Olives NZ coordinated a series of visits in New Zealand by two eminent American professors who are on international sabbatical studying the chemistry and health benefits of olive oil.  Pat O’Hara is Professor of Chemistry at Amherst College, New England. Her husband Richard Blatchly is Professor of Chemistry at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Their sabbatical has involved visiting olive groves in the Mediterranean, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

While in New Zealand Pat and Richard visited The Olive Press – Wairarapa, The Village Press – Hawke’s Bay, The Olive Place – Auckland and Rangihoua Estate and The Waiheke Olive Oil Company – Waiheke Island.

Olives New Zealand wishes to acknowledge appreciation of the hosting of Pat and Richard by these processors, especially as many are already involved in processing 2015 harvests. Pat and Richard enjoyed their visits and said these have added to their knowledge of the international olive industry. While in Wairarapa and Auckland they had the chance to meet with local growers and this was also worthwhile from their perspective. Thanks to Bruce and Mary McCallum and Ross and Margaret Legh for hosting these meetings and accommodating Pat and Richard.

Pictured above are Pat and Richard with Bill Hey at The Olive Press, Wairarapa.

(Reprinted from Olives NZ newsletter – see the whole newsletter here.)