Turiwiri Produce Limited

New Zealand


The Client


Turiwiri Produce Limited specialises in northland kumara (sweet potato) and was started nearly 30 years ago by husband and wife team, Steven and Sue Wood. Recently, Steven and Sue’s sons have also become involved with the company, making it a real family-run business.

Situated in the heart of New Zealand’s kumara growing country, the company’s packhouse is in Turiwiri with the processing factory 6km away in Dargaville. Turiwiri Gardens grows kumara on their properties in Turiwiri and Ruawai (25km from Turiwiri).

Turiwiri Gardens is the biggest single grower in the kumara industry and one of five packhouses in the area - the only one that is privately owned.

They also boast the only processing factory for kumara/pumpkin in the area and pack and market kumara for several other growers.

Their Team consists of 22 permanent staff and a further 30 to 40 casual staff in the cropping season which runs spring through to autumn. Turiwiri Produce – Processing Division process kumara into frozen chips, pieces and nuggets for the wholesale industry in New Zealand, Australia and England.



The company first heard of GV Custom Software and the PackManager system through the head office of MG Marketing in Christchurch.

Co-owner Sue Wood outlines that the features of the PackManager.NET software including versatility, ease of use and future proofing (e.g. market compatibility), helped them make the decision to engage GVCS. Sue also highlights the fast and efficient problem solving that GVCS provide and says “help is simply a phone call or email away, it’s great having one person who deals with us and knows our system.

Turiwiri Produce has found the PackManager.NET software allows excellent product tracking and has been beneficial to the smooth operating of their business.

Sue says the PackManager.NET software has opened doors to the future use of PDAs and linking directly with the markets throughout New Zealand. This has lead to greater control for the company and increased supplier satisfaction.


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