Commodity Levy Final Proposal 2024


TomatoesNZ has spent time over the last few months consulting on the commodity levy proposal of 'no change'. We have done this via webinar, in person workshops and via email. The result of these consultations is that the TomatoesNZ board continue to propose that no change to the commodity levy is voted on. You can view this final proposal here.

The TomatoesNZ board would now like to ask all grower members who have sold fresh tomatoes in the last 12 months and paid a levy, to vote to either support or not, this proposal. Voting opens on 15th May and closes midday 15th June 2024. For your vote to count, please make sure you complete all parts of the voting form

ballot paper example

A vote in favour of the commodity levy, will allow TomatoesNZ to continue working on growers' behalf on projects such as:

  • Research, development and extension, to help you meet challenges through new growing techniques
  • Advocacy, in the key policy areas of land, water, emissions, crop protection, and labour – working closely with HortNZ – so the industry can thrive again, and New Zealanders can be confident of good food supply and security
  • Biosecurity: keep pests and diseases out, while being ready to act should they enter the country
  • Better export access, so the industry can continue to expand
  • Support in a crisis: advocacy in Wellington as well as practical advice
  • Promoting the increased consumption of vegetables.

If you have any questions, or if you have not received your ballot papers on 15th May, please contact me Email Dinah here.


What you are voting on:

TomatoesNZ proposes that there will be no change to the current Commodity Levy of 0.35%. This equates to 35c per $100 at the first point of sale for both domestic and export sales.

The maximum rate is 0.50% per $100 with the annual rate set every year as proposed by the board and with agreement by you, the members, at the AGM. 

The vote will be carried out on both a ‘one grower one vote’ and a ‘value of production’ weighted basis. Growers will be asked to state their value of fresh tomato production in the last 12 months. 

For the referendum to be successful, TNZ must receive a minimum ‘yes’ vote for over 50% of the total number of fresh tomato growers AND those growers who have voted, must represent more than half of the total value of the fresh tomato crop produced during the preceding 12 months. 

If the levy order is supported by growers, TomatoesNZ will apply to the Minister of Agriculture for a new Commodity Levy Order. If growers do not support the levy order, TomatoesNZ will have no secure funding beyond March 2025 and would not be able to continue to operate. 


The levy voting process

Tomato growers will need to cast at least 2 votes, one for TomatoesNZ and one for Horticulture NZ. The current fresh tomato Commodity Levy expires in 2025TomatoesNZ supports the wider policy, advocacy and extension work that HortNZ undertakes. We strive to ensure that the two organisations have complementary workstreams. 


Click here to view the Commodity levy brochure - final proposal

Commodity Levy Proposal 2024 - Final