Kiwifruit growers first voted to establish a kiwifruit commodity levy to fund the operation of NZKGI in 2011. Since that time, it has achieved a series of significant outcomes for growers under our six portfolios, Communications, Performance & Supply, Education & Labour, External Relations, Industry Stability and Organisation.
In 2017, NZKGI were given a strong mandate by kiwifruit growers to work on their behalf for the next six-year kiwifruit levy cycle. 85% of growers participating in the referendum voted to continue the levy. The Commodity Levies (Kiwifruit) Order 2017 is located here
The levy is used to continue to fund the operations of NZKGI. The levy has been set at 1c/tray ($0.0028/kg) since 2017 and can only be increased by vote at a NZKGI AGM or Special General Meeting.
In late February 2023, Growers will be asked to participate in a referendum concerning the Commodity Levy that funds NZKGI. We are required to undertake a referendum every six years to establish continued support for our funding mechanism.
NZKGI has produced many achievements for Growers over the last five years, but there are many challenges ahead. You can find out more here.