From humble beginnings to becoming an industry leading produce supplier, MG has been a part of New Zealand’s story for 100 years.

Market Gardeners Limited (MG) is proud of its heritage and the strong sense of togetherness it has developed over the past century. On 5 November 2023, our Kiwi owned co-operative will herald 100 years of marketing, selling and distributing fresh produce on behalf of our family of growers.

It’s with great pride and appreciation that we reflect on the commitment and courage of the small band of resolute growers who wanted to work together to leverage greater value for their produce. It was from these humble beginnings that the foundations were laid for a successful co-operative that values the benefits of shared knowledge and collective capability. Today, MG represents over 400 grower shareholders and serves over 1,000 customers – providing everyday Kiwi’s with access to fresh, healthy produce.

We are proud of our long history, firstly as a grower-owned business delivering sales and marketing services, and in more recent decades as an integrated fresh produce group with a range of complementary subsidiary and associate businesses. We hold in high regard all of the people who have contributed to our long-standing success, particularly our loyal growers, our valued customers and our strong team of MG staff (past and present) who have shaped our business.

Here’s to growing together.

Peter Hendry

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Over the last 100 years, as our country has grown and changed, so have we. "In time, success brought with it financial rewards but having personally taken part in the earlier days of the great adventure, I believe the leaders of the movement taught us to achieve success for its own sake rather than for material reward. Had not that spirit of high adventure been behind the struggle against odds it is extremely doubtful if success would have been achieved.   To use this simile of conquest of Everest, there were crevasses to be bridged, obstacles to be overcome or bypassed, cliff tops to be climbed by persistent step cutting and snow slides to be avoided" - Quote from 'An early history of Market Gardeners Ltd', written by inaugural chairman, Mr William Brinsley Nicolson   Visit on our timeline to find out more about the growth of our MG, key acquisitions and other milestones.
MG timeline

It’s time to celebrate

MG will host a number of events to celebrate the milestone, including a 100-year event at Te Papa in Wellington for shareholders and other invited guests.

  • Christchurch Branch: Thursday, 2 November 2023
  • Invercargill Branch: Wednesday, 8 November 2023
  • Dunedin Branch: Thursday, 9 November 2023
  • Nelson Branch: Tuesday, 14 November 2023
  • Tauranga Branch: Wednesday 15 November 2023
  • Palmerston North Branch: Tuesday, 21 November 2023
  • Wellington Branch: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  • Shareholder/guest celebration dinner: Te Papa, 24 November 2023
  • Hamilton Branch: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
  • Auckland Branch: Thursday, 30 November 2023

To keep in touch and find out more about the events and activities, either join the MG Alumni group or send an email with your contact information.

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Our growers, customers and loyal staff are at the heart of our 100-year journey. Many of you have photos and memories that are part of our story and you are encouraged to share them using this online form. Alternatively, you can share via email or post.
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