For Sale: Organic walnut orchard

Graeme and Barbara Nicholas have decided to sell their 10.4 hectare orchard, near Lincoln.

The orchard is on elite Templeton silt loam soil. The trees will soon reach peak production. The orchard production has already reached 14 tonne and is projected to grow to at least 26 tonne. The orchard is in conversion to BioGro organic registration and the crop is already attracting a premium.

Demand for organic walnuts is strong, and exceeds supply. The orchard
comes complete with and excellent irrigation consent and plant (including harvester) for managing the orchard and harvest. Shares in NZ Walnut Co-operative are also available. These shares ensure a path to market for the crop.
The current orchard is the productive unit it is today because of the vendors’experience and decisions since 2001.

Find out more: Here

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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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