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Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower
PO Box 4246
Mount Maunganui South 3149

 

 

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PO Box 4246
Mount Maunganui South 3149
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0800 232 505

2018 Contestants

  Aaron Wright   Regional Manager- EastPack, Te Puke  27 year old Aaron is a Regional Manager at EastPack Prospa based in Te Puke.  Growing up on a kiwifruit orchard, Aaron developed a passion for horticulture at a young age and has earnt a degree in Horticulture from Massey University.  Prior to his current role, Aaron spent four years managing a large portfolio of orchards. He now manages the Te Puke Prospa Orchard Management team, the Prospa Spray Division Team and 30ha of kiwifruit. In 2017, Aaron fulfilled a childhood dream and now owns his own kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke.

Aaron Wright

Regional Manager- EastPack, Te Puke

27 year old Aaron is a Regional Manager at EastPack Prospa based in Te Puke.  Growing up on a kiwifruit orchard, Aaron developed a passion for horticulture at a young age and has earnt a degree in Horticulture from Massey University.  Prior to his current role, Aaron spent four years managing a large portfolio of orchards. He now manages the Te Puke Prospa Orchard Management team, the Prospa Spray Division Team and 30ha of kiwifruit. In 2017, Aaron fulfilled a childhood dream and now owns his own kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke.

  Danni van der Heijden   Avocado Services- Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool, Te Puke  24 year old Danni works in Avocado services at Treveleyan’s, based in Tauranga.  She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Danni’s responsibilities at Trevelyan’s include grower technical support, data analysis and reporting, mapping, undertaking research trials and avocado nursery support. At Trevelyan’s, her role has seen her use data and technology in new ways to help growers which she finds hugely rewarding. Danni is passionate about coming up with new ideas to move her team forward and enjoys the thrill of taking on new challenges.

Danni van der Heijden

Avocado Services- Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool, Te Puke

24 year old Danni works in Avocado services at Treveleyan’s, based in Tauranga.  She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Danni’s responsibilities at Trevelyan’s include grower technical support, data analysis and reporting, mapping, undertaking research trials and avocado nursery support. At Trevelyan’s, her role has seen her use data and technology in new ways to help growers which she finds hugely rewarding. Danni is passionate about coming up with new ideas to move her team forward and enjoys the thrill of taking on new challenges.

  Hamish McKain   Avocado Manager/ Production Manager- DMS, Te Puna  27 year old Hamish works as a manager in both Kiwifruit production and Avocado harvest for DMS based in Te Puna.  Hamish has a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Marketing and Human Resources from the University of Waikato.  Having grown up surrounded by the horticulture industry, Hamish has always had a passion for horticulture and is currently part of a team working to change Health and Safety culture for the benefit of staff and contractors. Hamish is excited about what the future holds within such a rapidly developing industry.

Hamish McKain

Avocado Manager/ Production Manager- DMS, Te Puna

27 year old Hamish works as a manager in both Kiwifruit production and Avocado harvest for DMS based in Te Puna.  Hamish has a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Marketing and Human Resources from the University of Waikato.  Having grown up surrounded by the horticulture industry, Hamish has always had a passion for horticulture and is currently part of a team working to change Health and Safety culture for the benefit of staff and contractors. Hamish is excited about what the future holds within such a rapidly developing industry.

  Levi Smith   Assistant Production Manager- Trinity Lands Ltd.  22 year old Levi works as an Assistant Production Manager at Trinity Lands Kiwifruit Orchard based in Maketu. Levi has been working towards a diploma in horticulture through Lincoln University and will graduate this coming April. At Trinity Lands Kiwifruit Orchard, Levi is responsible for a range of activities including canopy management, team management and machine operations. Having been raised on a dairy farm and switching to horticulture in 2013, Levi is thoroughly invested in the industry and strives to find new ways to improve overall production and job satisfaction for both himself and his co-workers.

Levi Smith

Assistant Production Manager- Trinity Lands Ltd.

22 year old Levi works as an Assistant Production Manager at Trinity Lands Kiwifruit Orchard based in Maketu. Levi has been working towards a diploma in horticulture through Lincoln University and will graduate this coming April. At Trinity Lands Kiwifruit Orchard, Levi is responsible for a range of activities including canopy management, team management and machine operations. Having been raised on a dairy farm and switching to horticulture in 2013, Levi is thoroughly invested in the industry and strives to find new ways to improve overall production and job satisfaction for both himself and his co-workers.

  Rishi Preet Singh   Orchard Manager- Seeka Ltd.  28 year old Rishi Preet works as an Orchard Manager for Seeka based in Te Puke. Rishi Preet holds a National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 and a Diploma in Horticulture Level 5. Prior to his management role at Seeka, Rishi Preet began his career as an orchard worker and has been working hard, advancing to a crop management role and then on again to become an Orchard Manager. Rishi Preet also has experience growing Orchids and Avocados and is passionate about growing Kiwifruit plants and passing his knowledge and expertise onto the new staff members that he trains.

Rishi Preet Singh

Orchard Manager- Seeka Ltd.

28 year old Rishi Preet works as an Orchard Manager for Seeka based in Te Puke. Rishi Preet holds a National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4 and a Diploma in Horticulture Level 5. Prior to his management role at Seeka, Rishi Preet began his career as an orchard worker and has been working hard, advancing to a crop management role and then on again to become an Orchard Manager. Rishi Preet also has experience growing Orchids and Avocados and is passionate about growing Kiwifruit plants and passing his knowledge and expertise onto the new staff members that he trains.

  Rochelle   Kerkmeester   Quality Controller- Apata Group Ltd.  26 year old Rochelle works as a Quality Controller at Apata Group Limited based in Te Puna. Rochelle is currently working towards a Level 4 Horticulture Certificate and holds both her Growsafe and Approved Handlers Certificates. Having been born and raised on an orchard, Kiwifruit has always been in Rochelle’s DNA and since 2015 in conjunction with Horticare Services, Rochelle has been managing her family’s orchard which she believes to be her greatest achievement.  Rochelle is constantly looking for new ways to broaden her skill set and implement new techniques to improve orchard practises.

Rochelle Kerkmeester

Quality Controller- Apata Group Ltd.

26 year old Rochelle works as a Quality Controller at Apata Group Limited based in Te Puna. Rochelle is currently working towards a Level 4 Horticulture Certificate and holds both her Growsafe and Approved Handlers Certificates. Having been born and raised on an orchard, Kiwifruit has always been in Rochelle’s DNA and since 2015 in conjunction with Horticare Services, Rochelle has been managing her family’s orchard which she believes to be her greatest achievement.  Rochelle is constantly looking for new ways to broaden her skill set and implement new techniques to improve orchard practises.