ABOUT US

NZKGI was formed following the downturn in the kiwifruit industry in 1993 to give growers their own organisation to develop a secure and stable kiwifruit industry. NZKGI represents kiwifruit growers and gives growers their own voice in industry and government decision making.

NZKGI FORUM

The NZ Kiwifruit Growers Forum consists of 17 Regional representatives, 1 Maori Forum Representative and 9 Supply Entity Representatives. Forum members are elected every three years by all kiwifruit growers via a postal ballot. The Forum members in turn elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Executive Committee.

Name Location Email Portfolio
Karen Pickford Northland

Email Karen

Communications, Industry Stability, Performance

 

Monty Spencer Auckland

Email Monty

External Relations, Performance

 

Mark Gardiner Waikato

Email Mark

Performance

Peter Blair Waihi/Coromandel

Email Peter

Communications

Andrew Dawson Katikati

Email Andrew

External RelationsLabour & Education

Sean Carnachan Katikati

Email Sean

Labour & Education

Mike Smith Tauranga

Email Mike

Communications

Whetu Rolleston Tauranga

Email Whetu

External Relations, Industry Stability

 

Helen Allan Te Puke

Email Helen

Industry Stability, Labour & Education

 

Simon Cook Te Puke

Email Simon

External Relations

Tammy Hill Te Puke

Email Tammy

CommunicationsLabour & Education

 

Ross Bawden Te Puke

Email Ross

External Relations

Nick Woolsey Whakatane

Email Nick

Performance

Chris Anstis Opotiki

Email Chris

Communications, Performance

Tim Tietjen Poverty Bay

Email Tim

External Relations

Jens Liesebach Hawkes Bay/Lower North Island

Email Jens

External Relations

Paul Thomas South Island

Email Paul

Labour & Education

Mark Mayston Grower Entity - Apata

Email Mark

Industry StabilityLabour & Education

Tony Leicester Grower Entity - DMS

Email Tony

Communications, Peformance

Robert Humphries Grower Entity - Eastpack

Email Robert

Communications, External RelationsPerformance

Karen Roche Grower Entity - G6

Email Karen

Performance

Jessica Smith Grower Entity - Iwi

Email Jessica

External RelationsIndustry Stability

Phil Jones Grower Entity - Less than 4%

Email Phil

Communications, Performance

Sally Gardiner Grower Entity - MPAC

Email Sally

Performance

Mike Butcher Grower Entity - OPAC

Email Mike

External Relations

Louise Peters Grower Entity - Seeka

Email Louise

Labour & Education, Performance

Debbie Robinson Grower Entity - Trevelyan's

Email Debbie

Industry Stability, Performance

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee supports the staff to carry out the day-to-day affairs of NZKGI in accordance with its aims and objectives and to ensure the delivery of transparent, robust, useful and timely reporting to growers.

NZKGI STAFF MEMBERS

NZKGI staff manage the day-to-day activity to support growers across the following six key portfolios: Labour and Education, Performance, Industry Stability, Communications, Organisational Management and External Relations.

COLIN BOND | Chief Executive

Colin’s role as CEO is responsible for leading NZKGI to deliver its mission of advocating, protecting, and enhancing the commercial and political interests of New Zealand kiwifruit growers. Colin also manages the Industry Stability portfolio.

MIKE MURPHY  | Communications Manager

Mike’s central role is to manage the Communications Portfolio which focuses on communication to and for New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers. He also manages special projects and oversees the Organisation Portfolio.

MARGOT COTTER | Performance & Supply Manager

Margot is responsible for developing and implementing independent monitoring activities and analysis to assist growers in having access to consistent, accurate and easy to understand data on industry performance including Zespri. Margot’s responsibilities include the management of the Performance portfolio.

SARAH CAMERON | Senior Policy Analyst

As NZKGI’s senior policy analyst, Sarah Cameron is responsible for consulting with stakeholders and other agencies as well as providing analysis, research and advice on policy changes. Sarah’s responsibilities involve the management of the External Relations portfolio which includes health and safety.

GAVIN STAGG | Labour Coordinator

Gavin’s appointment is a key part of the NZKGI’s Labour recruitment strategy. He is excited by the initiatives already underway and the opportunities to build a collaborative response to the labour demands. Gavin is responsible for managing seasonal recruitment initiatives in conjunction with growers, contractors and packhouses to ensure as much as possible is done to meet the sector’s worker requirements.

DI HOLLOWAY | Education Coordinator

Education is critical for addressing the forecast shortage in skilled people needed as our industry grows. As the NZKGI Education Coordinator, Di is working with schools, training providers, and industry organisations to highlight the many and varied pathways available for students to enter the industry and build exciting careers in Horticulture.

TANYA VICKERS | Executive Assistant