What’s happening at KNZ

KNZ Board – 2018 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.

Hendrik Pieters’ term expires on 30th September 2018, 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 13th August.  Only one nomination was recieved, and that was for Colin Olesen.

Accordinaly, no election was required this year and Colin has been confirmed as a director of KNZ.  Colin’s term will commence from 1st October 2018.

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

Kristy McDonald QC




Collaborative Marketing Applications for the 2019 Season

The Kiwifruit Export Regulations 1999 establish Zespri as the sole authorised exporter of New Zealand grown kiwifruit to all markets except Australia. However, the Regulations do provide for applications to KNZ for the export of kiwifruit, by others, under collaborative marketing (CM) arrangements.

Every year KNZ reviews the CM application process to ensure it is working well for all participants and also to minimise the barriers to new applicants, whilst still meeting the purpose and intent of the Regulations.

The CM Guidelines for applicants have been reviewed and updated and can be found here:  

2019-20 CM Guidelines

These guidelines outline the application process, the timing, and the fees for new and existing applicants.
Anyone interested in collaborative marketing should read the “Collaborative Marketing” section of this website and the guidelines.

If you have any questions you are welcome to email or call the KNZ office to discuss the process.


2017-18 Annual Report

The 2017-18 Annual Report is now ready to view.  Follow this link to see what KNZ has been up to in the past financial year.

A printed copy is available upon request to admin@knz.co.nz

2017-18 Annual Report


Collaborative Marketing Results 2017-18

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:  2017-18 Collaborative Marketing Results (Reg. 15)


2017-18 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:  2017/18 Financial Statements and Auditors Report

There are two areas of variance compared to previous years;

  1. the Regulations were amended from 1 August 2017, and the KNZ Board was increased from five to six members.
  2. the expenses relating to collaborative marketing activities were reviewed and amended to reflect the time and costs associated with collaborative marketing for the 2017-18 year.


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.