Board Members

The format of our email addresses is firstname.lastname@hortnz.co.nz. For example use 'julian.raine' and then '@hortnz.co.nz'

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Julian Raine

President and Chairman of Directors

03 547 5338
021 443 993

Roles in industry:

  • Pipfruit and berryfruit grower for 30 years in the Nelson region.
  • Director, New Zealand Boysenberry Council
  • Chairman, NZ Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust
  • Trustee, Massey Lincoln Agricultural Industry Trust

Business:

  • Director, Wai-West Horticulture Ltd
  • Director, Hinetai Hops Ltd
  • Chairman, Berryfruit Export NZ Ltd
  • Manager, Club Tentation New Zealand Ltd
  • Director, Nelson Berryfruit Ltd
  • Director, Cawthron Institute
  • Director, NZ Hops Ltd


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David Kelly

Director

021 144 4365

Roles in industry:

  • Past executive member of the Kerikeri Fruit Growers Society
  • Past executive member of NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI)
  • Inaugural member of the Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council (IAC)
  • Past NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated Northland Representative (1996 to 2010)
  • Current member of the ZESPRI Innovation Advisory Forum (responsible for the procurement of research and formerly the ZESPRI Innovation Board

Business:

  • Kiwifruit and mandarin grower in Kerikeri, Northland
  • Director, Kiwi Gold Management Ltd
  • Director, Orangewood Ltd
  • Director, KFG
  • Director, Kerikeri Irrigation Company
  • Trustee, Orangewood Growers Trust
  • Member of the ZESPRI Innovation Advisory Forum

Study:

  • Bachelor of Horticulture from Massey University
  • Kellogg Rural Leadership Program


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Leon Stallard

Director

027 605 4429

Roles in industry:

  • Trustee of the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust
  • Trustee of the Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers Charitable Trust
  • Ex officio of the Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers Association
  • Member of Lindisfarne College Council, Parent elected Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Hawke’s Bay Primary Producers Round Table
  • Member of the Tutaekuri, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro, Karamu Catchments Stakeholders Group (TANK)
  • Member of the National Horticulture Field Day Executive Committee Member of the Horticulture New Zealand
  • Young Grower Advisory Committee

Business:

  • Pipfruit grower, Hawke’s Bay
  • Trustee, Claremont Trust


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Tony Howey

Director

021 318 441

Roles in industry/community:

  • Orari-Opihi-Pareora (OOP) Zone Committee representative, Environment Canterbury
  • South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce (president)

Business:

  • Vegetable and berryfruit grower, Canterbury
  • Director, Southern Packers
  • Director, Seedlands
  • Director, Grainstor
  • Director, Farmers Mill
  • Director, Ravensdown
  • Director, Ruralco
  • Director, Level Plains Irrigation Co
  • Director, Opuha Water

Study:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Agriculture
  • Nuffield Scholarship
  • Agmardt FAME Scholarship

Awards:

  • Lincoln University Farmer of the Year 
  • FMG Rural Excellence Award


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Barry O'Neil

Director

022 108 7007

Roles in industry:

  • Chief Executive, Kiwifruit Vine Health
  • Director, Bio-Protection Research Centre 
  • Director, Scion Research 
  • Director, Biological Heritage Governance Group
  • Chair, Kiwifruit Biosecurity Steering Group
  • Chair, Psa R&D Steering Group
  • Member of GIA Governance Group

Business:

  • Director of Biosecurity NZ Ltd
  • Bay of Plenty kiwifruit grower

Study:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University

Awards:

  • Recipient of the Massey University Distinguished Achievement Award
  • OIE Gold medal and honorary President


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John Cook

Director

0272 747 445

Roles in industry:

  • Member, Zespri Board Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Zespri Industry Governance Development Program
  • Member, Zespri New Variety Steering Group
  • Member, Zespri Green 14 Product Development Group
  • Member and Founder, Zespri BIGTIK Committee 
  • Initiator of introductory opportunities in Horticulture for Maori youth

Business:

  • Director/Shareholder, Hay Wood Limited
  • Director/Shareholder, Endeavour Kiwi Limited
  • Director/Shareholder, Waimea Kiwi Limited
  • Director, DMS Progrowers Limited
  • Director, Te Puke Economic Development Group
  • Shareholder, Rockit Orchard Limited Partnership 2
  • Shareholder, Zespri Group Limited
  • Developer, Greenfield Kiwifruit Orchards
  • Previous Manager, Kiwifruit Coolstore
  • Manager, Horticulture Packaging Sales

Study:

  • Diploma in Agriculture, Lincoln University
  • Kelloggs Rural Leadership Scholarship


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Bruce Wills

Director

Roles in industry:

  • Chair, NZ Poplar & Willow Research Trust
  • Chair, ApicultureNZ
  • Chair, Primary Growth Partnership P2P(Deer)
  • Trustee, Our Land & Water National Science Challenge(NSC)
  • Trustee, Resilience to Nature’s Challenge’s NSC
  • Trustee, Cape to City
  • Trustee, Motu Economic & Public Policy Research
  • Trustee, Todd Foundation

Business:

  • Director, Trelinnoe Ltd
  • Director, Ravensdown
  • Director, Transfutura International Ltd
  • Director, QEII National Trust


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Hugh Ritchie

Director

Roles in industry:

  • Director /  Chairman of Strategic Research Committee, FAR
  • Chairman / Director, LandWise
  • Board Member, Irrigation NZ
  • Board Member, Process Vegetables NZ
  • Advisory Board member, Waterways
  • Executive Committee member, Federated Farmers - Hawke's Bay

Business:

  • Managing Director, Drumpeel Farms


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Mike Smith

Director

Roles in industry:

  • Executive Committee Member, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
  • Forum Member, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
  • Advisory Forum Member, EastPack Entity Trust
  • Chairman, Green Kiwifruit Growers Association
  • Member, Bay of Plenty Young Fruitgrower Committee
  • Trustee, AgRecovery Foundation

Business:

  • Shareholder/Manager, Welcome Bay Farms Ltd
  • Director/Manager, Net-Man ltd: Kiwifruit Management Company
  • Shareholder, Zespri Group Ltd
  • Shareholder, EastPack Ltd