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 adult children (Raelyn, Angelina and Walter) have been involved from the outset and continue to assist; including their own children in all avenues of the business.
Angelina and Walter have had turns managing the Nursery and the Orchard from 2001 to date; with help from Raelyn. Walter had the difficult task of upgrading and restocking the nursery from 2013-2015 (after the global recession) and from June 2016 Angelina took over. Additional fulltime and part-time positions are filled by locals to continue the nursery and orchard expansion.
Vanessa and Rod oversee all operations and manage macadamia processing, product development, sales and marketing and provide monthly Field Days at Torere to support new growers.