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Macadamia nut demand continuously outstrips supply with excellent prices enjoyed by the very few NZ growers producing quality macadamia kernel. The gap between what NZ produces and imports continues to increase, providing great opportunities for new macadamia growers now and well into the future.
A successful entrepreneur who runs her own insurance company – Life Broker Services in Gisborne – Vanessa is best known in Māori business circles as the Nut Lady on account of her macadamia interests. Together with her partner, Rod Husband, she owns a large organic orchard at Torere near Opotiki and a small de-husking plant operated by Rod in Gisborne.
Torere Macadamias has had Activate Tairawhiti help to grow the business and progress plans for a regional co-operative, as it targets 50ha in macadamia trees here in 10 years — to rival Waikato as the country’s biggest producer.