Year in review
With 2019 drawing to a close, NZ Plant Producers chief executive Matthew Dolan looks back on a challenging, busy, and successful year.
As we head towards the end of 2019, we can look back on a successful but challenging year for NZ Plant Producers and our industry. I am proud of the way NZPPI and our members have come together to tackle some massive challenges during the year.
While our industry goes from strength to strength, we have seen an endless stream of policy changes and new regulations that have absolutely tested us. It’s pleasing to see our sector come together with a united voice and bringing constructive ideas at this critical time.
This year we lodged over twenty submissions on issues ranging from land and water policies, numerous import health standards, workplace education, plant variety rights, pests, kauri dieback, plastics, and employment law.
We play an active role alongside the primary sector organisations, working in areas like biosecurity and education. We are building a case to seek members’ support to join the Government Industry Agreement on Biosecurity (GIA) next year, bringing you closer to these sectors that represent your customers.
We have shown that plant producers absolutely understand the importance of biosecurity and many are a long way down the track of implementing systems and standards. NZ Plant Producers is developing a biosecurity scheme (PPBS) with MPI and industry, to be rolled out during 2020. This will enable those businesses to demonstrate their credentials and get recognition for the effort and investment they are making.
During the year we were in the regions and got up more driveways than ever before. The NZ Plant Producers team visited more than 40 members and our conference and SHED meetings have been hugely successful. Thanks to those that hosted these events and special thanks to Ellepot and our other sponsors for their support and enabling this to happen. There are many more of these events planned next year.
I am amazed at the level of engagement and contribution that our members have made this year. Whether it is attending meetings with Government, sitting on committees, contributing to submissions, or simply feeding us information, this engagement has been vital to our success.
Special thanks go to our team, who have stepped up to the challenge and made 2019 a huge success. Thanks also go to the Board and those of you who have contributed to the numerous committees and special interest groups that are now up and running.
Next year we will continue to work on building our membership and growing our business and our capacity to represent you. We are also working on better ways to connect with you.
With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, I hope you and your team get to enjoy some time away from work. It’s been a huge year, so taking time off to spend with family and to recharge is so important.
Enjoy your break and all the best for a great 2020!