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New Zealand Winegrowers is the national organisation for New Zealand’s grape and wine sector. The organisation currently has approximately 1000 grower members and 700 winery members.
New Zealand Winegrowers conducts a wide range of tasks on behalf of the grape and wine sector including: advocacy at regional local and international levels; providing a global marketing platform for New Zealand wine; facilitating world-class research on industry priorities; giving the industry timely and strategic information; and organising sector-wide events such as the Bragato Conference and Awards and the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. These activities are developed around the goal of “Building a Great New Zealand Wine Industry”.
New Zealand Winegrowers was established in March 2002 as a joint initiative of the New Zealand Grape Growers Council, representing the interests of New Zealand’s independent grapegrowers, and the Wine Institute of New Zealand, representing New Zealand wineries. New Zealand Winegrowers is governed by a Board of Directors of 12, comprising 7 representatives from the Wine Institute and 5 representatives from the Grape Growers Council. The parent bodies continue to operate as separate voting colleges and funders of New Zealand Winegrowers, although operational activities are conducted on a combined basis through the united organisation.
New Zealand Winegrowers is funded through: a levy on the sale of grapes collected by the Grape Growers Council under the Commodity Levies Act 1991; a levy on the sale of wine collected by the Wine Institute under the Wine Act 2003; as well as user pays activities and sponsorships. Winemakers and grape growers are automatically entitled to membership of New Zealand Winegrowers through payment of the grape or wine levies. Associate members are also accepted, although such members do not enjoy voting rights.
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