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.

 

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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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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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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John Wearmouth

John Wearmouth

Founder

John is the founder of Kauri Park Nurseries, having a horticultural background he decided to use his ability of growing high-quality plants and turn it into a business. John has been in the horticultural industry for more than 55 years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. Along with his sons, he has turned the company into a very successful business with over 50 positive and enthusiastic employees working for him.

For the last ten years John has concentrated on the seed collection side of Kauri Park, this is the life blood of the business – with no seeds there are no plants.  Although his sons run the business now, John still has the controlling hand over it and the keen interest as he always has.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith

Customer Service

Shelley came on board with Kauri Park at the end of 2017, being the newest member of the team, she brings fresh light and ideas to share. Shelley has a keen-to-learn attitude and has a high level of efficiency. Shelley has joined the Customer service sector of Kauri Park, we look forward to working alongside her in the coming years.

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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 joined 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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Regan Wearmouth

Regan Wearmouth

Beekeeper

Regan heads up the growing beekeeping operation run by Kauri Park. Regan along with another co-worker beekeeper currently manage 700 hives, and plan to grow this number again in the future. Regan is a high-powered, enthusiastic and energetic individual meaning he can keep up with the demands of the beekeeping trade.

Having worked alongside experienced beekeepers for many years during his school holidays Regan has an excellent knowledge of the industry and is a great asset to the team.

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