Al­bert Shih and Cal­lum Grant have been wel­comed by To­ma­toesNZ as new board mem­bers.

My wife Deb­o­rah and I own and man­age Kakanui To­ma­toes Ltd just out­side of Oa­maru.

NZ Grower - - Under The Mikeroscope -

Al­bert Shih

I was born in Tai­wan. I im­mi­grated to New Zealand at the age of 10 to­gether with my par­ents, Humphrey and Joy, and my sis­ter Jas­mine. The fam­ily busi­ness, Vege Grow­ers Ltd., started in the win­ter of 2003. I got in­volved dur­ing school breaks to help out where I could, learn­ing the op­er­a­tion along the way and grad­u­ally be­came more in­volved. I grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing from the Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury, fol­lowed by a Mas­ter of Project Man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of Syd­ney. I lived in Syd­ney for 18 months, study­ing part time, whilst work­ing in var­i­ous IT projects that could ben­e­fit the tomato busi­ness. Then, I fi­nally ob­tained a Grad­u­ate Diploma in Sci­ence ma­jor­ing in com­puter sci­ence.

Be­sides the fam­ily busi­ness, I have worked in pro­duce, brass man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, me­chan­i­cal work­shops and an RFID tag re­cy­cling project for agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

I have joined the To­ma­toesNZ board to learn more about the in­dus­try and bet­ter un­der­stand the chal­lenges that grow­ers face; po­lit­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally, or oth­er­wise. I hope to be part of the so­lu­tion that will move the in­dus­try for­ward and ben­e­fit all tomato grow­ers.

Cal­lum Grant

We’re a small grower of pre­dom­i­nantly cock­tail sized to­ma­toes which we mar­ket through MG’s un­der our la­bel ‘Kakanui To­ma­toes’. I’m also a di­rec­tor of the North Otago Grow­ers Co­op­er­a­tive Ltd.

I have a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Stud­ies from Massey Univer­sity and a Cer­tifi­cate in Man­age­ment from Deakin Univer­sity, Mel­bourne. Be­sides hor­ti­cul­ture, I have worked in com­mer­cial prop­erty con­tract man­age­ment, lo­gis­tics (in­clud­ing im­port/ ex­port), pro­cure­ment and local gov­ern­ment.

I have al­ways en­joyed hor­ti­cul­ture since grow­ing up on an or­chard in Hawkes' Bay and have fol­lowed hor­ti­cul­ture even when I was not work­ing in it. I had al­ways in­tended to re­turn to hor­ti­cul­ture at some point and when this op­er­a­tion came up it seemed like serendip­ity.

The most im­por­tant thing I en­joy, apart from the work it­self, is work­ing with my fam­ily and be­ing able to take a much more ac­tive part in our two chil­dren's fu­ture, par­tic­u­larly as they are now in the teenage years.

My as­pi­ra­tions for seek­ing a po­si­tion on the board of To­ma­toesNZ is to work con­struc­tively with the wider in­dus­try for suc­cess­ful out­comes for all tomato grow­ers.

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