SWNZ Terms and Conditions

Read the Terms and Conditions of the Sustainable Winegrowing NZ (SWNZ) programme and view frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up to the Ts&Cs?

The portal to complete your declaration is available here. You will need to ensure it is completed by someone with appropriate authority to act on behalf of your business. Once you sign up to the Ts&Cs, they apply to your business immediately.  

There is mention of SWNZ fees in the document. I thought I don’t have to pay a SWNZ membership fee anymore?

Currently, all levy-paying members do not have to pay a separate SWNZ membership fee – for the SWNZ membership year ending June 2021, your membership fees are paid for by your levy money, which includes the cost of audits. Non-levy payers will be invoiced for SWNZ membership fees as per the summary of fees on the website for vineyards and wineries 

Can my spray diary be in any format I want?

All spray diaries must be submitted to SWNZ electronically either through GrapeLink or another approved electronic spray diary programme that is compatible with GrapeLink. If you are using a different electronic spray diary programme, it must integrate with GrapeLink so that your spray diary data can be automatically sent to GrapeLink for compliance processing.  

What happens if I don’t consent to these Ts&Cs?

If you are applying to certify a new vineyard, winery, bottling facility or brand with SWNZ, or if you are renewing your SWNZ membership, you must consent to these Ts&Cs. Any member that does not consent to these Ts&Cs will not be able to gain certification for the 2022/2023 season.  

I’ve been a member of SWNZ for years, why do I have to agree to the Ts&Cs now?

This document has been created to clarify how the SWNZ programme operates. It confirms what we expect from SWNZ members as well as what SWNZ members can expect from NZW under the programme. It is also important to demonstrate the integrity of the programme 

What do I do if I think someone is breaching the Ts&Cs?

You can let us know, by emailing SWNZ Programme Manager Meagan Littlejohn If the breach relates to criminal activity, then NZW may report it to the relevant regulator. There is also a misconduct process in the rules; however, corrective actions will not ordinarily follow that process.  

I use a contractor to help manage my vineyard/winery – what happens if my contractor breaches the SWNZ Ts&Cs?

The Ts&Cs have been drafted to reflect that SWNZ certification/membership is attached to the property/facility (i.e., it is the winery / vineyard / bottling facility that gains SWNZ certification and is a “SWNZ Member”). While it may be challenging at times, it is important for SWNZ Members to be aware that they may be ultimately responsible for the actions and/or omissions of any employees, contactors or agents they bring onto site. This is not an unusual position (e.g., PCBU’s are responsible for the actions of others in a health and safety context). NZW encourages all SWNZ Members to think carefully about how their contracts are formulated, particularly if the Member is contracting for something that, if not done appropriately, could harm the SWNZ Member’s prospects of SWNZ certification. We note that if a breach was to occur and, following an investigation, it was apparent that the breach was the result of the actions of a contractor, that would be considered by NZW when determining what action to take against the SWNZ Member.

I have other questions about the Terms and Conditions not covered here.

If you have any other questions you can contact the SWNZ team.  NZW will also be hosting a webinar to answer questions about the Ts&Cs in May 2022. 

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