The country’s largest kiwifruit Sungold grower says its rates bill will double now that the value of the license to grow Sungold can be added to a property’s rates bill. The Court of Appeal came down on the side of the Gisborne District Council. Seeka Kiwifruit Industries CEO Michael Franks says the decision will have a huge impact on both his company and individual growers. With the seasonal fluctuations that go along with horticulture the Court of Appeal said with license variations so should the rates adapt and Michael Franks says growers will be ready to ask for a re evaluation of rates.
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