Te Tumu Paeroa today announced the suppliers who have won the contracts to build 10 kiwifruit orchards on Māori land in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne over the next 18 months.

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Te Tumu Paeroa today announced the suppliers who have won the contracts to build 10 kiwifruit orchards on Māori land in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne over the next 18 months. This is part of the $30 million investment in the area to convert nearly 90 hectares of semi- and unproductive land into successful grower businesses.

Southern Cross Horticulture in Tauranga won the contracts for plant-supply of the G3 and Hayward kiwifruit vines, and also for orchard construction and establishment. Brown Brothers Drilling based in Hamilton won the contract to drill the irrigation bores needed for the 10 new orchards.

“Our focus is entirely on establishing high-performing kiwifruit orchards on Māori land for the benefit of owners. This land is some of the best horticultural land in New Zealand. We’re proud to be working with highly experienced industry players to create a lasting legacy for generations to come”, said Blair Waipara, Land Development Manager at Te Tumu Paeroa.

Southern Cross Horticulture CEO Andrew Dunstan said, “Our values align with the vision of Te Tumu Paeroa for Māori land and its owners. We’ve already had experience working together to build and establish Whai Orchard on Matakana Island. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of our contribution making a difference to generations of Māori owners to come.” 

Kelly Brown, Company Director of Brown Brothers Drilling, said, “We’re excited to continue to work with Te Tumu Paeroa. We’ve seen the results of the impact high-value horticulture is having in the region over the four generations our business has been operating. We’re bringing to this programme the latest drilling methodologies, local knowledge, and our expertise in the environment and geology.”

Bore drilling and construction of the orchards is set to take place from August this year.

 

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For more information, images, or to arrange an interview: Please contact Sara Passmore at media@tetumupaeroa.co.nz or by telephone on +64 22 4356117.

About the Kiwifruit Mobilisation Programme

In April 2017 Te Tumu Paeroa, in partnership with Quayside Holdings, announced a $30m investment programme to build 10 kiwifruit orchards on Māori land in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne over 18 months. This is the single largest kiwifruit investment ever made on Māori land. Over 90 hectares of semi- and unproductive land will be converted into successful grower businesses for the long-term benefit of owners and their community.

More information about the programme, including drone footage and images of the orchards that have already been established can be found at www.tetumupaeroa.co.nz/about-us/our-programmes-and-projects/kiwifruit-mobilisation-programme

About Te Tumu Paeroa

Te Tumu Paeroa is an independent, professional trustee organisation providing services to Māori land owners. We manage 100,000 hectares of Māori land, 2000 trusts, and over $100m in client funds on behalf of 85,000 owners. Our vision is to support owners to use their land to its fullest potential – creating a legacy for this generation and the generations that follow.

About Southern Cross Horticulture

Southern Cross Horticulture specialises in kiwifruit orchard development with a particular focus on design, construction, and establishment of orchards to achieve large yields of high quality fruit as quickly as possible. The business consists of four specialist teams focused around the key competencies required to develop high quality orchards; nursery production, orchard infrastructure, orchard establishment, and orchard management

 

About Brown Brothers Drilling

Brown Bros (NZ) Ltd is a leading New Zealand drilling company with unmatched capabilities.

Our multidisciplinary teams specialise in many drilling techniques including: Wireline Coring, Reverse Circulation, and Air Core Mineral Exploration, Deep Mud Rotary and Down Hole Hammer Water Wells/Bores, and Geotechnical and Environmental sampling utilizing Direct Push, Hollow Stem Augers, Concentrix, and Wireline Coring.