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Sustainability & Environment

NZ Hothouse prides itself on producing the best produce in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly manner, through world-class technology and sustainable production methods.

By it's very nature, glasshouse production is energy intensive. The growing structures are designed to capture energy from the sun and extend the natural growing seasons of the crops. NZ Hothouse's production is totally hydroponic.

NZ Hothouse is one of the few businesses worldwide to have on-site beneficial insect breeding programmes, to control insect pests and fungal diseases by using natural controls rather than chemical interventions.

Computers play a significant part in glasshouse management. 24 hours a day, 365 days per year hundreds of sensors take thousands of readings and send data back to the central control computers.

Here at NZ Hothouse, our growers are constantly, trialing and adopting environmentally sustainable products and systems, to both enhance productivity and reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Good bug story

When it comes to looking after our produce, we use predatory insects for pest control.

Known as beneficials, they’re the good guys of the insect world who actively seek out and eliminate pests that may damage our plants.

This means we avoid the use of harsh chemicals, resulting in the best quality and tastiest tomatoes in New Zealand. So next time you’re shopping ask for NZ Hothouse tomatoes.


Tomato

Meet the Growers

Jason Culbert
Jason Culbert

Jason started in the horticulture industry at the age of 16. After completing a 3 year apprenticeship and further work experience in the Tomato industry he joined NZ Hothouse as an assistant grower in 2003. Jason is now proud to be the groups Head Grower, overseeing the groups 20 hectares of covered crops. Jason and NZ Hothouse share a philosophy of fresh, healthy, tomatoes "To be able to grow tomatoes for our customers and family that are safe and healthy to eat is a goal we are particularly proud of.”

Mark Clifton
Mark Clifton

Mark always knew that he wanted to be a Tomato grower and left school in 1977 to enrol in a cadetship with Auckland Glasshouse Crops Cadet Scheme. He then completed a Diploma in Vegetable Production before becoming a self employed Cherry Tomato grower. Mark joined our team in 2007 and as our most experienced Tomato grower is a vital part of the NZ Hothouse team.

Peter Spinks
Peter Spinks

In 1993 Peter started his own Tomato growing operation in Tuakau. After joining NZ Hothouse in March 2002 he assisted with the establishment of the Karaka and Bombay growing sites. In August of 2003 Peter adapted his growing skills to become the Cucumber grower for NZ Hothouse. Now, with over 18 years overall experience in the industry, Peter regularly breaks annual cucumber production records.

Ché Naran
Ché Naran

Che began his career in a plant nursery before transitioning into outdoor commercial vegetable growing. After joining the NZ Hothouse group in 2012 as an assistant grower, Che has proven himself and has now become one of NZ Hothouse Groups main growers. Che brings with him enthusiasm and true fresh thinking.

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