• BDO Farming Expo

    War Memorial Centre, Stratford
    9.30am Thursday 4 May 2017


BDO Farming Expo

Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Time: 9.30am - 2.15pm
War Memorial Centre
55 Miranda Street
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BDO Taranaki is proud to continue to back our farming community in this day of seminars and networking.  We are bringing to you a number of speakers to inform, motivate and inspire on a range of topics. Attendees will have a choice of two streams of quality sessions on topics which have been highlighted as of interest to our farming clients and the industry. A light lunch and networking opportunity will be provided. The day will be wrapped up with a presentation from the inspirational Graham Mourie (MBE), former All Black and coach of the Hurricanes. 

The theme for the expo is “Shaping your Future”. BDO’s aim is to give Taranaki farmers access to tools and ideas to identify and maximise opportunities for improvement within their business. We understand the current climate means many farmers have been facing testing times. Our challenge to farmers at all business levels is to look for opportunities that will see them recover and move forward faster - shaping them as stronger, more flexible, resilient businesses for the future. We want our farmers to not only survive these tough times but create more sustainable and profitable businesses - that may differ in direction from the models currently used.   

BDO would like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsors:





We would also like to thank SGM Agri Limited and Graham Mourie for their support. 


Pricing (All prices include GST)  

$20 per person – All registrations will be donated to the Rural Support Trust

10am - 10.45am

Peter McDonald

Executive Director- McDonald Real Estate

Peter has been involved in real estate for 41 years and is now the proud executive director of McDonald Real Estate.  McDonald Real Estate is a globally recognised family run business that has been around for over a century.  Based in Stratford it now has 7 offices in Taranaki with over 50 staff.  Peter’s goal is to ensure McDonald Real Estate grows and continues to be a stronghold in Taranaki and the industry as a whole.

Peter works with his wife Min and has 5 adult children who now have children of their own.  Peter is a past President of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and in 2011 was awarded life membership of REINZ.  Peter was also made a member of NZ Order of Merit in 2014.



Rowan Cambie

Director Telfer Young

Rowan joined TelferYoung (Taranaki) in 2011.  Originally from a coastal dairy farming background, Rowan graduated from Massey University and spent 10 years in the rural banking business dealing with all sectors of the industry.  This experience has given him a sound knowledge of what is involved in the rural sector from inside the farm gate to international market places.  Rowan specialises in all types of rural property valuation.




Chartered Accountant - BDO Taranaki

Angela is a Chartered Accountant at BDO and has been with BDO for over 12 years.   Specialising in agri-business, Angela supports many of our farming clients with their accounting needs.  Angela and her husband own and operate their own dairy farm milking 420 cows, having progressed from 50/50 share milking 3 seasons ago.  Last season they also purchased a 50% interest in a second dairy farm.  From Angela’s own progression in the dairy industry as well as working at BDO she has a lot of experience and knowledge to offer in the topic of making the next step up the farming ladder.



Cheree & Mike Hitchcock

Cheree & Mike Hitchcock left their town jobs and progressed up the farming ladder as 50/50 sharemilkers.  They purchased a small farm after 8 years as 50/50 sharemilkers, whilst also continuing to sharemilk.  They have continued to upgrade in farm size both as sharemilkers and farm owners over the years.  Currently they are lower order sharemilkers on a large farm in Kakaramea and are farm owners and lessees in Inglewood.



Lynelle Kuriger

Paul & Lynelle Kuriger have progressed by moving outside of Taranaki.  At one stage they ran 3 farming operations in the same season.  They have been 50/50 sharemilkers, owners with everything from farm mangers, to variable order, through to 50/50 sharemilkers.  In the 2017/18 season they will move back to Taranaki to begin contract milking on the farm they are also equity partners in



Marcus McLeod

Managing Partner BNZ

Marcus is the main driver to BNZ’s success in the Taranaki market.  With over 19 years experience in Agribusiness banking in Taranaki, he brings a wealth of knowledge, credibility and competence to the team.

Marcus’s primary focus is to understand the current and future position of BNZ Customers and Agribusiness Team to ensure they can be provided with a high level of continuous service to help customers move in the right direction.

Marcus has a large established national network and can assist with customer point to point contact which customers can benefit from



Shay Moon

Agribusiness Partner BNZ

Shay has 6 years experience in Taranaki, where he manages a senior portfolio of clients in the region.  His clients are predominantly mid-large scale family farming operations that are diverse and often multi-generational family businesses.  These clients give insights into different structures and operational strategies.

Shay is often involved in the national Agribusiness Strategy for the Bank.  Currently he is nationally leading the BNZ internal development for the agribusiness software “Figured” to replace historical systems.

Shay recently attended the Rotary Young Leadership awards in Auckland and was a lead judge in the prestigious Ahuwhenua Maori Agribusiness Awards.  Shay also manages sharemilkers that have climbed the industry ladder to obtain their first farm.


11am - 11.45am

Andrew Butterworth ( B.Applied Sci, AFA, NZX AA)

Investment Advisor – Craigs Investment Partners

Andrew has over 14 years finance experience.  With his role as an investment advisor at Craigs Investment Partners he advises private clients, companies, trusts and estates on portfolio and wealth management.  He completed his tertiary education at Massey University before starting his professional career initially as a rural bank manager.

Having always had an interest in the investment space, Andrew then headed offshore where he worked for Barclays Capital in London gaining experience in the investment banking sector.  He then returned to New Zealand where he worked for a leading private bank as a private banker before returning home to Taranaki with Craigs Investment Partners in 2014.  He now manages just under $100m of funds – the majority of which are for retired farmers here in Taranaki.



Todd Hagan

Managing Director – SGM Agri Limited

Todd operates a consultancy business offering strategy, growth and management services to the rural sector.  SGM Agri Ltd was established in June 2016 and is based in Te Awamutu.

He spent 17 years in the finance sector at ASB with over half of this time working with large scale rural corporate businesses.  His last role at ASB was to lead the North Island Rural Corporate team in executing its strategy for this specific part of the rural market.

Since exiting banking in June 2016, Todd’s focus has been working with Kirkham Group – a large scale dairy, dairy support, calf rearing and (recently) poultry business, spread across the Waikato but based in Te Awamutu.

Todd also holds an advisory board position with Kirkham Group, Jim & Sue Van der Poel Group and is a director and shareholder of Managwai Farms and Whakatipu Poultry.

He has a high level of experience working with a number of Agri-businesses both within and outside of the farm gate.


12.30 - 1.15pm

Racquel Cleaver

Managing Director – AgriPeople Solutions Limited

Racquel Cleaver is a Director of AgriPeople Solutions Limited.  Founded in Hawera in 2013 the business is a People Management and Recruitment Company, while also consulting on workplace conflict through its Good Faith arm.  Racquel holds post graduate qualifications in both Human Resource Management and Dispute Resolution.  She is an Associate Member of the Arbitrator and Mediators Institute of New Zealand as well as a Professional Member of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand.

Racquel promotes employment relationships founded on the defining of expectations, open communications and the understanding of one’s own values and perspectives.  Racquel believes that all employers, including agriculture, can attract and retain great staff through satisfying the interests and needs of employees, as well as the agricultural business.

Getting the basic employment processes and conditions right is essential for running a compliant business.  Understanding people and their motivations is essential for running a thriving business.



Melissa Stephen

Genetic Evaluation Developer – Dairy NZ

Melissa is a Developer at DairyNZ, specialising in genetic evaluation.  In her role she is responsible for the development and deployment of extension material, including tools and resources which support genetic improvement on-farm.

Melissa studied at Lincoln University, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Agricultural Management, and has since completed post graduate study in the field of genetics.

Following her graduation she was employed by CRV Ambreed, working initially in farm information systems, before making the move to the breeding team, as a sire analyst.

In her current and previous roles she has worked closely with breeding enthusiasts and farmers alike, and has developed a detailed understanding of the New Zealand animal evaluation system.


1.25 - 2.10pm

Graham Mourie (MBE)

Graham grew up on the family dairy farm in Opunake and has been a sharemilker and leased and owned farms since 1979.  He currently farms 1100 cows in equity partnerships, and is a shareholder and executive director in Southern Pastures Ltd, which runs dairy farms in the South Waikato and Ashburton areas.

Graham was a founder of Taranaki Farm Consultants.  He has experience in setting up and managing equity grazing partnerships, developing lifestyle blocks and urban development.

Graham’s long rugby career included captaining the All Blacks from 1976 to 1982.  Between 1985 and 1987 he was involved with initiating and marketing the first Rugby World Cup.  After a successful record as a rugby coach at provincial level he served as a director of New Zealand Rugby and on the International Rugby Board (IAB) Executive Committee, chairing the IRB Rugby Committee for 6 years.

He is involved in several trusts including the Rugby Foundation, Porirua Foundation and The Graeme Dingle Foundation.

Graham is a passionate fisherman, enjoys paddle boarding and spending time with family and friends.