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    Blackcurrants NZ Incorporated (BCNZ)

    Karilyn Witterick (BCNZ Administrator) Email: [email protected]

    Management and Executive Committee

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    James TavendaleChairman Grower Trustee
    • A commercial blackcurrant grower in Winchmore, Mid Canterbury.
    • James and his wife Zoe have been in partnership with his brother Mark’s family and parents John and Lynley for 12 years.
    • Combined they grow 125 Ha of blackcurrants including a small area of redcurrants and organic blackcurrants as part of a 270 Ha farming operation.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2010.
    • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives.
    Jim GriersonMarketer and Processor Trustee
    • Co-founder of the Vitality® health and wellness brand.
    • Horticulture Crop Agronomist and Marketing Advisor for 35 years.
    • Inaugural President of the International Blackcurrant Association 2008-12.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2017.
    Hamish McFarlaneGrower Trustee
    • A second generation commercial grower in Temuka, South Canterbury.
    • A family history of growing blackcurrants since 1980.
    • 110 Ha planted in blackcurrants, as part of a wider mixed cropping/horticulture farming operation.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2015.
    Stuart StephensGrower Trustee
    • A second generation commercial grower in Leeston, Mid Canterbury with 16 years farming experience.
    • 84 Ha planted in blackcurrants.
    • Oversees the BlackHort breeding plots in Canterbury, which are located at Waipuna farm.
    • One of the three BCNZ BlackHort breeding committee representatives, and Chair of the BlackHort committee.
    • A BCNZ Executive Committee member since 2012.