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).
I grew up on sheep and beef farms in both South Canterbury and North Canterbury so the rural way of life is definitely in my blood.
After leaving school in I spent a year working as a receptionist for a blind cleaning company before moving into the rural industry where I worked in the office for a livestock company for 10 years.
At the beginning of 2016 my husband Matt and I welcomed our first child, Blake. Then in April 2018 we welcomed our second child, Jade with them both keeping us busy. In spare time I love to get outdoors and spend time with friends and family. I also love to spend time in the kitchen baking.
I joined the Hazlett team in May 2017 and am really enjoying my role here with a great team.
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.
Jaynie is a born, bred & educated South Cantabrian who has a passion for the outdoors and animals. On leaving school Jaynie's first employment was with a local accounting firm where she gained a Diploma in Business (accounting) before joining the Hazlett team in May 2023.
Jaynie enjoys hunting and fishing in the Mackenzie country as well as spending time with friends and family.
Hayley was a born & bred North Islander in Taranaki and spent her secondary school life in a co-ed boarding school in Cambridge. Her family owned a small dairy farm in Okato until she was nine where she moved to the Coromandel Peninsula, where her parents pursued other ventures away from farming. While married Hayley lived and worked casually on different Landcorp (Pamu) Farms around Mid-Canterbury and on the West Coast.
Hayley has three adult children; Both boys are pursuing careers in the agricultural field. Her daughter is down at Otago Uni looking to go into Physio or Nursing after completing first year Health Science.
Before joining Hazlett, Hayley was working for a plumbing firm for the past 2 ½ years in admin. She found she missed the rural connection and so jumped at the opportunity to apply for the administration role when it came up at Hazlett. In her spare time, her, and her partner love to go camping, spending time fishing & mountain biking. The balance of her time is spent with family & friends.