There are 35 permanent staff employed at the Motueka site, including scientists, technicians, orchard workers and support staff.  Casual staff are employed during busy times, and contractors are employed for mowing, gardening and extra work in the orchards.

Our site and facilities

The campus is divided in to two sites.  The main site, which houses the laboratories, offices and cool-stores is located in Brooklyn, six minutes north of Motueka township. The Whakarewa Street site is just west of the Motueka township and comprises the packing shed, workshop and lunch room.  Altogether, the Motueka campus covers an area of approximately 40 hectares – 29 hectares at the Brooklyn site and 11 hectares in Whakarewa Street.

The administration office in Motueka used to be a private house and is surrounded by many protected specimen trees as well as native bush and other shrubs. The site has well laid out gardens and lawns, with plenty of parking. There are several glasshouses, shade-houses, laboratories, a hop processer and kiln and offices for the staff.


It takes approximately 50 minutes from the Nelson airport to drive to the Brooklyn site.  However, for out of town people returning to the airport at the end of the day its best to allow at least an hour, due to heavier traffic. 

The area

Motueka is a thriving town in the middle of a fruit growing area.  Many years ago the main crop was tobacco but since the 1980’s hops, apples and kiwifruit have taken over. There are two supermarkets, many cafes and craft shops, as well as a large range of shops and two movie theatres. There is a recreation centre and a community hospital and a good range of organisations such as churches, sports and community clubs.   

The region

Motueka is in the Tasman region, close to both the Abel Tasman and the Kahurangi National Parks. The site is twelve minutes from the golden beaches of Kaiteriteri, and Takaka is less than an hour away towards Golden Bay. There are many walks, such as the Heaphy Track and the Wangapeka Track which will take 4-6 days, and day trips to places like Mount Arthur or the Flora Hut.  Coastal walks between Marahau and Wainui Bay, and kayaking in the Abel Tasman are some of the many activities.  Skydiving, hang gliding and microlight flying are all offered through the local airport. 

Further information

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