Clockwise from left around Gerard, Jude, Deb, Camilla, Barb, Jaime, BJ, Carmen, Liz, Anne and Karen.
Gerard has a horticultural background and has always had a greenfingered interest in growing things. A stint as a flower auctioneeer also gave him a feel for the other side of the fence. Gerard takes responsibility for the commercial side of the operation and, in particular, the sourcing, ordering and stocktake of all seed. He enjoys walking the many trails through the Kaimais with friends and, of course, time spent in the garden to clear the cobwebs after a busy week indoors.
Deb joined the team in September 2007 and after filling thousands of packets of seeds over many years, she has made the move to the Administration side of our operation. She forms part of the team that picks, invoices and packs your home gardener and commercial orders. She treasures the time spent with her family outdoors, also patch-working and pottering in the garden.
Since August 2008, Karen has spent a lot of her time helping with your queries on the phone, after moving to the district in search of a sunny lifestyle. She classifies herself as a beginner gardener, inspired by what she learns at work. Her experiments/trials and research provide content for the blogs she writes for our website. Her creative skills are often spent cooking the garden produce and dabbling in mosaics for the garden.
Camilla has been with Kings Seeds since September 2002. She lives locally and really enjoys the variety she gets working at Kings. Camilla enjoys working around her new lifestyle property, creating gardens and making the home her own with her partner Tony. She completed her Certificate in Business with the Open Polytechnic in 2011.
Jude moved from Lower Hutt to a lifestyle block in Katikati with husband, Ash, and two teenage children. They are loving the country life. Having a number of pets and other animals, cooking and walking are amongst her interests and working at Kings Seeds complements her love of gardening. She looks forward to the weekly game of golf and, due to the varied nature of her job at Kings, looks forward to going to work.
Billie-Jo joined the Production team in March 2014, is married to Mike and has two lovely boys. Working at Kings Seeds has sparked a new interest in growing vegetables for her family. She really enjoys working in such a friendly environment. She loves fishing in the harbour and playing golf.
Carmen joined Kings Seeds in early March 2014 joining the Production team. Over the years she has grown a variety of different Kings Seeds vegetables with the three children and husband James on their Kauri Point property. Winter weekends are spent following the girls' netball and in the summer, swimming at beautiful Waihi Beach or nearby rivers.