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6.29      Chestnuts

6.29.1      Chestnut industry profile

The New Zealand chestnut industry is small and predominantly based around hobby growers, in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auckland areas. However, chestnut trees will grow successfully across most of New Zealand and there are many new plantings established in Northland, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Canterbury.

Chestnuts are a prescribed product under the Horticulture Export Authority. The recognised grower body is the New Zealand Chestnut Council Inc. (NZCC) (www.nzcc.org.nz) (Product Group Manager – Ray Knowles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The aim of NZCC is to encourage, promote and advance New Zealand's Chestnut Industry including the promotion of the sale and consumption, of fresh and processed New Zealand grown Chestnuts, both in New Zealand and overseas, for the benefit of New Zealand Chestnut Growers. 

Fresh nut production is around 300-400 tonnes per annum, with little fresh nut exported.  The emphasis has now largely shifted away from fresh export to frozen export and/or value-added processing.

Table 6.28.1: Chestnuts (0802.41.00.00) export markets 2014-16 (year ending June, tonnes and $NZ FOB)

Market

2014

2015

2016

Volume

Value

Volume

Value

Volume

Value

New Caledonia

0.1

739

0.3

2,228

0.8

5,998

Cook Islands

0.03

207

0

0

0

0

Total

0.1

$946

0.3

$2,228

0.8

$5,998

% change (yr/yr)

-91%

-90%

120%

136%

152%

169%

Source: Statistics New Zealand