Apr 2019

Horticulture suppliers COVID-19 updates

Horticulture suppliers COVID-19 updates

What you need to know


In response to the last edition I asked suppliers to send me short messages to let growers know what services they had available during the level 4 lockdown:



To all our valued clients.  This is a difficult time for us all, but as long as we follow the COVID-19 advice rules, and remain patient and positive, we will get through this.  Although we are unable to undertake any training at this time, we are pleased to advise that we have been classified as an Essential Service for the following:

Repairs and maintenance of spray equipment’s

Supply and fit new componentry for sprayers

Calibrations (Ground)

Supply HuwaSan and Silifert-p to growers

Contact Educhem http://www.educhem.co.nz/contact-us for more information

Gellert Nurseries:

I just wanted to touch base to say we at Gellert’s are taking all precautions at the moment for everyone’s safety so I apologise for the visits I had to cancel this week.  While I know a lot of people that are working from home, I am working from the office this week and I am still contactable by phone and email like normal. 

I know quite a lot of the seed companies are doing a similar thing and asking me to give them as much notice as possible for placing orders as they are not all working on site.

Anyway, let’s hope as a country we get through this soon and support all in any way we can.


Kind regards


Sales and Customer Liaison

Phone 021-285-0070

Please note our change of phone number to 09 294-8178

Karaka, R D 1, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone 09 294-8178 Ext 2

Apex Greenhouses:

During the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, we are currently operating our office sales, accounts, and logistics departments remotely and able take all enquiries via phone or email.

Our factory and warehouse are closed but we will be able to process urgent orders to essential businesses. Likewise, we have teams available for on-site service and maintenance. Please call James Harris 021 956 947 to make a booking.

We wish all our customers the very best during this time and take care.


James Harris

Operations Manager | Apex Greenhouses

james@apexgreenhouses.co.nz  | P +64 9 235 8618  | M +64 21 956 947 | apexgreenhouses.co.nz



Extrutec’s COVID-19 update on EarthTwine production


Like every other business Extrutec has been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.  While we are not able to ship our compostable twine for the duration of the lockdown, we are ready to do so as soon at MBIE regulations allow us to do that.  For any grower’s keen to give EarthTwine a go, we recommend that you get in touch and give us an indication of the quantity of compostable twine you require as well as the type of crop you plan to use it for. 

Expressions of interest will give us the information we need to plan our production and procurement of raw materials for the rest of 2020.  We appreciate that there is a lot of uncertainty around when the lock down will end and what the world may look like by then, so we will treat your interest and estimates as just that – we will not lock you into quantities or timing at this stage, unless you clearly indicate that it is your intention. 

This pandemic has confirmed just how vitally import agriculture and horticulture are to the world population and we are proud to be a supplier to the NZ industry.  Stay safe and stay healthy.  We are looking forward to catching up real soon with as many of you as possible.




Premier Seeds is an essential business, so our team will continue to operate under reduced circumstances.

We are all working from home observing the reduced travel restrictions, but we are available via phone, messenger, email and WhatsApp.

The safety of our customers as well as our team is our number one priority. This is why visits have been stopped.

As required, our office staff all work from home and we are dispatching orders from our Airport Oaks facility Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If you have any seed requirements or need any advice, please talk to Imke (027 2444 611) or Benjamin (027 2444 651)

We are fully stocked and our suppliers are also working, but please allow an extra day or so for the seed delivery.


Stay safe stay healthy.


Wishing you a good week and a fun Easter weekend ��


With kind regards,


Imke Blackett   Dipl. Eng. Hort.

Greenhouse Product Development / Sales

Premier Seeds Limited 

71F Montgomerie Road  |  Airport Oaks  |  Auckland 2022  |  New Zealand

T 0272 444 611  |  E imke.blackett@premierseeds.co.nz  

W www.premierseeds.co.nz




We are currently all working remotely and orders are processed for essential services only. We are can provide all design, project advice and quoting remotely.



Daniel Deere 

Chief Executive


Pure LED: 07 394 6112 | Phone: 022 043 4864 | Email: danieldeere@pureled.co.nz | www.pureled.co.nz




BASF Vegetable Seeds (NUHHEMS) is still in operation as an essential business and seed can still be dispatched via Egmont seeds.

We have plenty of stock but allow a day extra for delivery.

We are following the Covid 19 guidelines and working from home except for essential business which does not involve customer visits for the safety of all.

We know how important and challenging your work is during this time of uncertainty and are thankful for your effort to ensure a stable food supply for all of us.
Although, I cannot visit you personally, I am available via phone, email or text. Paula O’Hanon (021731009) paula.ohanlon@vegetableseeds.basf.com

Best Regards,

Paula O’Hanlon

Vegetable Seeds
Market Development Vegetable Seeds

Mobile: +64 (0) 21 731 009, Email: paula.ohanlon@vegetableseeds.basf.com

Postal Address: BASF New Zealand Ltd, Regus Auckland Airport, Level 1, Quad 7,

6 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland, 2022, New Zealand



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