In 2009, on making the decision to return to New Zealand permanently,
John and Jan purchased an existing mature olive grove in North
Canterbury. As they viewed the imposing mountain at the end of the
road it was an easy decision to name the grove Mount Grey Olives.
They shared a vision combining John's professional agricultural and
horticultural experience with Jan's desire to source the best quality
Extra Virgin Olive oil for her existing business Hancock's Excelsior Soap.