Orchard Services

Orchard Services

Orchard Services

Whatever varieties you have, Hayward (HW), Gold3 (G3/GA) or Sweet Green (HE14), our team will take care of each block in its stage of development from new growth to mature vines.

Our orchard management and orchard leasing options are designed to work for you. Read more about these options below.

Orchard Management

When you choose us to manage your orchard, an Orchard Manager will take time to assess your orchard, discuss your individual needs and together with you will develop a management plan tailored for you and your orchard.

Your plan will be specific to your orchard needs, focusing on goals to maximise the full producing potential of your orchard and with it, profitable returns. Each plan will come with a working budget and operational and spraying strategies.

Your Orchard Manager will meet with you regularly to discuss on-orchard activities, allowing you to be informed and updated but giving you the flexibility to have as much or as little input as you like.

Orchard Leasing

When you sign on for Orchard Leasing, Hume Pack-N-Cool will carry out all functions on your orchard ensuring areas such as:

  • Vine and soil nutrient management
  • Psa management
  • Spray programme
  • Shelter belt maintenance
  • Fertiliser and weed spraying
  • GLOBALGAP compliance
  • Pollination
  • Frost protection and more are administered timely following best practices.

The best part is that you retain ALL profits!

Orchard Leasing reduces growers' exposure to risk by utilising the knowledge and expertise of our Grower Services team, who will care for your orchard over the lifetime of the lease.

Our Orchard Managers will outline orchard leasing budgets with costs of operations, performance monitoring and financial reporting. Our Orchard Gate Return (OGR) for our lease growers has been extremely attractive over the years and our leasing option provides growers new to the industry an easy entry into the learning curve of owning a Kiwifruit orchard.

For experienced orchardists, orchard leasing allows you the peace of mind that your orchard will be cared for by the experienced Hume Pack-N-Cool orchard team. 

Orchard Assistance

Need some help? Perhaps you might be an orchardist that is in need of assistance for certain on-orchard activities? It may be for carrying out a spraying programme, winter pruning or soil nutrient advice, labour staff needed; whatever your requirement, we are happy to help. Our Orchard Managers are ready to provide advice and a plan of action.

Mark & Kerry Hurrell
Mark & Kerry Hurrell

Good Relationship, Maximising Performance

“I have an enthusiastic orchard manager who assists us with vine management. Having a good relationship with someone you trust your orchard with is crucial to maximising the performance of your orchard. I know Hume Pack-N-Cool Ltd will follow through from picking our fruit. I was just as impressed with the technology they have in their packhouse and coolstorage facility."

Mark & Kerry Hurrell, Hume Pack-N-Cool Ltd Growers

Your Key Contacts:

Aimee Barker-Gilbert
Aimee Barker-Gilbert

Contact Details

Aimee Barker-Gilbert

Grower Services Manager

Phone: 07 549 1011 Ext 218
Mobile 021 895 415
Email: aimee@humepack.co.nz

I was born and raised in the North King Country on a sheep and beef farm before moving to Katikati at the start of 2015. I have been involved in the kiwifruit industry ever since, working in both the orchard and post-harvest operations throughout the year.

I have a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of Canterbury and completed the Level 2 National Certificate in Horticulture through Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology. 

My partner and I live in sunny Athenree with our Japanese Spitz, Zuko and in January 2021 we welcomed our son Dash into the world. 

Darshan Singh
Darshan Singh

Contact Details

Darshan Singh

External Operations Manager

Phone: 07 549 1011 Ext 234
Mobile 027 365 5365
Email: darshan@humepack.co.nz

Since the age of 8, I have called Katikati home! While studying at Katikati college I worked weekends and after school on the line, packing fruit at Hume Pack-N-Cool. In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from AUT University. After graduation, I spent four years as an electrical engineer in Christchurch and Tauranga, working on some high-profile buildings. Our family has always been connected to the kiwifruit industry. At the start of 2018, I made the move over and started working in the kiwifruit industry as a grower services representative for another post harvest facility. With our family operation in kiwifruit, I have been around the industry for a long time and what a wonderful time to be a part of it.

I love the opportunities this industry has to offer. I enjoy working with people towards a common goal. To further develop my skills and capabilities, I am in the process of completing my MBA from Otago University. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, golf in particular, and spending time with my wife and parents.


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.

Pete McGowan
Pete McGowan

Contact Details

Pete McGowan

Grower Services Representative

Phone: 07 549 1011
Mobile: 0273 741 190 
Email:   pete.mcgowan@humepack.co.nz

I was born in Tauranga sometime way back in the 1960’s and am a mad keen fisherman, hunter, and photographer. My working life revolved around practically all aspects of the kiwifruit industry. In 2011, PSA forced a rethink of my future and I began studying geology extramurally at Massey University. Graduating with a MSc in hydrogeology, I spent 4 years working as a hydrogeologist, but the consulting life was just not for me. My greatest achievement in life is simply living long enough to experience the joy grandchildren bring (or perhaps was it catching my 229 kg Bluefin Tuna?).

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