There Must Be an Independent Enquiry into Kiwifruit Industry

Press Release – Independent Kiwifruit Growers Association The Independent Kiwifruit Growers Association (IKGA) is deeply concerned that the compulsory levy funded kiwifruit grower organisation NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated ( which shares offices and reception functions with Zespri and so called industry …28 October 2013 Why There Must Be an Independent Enquiry Into the Kiwifruit Industry The Independent Kiwifruit Growers Association (IKGA) is deeply concerned that the compulsory levy funded kiwifruit grower organisation NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated ( which shares offices and reception functions with Zespri and so called industry regulator Kiwifruit NZ) still does not see the need for an independent enquiry into Zespri and the New Zealand Kiwifruit Industry in light of the fact that the Serious Fraud Office of New Zealand has confirmed that it is investigating Zespri and despite the revelations about Zespri’s actions in China made on Friday 25th October by the National Business Review. IKGA believes that a wide ranging independent enquiry into not just Zespri but the operation of the Kiwifruit Export Regulations and the Kiwifruit industry generally is essential for the following reasons: 1.0 GOVERNANCE SHORTCOMINGS AT ZESPRI • Zespri subsidiary ZMCC has been found guilty of being an accessory to customs fraud in China, fined $1 million and had a staff member jailed for 5 years. It now appears from the lead article in the National Business Review of October 25...

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