Bay of Plenty

Our Bay of Plenty team specialise in horticultural consultancy, industry analysis, training and irrigation services for kiwifruit and avocados

Sandy Scarrow

Bay of Plenty
Horticultural Consultant
Managing Director
National Training Manager

B.Hort.Sci (1988) Massey University
Diploma in Business and Administration (Management)
National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (2013)

027 4425 436

I love working with clients to make them more successful, on their terms. I also really enjoy tutoring and group facilitation on projects as well as leading our Tauranga team.

Ruth Underwood

Bay of Plenty
Horticultural Consultant

B.Hort.Sci (Hons) (1986) Massey University
National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (2016)
Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management (2011) Massey University

027 4302 408

I enjoy working with growers providing advice, fertiliser programmes, strategic advice and property assessments. I also focus on financial and industry analysis, insurance/expert witness projects. I tutor papers for the Lincoln University Diploma and other horticultural programmes. 

Wendy Bradley

Bay of Plenty
Academic Manager

B.Hort.Sci (1987) Lincoln University
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing (2000)
National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (2016)

027 676 4672

My main focus is on promoting our training programmes. I also enjoy tutoring Lincoln, and other horticultural programmes while managing the academic aspects of our training business.

Phoebe Scherer

Bay of Plenty
Horticultural Consultant

BSc Hons (2018) University of Auckland

027 676 8636

Coming from a science background, I came into the horticultural industry as I wanted to work in the Bay of Plenty. I focus on helping clients with the vine monitoring, technical services and data analysis. I also enjoy working on horticultural feasibility projects and due diligence work.


Our Nelson team specialise in horticultural consultancy, training, research, irrigation and pest and disease services for pipfruit, grapes, summerfruit and hops

Greg Dryden

Managing Director
Horticultural Consultant

M.Hort.Sci (1996) Massey University
B.Hort (1993) Massey University

027 484 3857

I really enjoy meeting with owners, analysing physical and financial performance to meet their business goals. My main projects have included financial modelling, business planning, irrigation scheduling, training and research.

Mike Nelson

Horticultural Consultant

Diploma in Field Tech (1986) Lincoln University 
NCH in Vegetable Production (1985) RNZIH
Cert. Nutrient Management (2011) Massey University
Cert. Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management (2012) Massey Universality
Certified Nutrient Management Adviser

027 484 3034

I have a wide background in many types of horticultural and agricultural crops. I get a lot of satisfaction using my extensive field research skills to maximise field trial design and implementation, and effective communication of those findings to the client. I also thoroughly enjoy tutoring horticulture students which is an important part of what we do.

Chris Hosie

Horticultural Technician

BCA/BSc (Hons) Accounting & Geology, Victoria University of Wellington (2000) 
NZ Certificate in Horticulture, Level 3 (2017)

027 484 3045

I am involved in the provision of technical services to pipfruit, grape and hop growers. I love working on collaborative research projects for innovative growing practices and new technologies. I want to provide growers with simple, informative and easy to understand information, to add value to their decision-making processes. 


Our Marlborough team specialises in consultancy, irrigation services and research in wine grapes and other crops

Jim Mercer

Horticultural Consultant

NCH Glasshouse crops and ANCH Commercial Fruit Production (1984 Hadlow, UK) Waitangi Scholar (1994)

027 484 0151

I look after Fruition’s services in Marlborough and Canterbury and really enjoy any new challenges with a horticultural aspect that come along. My main focus is soil moisture monitoring and irrigation management plus research projects and financial analysis. My experiences in the management and marketing aspects of commercial horticulture help me provide a wide understanding of our client’s requirements.