Asparations for success

Asparagus and dairying aren’t industries you think of as working hand-in-hand. But an innovative family has made it work and say the two businesses complement each other nicely. Geoff and Liz Lewis started growing asparagus in 1981 and their business, Tendertips, is now one of the main asparagus producers in the country, supplying major supermarkets and selling through their packhouse ... Read More »

Dave Llewellyn – Fruit grower/contractor

Name – Dave Llewellyn Age – 33 Qualification(s) – School and sixth form certificate, Diploma in Horticulture, Horticulture New Zealand Leadership programme Job possibilities – Have held various roles including lab technician, orchard manager, field representative, technical sales manager, contract labour supervisor and owner-operator. Employer – Self-employed Pay range for first two years – $40-44,999 Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like about this job – Flexibility ... Read More »

Jason Greene – Tomato grower manager

Name – Jason Greene Age – 31 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of applied Science, major in horticulture (Massey University). Job possibilities – Horticulture for me was a very big open book. I like the idea of working with my hands out in the field so production horticulture was the path I picked to follow. Employer – Turners and Growers Pay range for first two years – $30-39,999 ... Read More »

Kevin Withington – Orchard manager

Name – Kevin Withington Age – 32 Qualification(s) – National certificate in horticulture level 4 advanced, Forklift operator and F endorsement, Growsafe certificate and approved handler certificate, Quad-bike safety certificate, Chainsaw safety certificate, First-aid certificate, HorticultureNZ leadership certificates. Job possibilities – These skills would carry over into market gardening, viticulture and nursery work, technical advising in horticulture, working with soils, glasshouse production etc Employer – Hoddys Orchard Pay range for first ... Read More »

Kate Longman – Business analyst

Name – Kate Longman Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Agriculture Commerce Job possibilities – Job possibilities are endless in the primary industries. When you have a background in Ag/Hort through formal training or experience you have transferable skills that are in strong demand by a diverse range of organisations in New Zealand and around the world. Primary industries are crying out for the next ... Read More »

Lara Harrison – Communications co-ordinator

Name – Lara Harrison Age – 38 Qualification(s) – Sixth Form Certificate, Certificate in Office Systems – Manukau Polytechnic, Certificate in media writing. Job possibilities – Communications manager, executive assistant, administration/office management, events organiser, endless opportunities. Employer – Kiwifruit vine health Pay range for first two years – $40-44,999 Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like about this job – I personally learn through writing things ... Read More »

Chrissy Stokes – Orchard Productivity Manager

Name – Chrissy Stokes Age – 31 Qualification(s) – BSc, PGDipSci, both from Massey University Job Possibilities – Heaps. Many of my university classmates have gone on to work in labs in universities around the world and in Crown Research Institutes such as AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, and LandCare Research, some in government departments, and some on the more practical side of things ... Read More »

Robert Humphries – Orchard Productivity Manager

Name – Robert Humphries Age – 34 Qualification(s) – Certificate Level 4 in Horticulture – Otago Polytechnic, Diploma Level 6 in Horticulture – Otago Polytechnic, Studying for Bachelor Agribusiness – Massey University, extramural, Kelloggs Rural Leaders – 2012,  Horticulture NZ Leadership course – 2005 Job Possibilities – Orchard management, Post harvest facility management, Consultancy to growers Employer – Tuhono Whenua Hort Ltd Pay Range for first two years – less ... Read More »