I have had spent most of my working life-time in the stock and station industry starting in Christchurch at PGG in the wool division in 1987. The past 20 years have been spent working across the North Island in various roles including wool, finance and management roles. I now reside in Hawkes Bay with my wife Ginny and we have 3 school age boys. Interests include cricket, rugby, farming and travel.
Martie grew up on Pitt Island, where his family still farms today. Like most Chatham and Pitt Island children, he was sent to boarding school on the Mainland for his high school years. Upon leaving school, he moved to the North Island and worked for a shearing gang. For the next eight years, Martie found himself employed on sheep and beef fattening properties in the Hawke’s Bay, before returning to the Chathams. Back home, he managed a farm for two years and spent time on the fishing boats. Martie then spent the next 5 years servicing our clients in the North Otago area. He has now returned home to the Chatham Islands, but will miss the opportunity to support his family on the sports fields.
Tommi (Raewyn) grew up a staunch tomboy and at age three changed her name to Tommi which has stuck almost three decades later. Born on the Chatham Islands and raised on Pitt Island Tommi is 8th generation raised there and like those before her, came to the mainland for secondary school attending St Kevins College in Oamaru. While at secondary school Tommi was involved in multiple sports but particularly excelled at rugby and hockey making the South Island Secondary school girls rugby three out of four years and representing South Canterbury and North Otago in rugby and hockey respectively. With school behind her Tommi moved to Palmerston North with the intention of becoming a vet nurse but instead completed Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Animal Science. In Palmerston North Tommi played for the Manawatu women’s rugby team – Cyclones. After finishing university Tommi returned to North Otago and worked for Cleland Shearing where she met her now fiancé Tim and played for Otago women’s rugby team – Spirit. Over the last seven years Tommi & Tim have run TNT Contracting, the only local shearing gang on the Chatham Islands. Following the birth of their daughter Mikayla, Tommi took a job managing a local sheep and beef farm where she remained until transferring to Timaru to follow her fathers’ footsteps into the stock agent role. Tommi plans on eventually returning home to take over the family farm but is keen to sink her boots into the Livestock Agents role in the interim.