I have been in the industry since 1983 and worked in Marlborough, Canterbury and South Canterbury as a livestock rep before moving into management roles since 2000 covering Canterbury and later the entire South Island.
I am married to Pip and we have two great children, Ollie and Kate. My interests are following the children's sports, family time and, of course, rugby.
The stock and station industry has always appealed to me. In 1987 as a teenager, I started my career as an office junior in Greymouth before taking a position as an agent in South Canterbury, and then gradually moving North to Canterbury.
It has been an interesting ride highlighted by meeting so many characters (farmers & agents) along the way. I now reside at West Melton with Julie my wife, son Jack and daughter Grace. We, like many other kiwi families appreciate the community spirit that rural towns have to offer. Motorbikes, horses and sport help balance life as we enjoy being a part of the Hazlett team.
Having grown up on a family farm I have always been interested in working in the agricultural sector.
My interests include all activities to do with the outdoors but especially hunting and fishing; and of course, like most kiwi blokes, I have a passion for sports especially rugby.
I enjoy being a part of the Hazlett team and working in the stock and station industry.
I joined the livestock industry in 1977 as a trainee with Dalgety NZ Ltd. I transferred to Cheviot as a junior livestock agent a year later. I have spent time in North Canterbury and on the West Coast and have been based in the Darfield area for the last 30 years.
Vicki and I live on a small farm close to Kirwee. We have a son and daughter, and two beautiful granddaughters. I enjoy rugby, cricket, cycling and whatever sport our grandchildren decide to pursue.
Having grown up with rural background it was evident from a young age that in some way I would be involved in the agricultural industry.
After finishing boarding school I went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University. It was then, I knew that the stock and station industry was for me where. I spent 2 years working for another livestock firm as an agent before having a great opportunity to explore and live in France before returning to South Canterbury and taking up my current role.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing field hockey, boating and catching up with a few familiar faces.
I enjoy being a part of the Hazlett team and the continued growth of the company.
I have been involved with farming all my life, including driving stock trucks, owning a farm and currently leasing my own farm. It's no surprise my passion is farming and, in particular, stud stock. I have two lovely daughters and my hobbies include cricket, racing and rugby.