CEO and Managing Director
In 1990 Peter made the bold move to take voluntary redundancy from Telecom (NZ) to start his own business. From starting in his double garage to the current combined office and manufacturing facility, many products have moved from just an idea to realisation and success. Peter is still the driving force behind all new product lines and innovations and is always keen to stay involved through a products life cycle.
Margaret has an accounting degree and brings a raft of skills to the team, with the most noticeable being her attention to detail. Margaret is an avid supporter of the Chiefs rugby team but we try not to hold that against her!
Accounts and Sales Assistant
Amy joined the team late in 2017 to assist with accounts and admin jobs. Amy brings a quality skill set to Harvest after previously working as a legal executive for law firms. Amy also carries one of the most important responsibilities in the building that directly affects productivity: looking after our espresso machine.
Senior Design Engineer
Gary is both our head boffin and the person responsible for bringing Peter's ideas to an actual product, although it must be said that even Gary can't always turn all of the boss's (sometimes crazy) ideas into a product.
Gary has been with Harvest since its beginning in 1990 making him our longest serving employee.
Software Development Manager
After a few years of study at Massey University Brendon now puts his skills to work in a mixture of responsibilities including software development and assisting with IT. His early work as part of the Tech Support team has helped to give him insight into customer requirements. Brendon is currently leading a project to upgrade most of the Harvest front and backend software.
Baden has worked on many different projects in his years at Harvest. Baden is our database specialist - without him we would be lost! In recent years Baden has also been involved with Harvest sponsored community work assisting with developing a new scoring system for the Golden Shears.
Dr Ehsan Tabatabaei Yazdi
Ehsan joined the Harvest team after submitting his PhD thesis at Canterbury University. His research area during PhD was in Wireless Sensor Networks and their communication protocols. He is currently involved in a major upgrade of the Harvest front and backend software.
Logan joined the Harvest team with a a background in B2B sales and product support. As well as being a senior product specialist, Logan is also responsible for ensuring all new device firmware and new backend software are tested. Logan is also our R&D and special project man - if there is a chance our systems can do it, then Logan is the one to make it happen.
Brenda joined the team in 2016 with a background as a GUI and customer experience specialist. After working for companies like Google and PicMonkey, Brenda brings a wealth of experience to the software team.
Sales and Operations Manager
Andrew grew up working for his dad (Peter) after school building circuit boards. Upon leaving school he worked briefly at a local IT company before joining the Harvest team. Andrew currently heads up sales and operations and is the crucial link between sales, production and tech support teams.
Sam Tanner joined the team in 2015 to assist with all things sales related. Sam has a background as a trained musician/songwriter and has previously worked on a dairy farm. Sam puts his design skills to good use by assisting with all things creative.
Jeff joined the team in 2017 with a background in the viticulture industry. Jeff brings a fresh perspective to the office having also been a Harvest customer. Some of his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and engineering.
Tech Support Manager
Since joining the team in 2013, Philip has become a specialist in programming failsafe logic for effluent irrigators and general control solutions involving the Harvest ITU G2. Philip also has a Masters in Theology which can make for some interesting workplace discussion! Philip became our Tech Support Manager in 2015 and is responsible for ensuring all Harvest customers receive the best possible service.
Harvest are currently advertising for a new Tech Support team position. Please refer the advertisement on Trademe for more details.
Lisa joined the Tech Support team in 2016. She has a Bachelor of IT and has worked in the IT industry since 1998. With a can do attitude and an aptitude for all things technology and some software programming experience, Lisa has become a real asset to the team.
Shaun joined the team in early 2016 as the youngest member. He is an avid gamer and enjoys exploring new challenges which bodes well for the job.
Graham started in the IT industry in 1986 and has a background in mainframe programming in the financial services arena. As a self-confessed geek he has interests in new technologies, especially robotics and smart home tech. Graham is a father of four and lists his children as his greatest achievement. He is a proud Yorkshire man and supports Leeds United, the Leeds Rhinos and of course the Yorkshire cricket team.
Before joining Harvest in early 2017, Grayden spent 9 years with Alcatel-Lucent managing the testing aspect of Telecommunication installation and upgrade projects for customers.
Warranty and Repairs Coordinator
Kayne has recently joined the team at Harvest to assist with the coordination of all returns and repairs that come through the doors.
Field Technician [South Island]
Rhys joined the team at the end of 2015 after spending 10 years as one of our service agents. Rhys brings a wealth of experience with him, not just with the Harvest product line but also as a field service technician.
Field Technician [North Island]
Davids background with Telecom and then a local electrical/data cabling contractor combined with a passion for amateur radio means David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. David's vast experience is often called upon while carrying out installations.
Michael joined the team at the start of 2014 after previously working for a video/lighting production company. His responsibilities as Production Manager encompass purchasing, order scheduling and quality control. Michael is also the designated health and safety officer at Harvest.
Production Technician and Special Projects
Callum joined Harvest with a background as a qualified mechanic and part-time geek. With a skillset that mixes hardware and software, Callum wears many hats at Harvest including system building, product design, research and development, CAD design, custom machining and logic programming. Callum claims his first (and highly successful) campaign was convincing the boss that Harvest needed a CNC mill. "Next stop, robotic arm!"
Senior Production Technician [Manufacturing]
Rob immigrated from England and has a background in electronic manufacturing and repairs. Rob works with the tech support team to sort RMAs and repairs, alongside Gary in building prototypes and with Chris operating the SMD plant. Rob is an avid football player and supporter of AFC Bournemouth.
As the longest serving production technician - Mike has been involved with the ever developing technology. Mike was responsible for the assembly of the first frost alarms and weather stations so there isn't a Harvest product that he has not worked on.
Simon is involved in a variety of projects including Kiwirail, the Harvest Shearing Scoring System and other custom product lines. With a passion for electronics Simon is also receiving training from our senior technician, Rob Gale, to further his skills as a technician. His artistic skills are also put to good use and he is responsible for diagrams such as the one pictured on our homepage. Simon loves nothing more than getting home after a tough day and enjoying some online gaming!
Phil has worked in the telecommunications and electronics industry since leaving school in 1979. As part of the production team, Phil helps with final assembly and shipping of core Harvest product lines. Phil also assists with field installations during busy periods. Outside of work, Phil hosts a local radio show with his wife, play in two bands and enjoy family time.
Henry van Manen
Henry brings half a century's experience to his role. He's worked on everything from vintage valve amp technology, to modern electronics, and music recording. He's an avid electric guitar player and has been in rock bands in Holland since the 60's, then taking it on the road from the 90's...which led him to New Zealand; he currently plays in a band with friends as well as in his church's worship group. Henry's vast experience and steady hand are certainly appreciated by the production team.
Production Technician [Engineering]
After spending many years running his own building company Allan realised that working inside during winter has many advantages! Allan is an integral part of the production team and is often seen in the workshop by the milling machine or metal lathe building brackets or producing much needed one-off components.
Josiah joined the Production team in 2016 to assist with mechanical assembly. With no hesitation to get stuck into whatever is put before him, Josiah's enthusiasm is much appreciated by the team. In his spare time Josiah is a budding sound technician.
Kay joined the team in 2016 and is onsite every day ensuring a clean and tidy workplace.
Workplace Satisfaction Officer
Sebastian, or Bash as he prefers to be called, can be found mainly in our production area. Bash assists in ensuring workplace satisfaction. He can often be found patrolling our production area and is especially vigilant at lunch break ensuring a tidy break room by cleaning up any droppages or spills.