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NZ Government Media Release
Office of the Hon John Luxton, Minister for Food andFibre
Office of the Rt Hon Sir William Birch, Minister of Finance
20 July 1999
Legislation to enable the Kiwifruit
industry to reposition itself to respond better to the challenges of the international
marketplace was introduced in Parliament this afternoon.
The Kiwifruit 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 producers 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 kiwifruit board does not. This Bill remedies that.
"The kiwifruit industry has responded
to Government invitations to consider changing the legislation which covers the Kiwifruit
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 recent
The Board has advised the Government that,
following consultation with producers, the overwhelming majority of producers support the
"The Bill will spend about five weeks
in front of a Parliamentary Select Committee to let producers 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 kiwifruit growers and the New Zealand economy," the Ministers concluded.
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