Olives New Zealand

Olives New Zealand Executive Committee 2016

Andrew Taylor – President

oliveculture.harvesting@paradise.net.nz

I have grown horticultural crops such as avocados, kiwifruit, pipfruit and summerfruit for nearly 30 years. In the last 10 years I have provided horticultural advice, harvesting and pruning contract services to the olive industry and now work full time with olives in much of the North Island. I live on a 53 ha property just outside Napier with my wife and two children where we grow olives, apples and graze stock.

I believe a strong Olives New Zealand organisation can provide a platform to enable technical transfer, benchmarking of performance and cohesion on all matters to do with the production of olive products in New Zealand. An additional parameter that I believe is necessary is that Olives New zealand should drive the quality and the virtues of our products.

Craig Leaf-Wright – Vice President and Treasurer

leafy@ihug.co.nz

Leafyridge Olives, situated near Masterton in the beautiful Wairarapa region of New Zealand, is owned and managed by the Leaf-Wright family.

Its location, at the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand, has an ideal climate for producing some of the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world. The trees grow in the stony, free draining soils so typical of the Wairarapa, alongside the Ruamahanga river. The cold, wet winters followed by long, hot and dry summer days are perfect conditions for the olives, resulting in oils with uniquely fresh flavours to gratify even the most discerning palate.

The grove was established in July 1999 with the 31 acres being progressively planted over the following 3 years. The olive grove has 3650 trees comprising varieties from Italy (Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino), France (Picholene) and Spain (Manzanillo, Picual). The olive oils produced by Leafyridge have been consistent medal winners in the NZ Olive Oil Awards. Check out www.leafyridge.co.nz for more information.



Regional Chairs

John Dunlop – Nelson

dunlop@kakarikiolives.co.nz

After semi-retirement from the building industry in Wellington and Queensland, Australia, my wife Helen and myself moved into the area of primary production with the purchase of a 5,000 stock unit farm in the Nelson region. This was followed by the purchase and development of our 3,000 tree olive grove, Kakariki Olives, in 1999, with planting spread over a two year period. The grove consists of mainly Tuscan varieties, with a few Kalamata, Picual and Picholine trees.

I have been involved with our local branch of Olives New Zealand since joining in 2001, and also with Nelson Olives Ltd and Olive Services Nelson Ltd, of which I am a director.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent growers as a member of the executive of Olives New Zealand.

Bob Marshall – Hawke’s Bay

bob@aquiferra.co.nz

After moving from Auckland, my partner Shona and I bought a block of bare land on the edge of the Ngatarawa Triangle in Hawke’s Bay and in 2003 planted a grove of Leccino, Frantoio, Pendolino, Picual and Koroneiki olives.  With only 650 trees we are a small producer, but successfully market our oil (‘Aquiferra’) at markets and to a number of restaurants.

After 30 years of research and teaching in universities in Canada, NZ and Australia I am currently the Research Director at the Eastern Institute of Technology.  My background has given me skills in management and project administration.  My involvement in the olive industry is motivated by a belief in the extraordinary quality of our product and a desire to see the association strengthened through the involvement of more growers.  Shona and I have been active in the HB Olives Association since planting the trees, and I have been the Chair of the branch since 2009.

 

 Niall Holland – Canterbury

niall.holland@gmail.com

Niall Holland and his wife Jan purchased the Banks Peninsular olive grove “La Casa Toscana” in 2011 as a retirement project.  Renamed “Old French Road” in 2013, it has an excellent track record of producing award winning oil and customer-pleasing table olives.  We currently cultivate just over a 1000 trees and know well the challenges facing the smaller producer and those farming complex, sloping grounds.  Current  varieties for harvest are Frantoia, Kalamata and Manzanilla with a smattering of Nocellara, Picholine, Picual, Sevillano and UDP.  The last two are principally used for table olives.

Both Niall and Jan still work in general practice and related activities on a part-time basis.  Niall has trained with the Institute of Directors New Zealand and, over the years, has held board positions in various not-for-profit organisations.

 

Tricia Noble-Beasley – Kapiti (subject to ratification)

noble-estate@xtra.co.nz

I have been involved in the Olive Industry since 2000 when my husband Rob and I purchased a ten acre block at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. It had been well planted with trees in 1996 and 1997 and amongst these were 400 olive trees consisting of mainly Mission – a Californian cultivar, but with some Manzanillo and Frantoio.

 

We had our first crop in 2002 and have been marketing Noble Estate Olive Oil locally ever since.

We have been members at local branch level for many years and I am passionate about the wonderful New Zealand Olive Oil produced here.

I am delighted to be part of the Executive and committed to working for Olives New Zealand in their drive to promote opportunities and benefits to the industry.

Olives New Zealand Executive Officer

Gayle Sheridan

Gayle Sheridan

admin@olivesnz.org.nz

I have been involved in the New Zealand Olive industry since 2000 when my husband Lionel and I established our first olive grove at Pauatahanui, just north of Wellington. This was followed by the purchase of our second grove at Barrys Bay, Banks Peninsula in 2005 and then our third (!) at Akaroa in 2007. This last property was developed as a commercial olive grove under the brand name of La Casa Toscana, producing both extra virgin olive oil and table olives. All of the olive oils entered by La Casa Toscana in the NZ Olive Oil Awards were at least Silver medal winners, with the Manzanillo being awarded Gold, Best in Class and Best in Show in 2009.

I have substantial experience working at a senior management level including Chief Executive with the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation, IT Manager at Work and Income New Zealand, Client Support Centre Manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Head of Business Faculty with Manawatu Polytechnic.  I have a variety of tertiary qualifications in business and education, including an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

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