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KNZ Board – 2019 Election Result

The Kiwifruit New Zealand Board consists of six directors, of which three are elected by producers for a three-year term. This means every year one producer-elected director is due for re-election.

Ian Greaves term expires on 30th September 2019, and as he has held the position for more than three terms of three years he is not eligible for re-election.

Nominations for a new director were called for and the nominations process closed on 12th August. Only one nomination was received, and that was for Peter Ombler MNZM.

Accordingly, no election was required this year and Peter has been confirmed as a director of KNZ. Peter’s term will commence from 1st October 2019.

I welcome Peter to the KNZ Board and look forward to working with him.

Kristy McDonald ONZM QC


KNZ Board – 2019 Director Election

The Kiwifruit New Zealand Board consists of six Directors, of which three are elected by producers for a three year term  This means every year, one producer elected Director is due for re-election.

Ian Greaves term expires on 30th September 2019, and as he has held the position for more than three terms of three years he is not eligible for re-election.

If only one nomination is received, there will be no need for an election and the nominated person will be confirmed as a Director for a three year term.

The election timetable is as follows;

Nominations open 29 July 2019
Nominations close 12 August 2019
Voting papers posted to Producers 30 August 2019
Voting opens 2 September 2019
Voting closes 16 September 2019
Results announced 17 September 2019
Newly elected Director to take office 1 October 2019


L to R: Ian Greaves, Neville Harris, Andrew Fenton, Kristy McDonald (Chair), Colin Olesen, Tim Main


2019 Discrimination Complaint (Zespri grower number process)

In March 2019,  KNZ received a complaint from a grower alleging discrimination by Zespri, in its process of issuing grower numbers, prior to the kiwifruit season commencing.

A KNZ complaints committee was formed and conducted an investigation. The final decision is attached.

2019 Discrimination Complaint (Zespri Grower Number Process)

2018-19 Annual Report

The 2018-19 Kiwifruit New Zealand Annual Report is now ready to view. 

This includes a report on the last financial report by the Chair and the Chief Executive of KNZ, includes key collaborative marketing statistics from the last season, and financial and auditors reports.

Follow the link below.

2018-19 Annual Report

If you would like to request a hard copy to be sent out to you, please email admin@knz.co.nz or phone our office on 07 572 3685.


Statement of Intent – Performance Measures

KNZ’s Statement of Intent covers a three year period from 2018-2020 and performance against this SOI is reported each year by the end of June.

The  report is now available by following this link:

Statement of Performance Measure Report

Collaborative Marketing Results 2018-19

Regulation 15 of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999 requires KNZ, to disclose publicly within three months of the end of season;

  1. the identity of each CM approval holder
  2. the volume marketed by each approval holder
  3. the financial information to enable an assessment to be made, if the net returns for each arrangement were greater than if the arrangement had not been approved.

This information is contained in a report located here:

2018-19 Collaborative Marketing Results (Reg. 15)

2018-19 Financial Statements and Auditor Report

Regulation 40 of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999, requires KNZ to prepare financial statements that comply with generally accepted accounting practice, have them audited by a qualified auditor, signed by the Board and disclose publicly, within three months after the end of the financial year.

KNZ has complied with this regulation and the statements can be found here:

2018/19 Financial Statements and Auditors Report

Zespri Producer Vote

As part of KNZ’s function of monitoring and enforcing the Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999, KNZ was actively involved in the recent Producer Vote conducted by Zespri, to ensure it complied with the Regulations, specifically Regulation 11.

This regulation allows Zespri to carry out activities that are not core business, if it has informed all producers of the proposed activities (in this case 12 month supply and PVR ownership), and asked producers to agree by vote to Zespri carrying out the proposed activities.

For the vote to pass, 75% of the producers voting must agree and, the production volume controlled by those producers who agreed, must represent at least 75% of the kiwifruit supplied to Zespri over the last two seasons by all producers who took part in the vote.

Zespri must also minimise the risks arising from these activities for the producers who have not agreed or not voted on the activities.

Therefore, KNZ’s role involved monitoring the following areas;

  • Accuracy of producer identity information and volumes
  • Timetable for voting process
  • Ensure voting process and results run by an independent company (Electionz)
  • Ensure eligible voters and volumes independently verified by auditors (KPMG)
  • Tracking information supplied to producers both in written form and verbally at producer road-shows
  • Confirm results were accurate and independently verified

As part of this process, I met with Zespri staff, Electionz who managed the vote, and KPMG who audited all data and the results of the vote.

KNZ collected all data sent to producers, and I also attended three roadshows in Tauranga, Te Puke and Katikati to hear the audio-visual information presented and also hear the answers given to producers’ questions.

Putting all this information together will give a clear definition of the activities that Zespri can carry out from this vote and set clear boundaries that KNZ can monitor to ensure compliance with the mandate given to Zespri by producers.

KNZ will also be monitoring Zespri’s risk management and mitigation measures relating to these activities on an ongoing basis.

In conclusion, KNZ found that the voting procedure was consistent with the Regulations and the results obtained did meet the conditions in Regulation 11. Zespri can continue to be involved in 12 month supply and PVR ownership activities as specified in the two Resolutions voted on by producers.

Attached are the final audited results of the vote and the auditor’s report.

Geoff Morgan
Chief Executive




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.