The current NOSLaM Steering Committee:
NICKY HAND - Chair Person
Born in the Fairlie area, Nicky moved to North Otago in 1995 and until recently was farming in partnership in East Otago on a dryland extensive hill country, sheep and beef breeding property, this was supported by a North Otago downlands irrigated finishing unit. Nicky has two adult sons.
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.”
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”
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 former Trustee with the Waitaki Community Gardens.
NICOLA NEAL - NOSLaM Engagement Officer
Born and raised a sheep farmer from Wairaki Valley in Western Southland, Nic now lives in Duntroon with her husband Grant and 2 children, Quinn 13 and Greer 11.
Nic and Grant have had a 14 year dairy farming career which they are finishing at the end of 2022-23 dairy season to pursue other interests. They also have a small sheep and beef operation at Duntroon.
A Graduated Batchelor of Veterinary Science, Nic brings a broad range of experience from working in farming systems both in NZ and abroad and holds a strong belief that while our interaction with the land as a whole is just a glimpse of time, we have a huge opportunity to respect those that have gone before and make mindful change to the imprint that we will leave behind. Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua – The person forgets, but the land remembers.
Nic recently stood down after 10 years with the South Island Dairy Event as trustee, governance board member and event organising committee member
To quote Nic... “NOSLAMs vision of an environment we are proud of, a vibrant community and strong agriculture in North Otago all resonate really strongly with my own personal and our family’s values. After spending time with the NOSLAM group, and seeing some of the work that’s being undertaken, it felt inspiring to be aligned with a group that is approaching todays challenges in such a positive, practical and meaningful way – definitely something I wanted to be part of.”
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.
Bridget initially began working with NOSLaM in a paid role as their Engagement Officer strengthening NOSLaM’s connection within the North Otago community by working with schools, community groups and stakeholders. She has now moved into a voluntary Steering Committee Member role.
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 University of Canterbury with a degree in Chemical and Process engineering (B.E. Hons) Kate worked in the energy sector for 6 years with roles in Operations Management and Project Engineering before moving to North Otago in 2018. Kate also holds a Masters Degree in Business (MBA) from the University of Otago.
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 Durban, South Africa, Craig now lives in Enfield with his wife Jen and two children Jocelyn and Lloyd.
A dairy farmer for the past 23 years, Craig grew up on a beef and sheep farm in South Africa. He dairy farmed in South Africa for 14 years before moving to New Zealand in 2014 and has been dairy farming here ever since.
Craig has always loved the outdoors and working with animals and saw farming as a natural progression.
Craig has an Agricultural Management Degree from the Nelson Mandela University and recently completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Commerce from Lincoln University.
Craig has the belief that we all need to do our bit. He has a passion for our environment and how best we can adapt our farming practises to ensure its long-term wellbeing. He sees NOSLaM as being a vehicle through which he can stop being a spectator. In his words... “I wanted to see how I can help. I have been in this area a relatively short time (only 8 years) but rather than being a spectator I want to do my bit and help. I farm here so I have a responsibility to implement the best practices I can and help others do the same.”
Born and bred in North Otago, Mackenzie grew up on a sheep and beef station in Five Forks while spending her high school years as a boarder at Waitaki Girls High School. She has since gone on and earned a Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing at Lincoln University and is currently employed as a Livestock Coordinator at BX Foods, Oamaru, working with their farmer suppliers on livestock bookings and helping to enhance both their farming practices and in market opportunities.
Mackenzie is currently gaining experience in, and an understanding of, leading and delivering a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Project, Marketing Co-ordination and the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Internal Auditing process.
Mackenzie has a passion for on farm sustainability and future proofing an environment that we can be proud of in North Otago. To quote Mackenzie... “I see my involvement with NOSLaM aligning with the vision to enhance the natural environment through a collaborative approach which forms the foundation. I think this is a great opportunity for our growers and suppliers to work together to enhance New Zealand’s global offering.”