Horticulture, Horticultural Consultant, Director

Steve brings over 20 years experience to his pipfruit and kiwifruit consultancy clients. He provides intensive orchard consultancies, working with clients on a fortnightly basis discussing issues such as:

  • Orchard management
  • Pruning
  • Thinning
  • Harvest management
  • Pest and disease management
  • Financial planning
  • Staff management

His strong financial management skills also provide financial planning and monitoring, budgeting, performance analysis and purchase appraisals for a range of clients.

Steve is involved in economic analysis on an industry level, managing the MAF Nelson Pipfruit monitoring data collection and commentary report. He is also currently managing a 3 year MAF Sustainable Farming Fund project on “Enhancing Dry Matter of Nelson Kiwifruit”, and has contributed to a wide range of projects, including two reports for ENZA “New Zealand pipfruit production – financial analysis for the year ending 1995” and “New Zealand pipfruit variety performance 1996”, repeated in 1998.

AgFirst Motueka has established independent laboratory services and Steve runs a Zespri approved Independent Kiwifruit Dry Matter laboratory in Motueka that provides maturity clearances to all Nelson kiwifruit growers.

Steve also works as an crop loss insurance assessor for kiwifruit and apples across the Nelson Region.

Other areas of expertise include:

  • Established and ran pipfruit pruning courses for long-term unemployed WINZ clients in Nelson.
  • Attended two International Kiwifruit Symposiums, Rotorua in 2006 and Greece in 1995.
  • Completed a study trip to Japan in 1991 to investigate green tea production – sponsored by MAF.