Chris Howell: Passionately serving the industry

02 Aug 2022

Chris Howell, a Hawke’s Bay based grower has passionately served New Zealand grape and wine industry organisations for 30 years, first at regional level and then nationally.

Chris and Marianne Howell

He joined the Hawke’s Bay Grape Growers as a Committee member in 1997, serving as President between 2000 and 2004. With the formation of a united industry organisation in Hawke’s Bay, Chris served on the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Board from 2005-2007.

Nationally, Chris was elected to the New Zealand Grape Growers Council between 2000 and 2004. He was a New Zealand Winegrowers Board member from 2005 to 2016 and worked on a number of committees including the Sustainability Committee.

Chris always had had an interest in education and training and at various times served on the Eastern Institute of Technology Advisory Committee and Council, and the Hort ITO Advisory Committee. Chris played a key role in establishing the Young Viticulturist of the Year competition and continues to serve the industry as a Trustee of the Bragato Trust which provides scholarships for students.

Check out the next (October / November) issue of New Zealand Winegrower magazine for a full interview by Editor Sophie Preece. 

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