Covered crops

The Covered Crops Advisory Group represents the interests of capsicum, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, sprouted beans, witloof, and courgette growers.

Tomatoes are also a covered crop but are represented by Tomatoes NZ.

Production of export quality capsicums is specialised, capital intensive, and has a high cost structure in New Zealand. All export capsicums are produced in greenhouses.

Exports of capsicums were valued at $38 million in 2013. Japan is the largest market closely followed by Australia. Together these markets comprise 98% of all capsicum exports. 


Current export initiatives are focused on reducing reliance on the Japanese market. The industry is seeking improved access to the USA and new access into Korea and China to reduce this market dependence

Leanne Roberts (Director and VNZI Board Member)
Thymebank 2013 Ltd

Phone: 03 577 9496
Mobile: 027 326 8568

Anthony Carter
Carternet Holdings Ltd

Phone: 03 312 0083
Mobile: 021 034 7036

Rob Lindsay
Island Horticulture Ltd

Phone: 03 327 6378
Mobile: 027 220 2079

John Wordsworth
Parkgard Growers 2000 Ltd

Phone: 09 435 3017
Fax: 09 435 3019
Mobile: 027 299 5600

Edward Lee
Lee Wang Hot House Ltd
PO Box 1232
Pukekohe 2340
Mobile: 022 109 0304