Bay of Plenty

Our Bay of Plenty team specialise in horticultural consultancy, industry analysis, irrigation services for kiwifruit and avocados, as well as offering horticultural training and education programmes.

Photo of Sandy Scarrow, the Managing Director of Fruition BOP and a horticultural consultant

Sandy Scarrow

Bay of Plenty
Horticultural Consultant
Managing Director

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 team delivering across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ruth Underwood from Fruition Horticulture BOP

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 day-to-day and strategic advice, fertiliser programmes and property assessments. I also enjoy tutoring horticultural topics, financial and industry analysis, and expert witness projects.

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

I enjoy managing the academic aspects of the education business, working with a small team to ensure the horticulture programmes we deliver are of a high quality and are meeting industry needs. This includes promotion and delivery of our programmes.

Photo of Malcolm Howard, the National Training Manager for Fruition BOP

Malcolm Howard

Bay of Plenty
National Training Manager

BE (Hons) (1982) Canterbury University
Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (1992)

027 234 5144

My background prior to joining Fruition was as an education consultant and advisor and before that a secondary school teacher. I enjoy my role leading our education team who are spread throughout the country, including the Vakameasina Programme for RSE workers.

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Sophie Twigley

Bay of Plenty
Horticultural Consultant

BAgComm (2020) Massey University 

027 280 0117

I like working with land owners on deciding what would grow best on their land, and helping with industry and financial analysis of crops. I enjoy tutoring papers for Lincoln University as well. 

Photo of Lindsay Garneau, a horticultural consultant with Fruition BOP

Lindsay Garneau

Bay of Plenty
Horticultural Consultant

027 266 5506

Sustainability, organics and healthy soils are key areas of interest for me, hence I really enjoy projects that focus on adapting and finding solutions to challenges faced as part of our changing environment. This carries through to Fruition’s soil moisture monitoring, which I manage using a client-centric approach. I also work on projects involving industry regulation.

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Kat Robbie

Bay of Plenty
Resource Developer

BA (Hons) (2011) Victoria University
Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (2015)
New Zealand Certificate in Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori) (2021)

I primarily work with the Vakameasina Programme providing course resources and digital content. I also assist with design and marketing for the training side of our business.

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Annette Slegh

Bay of Plenty
Office Manager

As Office Manager I have a varied administration and financial role across the many areas of the Fruition Horticulture business. Coming from a rural background I am enjoying working with consultants and educators that are focused on our horticulture industry.


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Prinika Singh

Bay of Plenty
Administrator Assistant

My main focus is supporting the Vakameasina programme through administration, organizing resources and setting up classes for the tutors to teach RSE workers in the Bay of Plenty. Also, I help out with other administration as required.  

Tiffany Andrews

Bay of Plenty
Academic Manager
Education Developer

Post Grad Dip Specialist Teaching (Complex Educational Needs) Merit. University of Canterbury  
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) University of Canterbury  
Diploma in Adult Teaching  
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)  
Certificate in Māori (Te Waharoa) L2 
Certificate in Te Ara Reo

I’m passionate about building learning capacity and capability. I am immersed in the academic delivery, professional growth and development of learning opportunities offered to horticulture focused learners within Aotearoa vocational sector. Some of my focuses include organisational self-assessment, academic reporting, and quality assurance and collaboratively working to smash the digital divide.


Ryan Akers

Bay of Plenty
IT Manager

BSc in Computer Science (2021) University of Canterbury

I design the IT solutions for our educational programmes and enjoy working side by side with our students. My main focus is supporting the Fruition Level 6 Diploma in Horticulture Production as well as our other education streams and the consultancy team. 


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 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.