PM Jacinda Ardern may have many talents, but an understanding of business is clearly not one of them.
The country's largest kiwifruit and avocado packhouse operator EastPack Ltd doubled its net profit last year.
NZ kiwifruit will penetrate deeper into world markets as it heads for another bumper crop this year, says Zespri chief grower and alliances officer David Courtney.
Kiwifruit orchards will be hives of activity over the next three months as the 2019 harvest gets underway.
The kiwifruit variety SunGold is this season set to overtake the traditional green Haywards variety for the first time.
Wait and see is the watchword on the possibility of a labour shortage in the kiwifruit harvest which began last week in Gisborne and western Bay of Plenty.
Seeka is spending $20 million on building a packhouse, packing machine and coolstores at its new Northland facility over the next two years.
An anonymous group called Concerned Growers Collective is opposing two Zespri resolutions now before growers which the group claims would cause “irreparable damage” to the industry.
Zespri will this year issue licences for an additional 700ha of SunGold kiwifruit and 50ha of organics.