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.
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 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.
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.
Gurwinder has a Batchelor of Science degree and has also completed both management and horticultural level 5 qualifications in New Zealand. He initially developed his growing skills as a crop worker, and advanced to do technical support, assistant grower and now grower roles. Gurwinders prime responsibilities are for the cucumber crops however he also plays and active role in supporting Che Naran in specialty tomatoes and labour management throughout the Bombay site.