Hector Pantano

Horti-Business / Orangewood (Head of Kiwifruit)


School: San Jose High School, Argentina

Training Institute: Northland Polytechnic/Lincoln University

Current Employment: Orangewood (Head of Kiwifruit)

Originally from Argentina, emigrated to New Zealand in mid-2000. In my home country I was in charge of my family table grape orchard. When I came to NZ, I worked for Kerifresh/ T&G as Kiwifruit Production Manager, and also sometime with Seeka Ltd. As a Senior Orchard Manager.

In addition to Kiwifruit Production and Development I have extensive experience on packhouse operation.

Now working for Orangewood Ltd, as Head of the Kiwifruit division, responsible of the production and greenfield operation of over 200 Ha of kiwifruit in the Kerikeri area.

I am a passionate and forward-thinking person who never compromises on quality and always makes things happen. I am an expert at coordinating the work of teams in order to maximise production and deliver positive results.

I hold three different citizenships and speak four different languages. My favourite saying is “I never lose…either I win or I learn”.

On my free time I like to do some running and also enjoying traveling.