Black Soil

About us

Want to make the world a better place? 

If you ever wondered “what can I do to do my part”, you are in the right place. We at MyNoke care deeply about making a better environment a priority. That’s right, we aim high.


We are an ever-curious, strategic-creative company, solving organic waste disposal problems. As employees, we encourage each other to grow and innovate. As a company, we roll up our sleeves to make a change by building simple and powerful solutions for people, businesses and communities.


Our full package of services is set up to work together with our partners under an overarching strategy. From communities to paper mills, to retirement villages and hotels, our services supports people and organisations all over New Zealand to transform organic waste and make a difference - through the power of earthworms.


We are seriously curious about our work and never, ever back away from a challenge. 

To us, it’s not just having about a good idea, it’s about having the right one, one that works and creates value for our partners and us.

Our name is inspired by the 

Te Reo word for ‘earthworm’ (Noke).

The team

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Michael Quintern

Director & Senior Scientist

Thinks inside and outside all boxes.

Extraordinarily passionate about finding the right solutions.


Phil Holland

General Manager

Able to juggle 27 balls at a time. Likes to make things simple and fun. Powered by coffee.


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Dan Smith

Operations manager

Good as gold attitude. Doesn't beat around the bush. No worries.



Anne Brooks

Sales & Distribution Manager

Friendliest and most reliable colleague imaginable. Loves cats.


Glen Jenkins

Senior Worm Farm Operator

Wise sensei, always on time. Hairstylist in a previous life. 


Daniel Wairua

Site Manager (Tokoroa) 

Next level wisecracking.  Can fix everything Russell can't.

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Russell Berryman

Site manager (Taupo)

Great ideas and an answer

for everything. 

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Charlotte Robertson

Environmental & Research Manager 

Drone, motorbike and kayak pilot with eagle eye attention to detail.


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Tina Hitchens

Worm Farm Operator &

Health & Safety Representative

Great to work with, always a

cheeky smile!


Taylor Wairua

Worm Farm Operator

Resident pig spotter with the heartiest laugh.


Dee Read

Organic Waste Collector Superstar

Finally not the new kid on the block anymore! 



Di Houghton

Accounts manager

Loves marching, her dogs and is never even 10 Cents out. 



Shontelle Hartnett
Administration & office ninja.
Keeps everything smoothly. Special talent: organising food for all sorts of dieting issues for our team meetings!


Reuben Houghton
Analysis & Special Projects.
Wonderfully curious about everything!