What’s happening at KNZ

Statement of Intent

The Kiwifruit New Zealand Board (KNZ) performs a unique role in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. It is the independent statutory body tasked with ensuring there is a balance to the benefits of the Zespri single desk structure and the risks it brings by implementing mitigation measures.

In 2017 a substantial review of the regulations was undertaken by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to take into account the rapid growth and development of the industry, and included careful consideration of the Kiwifruit Industry Strategic Plan (KISP) process and report. From this review the Regulations were amended in a number of areas, including the requirement for KNZ to provide a Statement of Intent every 3 years.

This first Statement of Intent marks an important shift to position KNZ to carry out its functions in a more transparent, accountable, and measured manner. It is an excellent opportunity to share our strategic goals and initiatives for the next 3 years, and we hope this document will provide all interested parties a better understanding of KNZ’s role in the industry.

To view the Statement of Intent, please click here.


New Directors Join KNZ

The Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999 were amended by the Government in 2017 and these changes came into effect from 1 August 2017 (see below).

As part of these changes, the KNZ Board now consists of three Directors elected by kiwifruit producers, two independent Directors and an independen Chair appointed by the Minister of Primary Industry.

The two independent Directors, Tim Main and Neville Harris, have now been appointed by the Minister, and joined the Board at the start of September.

KNZ welcomes Tim and Neville to the Board and looks forward to working alongside them.

To see a brief profile on our new Directors, please click the link on their name.


Annual Board Election Result

Nominations for the position of Kiwifruit New Zealand Director were opened from 31 July to 14 August 2017.  At the close of the nominations, one nomination was received from the incumbent member, Andrew Fenton.  

As there were no other nominations, Andrew Fenton has been reappointed to the Board for another three year term.

The board welcomes Andrew’s continued association with the Board, and values his extensive experience of kiwifruit and the wider horticulture industry.



Annual Report for the 2016-17 year

The KNZ annual report is a summary of KNZ’s activities for the year and includes reports from the Chair and the Chief Executive.

We hope this report will assist people in understanding the role of KNZ in the dynamic Kiwifruit industry, and the scope of our functions and strategic priorities.

The report is available to view, or download, here on our website 2016-17 KNZ Annual Report or you can order a hard copy of the report by emailing admin@knz.co.nz 


Amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999

The Minister of Primary Industry announced today that Cabinet has approved amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999.

The amendments are the result of a substantial review of the regulations undertaken by the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) after the Kiwifruit Industry Strategic Plan (KISP) process and report.  KNZ has worked closely with MPI, Zespri, and NZKGI with the aim of ensuring the amendments provide a balance between providing for industry growth and innovation and regulatory protections.

The key areas to impact on the work of KNZ are the definition of core business for Zespri, (which is expanded to include marketing, market development, and research & development of kiwifruit), the non-diversification rule, the introduction of two independent Directors on the KNZ Board, and KNZ’s reporting requirements which includes the introduction of a Statement on Intent.

KNZ believes that these changes will ensure that the independence of KNZ is maintained, but also build on the work KNZ has been doing to better align its skills and expertise, while also providing greater transparency around our strategic intentions, performance and funding.  We believe we now have the people, policies and procedures in place to provide the independent professional oversight expected of us by the industry and the government.

KNZ will continue to work closely with all industry stake-holders to ensure the amendments are implemented as smoothly as possible.

The amendments will take effect on 1 August 2017.

Kristy McDonald QC
Kiwifruit New Zealand
11th July 2017