What’s happening at KNZ

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


2016 Season Collaborative Marketing Results

Regulation 15 of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations requires KNZ to publicly disclose by 30 June each year, for the previous season; 

  • The identity of each collaborative marketing approval holder
  • The volume marketed for each approval
  • Financial information to enable an assessment of the net returns to suppliers, and whether it is greater than if the arrangement had not been approved.

The report for the 2016 season is now published here on our website (Quicklinks and Collaborative Marketing page)

The 2016 season was a record production year for New Zealand kiwifruit, and collaborative marketing volumes were also well up from 1,475,891 trays to 2,748,045 trays.  The comparison in table 2 of the report shows that collaborative marketing made a positive contribution to grower returns of $1,007,127.  Despite this volume increase, overall OGR values were down for both Zespri and collaborative marketers compared to the previous year.

It must be noted that the comparisons, or benchmarking, between Zespri and collaborative marketers (CM) is not an exact science.  If both Zespri and the CM are selling the same products in the same market then the comparison is relatively straight forward.  However, if Zespri do not sell in that market then the comparison is made against the next best market or region.  Other factors around timing of sales and fruit sizes may also need to be adjusted to provide a fair and realistic comparison.

Also published in the report, are the results for Kiwiberry.  Zespri do not export kiwiberry at this time, so all exports to markets other than Australia are covered by 7 CM arrangements.  For this report we publish the name of the exporter, the volume, and the net return per tray. As the kiwiberry season runs from February to March each year, we report the most recent figures which is the 2017 export season.  This season CM export volume was up to 81,918 trays (from 76,784 trays in 2016), and values slightly down.

Collaborative Marketing applications for the 2018 season will be considered later this year and full details on the application process and timetable will be published in late July.