Born and bred in South Canterbury with Pleasant Point being home for my formative years, living in a small rural town I was immersed in all things agricultural from a young age. My father was a shearer for 40 plus years, which is something I always endeavoured to replicate. However, following completion of my studies at Lincoln University I chose a career path that didn’t necessarily require a sweat towel. I started my agri-supplies venture undertaking a store-based role in Timaru which then led to a sales representative role focusing on agronomy. Some overseas travel thereafter, before settling back in Timaru for another sales representative role. From there, in the process of shifting to Christchurch, I switched from retail sales to wholesale where I worked for a wholesale seed company for 13 years. My wife Alice and I have two boys, Finn & Monty. I am a long-suffering Warriors fan - I love watching cricket and enjoy going on tramps with the family, with the goal of completing all the NZ great walks.
I grew up on a small sheep and cropping farm near Pleasant Point in South Canterbury and have spent my working career in the rural sector.
My focus for many years has been on grain, seed, chemical and merchandise, that contribute to successful farming practices.
I am married to Christine and we have three daughters who live in Otago and Canterbury.
Our interests now are the girls careers and their families, along with some overseas travel.
I enjoy working as a Rural Bloke, alongside, and part of the Hazlett team.