Kiwifruit chief moves on to HortNZ

January 2016

After a decade as chief executive of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers, Mike Chapman has resigned to take a new role heading up Horticulture New Zealand.

Mike graduated with an arts and law degree from Otago University , then signed up for the Royal New Zealand Navy spending 16 years as a Defence Forces solicitor.

After completing his service he became chief counsel and manager of the Commerce Commission’s legal services division, where he managed in-house and external litigation. After five years he took up the position of professional standards director for the Auckland District Law Society.

After a year and a half he resigned to take up the Kiwifruit NZ position.