• John Luxton
Associate Minister of Agriculture

Hon John Luxton, Associate Minister of Agriculture today announced details of the Kiwifruit Summit which was signalled in the Coalition Agreement.

The Minister announced today that the Summit would be held on 30 and 31 October at the Bay Court Hotel, Tauranga. The theme of the Summit is: "Kiwifruit: Stage Three and Beyond. Status Quo, Corporatisation or Deregulation"

The Minister has recently posted over 2500 letters inviting growers and others to the Summit.

The 30th October will be chaired by Mr Luxton and is a full day of interesting and thought provoking speakers talking about and updating you on issues within the industry such as corporatisation and deregulation. The first day is wrapped up with a panel discussion where you can put your comments and questions to a panel of speakers.

The same night a dinner has been arranged at the same venue for those who wish to continue the day's discussions in a less formal setting.

The 31st October is a half day chaired by the Hon Tuariki John Delamere and will involve workshops coordinated by an independent facilitator.

The Summit will be wrapped up by the Treasurer, Hon Winston Peters.

Attached a full agenda.

Conor English, Press Secretary,
04 4719707, 04 4757203 hm

Kiwifruit Summit Date: 30th and 31st October 1997 Venue: Bay Court, Tauranga Duration: 1.5 days Theme: Kiwifruit: Stage Three and Beyond; Status Quo, Corporatisation or Deregulation


Thursday 30 October 1997 (Day chaired by Hon John Luxton)

9.15 - 9.45 Assemble and morning tea

9.45 - 10.00 Introduction (Hon John Luxton, Associate Minister of Agriculture)

10.00 - 11.00 Kiwifruit New Zealand, including Stage 3

11.00 - 11.30 KGI/KNZ Corporatisation Committee (Doug Voss Committee Chair)

11.30 - 12.30 Hon Tuariki John Delamere to chair/ introduce three speakers on alternative to a single desk:
Alan Thompson,
John Burke,
Graeme Rutherfurd

12.30 - 1.30 Lunch

1.30 - 2.00 Maori view (Wi Parera Te Kani, Bruce Norman, Maanu Paul)

2.00 - 2.30 Commercial Perspective (Brian Allison)

2.30 - 3.30 Zespri International Ltd

3.30 - 3.45 Afternoon tea

3.45 - 5.15 Panel discussion. Panel to be:
Malcolm Cartwright (NZKGI),
John Palmer (KNZ),
Paul Morgan (Maori perspective),
Don Atkinson (Southern Kiwi),
Brian Allison.
To be chaired by Hon John Luxton. Format to be Chairman directing written questions to specified panel member. Questions to be submitted to Chairman during the day.

5.15 - 5.30 Hon John Luxton, Associate Minister of Agriculture to wrap up day and "where to from here".

7.00 - Evening dinner at Bay Court (optional)

Friday 31st October 1997 (Chaired by Hon Tuariki John Delamere)

9.00 - 12.00 Workshops facilitated by independent facilitator (Steven Saunders from Hamilton), focussing on: Maximising innovation, Cost efficiency & Market penetration

12.00 - 12.15 Hon Winston Peters to wrap up and close.

(Organisers reserve the right to alter the programme as necessary)