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Maori growers back record result in kiwifruit industry vote

Published: Tue 24 Mar 2015 11:48 AM
24 March 2015
Maori growers back record result in kiwifruit industry vote
Kiwifruit grower and post-harvest entity Te Awanui Huka Pak has congratulated growers for turning out in record numbers for the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) grower referendum.
“Maori are a key driving force in the kiwifruit industry, and the KISP process was about ensuring that this industry creates wealth for Maori both now and for future generations” says Te Awanui Huka Pak Chair Neil Te Kani.
“With a record voter turnout and over 90% support for all recommendations, the kiwifruit industry is in a strong position to deliver a strong economic growth platform for Maori” says Mr Te Kani.
“Te Awanui Huka Pak are strong supporters of the Single Point of Entry (SPE) structure as this is a crucial element to increase wealth for Maori in the industry. To see 98% grower support for the SPE is a fantastic result, and one that I endorse” says Mr Te Kani.
As a result of the KISP process the grower representative body New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) will now enshrine a dedicated seat for Maori representation.
“I strongly believe that Maori are an integral part of this industry and deserve a seat at the table. I have been advocating for this since day one, and I am proud to have been able to play my part in ensuring Maori have a key role in industry decisions in the future” says Mr Te Kani.
“With such a strong interim result announced today I call upon NZKGI, Zespri, and the Government to respect growers wishes and to implement the changes as outlined in the KISP referendum” says Mr Te Kani.
“I believe that we have a responsibility as Kaitiaki to ensure our future generations inherit a vibrant and successful industry. I am proud of the way Maori have made the most of this opportunity to have their voices heard” says Mr Te Kani.
ENDS

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