Developing a sustainable and long-term plan to maximise the wealth of New Zealand kiwifruit growers.
The aim of the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KISP) is to jointly develop a strategy to maximise Zespri’s ability to achieve the New Zealand kiwifruit industry’s long-term market, strategic and financial performance for the financial benefit of New Zealand kiwifruit growers in a changing global market with the wide support of key industry stakeholders.
A significant outcome of the KISP process was the support from growers for changes to Zespri share ownership which would allow for alignment of shareholders and producing growers.
Key to obtaining the desired outcome was a change to the kiwifruit regulations. NZKGI along with Zespri requested several changes to the regulations. A discussion paper on proposed changes was released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in early 2016 and NZKGI made a detailed submission alongside over 700 grower submissions. NZKGI has continued to work with MPI to obtain the desired outcome, and a change in the Kiwifruit Regulations is expected before the end of 2016. NZKGI has also been involved in changes to core business and the Kiwifruit NZ Board during the process.