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”.
Grant started with Orangewood in 2009. He has a degree in horticulture and has worked in the industry since 1985.
Grant works closely with our growers providing them with onsite technical training. Most days he can be found walking the orchards checking growth and making suggestions to help improve crops.
Grant is originally from Golden Bay in Nelson but moved to Kerikeri to work for us. He enjoys cricket and rugby and is also a keen gardener.
His favourite saying is unprintable… suffice to say he has a sense of humour!
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!”
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.
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.
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!”