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 up-skilling and empowering all our employees to perform to their best and fulfil 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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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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People & Culture

Lucy

Lucy has a knack for recruiting great people and is committed to our people and culture.

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Health & Safety

Anna

Anna has a critical eye for health and safety and is passionate about the wellbeing of our team.

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Pastoral Care

Mel

Mel looks after the RSE team, from dentist and doctors appointments to promoting healthy eating and organising social events.

Labour

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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 meet our client’s needs.

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Field MANAGER

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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Field MANAGER

Tom

Tom has been with Hortus since 2010.  He brings fun, laughter and high quality standards to the team.

 

Management & Machinery

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Regional vineyard manager

Troy

Troy has been with Hortus since 2013 and is trusted by our clients to solve problems and manage vineyards to the standards required.

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Viticulturist

Craig

Craig is our company Viticulturist; his expertise is used company-wide including the management of all Saint Clair vineyard blocks.

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Tirosh vineyard manager

Clint

Clint and his team manage Tirosh Vineyards in the Waiaru valley and is a trusted advisor to the owners.

 

Gardens & Landscaping

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Gardens & Landscaping Manager

Tahu

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

 

Accommodation

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DUNCANNON Manager

Felicity

Felicity is Manager at Duncannon, she oversees the daily operations.

 

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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