Big Changes Ahead

Regulation of chemicals

NZIAHS is not alone in pressing for more money for science and science-related work. Another major review with implications for the agricultural and horticultural sector was conducted by Simon Upton, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, who is proposing changes to the way New Zealand manages chemicals to ensure their environmental impacts are not overlooked.

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University projects

NZIAHS welcomes news of these recently announced initiatives.
First, work is close to completion on Massey University’s Dairy 4 Farm, after the university partnered with AgResearch to boost on-farm research capability and facilities in the lower North Island.
The facility will enable greater interaction between staff and students of Massey and AgResearch and provide scope for a range of independent trials to operate at any one time. Hydraulically isolated paddocks will allow comparisons of the impact of grazing practices on nutrient run-off at paddock scale.

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MPI projects

Funding for specific projects is flowing from the Ministry for Primary Industries, too:

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Climate change

Climate change and its implications for farming and agriculture is the most critical issue being addressed today, not only for NZIAHS members but for everybody on the planet. This was reaffirmed by scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.  
The grim conclusion is that the world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades with global warming of 1.5°C. Even temporarily exceeding this warming level will result in additional severe impacts, some of which will be irreversible.
Increased heatwaves, droughts and floods are already exceeding plants’ and animals’ tolerance thresholds, driving mass mortalities in species such as trees and corals, and exposing millions of people to acute food and water insecurity.
This country’s efforts to tackle climate change include recent changes in the government’s thinking about carbon farming and the Emissions Trading Scheme. These changes are reflected in a discussion paper on forestry management issues which fundamentally brings questions about land use into focus.
From 2023, under current rules, a new permanent forest category of the ETS would allow both exotic and indigenous forests to be registered in the scheme and earn New Zealand Units (NZU). The government is now proposing to exclude exotic species – such as pinus radiata – from the permanent forest category.
The proposals address mounting concerns among some industry groups and community organisations about the risk of permanent exotic forests displacing pastoral farming, and production and indigenous forests.
The discussion document is Managing exotic afforestation incentives: Proposals to change forestry settings in the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme.

– Bob Edlin, Editor

Notices to Members

NZIAHS Awards – Nominations and Applications are open – closing date 1st May 2022. We have a range of awards for members: recognising achievement in agricultural and horticultural research, providing assistance towards the cost of undertaking research, awards for communication in agriculture and horticulture and for services to the Institute at the local section level. To view our awards

Congratulations to Members

2022 New Year’s Honours List

Dr Mike Dunbier, CNZM
For services to agricultural science.
Dr Peter Fennessey, ONZM
For services to agricultural science and business

Dr Jill Stanley
For her contribution to plant physiology and crop science over four decades.



IHC2022 Angers, France 14-20 August 2022

3MHT Thesis Competition is an international competition for those who have recently completed their PhD to present their thesis in 3 minutes at the IHC2022 plenaries. Deadline for applications 15th April 2022.
The Education Committee of IHC2022 is pleased to launch an international competition for PhD theses in Horticulture, in the form of “My thesis in 3 minutes” competition. This new competition, named 3MHT, is conceived as a specific event, designed for this congress. The 3MHT is designed to showcase the work of young scientists who have recently defended an outstanding PhD in the field of horticulture, with a vote by the congress audience.
All of the relevant information can be found at:

Jobs at Massey University, Palmerston North

The School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, are seeking an applicants to apply for the following positions within the Whenua Haumanu programme.
1 x Research Officer (full time) – Further Information HERE
2 x Research Technicians (full time) – Further Information HERE
1 x Research Technician (fixed term) – Further Information HERE

2022 NZIAHS Membership Invoice

Please note that your invoice for 2022 NZIAHS membership has been emailed to you. or you can renew online HERE
If you haven’t received it, please look in your junk folder or email Jenny Taylor on