Macadamia development at Torere
Vanessa Hayes pioneered research and trials for commercial high producing dropping macadamia nut varieties in New Zealand. Together with partner Rod, they obtained exclusive rights for their imported varieties, built the largest macadamia plant nursery and planted the largest orchard of these new specialist macadamia varieties at Torere. Vanessa’s three children (Raelyn, Angelina and Walter) have been involved from the outset.
Angelina managed the Nursery and Orchard from 2001-2008; Walter took over from 2008-2010, planting a further macadamia 500 trees and returned 2013-2015 to upgrade and revitalise the nursery. Son-in-law Jason, with the support of Raelyn now looks after the Nursery and Orchard with ongoing assistance from Vanessa and Rod who also manage macadamia product development, sales and marketing and support new growers with their macadamia orchard plans.