The Executive

SGNZ is administered by an Executive Manager and an elected Executive based on a ward system.

This consists of three grower representatives from Auckland, one from Waikato/Bay of Plenty, one from Central (the rest of the lower North Island) and one representative from the South Island. There is also an observer representative from the strawberry runner growing industry and a contracted research provider.

SGNZ board 2019

The major role of SGNZ is to encourage and promote the interests of strawberry growers and provide representation on strawberry issues to Horticulture NZ and Government regarding any issues of importance to its members

2019 Executive 
Chairman Anthony Rakich
Executive Manger Michael Ahern
Finance Manager Antonia Crawford
Administration Karen Orr
Auckland Ward Peter McIntyre Springwood Enterprises

Anita Zaknich

Zaknich Farms Ltd
  Anthony Rakich Danube Orchards
Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Darien McFadden

Strawberry Fields
Central Ward Tony Boswell Windermere Berry Farm
Southern Ward

Alan Warren

Alan Warren

Research Representative

Geoff Langford

Berryworld Ltd

Runner Grower Representative Keith Taylor Taylors Nursery




The AGM is held annually, usually in July.  This is combined with a one day conference where industry information and research updates are provided. 

All paid up members are invited to attend the AGM and conference day.  For further information on this please contact Karen Orr

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