HortNZ says the Government’s latest moves to improve housing supply are welcome but the new houses must not be built on highly productive land used for vegetable or fruit growing. HortNZ Chief Executive Mike Chapman says every New Zealander deserves a house just like every New Zealander deserves fresh, healthy locally grown vegetables and fruit. He says if New Zealand is not careful, a healthy diet will become just as unaffordable as houses for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. Deloitte study of the value of vegetable growing in Pukekohe predicted if land is lost to horticulture there would be price rises of 43% to 58%, pushing the price of a lettuce from $3.50 to more than $5.50 over the coming years. Mike Chapman says the Government needs to ensure that New Zealand has a viable horticulture industry, for the health and wellbeing of every New Zealander.