The current NOSLaM Steering Committee:
PETER MITCHELL - Chair Person
Married with 2 adult sons, Peter was born and raised in Oamaru.
He grew up on an arable farm and, apart from a short period working overseas, has spent his life working around Oamaru.
While Peter has a keen interest in machinery and technology and is a qualified engineer/mechanic, it is the growing of crops that has become his passion.
Keen to see the development of a strong future for food production in North Otago and throughout New Zealand, Peter is a graduate of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, has been a board member for the Foundation of Arable Research for the past 6 years and is the Chairperson for NOSLaM.
JANE SMITH - Secretary Treasurer
Jane farms in the hills at the headwaters of the Kakanui catchment with her husband Blair – including an Angus Beef Stud and Perendale sheep stud operations in both New Zealand and Australia.
She has a B.Com Ag (FM) and has career experience in rural banking and the fertiliser industry.
Jane is a crown-appointed director of the Veterinary Council of New Zealand,
a Justice of the Peace and an independent director of the Red Meat Profit
Jane has been involved with NOSLaM since it was reincorporated and sees NOSLaM as a crucial vehicle to enhance both environmental and economic opportunities for North Otago.
Lyndon and wife Jane farm at Five Forks. They milk 420 cows on the 290ha farm running a self-contained operation, wintering all cows, rearing young stock and growing the majority of their supplement.
Their aim is to run an operation that provides good returns, has minimal impact on the environment and is a place where people enjoy working.
Lyndon is has recently stepped down after 6 years as provincial dairy chair for North Otago Federated Farmers. He is also chairman of Kakanui Water Allocation Committee. It is Lyndon's belief that we can have both a strong farming business and an environment that we can proudly handover to the next generation.
Lyndon’s passion is spending time on and off farm with Jane and their three children.
Callum has a long family history in North Otago and is the 3rd generation to farm at Windsor Park in the Waireka Valley.
Callum schooled at Waitaki Boys High School and Lincoln University graduating with a B Com Ag VPM.
After farming in Southland for 5 years Callum identified the huge window of opportunity irrigation was going to present the valley with and returned "home” where he now lives with his wife and 3 children.
Since returning in 2006 Callum and his wife have converted and grown the farm from a dry land sheep operation to a 350ha self-contained dairy farm and in 2018 was elected to the North Otago Irrigation Company Board of Directors.
Callum is committed to the community and its strong environmental awareness.
To quote him, “this is our patch and we need to look after it. We owe it to our future farmers to protect and enhance our natural environment, so as they too have the ability to prosper from the land”
ANDREW RODWELL - CEO of NOIC
Andrew joined NOIC in 2019. Originally from the Bay of Plenty, his career has included periods in the primary sector, with a genetics focus, as well as six years in the US, first as New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles and then as Executive VP for a Telecom NZ company he was tasked with establishing.
He has a BSc from Canterbury University and a Dip Bus Admin (Finance) from Auckland’s Graduate School of Business.
Andrews vision for NOIC is for the company to be a leader in irrigation scheme management, enhancing the value of the farms and businesses of its shareholders, while contributing to the continual improvement of the environment in the region.
“Great farms and a healthy environment are totally compatible objectives and the work done by NOSLaM throughout North Otago is vital in achieving this”.
DANIEL ISBISTER - NZ Fish & Game
Born in the Waitaki, Daniel schooled at Waitaki Boys High School and has been farming on the Waitaki plains for over 14 years with his wife and 3 children.
A keen fisherman and duck hunter, Daniel has a keen interest in fisheries management and is an elected councillor to Central South Island Fish & Game, a position he has held for 9 years.
To quote him, “volunteering my time as a councillor, honorary ranger and also teaching casting has been a great way to give back to the sport that has given me so much”.
In 2018, Daniel was appointed to the Fish & Game National Council. He is also an appointed community representative on the Lower Waitaki - South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee which is charged with developing actions and tactics to deliver on the ten targets of ECan’s Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
Daniel has a goal of ensuring his children have the same, or better, recreational opportunities in the future.
ROB MCTAGUE - NOSLaM Co-ordinator
Born and raised in the North Island, Rob and his wife moved to Oamaru in 2015 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.
An internationally recognised, award winning business coach, Rob has successfully worked with business owners across a broad range of industries and views his role as NOSLaM Coordinator being one through which he can utilise the skills he has developed over the years to make a meaningful contribution towards improving the environmental ethos within the region.
He believes every industry has a core culture and guiding principles, and that improved land and water management practices require a collaborative approach by all parties.
As a Social Entrepreneur committed to making a difference, Rob initiated and co-founded a Registered Charitable Trust. Rob has also been a member of the Business Advisory Committee for WelTec (Wellington Institute of Technology) and is a Trustee with the Waitaki Community Gardens.
BRIDGET MCNALLY - NOSLaM Engagement Officer
Bridget and her husband James farm at Maheno. They are 5th Generation Farmers milking 900 cows on a self contained unit in an equity partnership with James parents and have three young children.
They converted the farm to Dairy in 2007 as a pathway to succession and are strong believers that running a sustainable dairy business goes hand in hand with caring for the environment. They regularly open their farm up to schools and groups and took part in Fonterra’s Open Gate day. Bridget is on the Governance Group for SIDE (South Island Dairy Event) and is also studying towards a diploma in Agribusiness Management.
Bridget grew up on a sheep and beef farm before attending St Kevin’s College and then onto Otago University, graduating with a BA in communications studies followed by a Graddip in teaching at Canterbury University and then teaching at St Joseph’s School in Oamaru.
She is excited to be working with NOSLaM and looks forward to strengthening the connection within the North Otago community by working with schools, community groups and stakeholders.
Jo grew up rurally in North Otago. She and husband Ross, together with their three children farm on the coast at Herbert. They are proud red meat farmers with a 670ha operation that spans two properties.
An ex primary school teacher, Jo’s passion for people and the primary industries saw her start ‘Lip Gloss and Gumboots’ in 2018, a Regional Hub for like-minded agri-women to connect and upskill. She has recently been elected to the Central South Island Farmer Council for Beef and Lamb.
Jo sees real importance in taking the best possible care of farm environments, leaving them in a great state for future generations. She believes building collaborative relationships and working collectively help make this a reality.
Born and raised in Oamaru completing secondary school at Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru, now married to husband Adam with three Children, Kate describes herself as an apprentice farmer helping Adam on their Dairy Support and Beef Farm by bringing specialised skills in systems and process that are transferrable to any farming operation no matter how big or small.
After graduating from College of Engineering at University of Canterbury (B.E. Hons), Kate worked in the Oil and Gas sector for 6 years with Roles in Operations Management and Project Engineering before moving to North Otago in 2018. Kate is also has a PGDipBusAdmin.
Kate describes herself as being a realistic optimist, with a lot of drive and creativity. She enjoys bringing people together and working collectively with a long-term view to get the best results for land and people.
In Kates words... “I see significant value at local catchment level to bring about the change that is necessary to see our whole community thrive. I wanted to be part of a passionate organisation influencing change at grassroots level by working collaboratively with other farmers and stakeholders”.
Born in the Fairlie area, Nicky moved to North Otago in 1995. Married with 2 adult sons, Nicky is farming in North and East Otago with her husband Greg where they are sheep and beef breeding and finishing on both dryland extensive hill country and irrigated downlands.
With advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management Papers from Massey University, Nicky brings experience with her from time spent working in the fertiliser industry, with Fonterra and now as a rural banker.
In Nicky’s words... “I am committed to the North Otago area and understand the need for a collaborative approach to ensure the best environmental benefits for the region.”