Celebrating 100 years of representing growers

30 Nov 2016

100 Years

The first meeting of the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Federation, Wellington 1916


It has been 100 years since the formation of the New Zealand Fruitgrowers Federation, and 30 November 2016 marks 100 years of growers being represented in Wellington by what is now Horticulture New Zealand.


See our media release about the celebratory event here.


Below are some photos of the NZ Fruitgrowers Federation history. Here are some links to our future.




Hamish Gates - Agrevolution


Ian Proudfoot - Thriving in an exhilarating world



Presidents: Then and Now


Fruition Cover

Click here to read a PDF of 'The Fruition'

Fruitfed foreward

The 1991 Federation directorate: from left, back row, Leo Mangos (Bay of Plenty), Alistair Malcolm (Canterbury), Peter Kemp (Gisborne), John Borich (Auckland), Roger Davies (Northland); front row, Cor Dames (Hawke’s Bay, Federation Vice-President), Paul Heywood (Nelson, Federation President), Peter Taylor (Otago)


The 1972 New Zealand Citrus Council conference at Kaikohe was followed by an orchard walk at Kerikeri. Some of the conference delegates and visitors are pictured in L.W.S. Taylor’s old-established orchard, which included some fine-looking avocados.


Showing the diverse array of fresh produce that can be weight sized and colour graded on a machine in March 1996. From left to right, Joe Pope, David Buys, and Hamish Kennedy.


Flooding in Central Otago 1994 – examining the damage on a cherry picker.


Pacific Pack and Cool, Hawke’s Bay 1996, left-to right, Gerry Thompson, Derek Galloway, Mark Galloway and Allan Chittick.


“Smoko” on a Mapua Orchard, late 1930s.


One of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, Cyclone Bola, in 1988, caused wide spread crop damage around Gisborne.


One of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand, Cyclone Bola, in 1988, caused wide spread crop damage around Gisborne.


Fruit queen 1998.


Canterbury Summerfruit 1990.


Hoar frost, Central Otago, 1992.


Launching the 1971 New Zealand apple and pear season in the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister, Sir Keith Holyoake, proudly displays to the press New Zealand’s new apple variety, the Gala.


Handling a shipment of apples on the Glasgow Wharf (date unknown).


Bill Brice’s three-ton express waggon carting fruit to Port Mapua in the 1920s.


Joy Murray showing some Central Otago stone fruit.


Miss Universe New Zealand Lorraine Downes at the Produce Marketing Association’s exposition at New Orleans, USA in October 1983, with Don Brash (Managing Director) and Roly Earp (Chairman) of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Authority which arranged for Miss Universe to promote New Zealand kiwifruit.


Mr Eustace Williams, one of the early growers in Lower Moutere.


Harvesting apples, date unknown.


Kiwifruit tasting in Covent Garden, London (date unknown).


Outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London (date unknown).

Sir Michael

Sir Michael and Lady Barbara Fowler


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visiting a Hastings orchard during her 1963 tour with the Duke of Edinburgh. She is pictured with Mr A A Wake at his Hillview orchard. 


Much was done to cement the relationships between the apple growers of Japan and New Zealand during a visit to Japan in 1981 by a small party of New Zealand fruitgrowers which included Federation President Gerald Wall, pictured with Japanese orchard workers.


London bus, April 1932, advertising New Zealand apples.


Lord Bledisloe, left, Governor General of New Zealand from 1930-1935, Lady Bleidsloe and Mr A McKee senior who was the first person to see the great fruitgrowing possibilities in the Moutere Hills and was responsible for opening the Tasman area to apple orchards. Lord Bledisloe took a strong interest in New Zealand fruitgrowing, having once been a commercial grower.


Dori McCaulay of Hawke’s Bay with a wind machine, February 1997.


From Zespri's archives


From Zespri's archives


From Zespri's archives


Alpine skier Annelise Coberger promotes New Zealand apples in the 1990s.

Nadine Tunley, Pipfruit NZ, and Lesley Wilson, HBFGA

Nadine Tunley, Pipfruit NZ, and Lesley Wilson, HBFGA


Listening to speeches recapping 100 years

Julian speech

HortNZ President Julian Raine addresses the assembly

Marie and co

Marie Dawkins, Paul Heywood, and Hugh Moore

Nathan and X

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy with John Nicholson and Michael Gaffney of the NZFCT

Other peeps

HortNZ Director Mike Smith with NRE Manager Angela Halliday and NZKGI's Kate Longman


HortNZ staff, past and present

Side Steps

Horticulture New Zealand in 2016

Front of steps

Horticulture New Zealand in 2016


Max Spence of Fruitfed Supplies talking about 100 years of progress