Te Mata Mushrooms site goes up for sale in Havelock North

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Hawke’s Bay company Te Mata Mushrooms is selling its entire property on the outskirts of Havelock North, just weeks after laying off most of its staff.

The company has listed its 22.5 hectare property along Brookvale Rd, which includes existing buildings, for sale.

In August, the company announced it was suspending production at the property after 55 years.

The company also announced that it would lay off most of its staff, reducing the workforce from around 110 workers to 10 or 15 workers.

“The company completed its final mushroom harvest on the property last weekend and, as previously announced, will focus on its commercial development opportunity in central Hawke’s Bay,” said a statement released by the company on Friday.

“Most of the more than 100 employees have been offered new jobs in local companies thanks to the support of the Ministry of Social Development.”

Te Mata Mushrooms has long been based on the outskirts of Havelock North.  Photo/NZME
Te Mata Mushrooms has long been based on the outskirts of Havelock North. Photo/NZME

Colliers Hawke’s Bay markets the property, which is zoned Plains Productive Zone.

This allows for some “residential activities,” but “resource consent would be required for more intensive residential development,” according to a release on the sale.

The deadline for the sale is Nov. 3, and Colliers realtor Danny Blair is currently accepting expressions of interest.

The mushroom company cited urban encroachment as one of the factors behind the halt in production at its longtime home.

It now plans to move its operations to a yet to be built site in Takapau in the future.

The company has previously received complaints from nearby residents of Havelock North about foul odors and was fined $15,000 in 2016 and $26,000 in 2018 for foul odor discharges.

Te Mata Mushrooms was based in what has long been considered a rural site, but accommodation has grown there over the years.

Chairman John Seton said last month that the Brookvale Rd facility was no longer fit for purpose under the ‘current regulatory regime’ and with ‘the pressures caused by urban encroachment on established agricultural production’ .

Te Mata Mushrooms changed hands on April 1, with Hawke’s Bay-based investment firm Due North Ltd Partnership increasing its stake from minority shareholder to full ownership.

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