Sunday, 21 April 2019 10:19

New Zealand’s darkest day

Written by  Philip Gregan, CEO of NZ Winegrowers.
Philip Gregan. Philip Gregan.

A day in which people who called New Zealand home were senselessly and brutally gunned down in their place of peace and worship.

It was a day we never thought would happen in our country. We were naïve, but who dreamed there could be such hatred, such intolerance residing amongst us.

How could anyone possibly do this?

There has been shock, bewilderment, profound sadness, anger. But most of all there is a determination that this must never happen again.

We all with have our part to play in making that pledge a reality. 

In our industry we need to ensure that we are tolerant of the views of others. We need to ensure everyone is treated with respect, treated like we would like to be treated ourselves. We need to encourage and celebrate the success of all our people.

Over the past two years New Zealand Winegrowers has expanded our activities to support the people in our industry. 

We have long supported the Young Viticulturist of the Year, we are now supporting the Young Winemaker of the Year. In 2017 we launched Women in Wine which is continuing to grow its activities including its mentoring programme. In 2018 we supported the launch of the Marlborough School of Wine and are supporting it again this year.

And recently we have launched our Diversity Survey. Over 700 industry members participated in the Survey which was a great outcome. The results will be released to the industry shortly. Those results reveal there are some work-ons we need to address.

So let us all resolve to do our bit in our communities to make sure we never have another March 15 again. 

Kia Kaha 

NZW Board responds

Ours is an industry that cares deeply about its people, and New Zealand is home to workers and their families who have come here from many parts of the globe, and who are an integral part of our winegrowing community at all levels.

The success of New Zealand’s wine industry depends strongly on the commitment and passion of the employees behind it. We need to ensure that we respect the views and beliefs of others, and encourage and celebrate the success of all our people. 

To help make this a reality, New Zealand Winegrowers has decided to place $30,000 into a newly created Communities Fund, which it will use to promote and support cross-cultural understanding and relationships within our winegrowing communities. 


ANZCO makes a $30m profit

Meat company ANZCO Foods recorded its best-ever revenue of $1.7b and a net profit before tax of $30.6m for the year ended 31 December 2019.


M. bovis – we’re making headway

Ministry for Primary Industries chief science adviser, Dr John Roche on the indications New Zealand is winning the fight against Mycoplasma bovis.

Delays ruled out on water reforms

Delaying the introduction of new water reforms was not an option according to the two cabinet Ministers directly involved – Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.

$700m for freshwater clean up

The Government has announced a $700 million fund to support the primary sector and other groups in meeting new clean water standards.

» Latest Print Issues Online



Popular Reads

Breaking through the cloud

Two PhD students from Victoria University have developed a machine that could change the face of winemaking in New Zealand.

Green tea instead of Sulphur

A Marlborough winery is attempting to replace sulphur dioxide (SO2) from their organic Sauvignon Blanc with green tea.