About Us

Vigour is a diverse New Zealand agribusiness company established in September 2004 by Steve McArthur and Julie May. The company specialises in providing production solutions to the fresh vegetable industry in New Zealand. Our experience covers the complete range of vegetables produced in New Zealand whether produced in the open field, or greenhouse for both the domestic and international markets.

Vigour took over the agronomy business of Growtech Limited in 2004, who had been offering specialised freelance vegetable crop agronomy services to New Zealand vegetable growers since 1995. Growtech was the first company in New Zealand to offer this type of independent advice to growers.

Vigour services the entire New Zealand vegetable market from our base office, located on the northern outskirts of the city of Christchurch. Our extensive field research is conducted within commercial fields where we conduct initial screening for many field crops, grow out trials and field trials for fertilisers and crop protection products. We work closely with many co-operating growers throughout New Zealand who assist with these development trials and evaluations.

Vigour delivers our services to those growers who choose to "grow with Vigour" by way of  utilising our range of vegetable seed products. We are at the forefront of new technology in seeds, agronomy and market intelligence, utilising a global network of like minded individuals and companies with whom we share ideas and trial results. We travel regularly to the main vegetable markets and production regions to further expand our expertise.


Since 2004 Vigour has represented the interests of leading Dutch vegetable seed breeders NICKERSON-ZWAAN in New Zealand. Nickerson Zwaan have strong breeding progams in Onions, Cucumbers, Brassicas and Leeks.

Since 2007 Vigour has represented Australian vegetable seed breeders JARIT in New Zealand. JARIT have strong breeding programs in onions and pumpkins. 

Since 2009 Vigour has represented Israeli vegetable seed breeders HAZERA GENETICS in New Zealand. Hazera have strong breeding programs in Tomato, Capscium, Melons, Lettuce and Onions.  

We look forward to working with you to develop your growing business utilising the Nickerson-Zwaan, Hazera Genetics and Jarit vegetable seed lines for your own situation.