We Offer

Specialist consultancy, technical, research and education services to the New Zealand horticultural industry


Working alongside growers, industry and government organisations to provide independent and qualified advice and analysis.

  • Work alongside growers to improve business performance and profitability
  • Provide industry analysis for industry and government organisations. This includes financial and agronomic monitoring and benchmarking
  • Offer independent crop loss assessment for insurance companies and industry groups
  • Participate in property and venture appraisal, expert evidence and peer review
  • We work in a range of crops and primarily have expertise in apples, avocados, kiwifruit, grapes, summerfruit and hops.

Technical Services

Providing reliable and robust technical data and decision support in soil moisture, pest and disease monitoring along with other tailored services.

  • Provide weekly and continuous soil moisture monitoring and irrigation scheduling services using neutron probes and the full range of Sentek soil moisture equipment.
  • Supply MPI accredited pheromone trap services for codling moth and leafroller
  • Offer comprehensive pest and disease monitoring services for all commercially sensitive pathogens
  • Measure fruit numbers, fruit growth, quality and maturation and post-harvest storage performance


Our qualified and experienced tutors deliver education in a range of programmes at various levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, as well as programmes not linked to this framework. All of our education programmes are aimed at growing the skills and knowledge base of the horticultural industry. These programmes include:

  • the Fruition Diploma in Horticulture Production at Level 6 available through on-line delivery or in person classes in Tauranga.
  • the Lincoln Level 5 Diploma in Horticulture, regionally delivered in Nelson and Tauranga.
  • the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture at Level 3 and 4, where we partner with Te Pūkenga to deliver in Nelson and the Bay of Plenty. 
  • Hei Whanake, our Level 2 introduction to horticulture in the Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay (New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills)
  • the Vakameasina programme, delivered national wide, which provides training for seasonal RSE workers from the Pacific. This programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • other short courses customised to meet the requirements for our learners and clients.


Conducting independent and applied research and product development in crop physiology, protection, enhancement and post-harvest.

  • Work collaboratively with industry and crown research agencies in industry and government projects
  • Conduct field trials to develop new products and technology for clients in the horticultural service industry
  • Work with plant breeders, nurseries and growers to develop and test new varieties
  • Collaborate with overseas research institutions and consultants to adapt and develop new technologies

Our Clients