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:

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.

 

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