We are tackling some of the world’s greatest horticultural challenges through Artificial Intelligence technology.


As we grow, we need more experts in:

  • Data science 
  • Artificial Intellgience
  • Machine Learning
  • Horticulture
PlantTech is a global horticultural research and development organisation based in Tauranga, New Zealand.

“The Bay of Plenty naturally lends itself to being a test bed. We already have a strong horticultural industry delivering to global markets. Our research and technology developments are transforming plant-based value chains locally and have huge potential globally. ~ Mark Begbie, PlantTech CEO

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Mark Begbie | PlantTech Research Institute

“AI and data science are tough talent pools globally.  We are at the start of a rapid growth curve, and demand substantially outstrips the supply of local skills.”

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At PlantTech, we seek to accelerate innovation and find solutions to horticulture challenges through Artificial Intelligence technology.

  • Founded 2018
  • 10 employees + growing
  • Offices in downtown Tauranga
  • Consortium of eight horticultural companies: Bluelab, Cucumber, Eurofins, GPS-it, Waka Digital, Robotics Plus, Trimax, Zespri.
  • Partnering with Priority One, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the University of Waikato.
  • Seeking experts in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, horticulture.

Mark Begbie (PlantTech CEO), Hon Megan Wood (Minister of Research, Science and Innovation), Nigel Tutt (Priority One CEO)

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Our People | Our Stories

PlantTech Launch A Triumph

Multimillion Dollar Research Consortium Launched During TechWeek Tauranga.

On May 8th, 2019 industry representatives gathered at the Trustpower Baypark Stadium lounge to celebrate the launch of PlantTech, the first horticultural research and deveopment consortium of it's kind in New Zealand.

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Q&A with Zulfikar Hossain

Research Scientist with PhD in Artificial Intelligence Shares His Story of Moving to New Zealand

“Tauranga is a smaller city compared to other tech hubs in the world, but it is rapidly growing. There are lots of opportunities to get involved. I am doing specialist research in my favorite field that has an impact in the real world. ” ~ Zulfi

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At PlantTech, biosecurity, labour shortages, climate change, crop health and food solutions for a growing global population are high on our agenda.

Are they on yours?

Join our team and help us tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our generation.

"We believe collaboration between academic research and industry experience is the best way to accelerate innovation and find solutions that will work in the real world." ~ Mark Begbie, CEO


We’d love to hear from experienced technology professionals with expertise in data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning  who interested in working for PlantTech. Returning Kiwi expats, immigrants and New Zealand locals are all welcome to get in contact.


Helen Thornton-Gussy 

Executive Assistant


P. +64 7 571 0226

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