"HortNZ’s conference provides a huge opportunity to highlight the importance of our industry to New Zealand, but best of all, it allows a valuable opportunity to unite grower support behind the organization that
works for us."
Chief Executive Officer Turners & Growers Ltd
Geoff Hipkins graduated with an Master of Arts (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and joined the Secretariat at the Department of Trade and Industry before taking on marketing roles for some of New Zealand's primary products exporters including Manager of UK Retail Marketing for Waitaki International Limited, Marketing Manager for Sealord Products Limited and General Manager Marketing and Processing for Forestry Corporation of New Zealand.
Chairman of Rabobank & Air New Zealand
John is a full time company director with more than 20 years experience, operating largely in the agribusiness and finance sectors. His background is from a full-time, hands on farming role, having started farming on his own account at 21. This led to a number of industry roles including chairmanship of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board and its successful recovery from bankruptcy to the formation of Zespri International.
John is chairman of Air New Zealand Ltd, Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd and Rabobank NZ Ltd. In Australia, he is a director of AMP Ltd, AMP Life Ltd and Rabobank Australia Ltd. He is a former chairman of Wrightson Ltd, and a former director of Trust Bank