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Paula Kearns

27 April 2021

Hi Everyone

I would appreciate your support for my nomination as an Elected Director of Horticulture New Zealand. I am standing for the role because I am passionate about horticulture and maximising grower returns while taking care of our environment.

I believe I have the experience and skills to contribute to the Board of Horticulture New Zealand and I devote myself to my director roles alongside supporting my husband manage our avocado orchard near Whangarei.

I have over 15 years governance experience on a variety of organisations including sport, health, horticulture, hospitality, environment and philanthropy. I will bring a strong strategic focus and extensive financial and risk experience to support growers and Horticulture New Zealand achieve their goals.

I am currently in governance roles with New Zealand Avocado, New Zealand Rugby League, Mahitahi Hauora, Mount Wellington Trust Hotels and Ministry for the Environment.

My qualifications are a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University, a Chartered Accountant of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

I am a grounded person and when not working I love spending time with family, friends, our dogs and horses.

Horticulture New Zealand is an organisation that exists because of and for its members. I am proud to be a horticulturalist and it would be a privilege to be elected to the Board and to be able to contribute to Horticulture New Zealand’s governance in the future.

Thank you for your support.


Candidate Nomination Information and Declarations of Interest

Nominated by:

•      KG & LJ Walker

Horticulture related companies or organisations where Directorship or equivalent roles are held:

•      NN & RD Carman

Company Name:

My Role:

Ministry for Environment

External Member Audit and Risk Committee

NZ Avocado Growers Association

Executive Committee Member

NZ Avocado Industry Ltd