Recently Sold – Organic walnut orchard

Graeme and Barbara Nicholas have sold their orchard.

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Spring 2019 Newsletter

Our NZWIG October 3, 2019 Newsletter is now available. View PDF version here

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NZWIG ANNUAL MEETING – 24th August 2019

Notice of NZWIG AGM.

Members are invited to our AGM on Saturday the 24th of August beginning at 3pm with a visit to Walnuts NZ Co-op factory, 142 Tricketts Road, West Melton, to see the new Buhler smart sorter. 

Here’s the programme;

  • 3pm, Interesting field trip, to see the the new Buhler smart sorter at the Co-op
  • 4pm,  Walnut Quiz at Two Fat Possums restaurant West Melton shopping centre. Teams of two to four people and think of a team name.
  • 5pm, AGM – At Two Fat Possums
  • 6pm, Dinner

RSVP to Dave Malcolm by Wednesday 21st August for the dinner is necessary. Two Fat Possums, $40 or $50 set menu. Dave’s email is

Agenda Items for the New Zealand Walnut Industry Group AGM on the 24th August 2019

The Important Items;

• Election of committee members

• The papers for Formalising the name of NZWIG have been sent to the Registrar Of Incorporated Societies but no response has been received. 



Minutes of 2018 AGM
Matters arising from the minutes.

Adoption of the minutes.
Chairman’s Report.
Treasurers Report.
Subs for next year and appointment of auditor.
Progress on upgrade of members web site
Research  – Carbon Footprint, Trail Blocks
Election of Committee. (BIG WIG)
Committee members are elected for a two year period.

Nelson Hubber, Kaylene Fenton, Ian Sheerin, Dave Malcolm Russel Hurst and Hugh Stevenson come up for reelection this year. 

Have you considered supporting the industry by becoming a member of our committee. New members are always welcome and it’s a very worthwhile industry to support. 

Contact Nelson Hubber if you’d like to chat about it

Important field trip prior to our AGM – Saturday 24th August.

3pm, Visit to Walnuts NZ Co-op factory, 142 Tricketts Road, West Melton, to see the new Buhler smart sorter. 

General Manager Shane McKenzie will be our host and show us the equipment. 

This is a vey important machine, probably the single most important piece of equipment in our whole industry. 

Walnut processing has always had one fundamental problem compared with other food products, that the cracked nuts are difficult and inefficient to sort. A complex problem of removing irregular, small and uneven shapes and sizes of shell, partitions and discoloured nuts etc,  Previously used manual methods have taken a huge amount of time and effort compared to the amount of kernel produced.

This machine is one of the most advanced and cleaver machines in the world for nut sorting and we should be very thankful that the manager and directors of the Co-op have decided to purchase it. Once volumes increase it will prove to be a game changer for our whole industry because the costs of processing will be dramatically reduced.

It will be really worthwhile to learn about this equipment.

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June 2019 Newsletter

NZWIG Newsletter 17 June 2019 – Harvesting machines, harvest report, cultivars, an interesting Wanganui property, walnut timber and more. View Here

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February 2019 Newsletter

NZWIG Newsletter 18 February 2019 – Professor David McNeil’s seminar, a nifty drying system, notes on Phytophthora and more. View Here

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1 December 2018 Newsletter

Our 1 December 2018 Newsletter has just been added to the Newsletter Archive

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September 2018 Newsletter

Our September 2018 Newsletter has just been added to the Newsletter Archive

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2018 Annual Meeting and Field day

WIG Field Day, AGM and Annual Dinner – Saturday July 7th 1pm to 8.30pm

Programme for the day

The Walnut Industry Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday July 7th at the Two Fat Possums Restaurant, 745 Weedons Ross Rd at 5pm. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Preceding the AGM will be a visit to three properties looking at harvesting, drying and storage of walnuts. With the increasing walnut yields we are getting from our orchards it has become important that good systems are in place to efficiently wash and dry walnuts.

Starting at 1.00 pm, the first place we will visit is to Basil and Trudi Meyer’s property at 719 Telegraph Rd. Basil and Trudi will show us their German harvester made by Feucht Oberechnik. This harvester is very manueuverable, lightweight, and with a pick up width of about 2 metres. They will also show us their compost spreader also imported from Germany. This spreader is smaller than the larger New Zealand spreaders. Basil applies Living Earth compost at a rate of 8 tonnes to the hectare.

At 2.30pm we will visit Tony and Ngarie Sigmund’s orchard at 63 Neave Rd in West Melton. Tony and Ngarie have 10 acres with 400 trees in their orchard. They will show us their washing  machine and drying bins with carpet blowers which include the use of dehumidifiers.

At 3.30 we will visit Alan and Adrian Robinson’s orchard at 627 Halkett Rd in West Melton. Alan and Adrian have imported a 3.6 metre tower drying system that can dry 400kg of nuts in 2 days using electric heating and blowers.

Following these visits at 5pm will be the AGM in the function room at Two Fat Possums Restaurant at 745 Weedons Ross Rd in West Melton (opposite the West Melton School).An important part of the AGM will be the election of committee members. This year we are looking for new committee members to join. Nelson Hubber has be a loyal and long serving chairperson on our committee and would like to step down. Please give some thought to consider putting your name forward on being a committee member. There are only 5 meetings a year so its not a big time commitment.

Following the AGM at 6.30pm will be the Annual WIG dinner also at Two Fat Possums. I have booked the function room here which proved successful last year.

NZ Walnut 2017 Dinner

Members enjoying our 2017 Annual Dinner

Please RSVP Dave Malcolm ( by 4th July if you intend to come to the dinner for booking purposes. This year the dinner will be $40 for two courses (a choice of one of three mains and one of three desserts).

Looking forward to seeing you there. Your attendance will be much appreciated.
Kind regards
Dave Malcolm
Events Coordinator
NZ Walnut Industry Group

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Newsletter December 2017

Our December 2017 newsletter has just been added to the newsletter archive page

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Transition to Organic, Harvesting and Drying Field Day

Saturday 14th October 2017, on a member’s property near Lincoln, Contact us for details.

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