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Johnny Rowe – Banking

In the first of a new series of stories about OE agri-Kiwis, Johnny Rowe transferred his kiwi agri-banking career to the bright lights-big city of London and not only survived the global financial crisis but has thrived since. Andy Rowe found out Johnny loves the high rolling stakes of global acquisitions but still hankers for the Kiwi farming sector. The ... Read More »

Andy Lowe – Agrimap

Standing atop a hill, surveying his leased farm, 18-year-old Andy Lowe wondered what size each of his paddocks was. The most obvious answer – get out the measuring wheel. “Hold on,” he thought to himself “I have a surveying degree.” So Andy pulled up a satellite map of the property and accurately laid out his fence lines and boundaries, enabling ... Read More »

Thomas Macdonald – Dairy business analyst

Numbers figure largely in the life and psyche of Thomas Macdonald so it’s little wonder his first job in agriculture is as a dairy business analyst. Hailing from a family dairy farm at Gordonton on the outskirts of Hamilton, he knew he wanted to be involved in agriculture but didn’t want to move straight into farming. His innate love of ... Read More »

Ben Richmond – Xero rural strategy lead and head of sales

Chances are William Richmond, the colourful character who founded Richmond Meats in Hawke’s Bay, would be very proud of his great-grandson, Ben. The younger Richmond is adding value to farmers’ businesses in a very 21st century way, as rural strategy lead and head of sales New Zealand at Xero. In October, Ben visited the village near Oban on the west ... Read More »

Rhea Nelis – Economic service manager

At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life. The Northland-Waikato Beef + Lamb New Zealand economic service manager is relishing her job in the sheep-and-beef industry and whatever path her life takes, she is unlikely to venture far from agriculture. Her goal is to be her own boss and own her own piece of ... Read More »

Rachel Joblin – Consultant

They say if you want something done, ask a busy person. Rachel Joblin is one of those people who gets things done. Recently she picked up the NZX Agri Farmers’ Choice Award, given as part of the Farmax Consultants of the Year Awards. She works part-time from her home in Pongaroa as a consultant for Feilding-based Stantiall and Partners. Add ... Read More »

Jansen Travis – Beef + Lamb extension manager

Jansen Travis is a bloke carving a name for himself in sheep and beef farming circles. Ask most South Island farmers and they say “That’s the guy that sends out those emails from Beef and Lamb. If you live in the top half of the South Island, every Friday Jansen’s name pops up in your inbox, bringing the latest research ... Read More »

Rob Gibson – Agricultural Analyst

Married to the land, in love with the sea – that was the title of Rob Gibson’s icebreaker speech when he started at Toastmasters. So it’s no surprise that the 26-year-old lives in the heart of Wellington city and works in an office but any spare time he gets you’ll find him beating a track for the hills or the ... Read More »

Gareth Young – Business Manager

Gareth Young can hop on a plane in Wellington at 8.20pm and be in the back blocks of Gisborne on a hill country sheep and beef farm by 11am. Although based in Wellington, his role as a business manager for the country’s biggest farmer Landcorp sees him supervising six east coast properties from Wairoa to Tolaga Bay and roughly 150,000 ... Read More »

Erin Maher – Ministry for Primary Industries

Ask anyone who works in the primary sectors and they’ll tell you how important biosecurity standards are. Erin Maher is one of those people charged with keeping our country free from unwanted pests and diseases. The 23-year-old is part of the animal imports and exports group at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Specifically looking after llamas, alpacas and horses ... Read More »