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.

Resource Mangement


A reliable supply of good water is a key economic advantage for New Zealand in an increasingly water constrained world.  It underpins horticultural production – the combination of water availability, climate and geography helps our competitiveness internationally.

It is vital that water use on your orchard complies with the Resource Management Act (RMA), Regional Councils rules and any industry Good Agricultural Practice programmes.

In the Bay of Plenty, NZKGI Forum Representatives Ross Bawden and Andre Hickson sit on the Bay of Plenty Council Water Group. Please send them an email if you have any questions regarding water use on your orchard.

Click the link below to find out about water takes on your orchard (document available to registered users only).


Water Footprinting

The water footprint is an indicator of freshwater use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater used to produce the goods consumed by the individual, community or produced by the business. Water use is measured in terms of water volumes consumed, evaporated or incorporated into a product. (Source: waterfootprint.org).

Water shortages are not so much of an issue in New Zealand yet but it is for our international customers who are aware of this issue and sensitive to it. Visit the Land Care Research website to read about water footprinting of Green Kiwifruit.