Ian Greaves has been involved in the kiwifruit industry since completing his degree at Massey, Palmerston North. Working his way up through the ranks from field rep to the Post Harvest industry as General Manager of Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd and then into political and governance roles.
He is a retired director of Kiwifruit New Zealand – the industry regulator which he served on for 15 years, and retired chairman of Seeka Growers Limited. During the kiwifruit Psa outbreak Ian was the national recovery manager under the Adverse Event as well as consulting to Kiwifruit Vine Health which coordinated the industry response to the disease. In 2020 kiwifruit Industry honoured him with their highest award – the Hayward Medal.
Outside of work, in India, Ian and his wife have undertaken charity work for a decade funding and established micro-enterprises that employ people out of poverty.
Ian is Chairman and Trustee of The Life Foundation charitable trust operating a children’s home that also takes in abandoned babies in India. He has been an investor in and Chairman of a large scale South Island dairy farm, is an Angel investor and part of the NZ Shareholders Assn.