Dunstan Hills Team

A multinational, professional and friendly team.

IAN NICHOLLS
Head of Operations

Ian grew up in Nelson and moved to Central Otago in 1993 to focus on stonefruit production.

He is dedicated to the pursuit of growing excellence with an intuitive approach and a deep respect for the land where he believes true quality begins. What he loves most, is the fact that no two seasons are ever the same and the Central Otago’s unique climate presents a new set of challenges each year.

Ian recognizes that it takes more than one person to grow quality fruit and is proud to be part of a great team who share his passion in producing the finest quality stonefruit.

ELTON STEYN
Orchard Manager

Elton was born, schooled and lived the first 22 years of his life in South Africa before making the move to Alexandra, which has now become his home.

His journey of the stonefruit industry began in 2008. Since then Elton has amassed a remarkable experience of growing and nurturing the fruit trees through the endlessly fascinating changes of seasons as well as harvest operations at all levels. He joined the Dunstan Hills team as a Supervisor in 2014 and was appointed Orchard Manager in 2015.

Elton enjoys spending time with friends and his other passions of golf, rugby and football.

BARRY WIND
Packhouse Manager

Ko Onepoto te Maunga Toa
Ko Waikato te Awa                       
Ko Ngaati Aamaru te Hapu
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Barry toku Ingoa

Barry remembers from school Ko wai Au (who am I) No hea Au (where am I from) Kei te haere ana au ki hea (where am I going).

He hails from the mighty Waikato but grew up in the small area known as Te Kaha in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, where there is kiwi fruit as far as the eye can see. Barry has vast experience of the horticultural industry from his teens, through to adulthood. He had 9 years’ experience in post-harvest operations, from the packing of kiwifruit through to the packing of avocados in the north island and the artificial pollination of kiwifruit crops, to working for Dunstan Hills in Alexandra.

Barry has demonstrated an eagerness to learn and pursuit of knowledge about the finer details of stonefruit production at Dunstan Hills and growers from the region. He has been the Packhouse Manager of Dunstan Hills for 4 years and look forward to many more years to come.

TIM OFFICER
Cherry Harvest Manager/H&S Co-ordinator

Tim Officer grew up and went to school in Southland and spent 4 years at the University of Otago before moving to London to work in Accounting.

In 2016, Tim moved to Alexandra to work at Dunstan Hills. His first role was in pruning then progressed to Cherry Supervisor and in 2019, Tim was appointed the Cherry Harvest Manager and Health and Safety Coordinator.

When not working, Tim enjoys running and watersports in the beautiful Central Otago region.

LISA ADAMSON
Pastoral Care Person

Lisa was originally from Dunedin and decided to settle in Alexandra with her husband Stu after over a decade of life in Queensland.  She began working at Dunstan Hills in December 2015 as a Cherry Supervisor. Lisa’s previous careers involved Retail Management, Early Childhood Education and working in the sugar cane industry on locomotives.

It became apparent that Lisa’s passion is people, so was appointed the Pastoral Care Person for Dunstan Hills since the beginning of 2019 harvest season.

Pastoral Care is not directly involved with fruit production which frees Lisa up to invest her time in the Health and Well-being of our staff. Her number one commitment is to the people who walk through the doors of Dunstan Hills.