Government Industry Agreement (GIA)
In 2015, Aquaculture New Zealand (AQNZ) will be asking you, as a levy-payer, to make a decision about how biosecurity, and our relationship with government, is managed in the future. The question is whether AQNZ signs the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on behalf of the aquaculture sector. AQNZ wants industry to make the best decision for its future. You need to make an informed decision, so we will be sending out information to you routinely. We need your feedback and we need you to let us know any questions you have so we can clarify with MPI. We will set up a page on our website (www.aquaculture.org.nz/gia) where we will post useful documents and will list questions and answers as we get them. In addition, we aim to have workshops in different parts of the country, where possible, in association with MPI and the GIA secretariat. We will set out a proposal to you around how AQNZ envisages such an agreement could work if it were the will of our levy paying members. This will include what decision making frameworks would be put in place and what the cost structure would look like. AQNZ will not sign the GIA Deed without a mandate from you, our levy-payers. You will be asked to vote on whether AQNZ should sign the GIA Deed. AQNZ proposes that this vote will be carried out under the same system as the vote on the commodity levy i.e. your voting right is based on your greenweight tonneage in the 12 months immediately prior to the vote.