Meet the team

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We have a range of skills and experience across our team; with a great culture we're dedicated to upskilling and empowering all our employees to perform to their best and fufill their potential.

 

In the office

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MANAGing director

Aaron

Aaron is the owner and has been here from day one. He knows the business inside out and also knows each staff member personally.

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GENERAL MANAGER

Josh

Josh has been with Hortus since 2010. He is in charge of all aspects overseeing the day to day running of the business.

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Office manager

Linda

Linda has been with Hortus since 2010. Being the office manager she looks after everything Hortus.

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Accountant

Hannah

Hannah has been with Hortus on and off since 2008. She is the company accountant and spends most days analysing numbers.

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HR

Jimmy

Jimmy has been with Hortus since 2011. He looks after the most important aspect of the business, our people, a big ask considering the number of staff we employ.

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Operations Manager

Rob

Rob has been with Hortus since 2013. He looks after all our assets, houses, buses, vans, equipment you name it he can get it fixed.

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Health & Safety Manager

Kerrie

At Hortus we are continually looking to improve the safety of our people. Kerrie divides her time between the field with our Leaders and workers and the office.

 

In the field

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Gardens & Landscaping Manager

Tahu

Tahu has been with Hortus since 2015, he looks after the Gardens and Landscaping division.

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Labour MANAGER

Michael

Mike has been with Hortus since 2009, he oversees all of the labour requirements, he coordinates the crews to meets our client’s needs.

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labour MANAGER: Marlborough

Jeremiah

Jeremiah has been with Hortus since 2009, he oversees the crews in Marlborough looking after the supervisors and crews day to day needs.

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LABOUR MANAGER: waipara

Jason

Jason has been with Hortus since 2012, he oversees the crews in Waipara looking after the supervisors and crews day to day needs.

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Field worker

Faoa

Faoa has been with Hortus since 2014, he returns each winter from Tonga to strip trim vines.

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Field worker

Mensensa

Menesensa has been with Hortus since 2014, she returns each winter from the Solomon Islands to wrap vines.

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Field Worker

Take

Take has been with Hortus since 2012, he returns each winter from Vanuatu to wrap vines and plant young vines.

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Supervisor

Nee

Nee has been with Hortus since 2014, she is a supervisor and looks after a crew of between 10 and 30 people in the field each day.

Proud to be an RSE Employer

We are very proud to be an RSE employer supporting the Pacific Nations. Our employees on the RSE Scheme come from Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Solomons, Fiji and Tuvalu. Whilst they are in New Zealand for up to 7 months each year they learn valuable work habits and specialised skills, some of our RSE employees are about to return for their 9th season with Hortus.

They are able to earn a lot more money in this short amount of time than they could earn in their home countries, this allows them to build sturdy homes, pay for their children’s school fees, build community kitchens and gain access to medical care. The development in these countries as a result of the RSE scheme has been phenomenal. The man hours these employees provide allows New Zealand to meet labour demands during peak seasons throughout the Horticulture and Viticulture industries.

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