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 Admin
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.
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.
James is an uber geek electrical engineer who lives and breathes electronics and gaming. When he is in the zone he can work or play long hours without even noticing the time.
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.
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 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.
Jeremy joined the team in early 2019. Having spent the last 20 years working as a developer in various startup's, government and large enterprise organisations, Jeremy is enthusiastic about all things 'web' and tinkering in the IOT space.
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.
Senior Sales Engineer
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.
Jordan joined the team in 2018 to assist with sales. He increases the Harvest musician count by one and is a trained audio engineer.
Benjamin joined the team in 2018 to assist with sales and customer satisfaction. Ben has a background as an automotive technician and has an interest in all things mechanical and electrical. He also does a spot of sound engineering when ever he can.
Sales Engineer & Field Technician [South Island]
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. Jeff is based in South Canterbury. Some of his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and engineering.
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. Rhys is based in Marlborough.
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 manufacturing manager encompass purchasing, order scheduling and quality control. Michael is also the designated health and safety officer at Harvest.
Senior Manufacturing Technician
Rob immigrated from England and has a background in electronic manufacturing and repairs. Rob works with Kayne and the tech support team to sort RMAs and repairs, alongside Gary in building prototypes and with Simon operating the SMD plant. Rob is an avid football player and supporter of AFC Bournemouth.
Manufacturing & R&D Technician
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!"
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.
Manufacturing Technician [Engineering]
After spending many years running his own building company Allan realised that working inside during winter has many advantages! Allan 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 manufacturing 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.
Xavier joined our manufacturing team in late 2019 after completing two terms of work experience through his high school gateway course. Outside of work Xavier spends most of his time making music and hopes to further this in the years to come.
Warranty and Repairs Coordinator
Kayne joined the team at Harvest in late 2017 to assist with the coordination of all returns and repairs that come through the doors and assists with purchasing and inventory management. Outside of work he enjoys hitting the gym, tinkering with computer systems and spending time with family.
Since starting at Harvest in 2013, Philip has been part of the Tech Support team and specialised in control solutions involving the Harvest ITU G2. Philip 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 customers receive the best possible service.
Harvest are currently advertising for a new team member to join our growing support team. Please refer the advertisement on Trademe for more details.
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.
Jay joined the team in 2017. Hailing from the hot lands of Africa he brings a sunny smile to the team. Previous work experience incorporates many areas of industry from petrochemical and power plants to PLCs and water meters. If there is a weird industry setup, we can count on Jay to have some experience. Outside of work he has a wife and kids. He enjoys walks through the NZ bush and relaxing at home.
David joined the Tech Support Team in 2018. Before joining Harvest, he spent 7 years working in various roles ranging from front line help desk to maintaining internal application’s infrastructure. Prior to this he completed a diploma in Computer Systems and Network Administration while working as a systems administrator at a Christchurch High School. He spends his spare time with his family and tinkering with technology.
Daniel joined the Tech Support Team in 2018. Prior to joining Harvest Daniel completed a Diploma in Computer Servicing and a Degree in Software Engineering at Weltec. Daniel is passionate about technology and spends his spare time programming or winding down with some gaming.
Jesse was an Auctioneer and Valuer for 15 years in Sydney, Australia before moving back to the Wairarapa with his family. He has been a computer enthusiast since getting a Commodore 64 in the 1980’s, a big fan of Open Source Projects Inc, Linux Operating system and the Raspberry Pi devices.
In his spare time Jesse enjoys spending time with family, gardening as well as bushwalking and exploring the New Zealand coast.
Bella joins us in a customer support role, coming from a horticultural background and with a variety of experience in retail and inward goods. Her primary responsibilities are communicating with customers and working as a bridge between sales and technical support.
Christian joined the support team late 2020 after spending 2 years in the telecommunications industry. Christian enjoys spending his time working with computers and thoroughly enjoys helping people getting the most out of the technology we are surrounded by.
Dan comes from an IT and Telematics background most recently living and working in Washington DC. He enjoys working with all forms of tech which bleeds across into his main hobby, motorsport. He spends a lot of time building, tuning and competing in various motorsport events. Otherwise you will find him out on the coast somewhere finding a secluded fishing spot or the total opposite, attending heavy metal concerts with his wife.
Jason is a qualified Audio Engineer and before joining Harvest worked at RNZ in Wellington as the Team Leader for Production. He loves all things tech especially within Music and Media and has a slow growing vinyl collection.
In his downtime he works on his Opaki Lifestyle block with his family cultivating Olives and Yuzu, and tending to his Kune Kune Pigs, Sheep and Horses. If there was other spare time it would be spent at Riversdale Beach, surfing or checking the craypot.
Louie (Matthew) Coles
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 anything dropped on the floor.