• BDO Farming Expo

    17 May 2018
    10.00am - 2.30pm

BDO Farming Expo

Date: Thursday 17 May 2018
Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm
War Memorial Centre
55 Miranda Street
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BDO Taranaki would like to thank all sponsors and attendees for supporting our farming expo, we hope you enjoyed the event. 

If you have any questions, feedback or would like to talk further about the day, or visit us for a free one hour consultation, please contact us on ph 759 9034 or email [email protected]

We hope to see you at future BDO Taranaki events.


BDO would like to acknowledge and thank the following:




Coffee sponsored by:  

9.55am Welcome
10.00am - 10.45am


Coach Approach Rural

  • What we see farming families doing
  • The impact of action versus no action
  • What you can do for your family to start and keep going.

Sponsored by: 




Catchment Engagement Leader – DairyNZ

  • What is nutrient management?
  • Where do I start on the farm?
  • Efficiency measures - more product output per unit of input
  • What difference can I make?
  • Exciting research opportunities afoot.

Sponsored by: 

11.00am - 11.45am


Mineral Systems

  • The conflict between current farming practice & sustainability
  • Introduction to a cow-centered approach
  • Sustainability is a natural outcome of meeting detailed cow needs
  • “Milk Fever Free Taranaki”.
Sponsored by: 


Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen

  • Legal issues for succession
  • The Government’s proposed employment law reforms
  • Health and Safety enforcement update
  • Minimum Wage and Holidays Act enforcement and Penalties.

Sponsored by: 

11.45am - 12.40pm


Sponsored by: 

12.40pm - 1.25pm


General Manager New Zealand Markets – LIC

  • If cow growth was the key driver of prosperity and productivity gains within our industry over the last 25 years what will drive the gains during the next chapter if we are indeed at “cow peak”
  • The changing face and complexity of farm ownership in New Zealand
Sponsored by: 


CEO - Drone Technologies NZ Ltd

  • What farming task can drones be used for
  • How can drones save me time money & resources
  • What do I need to know before using a drone on the farm

Sponsored by: 

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2.25pm BDO WRAP UP
2.30pm DRINKS
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PRICING PER PERSON (All prices include GST)
Entry to Unlimited Seminars, Coffee, Networking, Light Lunch, Drinks. $25
BDO CLIENT - Entry to Unlimited Seminars, Coffee, Networking, Stalls, Light Lunch & Drinks. Use the BDO Promo code you have been sent from BDO. Nil
BNZ CLIENT - Entry to Unlimited Seminars, Coffee, Networking, Stalls, Light Lunch & Drinks. Use the Promo code you have been sent by BNZ. $12
CPD Verification $50


BDO would like to acknowledge and thank the following:






Matthew Pickering

Director, North Island Manager– Coach Approach Rural

Bought up in the Waikato, Matthew has had 31 years of experiences and learning from working in and with the rural sector - from a rural degree at Lincoln University, to working on dairy, sheep & beef and cropping farms to leading 110 staff for ANZ National Bank rural banking.  Along the way Matthew has worked through four life threatening incidents that have strengthened his can do and grateful approach to life.

Matthew lives for family, so it was a natural pathway (since 2009) to be one of the founders of Coach Approach Rural, a team of 12 rural specialists focusing on helping farming families discover, develop and implement their succession plans.

As a facilitator coach, Matthew has worked with over 70 rural families to lead them through a process that deals with relationships, communication, conflict, assumptions, values, heritage, fairness, gratitude, family unity and harmony. These conversations position families to then, working with their professional team, make better choices around how they transition themselves and their business into future generations.


Wayne Hawkins

Coach Approach Rural

Wayne is Taranaki born and bred, returning home in 1986 to New Plymouth. After completing a Valuation and Farm Management diploma at Lincoln Wayne embarked on a rural banking career (Rural Bank, National Bank, ANZ National) ending up as regional manager overseeing 26 staff in Taranaki.  He retired in 2014 - with 46 years in rural banking and having gained an in-depth understanding of the challenges and demands of rural families.

Wayne has a real affinity to the goals and purpose of Coach Approach Rural and its dedicated focus on the rural sector, and became an Associate of the company in 2016.  This personal connection allows him to provide individualised support, coaching and facilitation to rural families, their businesses and their communities.

Wayne is passionate about seeing farmers get the results they are working for but may have not have the skills to get there by themselves.  In a safe environment he challenges farmers thinking as a catalyst to unlocking their potential to achieve their goals.

    Matthew and Wayne are proudly brought to you by:


Adam Duker

Catchment Engagement Leader Lower North Island - DairyNZ

Adam works with dairy farmers to develop sustainable farming solutions, with his work also encompassing wider whole of catchment initiatives.

Through his work at DairyNZ Adam leads the Farming with Limits work programme for Taranaki, Greater Wellington, and Hawkes Bay, and is the DairyNZ lead on implementation of nutrient restrictions applied through Horizons One Plan. Of recent times Adam has led the development and extension of DairyNZ’s EnviroWalk app released June 2017.

Adam holds a B.ApplSc and Advanced Nutrient Management qualifications both from Massey University.


Adam is proudly brought to you by:



Pat Poletti Animal Performance Consultant (B VSc)

Mineral Systems

Pat has been breaking new ground in the animal performance field for 15 years.  He works with sheep and beef, dairy cow and dairy goat farmers through his consulting company Mineral Systems, based in New Plymouth.

Pat treats each farm system as unique, with its own set of risks and challenges affecting animal performance. Understanding how diet, management and disease are linked is the first step towards resolving the big issues faced in each animal production sector.

His veterinary career has taken him from large animal practice in New Zealand to small animal practice in the big cities of the UK. He has farmed a 360ha sheep, beef and dairy unit for 20 years in the Eastern Taranaki hill country. He worked for MPI in the freezing industry eventually becoming a senior assessor in food safety, market access, animal welfare and biosecurity. He was an accredited auditor for the European Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Pat has drawn on his varied career and farming experience to develop solutions to ruminant production diseases. What emerges is a pathway to sustainable, welfare orientated and environmental friendly farm systems.


Cynthia Northcote (B AgSc)

Mineral Systems

Cynthia understands first-hand the challenges facing farming families’ today- and the rewards! Cynthia farmed for 20 years with Pat Poletti and together raised their 4 daughters in the idyllic Taranaki eastern hill country.

Cynthia believes you will be rewarded if you’re brave enough to change.  Trialling Pat’s novel approach resulted in a huge turnaround in ewe fertility and subsequently changed the way they farmed for the better.

At Mineral Systems, Cynthia uses her experience to help farmers achieve their goals. Cynthia began her career developing quality systems at Alpine Dairy Company, South Canterbury. In 2009 Cynthia joined Dairy Training Ltd as a part-time tutor in farm management systems and resource management. She has also coordinated the Taranaki Tree Trust for the Taranaki Regional Council.

Cynthia is confident our young people have what it takes to drive change.  She urges them to hold professionals accountable, seek answers and be creative.

    Pat & Cynthia are proudly brought to you by:


Marie Callander 

Partner, Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen

Marie specialises in advising clients about business structures, corporate governance and commercial contracts.

As the youngest of a large farming family, she is passionate about helping rural clients to establish appropriate structures for farm succession.

Marie is a Charter Member of the Institute of Directors and regularly writes and presents on topics relating to business structures.


Sean Maskill

Associate, Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen

Sean joined Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen as a graduate in 2015.

Now an Associate of the firm, Sean has particular expertise in employment and commercial law. Sean acts for a wide range of clients including farm owners and sharemilkers.

Sean contributes to ABMM’s “legal ruminations” column in the Taranaki Daily News. Outside of work, Sean is the president of Taranaki Young Professionals.


Marie & Sean are proudly brought to you by:


Malcolm Ellis

General Manager New Zealand Markets - LIC

Malcolm’s role is leading Sales & Marketing and connecting LIC’s extensive product range and services with our NZ farmer customers. 

Brought up as a 4th generation dairy farmer, Malcolm very much had dairying in his blood from a young age. Following graduation from Massey University and in partnership with his wife Jody, he developed a successful multi farm business. During this time he was also heavily involved in Agricultural education and is a regular contributor to rural media. He has a real passion for people, farm system profitability and the value of genetic gain. In 2011 he joined LIC to lead the Jersey & SGL Breeding Programmes.

After 5 successful years in that role he moved into his current General Manager role in October 2016 to lead NZ Markets. Malcolm brings a real farmer connection to the co-operative.

    Malcolm is proudly brought to you by:

Ben Plummer

CEO - Drone Technologies Limited

Ben is one of the founding partners of Drone Technologies New Zealand (DTNZ). He has over 15 years’ experience in the agricultural surveying sector. Specialising in GPS technology plus farm conversion design.

In 2002 Ben studied Business Management and Marketing at CPIT Christchurch, and has since run his own successful GPS Surveying Company for over 10 years. He has recently gained his Part 102 UAV/RPAS Pilot Certification and OPITO Offshore Safety and Emergency training.

DTNZ is the first company to perform beyond line of sight drone flights. Flying a $900,000 craft by remote satellite link for a distance of 120km. This achievement is leading the future development of drone regulations & applications.

    Ben is proudly brought to you by:

Hamish Bond

Olympic Rowing Gold Medallist & Cyclist

In 2013 Murray and Bond set the record for the most consecutive events wins out of any rowers in history, setting a string of 16 consecutive World Rowing Events. Hamish and Eric returned from London 2012 Olympics as gold medallists blitzing the rest of their field and claiming a new world record in their heat.

Bond and Murray together won the New Zealand Halberg sports awards, team of the year award in 2007 as part of the fours, then 2009 and 2012. In 2012 they were also awarded Supreme Award Winners.

Bond was born in Dunedin in 1986. He was attracted to rowing as a teenager rowing at Otago Boys High School and by the time he was 20, was a member of the national senior team.

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have formed one of the greatest combinations in rowing history. The pair was also World Champs in the men’s four in 2007 but bombed at the Beijing Olympics. Being able to learn and bounce back from this experience has been crucial to their current success. Having lived in each other’s pockets for more years than they'd like to count the Kiwi Pair has an interesting and successful approach to working as a team. Having learned from Beijing, and knowing what they wanted to achieve at London, the pair set about mapping their path to Gold. With a common goal and an unparalleled determination to succeed the mixture for success was spot on!

Hamish has graduated from Massey with a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Personal Financial Planning. Outside of rowing Hamish is a keen and talented cyclist. He is now concentrating on this discipline and currently aiming for commonwealth games selection.  Hamish married his wife Lizzie in April 2015 they live in Cambridge in the house they built together. 


Hamish is proudly brought to you by: