The target of the external relations portfolio is to build on community and local government relationships whilst being the advocate for kiwifruit growers on wider issues such as health and safety and resource management.

Health & safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety law that came into effect on 4 April 2016 and is part of a reform package aimed at reducing the number of serious work-related injuries and deaths by at least 25 percent by 2020. The new HSWA shifts the focus from monitoring and recording health and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks so everyone is safe and healthy.

Worksafe New Zealand (Worksafe) is the health and safety regulator that enforces compliance of the health and safety legislation. Worksafe has a comprehensive website with tools and resources that is available for growers to use and detailed information about the new HSWA. Click here to visit the website.

There is also a website with tools and resources dedicated to agriculture. Click here to visit the Safer Farms website. If you have any queries about the HSWA contact NZKGI or a NZKGI Forum member in the External Relations portfolio.

Important Health & Safety Documents