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Marina & Craig Shearer


Marina Shearer

Marina is the person who will answer the phone when you call, and your emails when you write. With over 25 years in customer service, Marina is very passionate about serving people. Marina left the North Island at 17 to study at Canterbury University. After completing a degree in psychology she went to work for CLEAR Communication as a trainer in all things telephone. From there she went on to work for the NZ Institute of Management as a corporate trainer. In the midst of her working life, she met and married farmer Craig Shearer and moved to Spring Farm.

Marina and Craig launched RhodoDirect early in their marriage and she has been the passionate creator of all of
RhodoDirect's online presence and social media. Marina continues to run seminars through her other business

Craig Shearer  

Craig is a carer of all things living. For 30 years he has been caring for sheep and cattle, rhododendrons came a little later.

Craig is one of those men for whom you can honestly say "he is at one with the earth". Craig loves farming, it is in his blood, he is a third generation farmer. Craig runs Mt Paul a large sheep and cattle farm during the day, and every evening returns to Spring Farm where he does another full days work caring for the Rhodos.

Visitors to the nursery comment on how fantastic our plants look, that is all because of the care and nurture that Craig provides.  He is a diligent water man, sprinklers are rotated and turned off and on, with the last shift often taking place in the middle of the night in summer.  

RhodoDirect owes the quality of the plants to the care and diligence of Craig.