Planning and Development

Planning and Development

Orchard Planning and Development

Our team is happy to help provide you with expert advice on your orchard for any future development you may require. From T-bar to pergola, locating shelter belts, new orchard plantings or grafting to a new variety. Call our Grower Services team for a friendly chat, we will be glad to come visit your orchard and provide advice as part of our free service to you.

New Variety Consultation

Embracing the excitement of new varieties, our Orchard Managers are versatile, innovative and relish adapting to the changes that new varieties bring to our growers and to the industry. New variety conversion, grafting techniques, vine management or spray advice are all in a day’s work for our grower services team, as is part of our drive to be the top performers within this new chapter of the Kiwifruit industry.

Geoff and Marie Bright

Friendly Team, Consistent High Quality

"The friendly team at Hume Pack-N-Cool have provided constant help and encouragement in our orchard development. In particular, this year they have been instrumental in ensuring that our orchard practice and growing environment is of consistent high quality."

Geoff and Marie Bright, Hume Pack-N-Cool Ltd Growers

Your Key Contacts:

Simon Bowker
Simon Bowker

Contact Details

Simon Bowker

Commercial Manager

Phone: 07 549 1011 ext 239
Mobile: 027 573 8333
Email: simon@humepack.co.nz

Starting out in the industry in 2006 working for a private growing, packing and coolstore company I caught the kiwifruit bug and haven’t looked back.  To grow my understanding I completed a Certificate in Horticulture Level 4, Diploma in Horticulture with Lincoln University, Fruit Production for Profit at the BOP Polytech and the Hort NZ Leadership program in 2015.

In recent years I have worked as an Orchard Manager with Humes before Heading over to Te Puke managing orchards. Now with a young family my partner and I have returned to Katikati for the lifestyle and this has lead me back to Humes where I am enjoying expanding my industry knowledge and experience as Commercial Manager. It has been great to be able to bring my field experience to this role and I look forward to the challenges ahead.

Maria Thorn
Maria Thorn

Contact Details

Maria Thorn

Grower Services Manager

Phone: 07 549 1011 ext 205
Mobile: 021 333 472
Email:   maria@humepack.co.nz

After studying Food Science at Otago University, I worked in the Dairy Industry, there completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Technology.  Returning to work from having a family I purchased an orchard in 1997, working the orchard led to involvement with post-harvest facilities where my experience has been in all aspects of the business. In 2002 I joined the Hume Pack-N-Cool Ltd team, where today my focus is on ensuring our growers have all they need to successfully contribute in our Industry.

Alistair Grant
Alistair Grant

Contact Details

Alistair Grant

Orchard Operations Manager

Phone: 07 549 1011 ext 206
Mobile: 022 380 1638
Email: alistair@humepack.co.nz

After completing a degree in Agriculture at Massey University Alistair moved to Te Puke and spent four years working for Turners and Growers as an export rep. While there he experienced the highs and lows of the industry including multiple desk selling and the 87 share market crash.

Returning from an extensive 2 year OE, he re-entered the kiwifruit industry working on orchards in Te Puke.

Marriage, two children and a twenty five year career growing commercial roses has once again seen a return to kiwifruit…………

The industry today presents a far bigger, more complex and dynamic environment and Alistair welcomes the challenges and opportunities it presents.

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