Branching Out seeks to strengthen Taranaki's future as an emerging food basket of New Zealand.

Kiwifruit has long been a New Zealand icon, a proven success story in some parts of the country, previously grown successfully in Taranaki and is worthy of consideration when deciding what to grow here in Taranaki.

Venture Taranaki's Branching Out project held a community event for landowners and investors to explore the viability of the region sustaining the kiwifruit value chain. To do so, we invited orchard management teams, packhouse operators, and Zespri to share their knowledge of the industry and how Taranaki may be positioned to join the kiwifruit producing sector of New Zealand.

You can find the contact details for the organisations and their presentations below.

The representatives stepped through the various factors kiwifruit considerers should be aware of before entering into orchard ownership. This included the future global demand for kiwifruit, the potential risks and returns of orchard ownership, insights from a dairy farmer who had transitioned to kiwifruit, as well as busting the myths that had stopped people pursuing this opportunity recently.

Venture Taranaki's Branching Out project seeks to strengthen Taranaki's future as an emerging food basket of New Zealand. This project encourages the region to consider diverse and complementary forms of land use, investment in innovative enterprises, and delivery of consumer-focused products to market. This projects success will result in added wealth to Taranaki’s economy and help our existing food and fibre sector become more resilient, innovative and in-demand.

Local Grower Story > Organic Kiwifruit in Taranaki

Sitting under the shadow of Mount Taranaki is a very interesting kiwifruit operation. Though small in size - just 1.24 hectares, the GREEN kiwifruit orchard formed the cornerstones for the dairy farm which surrounds it to move into a total organic operation.

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Farm Ventures

Farm Ventures Ltd services in our primary sector with both consultancy of operations and business performance, and property Investment opportunities. Farm Ventures provides Consultancy & Supervision, Team Leadership and Training, Governance, Project Management, and Administration services to assist farmers and investments to adopt best practices for sustainable farming systems.

Contact Director Tim Barrett
See the Farm Ventures Presentation.
See the Farm Ventures Soil Climate Assessment.


Apata Group Limited is a specialist service provider for New Zealand kiwifruit growers. Apata Group harvest, pack, and store fruit in industry-leading packhouses and cool stores which are strategically situated in the heart of kiwifruit country, the Bay of Plenty. They also provide growers with expert technical support on all aspects of orchard production, leasing and managing orchards.

Key contacts

Eugene Crosby, Chief Financial Officer
Jason Gibbs, Commercial Manager
Shaun Vickers, GM Business Development, Client Services and Orchards

Download the Apata presentation

Zespri International Limited is the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, selling kiwifruit in more than 50 countries. Zespri work with around 2,800 New Zealand and 1,500 international growers and post-harvest companies to source the best-quality Zespri Kiwifruit to supply through distribution partners to wholesale and retail customers.

Key contacts

Sue Groenwald, Grower Liaison Manager
Tom McMarran, Grower Liaison Group Manager

Download the Zespri presentation

The strong demand for quality horticulture land shows there is still significant interest in the sector. We are seeing lots of collaboration across the sector and many of our clients are taking the opportunity to sell off portions of land suitable for horticulture or developing it themselves as they look to diversify their farming businesses.

Lorraine Mapu General Manager – Northern, Commercial and Agri – ANZ

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Kiwifruit - The Taranaki Opportunity

12 October 2020

Land Use Register 

The Branching Out project is looking to connect with landowners, and investors who may be considering complementary and / diverse uses for their land. By adding your details to this register we can: 

  • Link you with other like-minded landowners or producers based on geographical location, growing conditions or opportunity.
  • Understand the amount of land potentially available across our region. 
  • Invite growing groups (like Zespri) to the region to promote growing opportunities in new sectors.
  • Recommend or share relevant information that may assist you on your journey.
  • Keep you in the loop to present opportunities to diversify into other, complementary land uses based on geographical location or land suitability.  
  • Understand the regional potential for specific opportunities.

Contact our Branching Out project lead

  • Michelle Bauer
Contact Michelle