Leafy crops

The Leafy Crop Advisory Group represents lettuce, silverbeet, spinach, mesclun, salad leaves, watercress, beans, peas, and snow peas.

The majority of production is consumed domestically with a small volume of lettuce and chicory exported mainly to Hong Kong and Japan.


An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Manual for outdoor head lettuce is now available in CD-ROM format along with an A5 pest and disease field handbook.

IPM Lettuce Final Report SFF 15 059 - 1999

The Leafy Crops Advisory Group (Vegetables NZ) initiated a two-year implementation phase to transfer technology developed from the previous“IPM for Outdoor Lettuce” SFF project to growers and crop scouts/consultants.  The project team included key growers and industry personnel from the major lettuce-producing regions, Pukekohe, Gisborne and Horowhenua. The project work focused on crop scout training for different regions, replicated field Trials, continued monitoring of small insect pests, development of action thresholds for the major insect pests (particularly caterpillar pests) and the dissemination of results in the IPM manual/guide.

See Research Reports - Members for the final report

Statistics (2013)

Leafy Crops Overview


Lettuce (outdoor)

Silverbeet / Spinach

Number of Growers 40 30
Area planted 1,300 hectares 200 hectares
Production - 3,500 tonnes
Exports $1.9 million -

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Kiran Hari (Director and VNZI Board Member)
R C Hari & Sons Ltd
105 Middleton Road RD 3
Pukekohe 2120
Phone: 09 238 8893
Mobile: 021 365 453
e: kiran@rchproduce.co.nz

Nicholas Archdale
LeaderBrand Produce Ltd
P O Box 648
Gisborne 4040
Mobile: 021 610 862
e: nicholasa@leaderbrand.co.nz

Emma Clark
C/- Woodhaven Gardens Co Ltd
44 Joblins Road RD 1
Levin 5571
Phone: 06 368 6672
Mobile: 021 498 156
e: emma@woodhavengardens.co.nz

Ben Conning
R&C Conning Ltd
83 Edens Road, RD 1
Richmond 7081
Phone: 03 544 8884
Mobile: 021 460 728
e: Ben@conning.co.nz

Bruce Nicholls
EA & JP Nicholls Ltd
57 Adams Road South
Pukekohe 2120
Phone: 09 238 9733
Fax: 09 238 9733
Mobile: 027 476 7476
e: brucenicholls@hotmail.com

Garry Yee
Perfect Produce Ltd
17 Jacanas Place, Unsworth Heights
Auckland 0632
Phone: 09 443 7889
Mobile: 021 524 898
e: garry.yee@xtra.co.nz