Founder and Executive Chairman Brett Wharfe started growing tomatoes in 1984.
It all started as a one man growing operation, sending fruit to the wholesale markets. Today, the NZ Hothouse Group of companies employs more than 350 people in their growing, packing, marketing and logistics divisions.
We pride ourselves on using predator insects and biological solutions rather than insecticides, to offer New Zealanders with fresh, clean, healthy produce.
"I believe the success of the company has been getting great people to join us in our vision to make NZ Hothouse a well run, high end producer of hothouse produce."
Brett Wharfe buys his first tomato glasshouse in Ramarama, South Auckland and he supplies his first tomatoes to Foodtown (now Countdown).
Brett opened Karaka Pack House (KPH) to pack and market local produce to the supermarkets.
KPH relocates to a larger pack house at Mill Rd, Bombay and KPH Transport is created to deliver NZ Hothouse product to its retailers.
The current Karaka Rd site is acquired construction begins on the offices, packhouse and first 5.2 hectares of production facilities.
NZ Hothouse builds a further 5.2 hectares of state-of-the-art glasshouses located at the Karaka Rd site.
A further 8.5 hectares of glasshouse are built at the Mill Rd site in Bombay.
Bombay site expands by another .2 hectares.
Substantial investments in technology and packing and grading equipment at NZ Hothouse were made, allowing us to increase our productivity.
KPH Transport Ltd purchased Cooltrain Hastings doubling the size of it’s fleet to over 50 trucks, 4 depots and 70 employees.
Proud supporters of The Prostate Cancer Foundation, helping to raise awareness and encouraging men over 50 to get regular checks.
Swapping out single-use black trays for 100% compostable cardboard trays. By making this change we save approximately 10.5 tons of plastic trays going into the supermarket per year.
NZ Hothouse is awarded Sustainability Supplier of the Year, granted by Countdown.
High tech and very specialised state-of-the-art packhouse opens, located in Bombay.
NZ Hothouse continues to provide quality produce for New Zealand, working towards reducing our environmental footprint.
Key Staff Members
The team behind the vision.
Company Founder/ Executive Chairman
Brett founded NZ Hothouse 40 years ago and is regarded by the industry as a pioneer and leader in Grower/Packer/Shipper systems.
Simon joined NZ Hothouse more than 30 years ago and holds roles in sales, finance and general management.
Financial Controller B.HORT.SC, BBS, CA
Ron has more than 35 years in the produce industry with specialist fields of post harvest handling and finance.
National Sales Manager
Mark has more than 30 years industry experience in both New Zealand and Australia. He joined the group in 2004 and became National Sales Manager in 2009.
Bevan is in charge of managing the daily operations and addressing any related issues at the two NZ Hothouse sites. Additionally, he plays a significant role in planning for the future of the business.
Rachel is responsible for managing recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and employee relations. Rachel has excellent communication skills and is highly organised.
Our team in action