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Peter Spinks

-Specialist Cucumber Grower

Peter grew up in Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains before moving to Opotere in the Coromandel where he lived for 21 years. Peter spent nine years in the Forest Service in Whangamata from 1973 then moving into Share Milking in 1983 where he was milking 200 cows for 11 years.


In 1993 Peter became self-employed, starting his own Tomato growing operation in Tuakau. After joining NZ Hothouse in March 2002 assisting with the irrigation at our Karaka growing site, Peter moved to our Bombay growing site to assist with irrigation and the general setup of the new site.


Peter was approached in August 2003 to become a Cucumber grower for NZ Hothouse in Bombay. Now, with over 17 years experience in the industry, Peter grows 6000m of Tomatoes, 2.8 hectares of Telegraph Cucumbers, 5500m Capsicums and oversees 38 staff.


Peter has 3 grown children and 3 lovely grandchildren who are based in Otaki, Palmerston North and the South Island. He and his Partner Donna still live in Tuakau where Peter is passionate about Gun Dog Trialing. Peter’s five-year-old Yellow Lab, Minty won the Puppy champs at a mere six months old in Alexandra and continues to be the perfect gun dog for his 10-12 trials he attends each year.


For those who do not know what Gun Dog Trialing is, it simulates hunting with a blank shot sets a dog out to find a pigeon which has been catapulted into the distance. The irony in this is that Peter has never in his years been shooting for live animals!


Peter still calls Opotere home and plans to retire in Opotere or Onemana, a neighboring beach town in the Coromandel.

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