At NZKGI, we aim to keep our grower community up-to-date with relevant industry news and key event information. See below for all of our latest industry news announcements and the details you need to know for our upcoming events.

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Cyclone Gabrielle

Recovery Grants
Applications are now open for recovery grants for growers significantly affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. MPI have also advised that silt damaged kiwifruit in BOP may qualify for this grant.

The Government is providing $25 million for recovery grants to help undertake urgent work, including on-orchard repairs to water infrastructure for livestock and fencing, and clearing silt to save fruit trees and vines. For further details, including an application form, application checklist and a fact sheet, click here.

IRD: Tax Payments
The IRD have information on tax relief for emergency events here.

Pastoral Care
Topics such as health & wellbeing, financial pressures and employment issues, amongst many others, are important topics for growers under the pump. The Rural Support Trust is there to talk you through these matters on 0800 787 254 or visit their website here.

  • Visit the Farmstrong website for resources on resilience and wellbeing here.
  • More information on pastoral care here.

Donations: Cyclone Gabrielle Response

NZKGI is utilizing its Grower Relief Fund to provide disaster relief to kiwifruit Growers across New Zealand whose orchards and fruit have suffered damage from Cyclone Gabrielle. The distribution of the funds will be for the repair and restoration of kiwifruit orchards.

To contribute to this fund, please make your donation via bank transfer to 06-0433-0442832-00. (Some banks may require you to add another 0 at the end of this sequence).

For tax purposes you may choose to take the option to put your KPIN and surname in the reference for donations over $50. We recognize that there may be other funds you prefer to donate to.

Resources: Hawkes Bay & Gisborne
New Zealand Apples & Pears Incorporated has stood up a website for all growers to use to offer support to affected growers, as a first step in supporting the response and recovery. Affected growers can also post what they need.

If you have equipment or labour available to share, or alternatively, if you need equipment or labour to help in your recovery, please post on this website.

This website is available for use by all horticulture operations and can be accessed here.