Plus Group

The Plus Group of Companies offers a range of uniquely integrated horticultural solutions both domestically and internationally. Its core passion is the long-term sustainability of horticulture delivered to our valued clients through service excellence, experience and innovation.

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GroPlus

GroPlus provides a world class kiwifruit orchard management service that maximises grower returns and delivers to our customers’ service excellence, product superiority and innovation.

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Pollen Plus

Pollen Plus is one of the world's largest suppliers of high quality Male Kiwifruit Pollen and artificial pollination services and solutions. Our products are available internationally and New Zealand wide.

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BioSoil

BioSoil & Crop specialises in sampling and analysing soil and tissues of perennial crop plants and making nutrient recommendations based on these results.

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The growing team behind Robotics Plus is comprised of a diverse group of educated, experienced and motivated people.

Dr Alistair Scarfe

Dr Alistair Scarfe (PhD, BE Hons)
Founder & Chief Technical Officer

Dr Alistair Scarfe (PhD, BE) earned a PhD in Industrial Automation after completing a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Mechatronics with First Class Honours, both from Massey University.  Alistair has eight years’ experience developing horticultural robotics and his work was validated during the PhD assessment process. The prototype autonomous kiwifruit harvester was the subject matter of his thesis. As RPL’s Chief Technical Officer and company director, Alistair is responsible for overseeing the execution of all RPL’s projects. He was a finalist for NZ Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year 2012 and won the Tauranga 2011 Rocket Young Innovator of the Year (under 40). Alistair is the first scholar to receive the Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology for three consecutive years and was awarded a ZESPRI Innovation Fellowship.

Steven Saunders

Steven Saunders
Owner and Board Chairman of RPL and the Plus Group

Owner and Board Chairman of RPL and the Plus Group of Companies (www.plusgroup.co.nz). Steve has over 28 years of experience and expertise in the New Zealand horticulture industry across the following disciplines: growing, management, financial management, innovation, new product to market, postharvest ownership, international experience in the export of horticultural products (including pollen and pollen application systems), project management and JV partnerships. As an active angel investor, has been appointed director of numerous other emerging start-ups and holds key board positions with Priority One, Enterprise Angels, Icehouse and recent Crown appointment to Landcare Research.  Steve is also a shareholder and director for Newnham Park Innovation Centre, the home of many award-winning innovation-focused companies. 

Dr. Matt Glenn

Dr Matt Glenn  (BSc Hons, PhD)
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Dawson
Andrew Dawson (PhD, BSc Hons)
Chief Operating Officer
 
 
Melanie Hutchinson

Melanie Hutchinson (BCom, BA)
Office Manager

Kyle Peterson

Kyle Peterson (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Florian Roeske

Florian Roeske (M.Sc., Dipl.-Ing (FH))
Research & Development Engineer

 

John Howarth

John Howarth (BE Mechatronics)
Research and Development Manager

 

Luke Dwyer

Luke Dwyer (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

Erin Sims

Erin Sims (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Matthew Sutherland

Matthew Sutherland (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Hamish Carter

Hamish Carter (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

Dr. Ben Reyngoud

Ben Reyngoud (BE (Hons), PhD)
Senior Research & Development Engineer

Peyman Sabouri

Dr Peyman Sabouri (PhD, MSc, BSc)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Matt Demler

Matt Demler (BCS) 
Senior Software Engineer

David de Graaf

David de Graaf (BE Mechatronics)
Production Manager

 

Camilla Compton

Camilla Compton  (MSci)
Project Engineer

Alex Mosley

Alex Mosley
Project Engineer

Diogo Menezes

Diogo Menezes
Project Engineer

Dean Strydom

Dean Strydom
Project Engineer

Carl Menary

Carl Menary (BDes Hons)
Senior Product Developer

William Lockwood-Geck

William Lockwood-Geck (BDes Hons)
Industrial Designer

Nick Otto

Nick Otto
Engineering Technician

Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke
Project Manager

Clare Paterson

Clare Paterson
Project Manager

Michael Redstall

Michael Redstall
Master Candidate

Daniel Dredge

Daniel Dredge (BE Hons)
PhD Candidate

Canaan Ting

Canaan Ting
Master Candidate

Matthew Seabright

Matthew Seabright (BE Hons)
PhD Candidate

 

Jaron Lindsay

Jaron Lindsay
Business Analysis Manager

Rajat Chawla

Rajat Chawla
Financial Accountant

Cat Holdgate

Cat Holdgate 
Office Manager

The growing team behind Robotics Plus is comprised of a diverse group of educated, experienced and motivated people.

Dr Alistair Scarfe

Dr Alistair Scarfe (PhD, BE Hons)
Founder & Chief Technical Officer

Dr Alistair Scarfe (PhD, BE) earned a PhD in Industrial Automation after completing a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Mechatronics with First Class Honours, both from Massey University.  Alistair has eight years’ experience developing horticultural robotics and his work was validated during the PhD assessment process. The prototype autonomous kiwifruit harvester was the subject matter of his thesis. As RPL’s Chief Technical Officer and company director, Alistair is responsible for overseeing the execution of all RPL’s projects. He was a finalist for NZ Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year 2012 and won the Tauranga 2011 Rocket Young Innovator of the Year (under 40). Alistair is the first scholar to receive the Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology for three consecutive years and was awarded a ZESPRI Innovation Fellowship.

Steven Saunders

Steven Saunders
Owner and Board Chairman of RPL and the Plus Group

Owner and Board Chairman of RPL and the Plus Group of Companies (www.plusgroup.co.nz). Steve has over 28 years of experience and expertise in the New Zealand horticulture industry across the following disciplines: growing, management, financial management, innovation, new product to market, postharvest ownership, international experience in the export of horticultural products (including pollen and pollen application systems), project management and JV partnerships. As an active angel investor, has been appointed director of numerous other emerging start-ups and holds key board positions with Priority One, Enterprise Angels, Icehouse and recent Crown appointment to Landcare Research.  Steve is also a shareholder and director for Newnham Park Innovation Centre, the home of many award-winning innovation-focused companies. 

Dr. Matt Glenn

Dr Matt Glenn  (BSc Hons, PhD)
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Dawson
Andrew Dawson (PhD, BSc Hons)
Chief Operating Officer
 
 
Melanie Hutchinson

Melanie Hutchinson (BCom, BA)
Office Manager

Kyle Peterson

Kyle Peterson (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Florian Roeske

Florian Roeske (M.Sc., Dipl.-Ing (FH))
Research & Development Engineer

 

John Howarth

John Howarth (BE Mechatronics)
Research and Development Manager

 

Luke Dwyer

Luke Dwyer (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

Erin Sims

Erin Sims (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Matthew Sutherland

Matthew Sutherland (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Hamish Carter

Hamish Carter (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar (BE Hons)
Research & Development Engineer

Dr. Ben Reyngoud

Ben Reyngoud (BE (Hons), PhD)
Senior Research & Development Engineer

Peyman Sabouri

Dr Peyman Sabouri (PhD, MSc, BSc)
Research & Development Engineer

 

Matt Demler

Matt Demler (BCS) 
Senior Software Engineer

David de Graaf

David de Graaf (BE Mechatronics)
Production Manager

 

Camilla Compton

Camilla Compton  (MSci)
Project Engineer

Alex Mosley

Alex Mosley
Project Engineer

Diogo Menezes

Diogo Menezes
Project Engineer

Dean Strydom

Dean Strydom
Project Engineer

Carl Menary

Carl Menary (BDes Hons)
Senior Product Developer

William Lockwood-Geck

William Lockwood-Geck (BDes Hons)
Industrial Designer

Nick Otto

Nick Otto
Engineering Technician

Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke
Project Manager

Clare Paterson

Clare Paterson
Project Manager

Michael Redstall

Michael Redstall
Master Candidate

Daniel Dredge

Daniel Dredge (BE Hons)
PhD Candidate

Canaan Ting

Canaan Ting
Master Candidate

Matthew Seabright

Matthew Seabright (BE Hons)
PhD Candidate

 

Jaron Lindsay

Jaron Lindsay
Business Analysis Manager

Rajat Chawla

Rajat Chawla
Financial Accountant

Cat Holdgate

Cat Holdgate 
Office Manager