Here’s a few of the team our growers work most closely with:
Amy has been helping to keep things running smoothly here since 2012. In addition to running reception, Amy does a lot of our recruiting and processes all the paperwork that comes in from the field.
After spending her early years in Whangarei she moved to Auckland before settling in the Far North.
Amy has a wide variety of interests from motorsport and working out at the gym, to shopping and travel.
She has a philosophical outlook on life and her favourite saying is “everything happens for a reason”.
Carl ensures the sustainable performance of the company which encompasses a wide variety of tasks including day to day management, managing grower payments and advocating on behalf of Northland growers at Industry level.
He oversees the operational side of things including crop and maturity estimation, the spray programme and post-harvest operations.
Carl’s been in the industry for 10 years and moved here from Christchurch in 2006 to take up his current position. Prior to that he was extensively involved in the dairy industry where he put his Bachelor of Engineering (chemical and process) to good use.
A keen runner and gardener, Carl also loves spending time with his wife and two boys and assisting their Scouts group.
Known for his positive outlook, you’ll often hear Carl remark “ sure, we can get some roosters to sort that for you!”
Christine has been with us since 1999 and is one of our longest serving team members. She manages the finances, which encompasses a myriad of tasks from invoicing and creditors to paying the staff.
Although born in Helensville, she has lived most of her life in Kerikeri.
Christine is married to Les who is the chief of the local Volunteer Fire Brigade and a lot of her time is spent supporting the brigade.
She doesn’t have a favourite catchphrase but her favourite way to spend any downtime is with her children and grandkids.
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.
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.
Steph holds a Level 4 Certificate in Horticulture and has been with us since 2008. She is responsible for developing and managing Quality Systems in the orchards, packhouse and coolstore, ensuring that we are compliant with current industry standards. She also manages maturity testing in our lab and controls our pest monitoring centre.
Originally from Whakatane, Steph and her partner needed a change from hospitality so bought a van and travelled 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 and gardening. She can often be heard to say “you’re not as daft as you are cabbage looking!”
Todd manages the financial side of our business and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting. He also works alongside our General Manager Carl Muller on strategic direction and handles business development.
Todd has worked in the horticulture industry for over 10 years and has held similar management roles for other pack houses.
His 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!”
Victoria works closely with our growers advising on technical and operational matters and ensuring they receive optimal support and services. She has strong planning and organisational skills and also helps to implement policies and procedures.
Victoria has a Biological Sciences Degree from the University of Auckland and prior to joining Orangewood spent eight years in a maize and sweetcorn breeding and hybrid production company.
Victoria spent her formative years on her family’s farm in Pukekawa in the Waikato District. She and her partner moved to Northland about a year ago. Outside of work Victoria enjoys freediving, spearfishing and anything that involves being outdoors.