2015 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Growers
Orchard Gang Supervisor
Onyx Horticulture Limited
30 year old Reuben is an Orchard Gang Supervisor with Onyx Horticulture Ltd and also Director of Dataphyll Ltd - a start-up developing software and hardware for the horticulture industry. Reuben has a Bachelor of Science majoring in microbiology from Massey University and a Masters in Science majoring in cell and molecular bioscience from Victoria University. He has a strong science background, particularly in biosecurity, testing, and diagnostics.
Baygold Staff Supervisor
21 year old Courtenay is a Staff Supervisor at Baygold Ltd. Courtenay has a Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture and a broad understanding of the kiwifruit industry which stems from growing up on a kiwifruit orchard and being immersed in the culture from a very young age. Courtenay enjoys working with a team of people to achieve a common goal – to produce the highest quality fruit to the consumer.
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited
25 year old Greg is a Production Manager at Seeka Kiwifruit Industries. Greg has completed a Level 4 Certificate in Horticulture and GrowSafe certificate. Three years as a production manager has given Greg excellent team leader and communication skills that can deliver great results under pressure.
Assistant Quality Manager
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries limited
27 year old Samantha is an Assistant Quality Manager at Seeka Kiwifruit Industries. Samantha has a Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Horticulture and a Level 3 Certificate in Orchard Skills. Entering the kiwifruit industry straight out of high school, Samantha has eight years’ experience within various roles. In 2012 Samantha was the Zespri Top Cadet and also competed in last year’s Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition.
Apata Group Limited
28 year old Chris is a Line Manager for Apata Group based in Te Puke. Chris entered the kiwifruit industry in 2008 after studying for a Bachelor of Science majoring in Horticulture at Massey University. He also has a Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management. This is Chris’s third year entering the competition – having placed second for the last two years in a row.
EHC Orchard Management
28 year old Simon is an Orchard Manager for EHC Orchard Management. Simon has a Level 4 Certificate in Horticulture, a Lincoln University Diploma in Horticulture and a Certificate in Fruit Production for Profit from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Simon completed the Horticulture NZ Leadership Programme in 2014 and returns to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition after placing third in last year’s event.
Grower Services Representative and Technical Support
Aongatete Coolstores limited
24 year old Aaron is a grower services representative and technical support person for Aongatete Coolstores. Aaron has studied a Bachelor of Agriscience majoring in Horticulture and completed the 2014 HortNZ Leadership Programme. With a passion for the horticulture industry, Aaron wants to improve the perception of the horticulture industry and encourage ‘new blood’ into the industry.
Apata Group Limited
26 year old Craig has been a Technical Advisor with Apata for three years. Craig has Bachelor of Applied Science in Horticulture from Massey University and a Post-Graduate Diploma of AgriScience in Horticulture. Born and bred on a farm and orchard near Katikati, Craig also competed in last year’s competition and described the experience as a great way to network with others in the industry.