The MOUNT PACK & COOL team

Jan Benes

Jan Benes

Managing Director

Jan has many years of experience in the kiwifruit industry, including a number of Executive and Director Positions. He specialises in post-harvest and logistics. Jan is a member of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Council and a grower of kiwifruit. Jan is the Managing Director at both MPAC and our sister company APAC.


P 07 547 4403  

M 021 271 0061

E  janb@mountpac.co.nz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Murray Gough

Murray Gough

General Manager Commercial

Previously the Group General Manager at Satara, Murray has held the position of General Manager since MPAC’s inception. Murray manages the day to day activities of MPAC and the commercial interface with Zespri where he is a representative on Zespri’s Industry Supply Group (ISG). He also actively manages the Mount Growers Supply Group Ltd interests in relation to grower payments and pool management.


P 07 547 4401  

M 027 544 4492 

E murrayg@mountpac.co.nz

Lee Weatherley

Lee Weatherley

Company Accountant

Lee is the JACE Group Accountant, she oversees all the financial and taxation accounting at MPAC, reporting directly to the Directors. Lee travels frequently dividing her office time between MPAC, APAC, Just Avocados and Southern Orchards.

 

P 07 547 4402

M 027 330 9450 

E leew@mountpac.co.nz

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Brendon Lee

General Manager, Operations

P 07 547 6074

M 027 415 8338

E brendonl@mpac.co.nz 

Hugh Gardiner

Hugh Gardiner

Grower Liaison Manager

Hugh has worked in kiwifruit since planting his own orchard in 1980. He has diplomas in Agriculture and Farm Management. Hugh manages the interface between Mpac and our growers. He coordinates the harvest and grower services. If you are interested in packing with Mpac please contact Hugh.

 

P 07 547 4415  

M 027 286 6429

E hughg@mpac.co.nz

Geordie Gardiner

Geordie Gardiner

Grower Services Representative

Geordie joined the MPAC team in 2016. He will provide a range of year round grower services to ensure growers get the best returns for their crop. During harvest Geordie assists in auditing pickers to ensure fruit is picked carefully, and damage to fruit is minimised.


P 07 547 4405

M 027 275 0320

geordieg@mpac.co.nz

mpac 0003 Marlia Fraser

Marlia Fraser

Grower Services Representative

Marlia joined the Grower Services team in early 2018 bringing 15 years’ experience in the kiwifruit industry which started with a horticultural cadetship. A move into orchard management soon followed. More recently she held positions that have centred around industry liaison and teaching roles facilitating orchard skills and New Zealand Certificates in L3/4 Fruit Production. Marlia very much enjoys being out in the field, building key relationships and supporting Mpac’s existing clients.

P 07 547 4405

M 027 234 2534

E marliaf@mpac.co.nz 

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Allan Clover

Grower Services Representative

Allan moved to Tauranga from Taranaki in 1972. His background including dairy farming and mechanical engineering. Involvement in the kiwifruit industry soon followed. Allan has played an important role in all aspects of orchard operations. He was an orchard manager and advisor before joining the Mpac team in 2018 and continues to manage his two family orchards. 

P 07 547 4405

M 027 439 2909

E allanc@mpac.co.nz 

Tim Crossman

Tim Crossman

Grower Services Representative

Tim Crossman joined the Mpac team in 2017 and has many years’ experience within the kiwifruit industry. Tim was a former officer in the NZ Police force. During our peak harvesting/packing season, Tim works alongside Ryan to manage our packing operations.

P 07 547 4411  

027 894 4320

E timc@mpac.co.nzThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donna Little

Donna Little

Quality and Compliance Manager

Donna ensures both growers and the packhouse meet Zespri’s exacting standards of high quality. She manages the Packhouse Quality Control team and the Kiwigreen program.

P 07 547 4404   

M 027 544 4485   

E donnal@mpac.co.nz

Daniel Riley

Daniel Riley

Coolstore Operations Manager

Daniel joined MPAC in 2013. Daniel ensures our production meets supply requests in terms of volume, size, pack type, labelling and quality.


P 07 547 4416

M 021 464 352 

E danielr@mpac.co.nz

Helen Webster

Helen Webster

Operations Administrator

Helen manages the grower reporting and grower payment functions of our business. Helen also oversees the Electronic Data Input (EDI) team who are responsible for electronically identifying and recording kiwifruit data as the fruit is packed, and managing inventory. 

 

P 07 547 4414      

M 027 544 4482

E helenw@mpac.co.nz

Ryan Manders

Ryan Manders

Packing Operations Manager

Ryan Manders joined the Mpac team in 2017. He previously worked as a capsicum Packhouse and Logistics Manager at Southern Paprika in Warkworth. Ryan manages the packing operations of our business.

P 07 547 4411  

021 181 0494     

E ryanm@mpac.co.nzThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Heemi Tarei

Coolstore Manager

P 07 547 4400

M 022 028 8104

E heemit@mpac.co.nz 

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Nik Cavill

Yard/CA Manager

P 07 547 4400

M 027 883 6509

E nikc@mpac.co.nz 

Tania Swain

Tania Swain

Executive Assistant

Tania joined MPAC in May 2016. She has a varied background in administration and previous experience in the kiwifruit industry. Tania is the first point of contact for all general queries to Mpac and provides secretarial support to the Managing Director and wider management team.

 

P 07 547 4400

M 021 174 1224

E tanias@mpac.co.nz

Garry Corbett

Garry Corbett

Storage Manager

P 07 547 4406

M 027 544 4489

E garryc@mpac.co.nz 

Jason Jefferies

Jason Jefferies (JJ)

Production Supervisor and GAP Auditor

JJ has been part of the Mpac team since 2003. During packing JJ and Justin alternate between day and night shifts to keep things running smoothly. JJ also does the GAP auditing for Mpac.