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Striving for Consistency

Striving for Consistency

Even when Maria Watchorn isn’t in her avocado orchard, she’s thinking about the health of her trees. Sitting down with her at her Prole Rd home in Omokoroa, her ears prick up and she quietly asks her husband Andrew if an irrigator has been switched off in a nearby block. It’s this attention to detail before the interview begins...
Young growers diversify in the Far North

Young growers diversify in the Far North

Taking on a neglected avocado orchard is a challenge for any grower. Combine that with devastating storm damage and you have even more hard work in front of you. But a young Far North couple are taking it all in their stride. With youth and energy in abundance, Maria and Diego Fathollahi look out across their Houhora orchard and feel confident...
From Bucharest high rises to Apata and avocados

From Bucharest high rises to Apata and avocados

For Andreea Misescu and her family, Bucharest now seems like another world. Romania’s capital city, with its high density high-rise apartment living and almost two million residents, is a far cry from Apata in the Western Bay of Plenty, population in the hundreds. But the transition from Eastern Europe to a peninsula on the edge of the...
Avocados now the light of couple's lives

Avocados now the light of couple's lives

A light has been switched on in the lives of Te Puna avocado orchardists Dion Braden and Tracey Lougheed. Not only are they now enjoying a ‘lighter’ life in the Bay of Plenty, but they are using the power of the sun to improve production at the 5 ½ ha orchard they purchased almost a year ago. The couple’s experience with...
Hard work reaps rewards

Hard work reaps rewards

It’s with a great deal of pride that Robin opens up a photo album and starts flicking through the pages. He pauses to reflect on images showing nothing more than a sloping paddock and a lonely, white weather beaten house near the top of a hill. “That’s all there was to start with,” he says. “A single house on a big...
Achieving profitable crops year after year

Achieving profitable crops year after year

Having notched up more than three decades in the avocado industry, Brian and Jan Robinson know a thing or two about how to get the best out of their trees. The Katikati couple have consistently grown large volumes of avocados for export, proving it’s possible to achieve profitable crops year after year. This season, in what is a record...
Frank takes dynamic approach to pruning

Frank takes dynamic approach to pruning

Te Puna avocado grower Frank Baggenstos has been experimenting with methods to bring the best out of his avocado trees for the past 20 years or so, and he says he’s still learning. He has long been recognised as an innovator in the industry, having started annual pruning long before it became the norm. Such was his commitment to the...
Orchardist finds his passion later in life

Orchardist finds his passion later in life

At almost 70, Neil Thompson should be gearing up for retirement, but instead he wants to focus on a new career. The electrical contractor is looking forward to giving up work – so he can spend more time in his avocado orchard. Neil got into growing avocados later in life, planting 1400 trees eight to nine years ago in Motutangi, in the...
Journalist has the 'write stuff' for avocado growing

Journalist has the 'write stuff' for avocado growing

As an agricultural journalist, Hugh Stringleman felt it was time to get out of Auckland and move to the country. Inspired by a friend with an avocado orchard in Maungatapere, Northland, Hugh and wife Noelene bought land in the same location in 2002 and made the shift in 2004. “Our friends had taken on and renovated a mature orchard, and...
Pruning will pay dividends

Pruning will pay dividends

Mike Dillon has always been fond of chainsaws, so he is pleased that he has developed a forte for avocado tree pruning that has made him one of the best in the business. By his own admission, he tends to prune a lot heavier and more ruthlessly than others. His motto is: “If in doubt, cut it out”. “The focus is on removing wood...
Mother nature knows best

Mother nature knows best

If there’s one thing that John Cotterell has learned in 15 years of growing avocados, is that Mother Nature has the final say. “As a grower, you can try your best to get your timing right and manage everything to the enth degree but you can only have so much influence on things. The weather plays a big part in the final...

A change for the better

A Change for the better Born with a green thumb, Matthew Heller spent most of his working life growing tomatoes in commercial greenhouses. But after 25 years, he decided it was time for a change, opting to buy a small avocado orchard near Katikati. It’s a decision he and his wife Helen have never regretted. “When you operate...
Jack packs a punch in the avocado industry

Jack packs a punch in the avocado industry

  As a marine engineer, Jack Crozier was away at sea a lot, but he was always keen to get back to his avocado orchard at Wright’s Rd, Aongatete, 18km from Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. He had got into the industry because he thought it would need less management time than other production crops, but he soon turned it into a full-time...
Passion runs deep

Passion runs deep

  Raised by a strong Italian family, Maria Watchorn couldn’t help being swept up by the love for horticulture shared by her father and two uncles after a successful 18 years in the banking Industry. “My family grew a lot of vegetables. It’s incredible how much a child can learn by osmosis. Growing up, you’re just...

Environmental background a bonus

Grower of the Year for the second year running, Ian Fulton talks about his secrets to success. Ian Fulton might have been judged The Team Avocado Trust’s best grower two years in a row, but that doesn’t stop him feeling the pressure at picking time. “I let out a big sigh of relief as soon as the last of our bins are loaded...
Eternal Student

Eternal Student

After more than 40 years in the industry, Ron Bailey says his work’s never complete with a lesson around every corner. Despite his formidable 40-year track record in the avocado industry, Ron Bailey still struggles with accepting that he knows a thing or two about his trade. His humble open mindedness and determination to continually...

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