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.

Your Key Contacts:

Aimee Barker-Gilbert
Aimee Barker-Gilbert

Contact Details

Aimee Barker-Gilbert

Technical & Communications Manager

Mobile 021 895 415
Email: aimee.barker-gilbert@humepack.co.nz

I was born and raised in the North King Country on a sheep and beef farm before moving to Katikati in early 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 husband and I live in Katikati and when we're not knee deep in the Kiwifruit world we are busy making memories with our two young kids. 

Malc Douglas
Malc Douglas

Contact Details

Malc Douglas

Business Development Manager

Mobile 027 301 9460
Email: malcolm.douglas@humepack.co.nz

Born in Hamilton, I got a touch of the “bogan” before forging a 25 year career in horticulture – from the wine industry to retail business management to kiwifruit grower services.

Professionally, I’m all about relationships and engagement. “Teamwork makes the dreamwork” or some other such fluffy phrase.  

Hobbies include prying my son off playstation, (“before being involved in kiwifruit harvest”) hunting and fishing and all manner of craft alcohol, single malts and fine wine appreciation.



Alistair Grant
Alistair Grant

Contact Details

Alistair Grant

External Operations Manager

Mobile: 022 380 1638
Email: alistair.grant@humepack.co.nz

After completing a degree in Agriculture at Massey University, I moved to Te Puke and spent four years working for Turners and Growers as an export rep. During that time I 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, I 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 I welcome the challenges and opportunities it presents.



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