Here’s a few of the team our growers work most closely with:
Aneldi has a very busy role paying all our staff which can swell into the hundreds during picking season.
Originally from South Africa, Aneldi emigrated to New Zealand with her husband and children in 2017 moving to Kerikeri in December 2020.
The family is loving the lifestyle here and particularly enjoy getting outdoors and going fishing.
When the weather is not conducive, Aneldi enjoys tucking up with a good book
She says her philosophy in life was shaped by her parents’ words of wisdom to “always trust your inner voice”
Fiona takes care of everything relating to recruitment, training, health and safety and personnel. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) majoring in HR at Massey University.
Prior to joining the Orangewood team, Fiona worked as a Resource Manager for Ministry of Business & Innovation for a few years where she managed up to 196 direct reports… so it’s fair to say that dealing with large numbers of personnel is familiar territory.
Fiona grew up in Scotland and originally trained as a Nurse in Edinburgh. She emigrated to NZ in 1986 to take up a position of Theatre Nurse at Auckland Hospital. Ready for a change, she moved into the IT project world in 2000 where she gained resource capability skills and experience.
She and her husband moved to Wellington but relocated to Kerikeri in 2020 where they have enjoyed making the most of our warm climate, paddling the Kerikeri inlets, ocean swimming, mountain biking and running.
Fiona’s favourite saying came from her mother who always said “I may not be right but I am never wrong!”
Laurie started with us part time but took up a full time role in 2010. He schedules all the jobs, staff and equipment so that everyone turns up at the right place, at the right time, ready to do the job (no mean feat when you could be dealing with up to 120 staff during peak season).
Laurie and his wife Pam owned their own orchard for 10 years. He has been in the horticultural industry since 1994 so he has a thorough knowledge of what’s involved and can see things from a grower’s perspective.
He also works well under pressure which may have something to do with the fact that he was with the NZ Police for 23 years. On the rare occasion he gets a bit excited you’re likely to hear him exclaim “Holy Toledo”.
Outside of work he enjoys gardening, woodwork, metalwork and reading.
Pieter is overseeing the construction of the new Wiroa Orchard. Stage 1 of development involves land preparation and planting of 28 Hectares of kiwifruit which will eventually expand to 72 hectares. Pieter will manage the process and staff on behalf of the owner ensuring that all project timelines, standards and budgets are met. He is enjoying the challenge and loves being part of an industry in positive growth.
In addition to extensive orchard experience, Pieter has previously owned his own Citrus Orchard and was Citrus Manager for a Marketing Company for a number of years. His practical experience is backed by industry qualifications and he holds a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from Massey University and a Certificate of Horticulture Practice.
In his downtime Pieter is in to body boarding, working out at the gym and gardening.
Michelle has held a number of positions within Orangewood and this practical, hands-on experience helps her to answer the wide variety of questions she gets as a receptionist.
As well as handling front line enquiries, Michelle assists with recruiting and processes all the paperwork that comes in from the field.
Previous roles include artificial pollination, pruning and a variety of orchard work.
Originally from Te Aroha, Michelle travelled around Australia for some time before moving to Kerikeri in 2010.
When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys fishing, watching rugby, travel and spending time with her children and grandson.
Neil is passionate about optimising storage capacity and effective management of the cooling processes to maintain quality and maximise profits.
He has over 30 year’s management experience including running his own businesses.
Originally from South Africa, Neil moved here at the beginning of 2018.
He plays squash to keep fit and in his spare time Neil enjoys all things outdoors including, fishing, diving, jet skiing and camping.
His positive attitude is reinforced by the belief that “where there is a will, there’s a way!”
Nuku manages the day to day financial requirements of our business and has a strong focus on implementing the financial strategies that are needed to grow our operation. He loves working with numbers, accounts, and business processes, and particularly enjoys helping others to better understand these areas.
Nuku has a Bachelor of Management Studies in Accounting from the University of Waikato and is also a Chartered Accountant.
He has extensive experience providing accounting expertise, guidance, and robust financial support services to local government, the health sector, iwi based organisations, and a variety of other business operations.
Originally from Taumarunui, Nuku has worked in Auckland and spent several years in the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, and Samoa before settling in his wife’s hometown of Kerikeri where they have lived for over 25 years
Nuku enjoys playing tennis, long boarding, the occasional bike ride and visiting his children and grandchildren who are spread across Australasia.
Nuku can often be heard to ask “anything else you want to add?” although that’s rarely in relation to the budget!
Steph has been with us since 2008. She holds a Level 4 Certificate in Horticulture and is also a 2018 HortNZ leadership Programme graduate.
Steph is responsible for the performance of the Packing, Quality and Export operations and systems of Orangewood Ltd. She provides strong leadership to all packhouse staff to support them in carrying out their roles.
Steph forecasts, plans, and coordinates kiwifruit and avocado packing capacities and capabilities vs harvest volumes to ensure that our Grower's fruit is packed as timely as possible, and in the most efficient and effective manner as possible.
Originally from Whakatane, Steph and her partner needed a change from hospitality so bought a van and traveled the country for a year. In 2004 they ended up in the Kerikeri pruning kiwifruit and enjoyed the work so much that they both established careers in horticulture.
When time allows Steph enjoys fishing, gardening and playing with her 3 English Staffies.
Todd ensures the sustainable performance of the company which encompasses a wide variety of tasks including executing the company strategy, day to day management, prioritising staff welfare and advocating on behalf of Northland growers at industry level.
He also ensures the relationships with stakeholders of Orangewood (such as growers and investors) are being upheld with regular communication and collaboration.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting and has worked in the horticulture industry for over 10 years.
He grew up surrounded by horticulture in Hawkes Bay and later Marlborough, moving his own family to Kerikeri about 10 years ago.
Todd loves being outdoors and in his spare time you’ll find him surfing, mountain biking or coaching his kids’ football and cricket teams.
A team player who tackles every task with enthusiasm, Todd can be heard to say “I can do anything but I can’t do everything!”
sending out fortnightly tips and reminders.