unless use of the capital is necessary for the core business of the purchase and export of New Zealand grown kiwifruit (other than for consumption in Australia), unless use of the capital is necessary for the core business of Zespri, unless the providers of capital agree, or unless the risks are minimal,
  • require the disclosure of information by Zespri and KNZ.

The scope of the Regulations and the responsibilities of KNZ under the Regulations are limited. KNZ does not have a general supervisory role in the Kiwifruit industry or of Zespri. KNZ is prohibited from carrying out any commercial activity, and does not operate to make a profit.

The Regulations created KNZ as a body corporate of five members (a chairman and four directors) who serve for three year terms. KNZ is based in separate offices in the Zespri Building in Mount Maunganui. Contact us here.