NZKGI was formed following the downturn in the kiwifruit industry in 1993 to give growers their own organisation to develop a secure and stable kiwifruit industry. NZKGI represents kiwifruit growers and gives growers their own voice in industry and government decision making.


The NZ Kiwifruit Growers Forum consists of 17 Regional representatives, 1 Maori Forum Representative and 9 Supply Entity Representatives. Forum members are elected every three years by all kiwifruit growers via a postal ballot. The Forum members in turn elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Executive Committee.

Name Location Email Portfolio
Dermott Malley Northland

Email Dermott

External Relations

Carol Craig Auckland

Email Carol


Mark Gardiner Waikato

Email Mark


Andrew Dawson Waihi/Coromandel

Email Andrew


Sean Carnachan Katikati

Email Sean


Craig Pooley Katikati

Email Craig


Mike Smith Tauranga

Email Mike

Communications, Labour

Sandi Clink Tauranga

Email Sandi


John Cook Te Puke

Email John

External Relations

Simon Cook Te Puke

Email Simon

Communications, External Relations

Andre Hickson Te Puke

Email Andre

Performance, Education

Ross Bawden Te Puke

Email Ross

Matthew Moore Whakatane

Email Matthew

Industry Stability

Chris Anstis Opotiki

Email Chris

Organisational Management

Doug Brown Poverty Bay

Email Doug

Performance, Industry Stability

Richard Pentreath Hawkes Bay/Lower North Island

Email Richard


Paul Thomas South Island

Email Paul


Mark Mayston Grower Entity - Apata

Email Mark

Industry Stability, Labour, External Relations

Tony Leicester Grower Entity - DMS

Email Tony

Education, Organisational Management

Paul Edkins Grower Entity - Eastpack

Email Paul

Industry Stability

Rob Craig Grower Entity - G6

Email Rob


Neil Te Kani Grower Entity - Iwi

Email Neil

External Relations

Phil Jones Grower Entity - Less than 4%

Email Phil


Sally Gardiner Grower Entity - MPAC

Email Sally

Industry Stability

Steven Fisher Grower Entity - OPAC

Email Steven

Organisational Management

Debbie Oakley Grower Entity - Seeka

Email Debbie


Debbie Robinson Grower Entity - Trevelyan's

Email Debbie

Organisational Management


The Executive Committee supports the staff to carry out the day-to-day affairs of NZKGI in accordance with its aims and objectives and to ensure the delivery of transparent, robust, useful and timely reporting to growers.


NZKGI staff manage the day-to-day activity to support growers across the following six key portfolios: Labour and Education, Performance, Industry Stability, Communications, Organisational Management and External Relations.

NIKKI JOHNSON  | Chief Executive

Nikki leads the team at NZKGI to achieve its mission. She has a technical background with plant science training underpinning over 20 years’ experience in the horticultural and arable industries. Nikki’s specialised skills include strategic industry management, risk assessment and agrichemical registration policy. In addition to Nikki’s role as CEO, she also manages NZKGI’s Labour, Performance, Industry Stability and Organisational Management portfolios.

KATY MCGINITY | Policy Analyst

Katy coordinates the Education portfolio and provides policy support in the External Relations portfolio including joint industry submissions, responding to local/regional council issues and coordinating our input into RMA projects.

MIKE MURPHY  | Communications Manager

Mike’s central role in this newly created position is to implement his strategy to communicate for and to New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers. His responsibilities include the External Relations and Communication portfolios.

RENEE FRITCHLEY | Project Coordinator

Renee is responsible for key projects including Career Expos, the Kiwifruit Book, the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Competition and Cultivate Your Career. Renee provides additional support services across all other portfolios.

LYNDA MCCALMAN | Performance and Supply Manager

Lynda is responsible for developing and implementing independent monitoring activities and analysis to assist growers in having access to consistent, accurate and easy to understand data on industry performance including Zespri. Lynda’s responsibilities include the management of the Performance portfolio.