Karen Orr

The Orchardist - - Careers -

Busi­ness man­ager Karen Orr shares her role be­tween To­ma­toesNZ and veg­eta­bles.co.nz.

She comes to us from Ixom (for­merly Orica Chem­i­cals), where she man­aged a team of seven in the man­u­fac­tur­ing space. Af­ter 12 years there, much of which was spent trav­el­ling, Karen de­cided that set­tling down

in a more sta­tion­ary role was the right choice, both for her­self and her fam­ily.

“It got to be a bit much,” says Karen. “But now I’m based in Welling­ton, I can just hop on the train to get to work in­stead of trav­el­ling all over the coun­try. And there’s still that same va­ri­ety; be­ing split be­tween two groups is great for this. Plus I get a lot of op­por­tu­nity to work au­tonomously, which I re­ally en­joy. There’s a lot less pres­sure here.”

Karen thinks the change of in­dus­try has done her good.

“The chem­i­cal in­dus­try isn’t as bad as ev­ery­one thinks it is, but it’s still re­fresh­ing to be pro­mot­ing an undis­putable healthy in­dus­try. The PR is much more straight­for­ward; it’s not that it’s eas­ier, re­ally, just a nice change.”

Karen is living the healthy life­style she cham­pi­ons; cur­rently train­ing for a trail run, she loves be­ing out­doors, and is teach­ing her two sons (10 and 12) to love it too.

“I al­ways try to chal­lenge my­self, but they’re not as good with ad­ven­ture as I am.Tak­ing your­self out of your com­fort zone is part of living, and I’m try­ing to in­still that in the kids; might take a while!”

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