What recent reports has the Minister for Primary Industries received on the growth in wine exports?
STUART SMITH to the Minister for Primary Industries: What recent reports has he received on the growth in wine exports?
Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister for Primary Industries): Recent reports show that New Zealand wine exports have reached a new record high of $1.54 billion for the 2015 year. This is up 14 percent on the previous year.
New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries, and it is our sixth largest export sector. In the last year we have seen significant growth in the US, up around 26 percent; Canada, up 18 percent; and the UK, up 12 percent—very impressive growth indeed.
Stuart Smith: How is the Government supporting the growth in the wine industry?
Hon NATHAN GUY: The Government has partnered with industry in a $17 million Primary Growth Partnership programme, Lifestyle Wines.
This is developing low-alcohol, low-calorie wines, and it is the largest ever research and development project in our wine industry.
Of course, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have massive benefits for the wine industry. TPP countries account for around 60 percent of our overall wine exports.
The TPP ensures that tariffs on wine exports to these countries will be eliminated. This will generate savings of around $10 million per year for our local wine growers.
Stuart Smith: What reports has he received on the importance of the TPP agreement to the wine industry?
Hon NATHAN GUY: Good question. The local wine industry is hugely buoyed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Wine Marlborough’s general manager, Marcus Pickens, states that “If you give consumers a New Zealand wine over the rest of the world, I’d like to think that they’d choose us.”
New Zealand Winegrowers’ chief executive, Philip Gregan, said: “This is an excellent outcome for the New Zealand wine industry. Finalising the TPP is strategically very important for our export future”. He goes on to add that the “TPP will undoubtedly help the wine industry reach our goal of $2 billion of exports by 2020”. He went on to say: “We congratulate the Government and the negotiators for their hard work, and the very positive outcome they have achieved.”