Steve Saunders
Tuhono Whenua: Horticulture


Steve Saunders, a highly successful kiwifruit entrepreneur and innovator has built up his own horticultural legacy over the past 11 years. 

The Plus Group of companies is based at an emerging horticulture innovation hub called Newnham Park, which he co-founded with Rob Jeffrey at an old packhouse facility in Te Puna, east of Tauranga. These companies operate at the cutting edge of best practices and new technology, offering everything from advanced orchard management, to soil health analysis and pollination services.

There is also a robotics division that’s developing harvesting and sensing systems.  

Newnham Park is now attracting hi-tech companies operating in other agricultural sectors, including vanilla and kiwifruit processing, and product design.