Technical Advice and Support

Technical Advice and Support

Technical Advice and Support

At Hume Pack-N-Cool we have decades of combined experience in growing with people that come from various backgrounds, bringing with them vast knowledge and understanding to assist our growers. This coupled with the services, offer our growers a single solution to all their orchard needs.

We offer everything from:

  • Spray programmes
  • Pollination
  • New variety development and management
  • GLOBALGAP/ZESPRIGAP auditing
  • Kiwigreen pest monitoring programme
  • Crop profiling
  • Soil and leaf sampling for analysis
  • Nutrient and production maximisation planning
  • Psa monitoring assistance
  • Maturity testing
  • And much more

….our Team has it covered.

We also arrange regular, relevant on-orchard field days and in-house grower discussion meetings as well as other events that aim to provide the best and most up-to-date information to our growers. Click here to see our current events.

Michael & Vanessa Egleton
Michael & Vanessa Egleton

"In September 2011 we bought our lifestyle block in Katikati for the lifestyle it offered; knowing practically nothing about the Hayward orchard that “came with” the house and garden. Our first harvest yielded about a quarter of the orchard’s potential. Through Michael’s employment in the wider Kiwifruit industry, we met some of the Hume Pack-N-Cool team.  Consequently, Humes took over the management of our orchard which resulted in a harvest more than double our previous harvest. 

At this time, Zespri offered a round of G3 Gold licence to Growers.  In spite of our small size, the senior staff at Hume Pack-N-Cool spent time discussing with us the costs and benefits of grafting over to G3.  Since then, Hume staff have helped us not only in securing licence, but also in every step of the way in the conversion process from the orchard’s tired Hayward state to a rather tidy, gold orchard. We are both so grateful to the staff for all they have done for us over the past three years and we look forward to many, many more years with Hume Pack-N-Cool."

Michael & Vanessa Egleton, Hume Pack-N-Cool Ltd Growers.

Your Key Contacts:

Daniel Meehan
Daniel Meehan

Contact Details

Daniel Meehan

Orchard Manager

Phone:  07 549 1011 ext 236
Mobile:  021 280 1924
Email:  daniel@humepack.co.nz

I have been involved in both the Kiwifruit and Viticulture Industries for the past 15 years, the last seven years directly with managing Kiwifruit orchards in the Western Bay of Plenty. I have a degree in Horticultural Science from Massey University. I presently live at Waihi Beach with a young family, and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer.

Blair Morrall
Blair Morrall

Contact Details

Blair Morrall

Orchard Manager

Phone: 07 549 1011 ext 221
Mobile: 027 266 1168
Email: blair@humepack.co.nz

Blair has been in the Kiwifruit industry for 25 years working as an Orchard Manager. Blair also has much experience with avocados as he was an orchard owner of both Kiwifruit and avocados in the past. Blair holds a BOP Diploma in Horticulture Management.

Blair is married with 3 adult children, all schooled in Katikati. He has 6 grandchildren and enjoys spending time with his family. His wide range of interests include; rugby, surfing, hunting, fitness and cricket.

 

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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