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New Zealand Seed Certification September 2021 Update

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

New Zealand Seed Certification Scheme information update

September 2021

NZSA Industry Update Sept 2021

NZGSTA Biosecurity Officer: Position Description

Friday, August 6th, 2021

NZGSTA Biosecurity Officer and or Manager Position Description:

Biosecurity Officer – Seek Ad

SGRR Biosecurity Manager: Position Description

Friday, August 6th, 2021

SGRR – Biosecurity Officer and or Manager Role: Position Description

Biosecurity Officer – Seek Ad

Newsletter – July/August 2021

Friday, July 30th, 2021

View the July/August 2021 newsletter by clicking the link below:

Topics include:

  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Seed Certification Information System Co-ordinator
  • Agronomist of the Year Award
  • Glyphosate: Call for Information
  • Biosecurity NZ Border Clearance Services
  • Tomato Seed Exports and PepMV
  • Plant Variety Rights Bill
  • NZ/UK FTA in August
  • New Zealand Seed Authority – Update
  • New Zealand Seed Authority Certified Seed Certification Processes
  • Fit for a better World Update
  • Plant Germplasm Import Council – Update
  • AIMI Maize report
  • Arable Report
  • Grains & Pulses Forum
  • 2022 ISTA Congress – Update
  • NZGSTA Annual Conference Registrations Open
  • MPI Tour of Franklin
  • Membership Applications

Grains & Pulses Forum – June 2021

Friday, June 18th, 2021

With the 2020 Forum being cancelled due to Covid, the 2021 was attended by close to 100 merchants, suppliers, growers, grain end users and other industry professionals.

Developed and hosted the NZGSTA, Grains & Pulses Chair Ed Luisetti said he was “pleased with the turn out as it was an important annual fixture bringing industry colleagues together to discuss and collaborate around key challenges and opportunities in the sector”.

The forum was addressed by eight expert speakers on the day, followed by a BBQ lunch thank you to sponsor Mainfreight Air & Ocean and Owens Transport.

Thank you to everyone who attended to make the day a success and to sponsors.

Photos below – Nick Tuffley – ASB Bank; Ed Luisetti – NZGSTA Chair; Two Raw Sisters – Margo & Rosa; Rachel Baker – Kellogg Rural Leader


Newsletter May/June 2021

Friday, June 4th, 2021

NZGSTA May/June 2021 Newsletter includes the following:

This newsletter covers the following items of interest:

May June newsletter  

  • SCIS Update
  • Detection of pepino mosaic virus in New Zealand
  • AIMI Cereal Report
  • Import conditions for Carrot and Fennel seed for Sowing to Australia
  • ZERO rated Biosecurity Levy – industry consultation
  • PVR Act Reform
  • Biosecurity – Report a Pest or Disease
  • NZGSTA no longer accepting cheques


  • Women’s Forum
  • Grain & Seed Trade Golf Day
  • United Wheat Growers – Grain Growing Awards
  • NZGSTA Grains & Pulses Forum – registrations open
  • NZGSTA Annual Conference – registrations open
  • ISF Congress – postponed
  • APSA

Grain & Seed Trade Golf Day – May 2021

Monday, May 24th, 2021
The Ashburton Grain & Seed Association & New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association held the annual Ambrose Golf Day on Thursday 20th May on a perfect Canterbury autumn day.
Hosted by the Tinwald Golf Club with around 80 players made up of association members, managers, agents, office and store staff.
The Duncan Storrier trophy was up for grabs with the 2020 winners keen to retain it. However, being a game of 18 holes, the pressure was on and with only 2.75 shots between first and second place, the team from Hamburg Sud took out the win and the trophy.
The Hamburg team members were Mark Ryan, Grant Milner, David King and Gordon Kenton with a score of 55 shots; followed by second place Speciality Seeds with 57.75 shots.
A great day out was had by all and industry members got the opportunity to network and catch up.
Thank you to all those who took part in the day and sponsors to help make the day a success.
                                           Hamburg Sud winning team – 2021

Women in Seed Forum – 2021

Monday, May 24th, 2021
Women in Seed Forum – May 2021
The second NZGSTA Women in Seed Forum was held at Riccarton Park Function Centre on the 19th of May and attended by 108 women from the Seed Industry.
The roles of these women varied from agronomists, lab technicians, logistics roles, administrative roles, account managers, research technicians, grain traders, farmers and those passionate about the grain and seed industries.
Developed and hosted by the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association, Executive Councillor Charlotte Connoley, the purpose of the forum was to provide more opportunities for networking amongst women within the industry in addition to providing a platform for further discussion and collaboration around key challenges and opportunities that face the grain and seed industries.
Full article will be in the May/June Newsletter.
    Charlotte Connoley & Nicola Grigg MP
    Alison Stewart – CEO FAR
   Deb Francis – AgRecruit
   Two Raw Sisters – Rosa & Margo
  Alana Crampton – Tavendale & Partners
    Milly Taylor – Mainfreight Air & Ocean
   Megan van Lieshout – Soul Nourishment

Luisetti Seeds – Commitment to growers and markets

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Pektus machine marks a new era for Luisetti Seeds.
The cutting-edge Pektus seed and cereal cleaning, treating and packing production line represents Luisetti Seeds’ commitment to growers and markets.
Congratulations to the Luisetti team on the opening of the new Pektus plant in Ashburton last month.
Photos –
Richard Luisetti and Mark Frampton on the new Pektus plant;
Hon Damien O’Connor along with Max Luisetti cutting the ribbon to officially open the new plant alongside Vincent Luisetti

NZGSTA Newsletter March – April 2021

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

This Newsletter covers the following items of interest:

  • Plant Variety Rights Act Review
  • Neonic Review
  • SCIS Special General Meeting Update
  • Reinstatement of Imports of Tomato and Capsicum Seeds from Israel
  • Seed Exports $250m
  • NZGSTA New Councillor
  • FAR Maize Levy Rate remains Unchanged
  • Biosecurity Levy – ZERO Rated
  • Webinar International Trade Prospects in 2021
  • Social Media
  • Upcoming Events