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Craig Lemon

Managing Director

Craig has over 20 years experience in the kiwifruit and avocado industry as well as a MSc (Hons) at the University of Auckland specializing in kiwifruit science. Craig’s expertise lies in orchard management, research and development and administration. He is a founding partner in the JACE group of companies and proves the owner-operator personal touch.

Email Craig

Phone 021 606 030

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Peter Crawford

General Manager of Orchard Operations

Peter has many years experience in the rural sector including more than 30 years experience in the kiwifruit industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the SOL team. Peter is recognized in the industry as one of the top performers in his field. Peters is responsible for the kiwifruit Orchard Management Team and the day to day operations of our large portfolio of orchards.

Email Peter 

Phone 0275 097 281

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Hayley Larman

Business Manager

Hayley has over 10 years sales and administration experience and prides herself on her honest and straight forward approach.  Hayley is responsible for looking after our clients first and foremost and ensuring our office and communications are done effectively and efficiently.

Email Hayley

Phone 07 548 2540

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Mark Ryan

Technical and Avocado Manager

Mark has a strong interest in research and development following his studies in Earth Science at Victoria University.  Mark is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to improve horticultural methods and specializes in avocado orchard management and plant/soil nutrition. 

Email Mark 

Phone 0277 026 629

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Andrew Haysom

Orchard Manager – Northern Region

Hailing from the Waikato with a background in farming and pomology Andrew brings vast experience and expertise in all areas of horticulture. Andrew takes care of our orchards North of Tauranga and is passionate about orchard development and getting the most from our land.  Andrew is also responsible for the training and development of 3 of our orchard cadets.

Email Andrew

Phone 027 668 8226

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Gary Singh

Assistant Orchard Manager – Te Puke

Gary is our hard working man on the ground responsible for implementing orchard improvement projects, Gary is in his final year of his NZ certificate of Horticultural Studies.  Gary manages a few of our Te Puke orchards and is a pro grafter. 

Email Gary

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Jassi Singh

Orchard Manager – Te Teko

Jassi is the newest Manager to join our team, Jassi is based at our Te Teko orchard operation with his young family.  Jassi has come to us from the Hawkes Bay where he has gained a world of knowledge in the Horticultural arena.

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Holly Johnson

Accounts Administrator

Holly comes to us with vast experience in the customer service arena and holds a National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing. Holly is responsible for the Accounts department here at SOL.

Email Holly

Phone 07 548 2540

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Anthony Benes

Orchard Cadet

Anthony is coming into his final year of study for his New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture. Anthony works closely with Andrew to ensure our orchards are spic and span. 

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Nick Pridgeon

Orchard Cadet

Nick has recently started his studies to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture, Nick is an asset in the vines and works closely with Andrew.

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Mark Crawford

Assistant Manager

Mark has been with SOL for a four years now, born and raised in Te Puke he spent most of his life on or orchard kiwifruit orchards.

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Zach Grant Miles

Orchard Cadet

Zach is based on our large scale Auckland orchard developments.  Zach is about to start his New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture and is looking forward to growing and learning with SOL.

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Rupinder Kaur

Orchard Assistant

Rupinder is our hard working lady of the vines, working alongside Gary on our Te Puke orchards rupinder has a number of year experience working in the kiwifruit industry. 

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Kaleb Simpson-Bond

Orchard Cadet

Kaleb joined the SOL team in 2016 as a gateway student at Te Puke High School, he will now be completing his New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture along side our other cadets.  Kaleb is our main cadet on our Manawanui orchard Development in Te Puke.

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The SOUTHERN ORCHARDS LIMITED team

Our team at SOL are highly experienced and motivated to provide the best possible outcomes for your orchard. We believe our lease and management operations are 'second to none' and we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of innovation in the industry. Give us a call, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the the level of professionalism we can provide.