Our Story

Te Kano is Māori for ‘The Seed’. Seeds we plant today will blossom for future generations.

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Te Kano People

Rhonda Lloyd

Owner and Marketing Director

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Rhonda’s love of New Zealand began with her marriage to a New Zealander and an immersion into his culture. Both truly global citizens, they have lived, worked and travelled from London to New Zealand and everywhere in between.

Passionate about Central Otago’s wines and the environment, Rhonda’s vision has fuelled a unique vineyard and environmental restoration project at Northburn – her unwavering desire to leave a positive legacy for their two daughters and the generations to come.

Dave Sutton


After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Viticulture and Winemaking Dave set out to explore the world of wine. Initially working as a viticulturist in Marlborough and South Australia he then joined winery harvests in the USA, Chile, Spain, Germany, France, Ukraine, Australia and around New Zealand.

A Central Otago vintage in 2010 opened his eyes to the potential in the region and he spent six years working with some of the best fruit in the area before joining Te Kano and the Lloyd family on their journey. His broad range of experiences have left him with an open mind and a soft touch, a desire to let the site express itself and allow the fruit to shine.

Nick Hunter

General Manager

Originally from Marlborough, wine has always been in his blood, now too it is an integral part of his identity. After studying Commerce and Horticulture at Lincoln University,  he has worked in every level of the wine industry, from planting and developing vineyards for his family in Marlborough and Central Otago to managing large-scale operations across multiple regions.

Nick brings a love of wine, a passion for sustainability, and an enduring positive outlook to the team. His role as General Manager sees him directing and driving daily operations to achieve Te Kano's overarching vision and legacy.

Natalie Walsh

Head of Sales & Marketing

Natalie’s love of wine began in France where she spent 3 years when she was on her O.E (overseas experience). This ignited her passion for the industry, and upon returning to New Zealand, she started working for one our pioneering wine families out in West Auckland. Since then, she has worked for some of our most well-known brands in Sales & Marketing and educational roles, across the spectrum of New Zealand’s burgeoning wine regions, and the international markets. 

Well versed in the factors that influence market conditions, she prides herself on building strong relationships with business partners, bringing exceptional strategic and brand building skills, helping to spread the compelling story of New Zealand wine, with a unique Kiwi twist.  Natalie is passionate about growing the Te Kano brand on the global stage and building the prestige of the Central Otago wine region.


Coco Yu

Cellar Door Manager

A passionate wine enthusiast, Coco has dedicated herself to acquiring wine knowledge and sharing it with others since graduating from Lincoln University in 2017. Several harvests around New Zealand gave her a unique insight into the production of premium wines, and working in some of the countries best cellar doors in North Canterbury, Waiheke Island and Central Otago have rounded this out with a passion for sharing fantastic wine experiences with others.

Coco’s energy and charm mean that our guests arrive as customers and leave as friends.

Bevan Shaw

Assistant Vineyard Manager

Born and bred in Southland, Bevans family have been part of the Central Otago community since 1886.

After studying at Otago University, Bevan began his journey in food and wine with chef’s positions from Dunedin to London and back again. A summer vineyard job in Central Otago awakened a desire to learn more, and in 2013 he took the plunge into the wine industry fulltime.

An avid believer in organic and regenerative viticulture, Bevan brings passion and conviction to the team, and has made huge improvements to the calibre of the staff meals since joining Te Kano.

Mark Naismith

Estate Operations Manager

Mark has lived in Central Otago since 2002 where he started his viticultural journey, joining a pruning crew in the Gibbston Valley.

This turned into an opportunity to work across Central Otago sub-regions with a focus on development in Bendigo alongside seasonal growing demands in Bendigo, Bannockburn and Gibbston Valley. Alongside this work Mark had an opportunity to manage a small Gibbston Valley vineyard and work weekends at a newly opened cellar door at Lake Hayes.

In 2007 an OE beckoned commencing with a Vintage in Napa, California, including experience in Sonoma California. In 2009 Mark and his wife Michelle returned from their travels and Mark started work at a fully Bio-dynamic property in the Cromwell Basin.

In 2013 Mark joined Akarua as Vineyard Manager and led the vineyards through a large expansion to take the company’s vineyards to 130 ha’s across multiple sites in the Bannockburn and Pisa sub-regions.

In 2022 Mark joined Te Kano and brings a broad knowledge of Central Otago viticulture across multiple disciplines to the Te Kanos vineyards.

Bruna Baldez


Originally from the South of Brazil, Bruna’s love for life is infectious. Graduating with a Bachelors’ degree in Hospitality,
Brunas’ travels led her to Central Otago and a position at one of the regions premier luxury lodges.

Immersed in the world of fine wine service, and surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of the region, Bruna knew that a life in the Central Otago wine industry was inevitable, and this has been her home since 2004.

With a role that covers all areas of the business, Bruna is the glue that holds the Te Kano team together.


Join the Wine Club

Our wine club is the best way to embrace the Te Kano lifestyle, with exclusive invitations to private events hosted locally and around the country, and access to rare and unique wines at members-only prices.

Te Kano Wine Club