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Board Members

Tony Ponder

NZAGA & AIC Chair and NZAGA At Large Representative

Tony has been one of the eight grower-elected directors on the NZAGA & AIC Board since 2005 and was elected Chair in 2017. Tony and his wife Nicky have an 11 hectare avocado orchard investment in the Coromandel district, and more recently have purchased a 26-hectare property in Tauranga with existing avocado, berry and kiwifruit. Tony also has commercial kiwifruit interests acting as an independent director for a large family based avocado & kiwifruit orchard and packing company in the Bay of Plenty.

Email tony@flaxmillavocado.co.nz | Mobile 0274 733 712 |

Linda Flegg

NZAGA Vice Chair, NZAGA At Large Representative & AIC Director

Linda has grown up with avocado orcharding and is a director of the orchard and post-harvest company Morris Moore Farms of Katikati. Linda was elected to the Board in 2016 and as Vice Chair in 2017.

Email linda@kauripak.co.nz | Mobile 021 458 782 |

John Cotterell

NZAGA At Large Representative & AIC Director

John became At Large rep in 2011. In 1998 John and wife Cindy brought their 8.5ha avocado orchard in Katikati. They manage the orchard, spraying, picking & applying most inputs themselves.

Email john@southernproduce.co.nz | Mobile 027 451 3138 |

Dave Flett

NZAGA Bay of Plenty Representative & AIC Director

Dave purchased his avocado orchard in 2010, and is known more for his development of closely planted clonals in the Bay of Plenty. Dave has a keen interest and valuable background in sales and marketing.

Email dave.flett@yahoo.co.nz | Mobile 027 555 4420 |

Maria Watchorn

NZAGA Bay of Plenty Representative & AIC Director

Maria Watchorn, together with her husband Andrew and teenage son Caleb, have been owners and operators of their two avocado orchards; one for 13 years in Omokoroa, and another for 2 years in Katikati. Maria has also been actively involved in research trials over the years. 

Email andaria@xtra.co.nz | Mobile 027 5482 992 |

Roger Barber

NZAGA Mid North Representative & AIC Director

Roger has had active involvement in the avocado industry for nearly 30 years, holding significant agricultural and horticultural science research posts within New Zealand.

Email tudorwoodnz@gmail.com | Phone 09 435 0785 |

John Dawson

NZAGA Mid-North Representative & AIC Director

John and his wife Paula reside in Mangawhai on an orchard with 1,000 avocado trees and are in their seventh season of production. Alongside this more recent focus, John has spent the last 30 years advising in areas of marketing and communications.

Email johnd@cooee.co.nz | Mobile 021 724 900 |

Alistair Nicholson

NZAGA Far North Representative & AIC Director

Alistair and his wife Alison own a 22 hectare avocado orchard near Whangarei but currently reside in Queenstown. The couple have also invested in a further two orchards, resulting in them having nearly 120 hectares of avocados under cultivation.

Email anicholson@vulpesinvest.com | Mobile 021 946 391 |

Alistair Petrie

AIC Exporter Director & AVEC Chair

Alistair was appointed the Independent Chair of AVEC in March 2017 and is on the AIC Board as a non-voting member. Alistair has an impressive history in international and domestic marketing, with strong planning and executive skills to successfully lead organisations.

Email al.petrie66@gmail.com | Mobile 021 491 821 |

Annmarie Lee

AIC Exporter Director

Annmarie is the Brand and Corporate Marketing Manager for Seeka and has worked in the horticulture industry for over 30 years in many different areas of the supply chain - from growing to marketing.

Email AnnmarieL@seeka.co.nz | Mobile 021 766 244 |

Alistair Young

AIC Exporter Director

Alistair rejoined the AIC Board in 2017 as an Exporter Director. Alistair is also a Director of AVOCO and Southern Produce, with responsibility for Team Avocado

Email alistair@southernproduce.co.nz | Mobile 027 492 9486 |

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