I have been involved in the stock & station industry since 1984 starting at PGG as an office junior for three years, then two years on the road as a livestock rep, before shifting back to the livestock office for the next the 15 years. I have also worked for Frews Transport as a dispatcher and sales rep for 10 years before joining Hazlett. I am married to Marg and have two children Georgia & Jacob. My interests include rugby, golf and tennis.
I lived all my childhood in Kaiapoi and Woodend, but I am definitely no country girl. There were no farm blocks for me. I have worked in Administration since leaving Kaiapoi High and have worked in many different industries. I happily joined the Hazlett family in July 2018 after working 18 years as an Administration Manager in the fire industry. I love the change and the real family feel that Hazlett has. I am married to Damian and have two daughters, Mackenzie and Tayla. Outside of work I love walking, running, bike riding in the forest close to our home, camping, boating and catching up with friends and family.
I grew up on a farm in Kaikoura and have wonderful memories of farm life. I then went to the big smoke and was educated at a Girls School in Christchurch and started my working career.
I worked for several years in the export industry exporting wool, skins and animal by products. I then established a successful business in partnership with my husband, which gave me the flexibility to spend time with my children while they were young - they are now young adults. I then moved onto Hazlett and have been here pretty much from the start of the wee company, which is not so wee anymore.
I enjoy walks, gardening and generally socialising with friends and family (and I'll watch rugby if it's on).
Originally from a farm in the Hakataramea, Karen attended primary school in Kurow before heading off to boarding school in Dunedin. Her first job was in a bank, where she worked for a year, before heading overseas. While travelling, Karen worked a variety of casual jobs that included barmaid, waitress and factory worker. When she returned, she worked on her father’s farm before joining a livestock company as a livestock clerk. Karen was then appointed as a stock agent in Kurow – a new area for the company – and was responsible for establishing and growing the business. She transferred with the company to St Andrews, where she also held an agent’s role, before moving into the insurance industry. She moved up through the company and was appointed South Island area manager. Karen returned to the livestock industry in 2011. She enjoys following her family’s sporting interests – rugby, cricket and athletics – and spending time on their small holding.
Katrina nicknamed by the engine room staff as “Colesy” grew up as a ‘townie’ in Timaru. After leaving school she worked in administration for 3 years, before marrying a farmer and moving to Kohika. Katrina and Stu have two adult sons. Katrina joined the team in 2017, after helping out on their 256ha farm for 20 years. Katrina loves spending time with her family and friends and being out and about on the farm.
Kath was born and bred in the Willowby/Eiffelton farming area near Ashburton, leaving for the bright lights of Auckland, then Christchurch, before settling in Timaru to raise two girls. Previous work history has been predominantly in the shipping/export field - Kath joined the team in 2020 for a fresh new challenge. Current passions include motorcycle riding/touring, sailing (with a good book and beverage) and skiing. Kath loves travel and adventure, also enjoying cycling, gardening and quality time with family.
Lanes earlier years began in Southland, later seeing her family relocate to Timaru. Lane spent her 5 secondary years at Timaru’s Craighead Diocesan School where she enjoyed a range of activities such as clay target shooting. Lane is passionate about travel and fitness and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jennie was born and bred in Fairlie, growing up on a sheep farm on Ashwick Flat and after leaving school started work at the Mackenzie District Council. A move into the banking industry coincided with a shift to Nelson and then the North Island for a period of 9 years. Jennie worked in the Insurance Industry for 15 years and has three adult children. She enjoys taking long walks and loves to read - and given the opportunity, would while away the hours devouring book after book.