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.
I was born in the Waikato and lived on the family dairy farm until I was 7 years old. My family then made the move south to Greendale where they converted a sheep and cropping farm. I was shipped off to boarding school in Winchester before being sent up to Christchurch to finish my schooling days.
Post high school I spent two years in the highlands of Scotland working as a game keeper before returning home to work on the family farm, starting my first role in the livestock industry in 2011. After two years of training in North Canterbury I moved to the Yukon Territory in Canada and spent a season working as a hunting guide. Moving back to NZ, I took a permanent Livestock Agent role in Methven, where I have lived with my partner Katia and son Finn since 2014.
I enjoy playing cricket for the local club and spending time with friends and family.
Since 1991 I have been working as a livestock rep throughout the country. From a beginning in Mid Canterbury, my career has seen us work throughout both the North & South Island where we have made some great friends and really enjoyed the experience.
My wife Rachel and I have 3 great sons, Archie, Jed & Travis whom keep us both entertained & busy. As a family we enjoy camping holidays and supporting the boys skiing, cricket, rugby & soccer. Myself I’m a keen golfer and enjoy all sports.
I was born and bred on a farm at Dunsandel so have had farming in my blood all my life.
On leaving school, where I studied rugby and cricket, I joined the work force as a shepherd on various places around Canterbury. In 1981 I joined PGG in Christchurch attending Addington sale and ewe fairs in North Canterbury. 1982 saw me transferred to Mid Canterbury where I have been working ever since in various roles with in the industry.
Jane and I have a son Tom who is involved in the tourist industry and a daughter Hannah who is at High School. We live at Lake Hood and spend time in the boat skiing etc. I enjoy all sport, lately jogging and coaching rugby.
Raised in the Levels Valley, Dean attended Pleasant Point School, spending holidays working in the shearing sheds as a presser. His first job after leaving school was as a labourer on the chain at the local freezing works. He then took up shearing and spent the next 16 years in the sheds. As well as shearing locally, Dean travelled to Australia, where he worked on runs, shearing Crossbreds and Merinos. He also shore in England and Scotland – a considerably different experience, where shearing involved setting up a mobile unit in the corner of the paddocks and doing the job there and then. Dean competed in shearing competitions and represented New Zealand in the sport. He won an intermediate Golden Shears title and also intermediate and senior titles at the New Zealand Shearing Champs. In 2009, he joined the team here. Dean is based in the Temuka area, where he services both the strong dairy farming community and local sheep and beef clients. After work, he enjoys a spot of fishing and can be found following his family on the rugby field and around the athletics track.