Zespri has officially opened its Mount Maunganui head office as part of the kiwifruit industry’s marquee Momentum 2020 conference.
With phase one of the new building complex completed in April 2019, phase two has seen the completion of a new meeting wing featuring an additional 486m2 space, five meeting rooms and a demonstration kitchen.
The building project saw Zespri work with a range of construction partners including Beca, Hawkins, Rider Levett Bucknall and Warren and Mahoney.
The office was officially opened by Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O’Connor, with four previous Zespri Chairmen - Craig Greenlees, Peter McBride, John Palmer and Doug Voss – cutting a commemorative ribbon in front of around 500 growers, Zespri customers, and representatives from NZKGI, KVH and the post-harvest sector.
Former Zespri Chairmen Craig Greenlees, Doug Voss, Peter McBride, John Palmer and Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson at the opening of the Zespri Head Office. Photo: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media
Zespri Chair Bruce Cameron said the completion of the complex represented a significant milestone for the kiwifruit industry.
“We’re very proud of our story and the contributions our industry has been able to make to growers and our local communities.
“This building was always designed to be a hub for the industry and to celebrate its completion with so many of our industry stalwarts and customers during Momentum 2020 is a fitting way for us to start what we hope will be another successful year for our industry.
“With the building’s completion and our recent brand refresh, Zespri now has an excellent platform for its next phase of growth which we hope will enable us to create continued strong returns for our growers and help people, communities and the environment around the world thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit.”
The total office complex is now 5264m2, with the meeting wing’s demonstration kitchen designed to enable the industry to host tour groups and provide a multi-functional space for significant events.
With global operating revenue of NZ$3.1 billion in 2018/19, Zespri is one of the world's most successful horticulture marketing companies and the Zespri brand is recognised as the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit.
Based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Zespri is 100 per cent owned by current or past kiwifruit growers, and employ over 600 people in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas. On behalf of their 2,800 growers in New Zealand and 1,500 growers based elsewhere, Zespri manages kiwifruit innovation and supply management, distribution management and marketing of Zespri Green, Zespri SunGold, Zespri Organic, Zespri Gold, Zespri Sweet Green and Zespri Red Kiwifruit.
“Last year alone we hosted nearly 800 visitors and the new meeting wing provides not only a stunning space to host them, but also educate them about our industry’s history,” says Bruce.
“The meeting rooms all carry names of significance to our industry, recognising people like Alexander Allison, Isabel Fraser or Hayward Wright, and important locations around the world.”
Within the complex there is also a redeveloped greenspace which Bruce says will provide a fantastic spot for both the Zespri team and the wider public to enjoy.
“This project has been the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people which is reflective of the collaborative nature of our industry, and we’d like to thank our Mount Maunganui neighbours for their co-operation.
“We hope that being able to enjoy a fantastic open green space in the heart of Mount Maunganui might encourage some of the next generation to think about a future career in our industry.”
Reflecting the commitments announced during Momentum 2020, the building also features a number of sustainable design features.
“Sustainability is a major priority for us, and we’re proud that our Momentum conference is carbon-positive.
“Embracing sustainable design principles was certainly a focus for us in this build, so the complex features solar roof panels, energy efficient sensor lighting, grey water storage, electric vehicle charging stations, ability to charge 16 electric bikes and improved recycling options.
“Since our team moved into the new building in April 2019, we’ve already seen some efficiencies and we’re looking forward to that continuing with the new wing now in action,” says Bruce.