New chair­man for av­o­ca­dos

Av­o­cado grower and Av­o­cado Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tony Ponder has been elected as the New Zealand Av­o­cado Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Av­o­cado In­dus­try Coun­cil Chair.

The Orchardist - - Avo Update -

NZAGA Grower Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Linda Flegg has been elected as the vice-chair of the NZAGA.

Tony has re­placed Ashby White­head who stepped down as chair at the an­nual meet­ing in Au­gust. Ashby served as chair since 2013 and as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the NZAGA ex­ec­u­tive and AIC Ltd board since 2006.

Tony has been one of the eight grower-elected di­rec­tors on the NZAGA & AIC Board since 2005. 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, berryfruit and ki­wifruit. Tony also has com­mer­cial ki­wifruit in­ter­ests act­ing as an in­de­pen­dent direc­tor for a large fam­ily based av­o­cado and ki­wifruit or­chard and pack­ing com­pany in the Bay of Plenty.

Tony’s day-to-day re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude direc­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of av­o­cado, berry and ki­wifruit ex­porter South­ern Pro­duce Lim­ited. In this role, Tony is in­volved in the strate­gic over­sight of the group’s ex­port and do­mes­tic busi­ness in­clud­ing the Avoco/Avanza joint ven­ture with Pri­mor Pro­duce and Team Av­o­cado. Tony is a direc­tor of sev­eral re­lated col­lab­o­ra­tions and joint ven­ture en­ti­ties as­so­ci­ated with av­o­cado trad­ing and in­vest­ment.

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