Accreditations

  • NZQA in 2016 gave accreditation to FIAT to deliver and assess teaching/training programme in Horticulture production for National Certificate in Horticulture level 4 Advanced.
  • NZQA in July 2017 gave FIAT accreditation to offer ‘NZ Certificate in Horticulture Production L 4’ and ‘NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production L 5’ which were implemented from 2018-19.
  • NZQA conducted EER in early 2018 and FIAT was given Category II ( Confident in educational performance and Confident in capability of dself-assessment)
  • HortNZ: Rupex is an associate member of Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) which is the National industry body representing 5,500 commercial fruit and vegetable growers, providing strategic direction and focus, building strong relationships with product groups and associations and working at both national and regional levels. (hortnz.co.nz)
  • NZ GAP (Good Agricultural Practices): We have been GAP  accredited for more than ten years to ensure maintain high standards in practices and operations at workplace. NZ GAP is a quality assurance programme that provides a traceable, accountable system from crop to customer for production of horticultural crops. It ensures that best practices are in place for the production, packaging and distribution of New Zealand fresh produce, and reduces the risk of health, safety and environmental issues – so customers can buy with confidence. http://www.nzgap.org.nz/
  • Many of our technical/academic staff hold ‘Growsafe and/or approved hander’ certificates which covers knowledge and practices required for safe, responsible and effective use of agrichemicals, based on the Industry Standard, http://www.growsafe.co.nz
  • We hold export certification for export of Cymbidium cut flowers to USA for several years.
  • FIAT is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Memberships

  • Professional Member Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Member International Horticultural Society

  • Member NZ Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences

  • Member International Plant Propagation Society (IPPS)

  • Member of NZ Plant Producers ociety Inc. (NZPPI)

  • Member India NZ Business council

  • Member of Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ)

Horticulture Industry Experience

Rupex Growtech Ltd is a locally owned and operated horticulture production and supply company. Established in 1998. Based in Pukekohe, a major vegetable producing area of New Zealand, Rupex has emerged as a leading supplier of vegetable planting material to the commercial growers in the Auckland region. Currently, our company’s main areas of activity are:-

Vegetable planting material

  • Crop planning: Preparing ‘sow-transplant-harvest’ schedule for year-round continuous production to cater to the supply chain commitments of the commercial growers.
  • Procuring high quality seed for locally adapted and high performing/stable varieties.
  • Producing and supplying plug plants to commercial growers on a contractual basis
  • Collecting field and market feedback and integrating it into future crop planning.
  • Adaptive research to identify suitable varieties for the evolving production and market requirements.

For the last 15 years we have been successfully servicing the greens supply chain with high quality and timely delivered plug plants for outdoor and glass house crops.

Cut Flowers

In 2008, we set up a Cymbidium orchid production unit for cut flower production, and supplied high quality orchids for competitive export markets like the USA, Japan, and Middle East etc. However, as labour costs increased in NZ and other competing suppliers developed from other countries many NZ producers including ourselves, closed these operations or placed them on hold.

 

Technology Transfer

‘The Grower‘ magazine, an official HortNZ publication has been publishing article based on our work/experience on various aspects of crop production which mainly focuses on the use of right varieties, disease-pest management and greenhouses production etc.