Avocado Monitoring - Citrus Monitoring - Flower Monitoring - Monitor Training

"Working for the Grower"

Meet The Team


Kazel Cass

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Consultant specializing in Organics

Phone the office for more information.

Kazel joined the CropCheck team as a monitor in September 2014. Knowing that Kazel had been tutoring in Horticulture at BOP Polytech and held a Degree in Horticulture from Massey University, we grabbed her quickly and know we have made a great choice.

Kazel and her teacher husband, have a lifestyle block up the Kaimai’s based on permaculture principles, with geese grazing the grass under their 40 avocado trees, as well as the occasional pig.

She is passionate about organics, sustainability and self sufficiency which can be seen everywhere if you have the pleasure of visiting her property, with the many animals, interesting plants of all sorts, kids and usually a few  WWoofer’s.

Kazel is currently teaching an Organics course for PGG Wrightsons and carrying out consultancy for our clients who are interested in using Organic practices on their orchards. She has a good knowledge of Organics, Environmental Sustainability, Bio Dynamics and Soil health.

If you would like Kazel to visit you, please contact the office to organize an appointment..

Cathy Harris


Director, AvoGreen Trainer, Customer Liaison

Phone:  027 235 3919

Cathy has been avoiding writing this profile as she doesn't like drawing attention to herself, but here goes. She grew up on a hill country sheep farm inland from Taihape, on a farm that will probably be covered in snow right now. After living in Northland for a short while, she moved to Tauranga, eventually ending up on an orchard with her parents.

After forays into nursing, assisting David with his Computer Consultancy business and teaching, she has come full circle and is back living on a lifestyle property on the corner of a farm in Ohauiti, with husband David, and spending her time (when not looking at the view) as a director of CropCheck.

Her other occupation is teaching singing in secondary schools. After many years of study Cathy graduated in 2011 from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music.

Though much of her study was in music, the drama, speech and English writing papers have helped a lot with her roll in CropCheck. Cathy works in training and client liaison. She is also responsible for the design and production of the reports, newsletters and communications you will receive from the office with the help of Philippa and David.


David Harris

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Director, Administration

Phone:  07 281 1034

Cellphone:  0274 988 440

David is the face behind the administration and day to day management of CropCheck; he is the one who makes sure all the systems are in place and compliant with the AvoGreen® program.

David has designed our database, which is always under development.  If you have any questions, input or would just like a chat, he would love to hear from you by email at: david@cropcheck.co.nz or by phone on 07 281 1034.

David's introduction to horticulture came at an early age, picking lemons for his grandfather, the then chairman of the NZ Citrus Marketing Authority. In the 15 years that Talbot (Reg) Hunt served as chairman, David was dragged along to many meetings to hear him speak, learning about the early days of citrus marketing and processing. In his working life, he has worked in banking, business management and accounting, computer sales, consultancy and servicing, software design and programming.

In the early 80's he was employed for 2 years as Office Manager for Peacocke and Cameron, gaining a lot of experience in orchard development and management. Subsequently David started a computer business and later employed Phil Radford, together designing the original KiwiPlus software for Kiwifruit post-harvest facilities and grower pools.

In his spare time, which he rarely has, David is a keen Cricket watcher and is still a registered Umpire, enjoys most Motorsports especially Speedway and Formula One, loves aircraft, is a keen Photographer and enjoys fishing.

Drawing from this experience, he is a huge asset to the company. He is available at the office should you have any questions for him and would love to talk to you.

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Vicky Smith

Monitor in Tauranga/Kaimai area

Vicky has been on our monitoring staff since August 2016. She has said to us that “this is my dream job”, giving her freedom to do something she absolutely loves in the hours that suit her.

Vicky has undertaken and completed a course in Organics, through PGG Wrightson, further building on her interest and knowledge of insects. We love the way Vicky is always discovering new bugs and can show you lovely photos on her cellphone. She is super organised and is always looking to do the absolute best she can. Don’t you love her smile?



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