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NZ Government Media Release
Office of the Hon John Luxton, Minister for Food and
Office of the Rt Hon Sir William Birch, Minister of Finance
20 July 1999
Legislation to enable the Apple and Pear
industry to reposition itself to respond better to the challenges of the international
marketplace was introduced in Parliament this afternoon.
The Apple and Pear Industry Restructuring
Bill will enable a set of proposals agreed to between Government and the industry, Food
and Fibre Minister John Luxton and Finance Minister Sir William Birch announced today.
The proposals will:
"The Bill will clearly define
ownership of the industry with growers and enable them to exercise normal shareholder
rights and disciplines.
"The legislation follows that
introduced last week for the dairy industry. This package is very different because of the
distinct nature of each industry as well as the different stages of their evolution.
"The dairy industry already has
clearly defined ownership while the Apple and Pear Marketing Board does not. This Bill
"The Apple and Pear industry has
responded to Government invitations to consider changing the legislation which covers the
Apple and Pear Marketing Board as a means of improving grower incomes. The Bill introduced
today is the result of intensive discussions between Government and industry leaders over
The Board has advised the Government that,
following consultation with growers, the overwhelming majority of growers support the
"The Bill will spend about five weeks
in front of a Parliamentary Select Committee to let growers and any other parties make
submissions. The Bill will be reported back in early September for enactment this
"This is an exciting opportunity to
make a transition to a new era based on commercial disciplines, innovation and increased
wealth for apple growers and the New Zealand economy," the Ministers concluded.
For more information contact:
(04) 471 9707 or (025) 433 716