Nov. 20, 2020, 5:11 p.m.
Maungatapere Berries made headlines this week for being the first to pay back their Provincial Growth Fund Loan. Now, one of their managers, Finnisha Tuhiwai, has been nominated as a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Awards for young Māori success in horticulture.
The Malley family bought the land to start Maungatapere Berries in 2011. Since then it has been going from strength to strength with a big focus on being a family business that thinks of their employees as whānau.
Their goal has been to provide as much full-time employment as possible, this was supported last year through a $2.28 million dollar Provincial Growth Fund loan in July of last year.
The hydroponic berry growing operation was able to grow the business, employing 56 extra employees and expanding 4.2 hectares. They employed 180 workers in peak season between August and June.
Manager Finnisha Tuhiwai is a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Awards, recognising young Māori Growers in Horticulture. Finnisha is very passionate about her work and is very excited about being a finalist.
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