Kiwifruit Strap

Rob Thode is holding on to his orchard as a legacy for his son.

The Pāpāmoa kiwifruit grower says he is still recovering from the devastation of Psa. It had a significant toll on his family and almost ruined him financially.

Sitting on a chair in his home, bare feet on plush carpet Thode is full of conflicting emotion. He is disillusioned, optimistic and mostly he is angry at the misfortune that befell growers.

He lays the Psa biosecurity disaster at the Government's door and is part of a $450 million Kiwifruit Claim before the Court of Appeal.

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