Our people are the heart of everything we do. Our culture is hardworking, loyal, open and collaborative; and built on talent and experience. We are a unique team with a fearless sense of possibility and the freedom to challenge convention.

To meet the needs of our clients and support our people to continue to grow and develop, investment in learning and development is an ongoing commitment from our leadership.

 

Abbie Stewart

Abbie Stewart

Customer Service

Abbie has been working with the Customer Service team since 2015, spending the bulk of her time liaising with clients on plant availability and delivery of orders. Abbie has excellent communication skills, and has an easy-going friendly nature makes her a valuable member of the team.

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Amos Currie

Amos Currie

Palmerston North Operations and Dispatch Manager

Amos has worked with Kauri Park since 2014, running the operations and dispatch in the Palmerston North branch. In the peak season Amos has up to eight staff under his direction, servicing mainly the South Island and the lower North. Amos has an easy-going nature, and is an asset to the team.

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Andrew Cashmore

Andrew Cashmore

Account Manager/Estimator

Having worked in estimating sector of Kauri Park for over seven years Andrew heads up our team of five estimators. Along with and in-depth plant knowledge, Andrew has excellent project management skills and has been directly involved with many of the country’s largest civil and environmental restoration projects.

Andrew manages many of our key accounts, and has great rapport with our clients.

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Andrew Wearmouth

Andrew Wearmouth

Manuka Development / Estimator

Andrew Wearmouth has a horticultural and plant breeding background. He has previously been involved in a Calla breeding program which was later sold to Hobaho. Andrew specializes in the Manuka sector of Kauri Park, and heads up the testing and selection program. Andrew has been involved in the Manuka industry for over five years, and has a wealth of knowledge to share.

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Braden Cashmore

Braden Cashmore

Account Manager/Estimator

Braden started his time at Kauri Park running the operations, so has a good knowledge of the whole nursery process. As well as commercial landscaping and revegetation/wetland plantings, Braden is also involved in large scale Manuka plantings for the production of Manuka honey. Braden has been with the company for eight years, and has a lot of experience and knowledge to share.

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Fiona Hoyle

Fiona Hoyle

Customer Service

Fiona joined the Kauri Park team at the end of 2012, beginning in accounts and moving to the customer service role shortly after. Fiona has a passion for service and her goal is to ever improve the experience and satisfaction of our clients. Having also worked closely with production and dispatch Fiona has a good understanding of the whole process.

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Grant Hodges

Grant Hodges

Seed Collector

Grant heads up the seed collection team at Kauri Park. Grant understands the importance of eco-sourcing, and is always working ahead to ensure seed stocks are available from all main ecological regions. Grant has a horticultural background and is an expert in his field.

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Laurie Currie

Laurie Currie

Palmerston North Branch Manager/Estimator

Laurie has worked in the Horticulture industry for over 25 years. He started his career with Midland Hortifulture before starting his own company, Plantworks in 2000. Kauri Park acquired Plantworks in 2010 and we have since developed the Palmerston North branch extensively. Today Laurie is the Branch Manager for Palmerston North managing a team of eight personal, with a primary focus on sales.

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Lorena Walton

Lorena Walton

Admin/Customer Service

Lorena has been with the team since 2014, and is based in our Palmerston North branch. Lorena looks after the admin, she has a positive attitude and is always willing to help.

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Marty Stewart

Marty Stewart

Finance Manager

Marty is a long standing member of the Kauri Park team, as finance manager he is responsible for in house accounting and compliance, monthly reporting and forecasting. Along with this, Marty is also in charge of our IT and systems management, and is the ‘run too’ person to answer technical queries. Marty’s attention to detail and logical thinking adds another strength to the team.

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Melanie van Waveren

Melanie van Waveren

Accounts administrator

Melanie is the newest member of the Kauri Park team, joining our accounts department in 2016.  Originating from Polokwane in South Africa, Mel shifted to New Zealand in 2007 and spent the next 10 years managing accounts with NZ’s largest computer firm Ingram. Along with being extremely efficient and capable Mel has a positive attitude and brings a shot of sunlight to the team.

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Phil Wearmouth

Phil Wearmouth

Director/Business Development

Having a horticultural background and being with the company since 1998, Phil has an extensive knowledge and experience in NZ natives and ecology.

Along with overseeing the day to day business and nursery management, Phil specializes in coordinating environmental and civil projects, ensuring they run smoothly for the client with an excellent result reached.

Phil’s experience and plant advice is invaluable, he is a leader in the industry.

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Raj Kesha

Raj Kesha

Dispatch and Logistics Manager

Raj joined the Kauri Park team in 2016 to take over the role of logistics and dispatch management. In the peak season Raj has more than 15 staff under his direction, and coordinates the dispatch of anywhere between 5 – 8 truckloads of product per day. Raj has a long background with Turners and Growers, and is well equipped for the seasonal demands of the role. Raj has a ‘can-do’ attitude which is another great strength of the team.

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Royston Hodges

Royston Hodges

Production/Nursery Manager

Royston is the overall production and Nursery manager for both the Kaiwaka and Palmerton North operations. From 1996 Royston was managing director of Floranz, producing cut flowers for the Flower industry. Royston joined Kauri Park in 2014 with a wealth of horticultural knowledge and management experience. His focus is on ever improving the quality of plants produced, at the same time as producing the large volumes the industry requires.

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Sam Currie

Sam Currie

Account Manager/Estimator

Sam has worked in the estimating sector of Kauri Park for over five years, servicing mainly the lower North and South Island markets. Sam has an excellent knowledge of these markets and has great rapport with our clients. Sam has worked with many larger projects and has seen many successful results.

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Terry Wearmouth

Terry Wearmouth

Director/Business Development

Being one of Kauri Parks founders Terry is an ideas man and heads up Business Development. Terry is passionate about the environment and how our water and soil quality can be enhanced through biological balance. In 2002 Terry began the direction of Kauri Park along the revegetation and wetland focus. Sister company Waterclean Technologies is one of the environmental stewardship initiatives he has developed.

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Vern Wearmouth

Vern Wearmouth

Director/Business Development

Vern has a horticultural background and has been with the company since 1996. Vern has more than 30 staff under his administration, his knowledge and experience enables him to effectively mentor the staff and develop skills within the corporation.

Vern heads up the Manuka division, providing expert advice to both land owners, beekeepers and other corporations involved in the industry.

Vern has a high standard of quality in all areas and is an expert in the business management and nursery field.

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Zoe Person

Zoe Person

Customer Service

Zoe began her career at Kauri Park in the accounts department, and moved to join the Customer service team in 2016. As part of the customer service team Zoe is there to help. From advising on plant availability through to planning your delivery with you, she works right alongside you making sure you are satisfied at every step of the process. Zoe has an eye for detail and ensures a smooth run.

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