Our Scholars

Scholar Profiles 2018

Andy Elliot

With 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s aquaculture industry, Andy Elliot has a strong background in the commercial development of new aquaculture species and related businesses.He lives in Nelson, with partner Bec and their three boys. He heads the R&D and business development activities for Wakatū Incorporation (Wakatū), a Māori-owned organisation. Kono NZ LP, their food and drinks business, exports to over 40 countries.Andy is passionate about their aim at Wakatu to add value to existing food products through exploring high value nutrition and food ingredients.Prior to working for Wakatū, Andy worked for the Cawthron Institute also spending several years living and working on Stewart Island developing paua hatcheries. Andy studied at Otago University where he gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Science.

Simon Cook

Simon, is a third generation kiwifruit grower from Te Puke. Simon along with his wife Katey and three daughters grows both green and gold varieties of kiwifruit and has recently planted their first Avocado trees. Simon also owns and manages a kiwifruit contracting business, Ranfurly Orchard Services, which just recently won the supreme award at the Te Puke business awards. Simon has governance roles on a number of Kiwifruit industry organisationsAfter completing a management degree at Waikato University Simon spent four years in Auckland working in various supply chain roles. After re-evaluating their future, Simon and Katey moved to Te Puke where Simon and his father started a kiwifruit contracting business. They also bought their first small kiwifruit orchard giving them an opening to the industry.

Kate Scott

Central Otago based, Kate is an Executive Director of Landpro Limited, a planning and surveying company she jointly founded in 2007, before which Kate and her husband Scott Levings were managing a 200ha dairy farm at Roxburgh where both were involved in the day to day operation of the farm.Kate is passionate about the primary industries and the environment, and works across a broad range of sectors, including dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture and viticulture. Kate also has extensive irrigation experience, including as the project manager for the Manuherikia Catchment. With her scholarship she is interested in looking at ways for New Zealand to reduce its agri-enviro footprint, including benchmarking New Zealand’s environmental performance against other major agricultural nations.Kate and Scott have three sons, George (7), Ted (3) and Henry (1 1/2), who enjoy the benefits of living so close to Lake Dunstan as well as to the southern ski fields from their home in Bannockburn.

Turi Mcfarlane

A background combining farm systems and natural resource management drives Turi McFarlane’s passion to enhance the sustainability of New Zealand’s primary sector. Of Te Atiawa and Ngai Tahu decent, Turi also has a keen interest in Maori agribusiness.Turi grew up on a small family sheep and beef farm on Banks Peninsula and now finds himself back in the district with wife Jessie and their three children Ezra, Micah and Sarai, working in a new role with Ravensdown Environmental, as Senior Farm Environmental Consultant. Turi previously worked for Beef+Lamb NZ as South Island environment extension manager.His interest in agricultural systems and sustainable land management led to tertiary study at Massey University where he completed a Batchelor of Science with a double major in Agricultural Science and Ecology which was followed by a Master of Applied Science at Lincoln University majoring in International Rural Development.

Solis Norton

Solis hails from near Port Chalmers, Dunedin and brings a mix of academic and industry experience having completed a Bachelor in Agricultural Science at Massey in 1996, a Masters Degree in Applied Science then a PhD in the epidemiology of Johne’s disease in New Zealand dairy herds.He joined the New Zealand Deer Industry as Project Manager for their newly established national programme against Johne’s disease. After ten years, the industry has achieved a substantial success.He seeks to lead New Zealand agriculture toward genuinely sustainable farming systems from an energy and emissions perspective and received an Agmardt Leadership Award in 2014 which allowed travel to the US and visits to energy experts there.

Scholar Profiles 2017

Jason Rolfe

Improving employment conditions and promoting the primary industries as an attractive career option are key to securing talented young people in the industry, new Nuffield scholar Jason Rolfe believes. Living in New Plymouth with his new wife Christina, Jason is the Taranaki area manager for FMG Insurance, a role he has held for the last year.

Mathew Hocken

Mat Hocken is carrying on the family legacy, farming the Manawatu property that has been in his family for over 125 years and acting as an advocate for farmers through his roles with Federated Farmers. He returned to the family property, Grassmere, in 2013 after a successful career studying law and politics and working overseas in consultancy roles covering areas like climate change and energy.

Rebecca Hyde

Rebecca Hyde believes improved collaboration between sectors and industry can help achieve better environmental outcomes and she plans to research this topic further as part of her scholarship. Oxford-based, Rebecca’s passion for the environment extends to her work with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, where she is South Island team leader of farm sustainability services.

Nadine Porter

Having grown up in rural communities all her life and as a director of a farming operation in Mid-Canterbury, Nadine is a committed Primary Industry advocate and believes the agriculture sector is at an exciting crossroads. Nadine, and husband, Tim’s main driver is to leave their three daughters with a farm that is sustainable and are passionate about regenerating soil structure and encouraging a biologically active system through no-tillage and the use of the Kinsey Albrecht fertiliser system. When not helping with the farming operation Nadine works for NZ Young Farmers as their National Communications Manager.

David Kidd

Third-generation farmer David Kidd, who won the Young Farmer of the Year contest in 2014 and has a strong background in the finance industry, is one of six new Nuffield scholars for 2017. David manages a 550ha beef finishing property at Shelly Beach, South Kaipara Head Peninsula. He and his wife Janine have spent the past four and a half years developing the property, gradually improving its carrying capacity and productivity. Before becoming a farmer, David spent six years working in the finance industry in New Zealand and Australia.

Ryan O'Sullivan

South Canterbury dairy farmer Ryan O’Sullivan has been named as a Nuffield scholar for 2017. Ryan is married to Tina and the couple have three children, aged from five to nine. The O’Sullivans are equity managers of a large-scale farming operation near Fairlie, South Canterbury, comprising a 1200-cow, irrigated dairy unit run in conjunction with 550ha of dairy support. Previously, Ryan attended Lincoln University then began a 10-year career in rural banking.

Our Alumni


Jessica Bensemann
Twitter: @JessNuffield16
Study Topic: Internationalisation of New Zealand Agribusiness

Richard Fowler
Twitter: @fowlerr81
Study Topic: Cell cultured food and the potential impact on animal farming

Sam Lang
Twitter: @hillcountrykiwi
Study Topic: Regenerative Agriculture

Bede O’Connor
Twitter: @BedeFarm
Study Topic: How will the internal development of the China Dairy Industry effect New Zealand?

Tom Skerman
Twitter: @tskerman
Study Topic: Governance


Dan Steele
Twitter: @danblueduck
Study Topic: Adding Value Through Environmental Management

Ben Allomes
Twitter: @ballomes
Study Topic: Leveraging off Human Capability

Satwant Singh
Twitter: @satwantksingh
Study Topic: Managing Farm Income Volatility

Sharon Morrell
Twitter: @DairyingBOP
Study Topic: Communities Coping With Limits


Paul Olsen
Twitter: @olsenagri
Study Topic: Global Potato Production – Helping Feed the World

John Murphy
Follow John johnmurphy14.wordpress.com
Twitter: @NZGarlic
Study Topic: How does an agricultural business maintain its essence and become better at fulfilling its purpose?

Lucy Griffiths (nee Cruikshank)
Follow Lucy innov8aotearoa.blogspot.co.nz
Twitter: @Innov8Aotearoa
Study Topic: Business Plan for the NZ Sheep Dairy Industry

Mel Poulton
Follow Mel poultononthewing.wordpress.com
Twitter: @MelWNI
Study Topic: Capturing Value

Daniel Shand
Follow Daniel danshand.wordpress.com
Twitter: @nzprimarily
Study Topic: The use of mobile technology in the red meat sector


Tafadzwa Manjala
Follow Tafi http://nuffield2013.blogspot.com.au/
Twitter: @TafadzManjala
Study Topic: Good to Great Extension – Influencing on farm change at pace and scale

Sophie Stanley
Follow Sophie http://sophiestanley.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @sestanley1
Study Topic: Harnessing Social Media in Agriculture

Lisa Harper
Follow Lisa http://harpernuffield13.blogspot.com.au/
Twitter: @sgrangecheese
Study Topic: Supporting entrepreneurship in New Zealand agriculture

Natasha King
Follow Natasha http://gonenuffing.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @NatashaKingNZ
Study Topic: Can Generating Gas and Electricity be the Solution to New Zealand Dairy Effluent Management?

Stephen Wilkins
Follow Steve http://stevewilkinsnuffield.blogspot.co.nz/
Twitter: @SteveWilkins10
Study Topic: Synergies between arable and dairy – With a focus on effluent and nutrients


Sandra Faulkner
Study Topic: Maximising Farmer Value within the Natural Fibre Supply Chain 

Richard Fitzgerald
Study Topic: Capability Development of Farmers through Farmer Networks

Michael Tayler
Study Topic: Future Technologies in Arable Farming


Nicola Waugh
Study Topic: Farmer Adaptation to Change with the Threat of Regulation

David Campbell
Study Topic: Understanding Our Asian Customers


Paul McGill
Study Topic: Catchment Management Strategies

Desiree Reid
Study Topic: How Do Dairy Co-Operatives Grow For Famers’ Benefit?

Ian Knowles
Study Topic: Agriculture Education and Training in New Zealand


Alex Jack
Study Topic: Animal Welfare, Environmental and Ethical Issues Affecting The Value Of New Zealand’s Pastoral Products

Mandi McLeod
Study Topic: Family Business Continuance: A Global Perspective

Gregg Pardoe
Study Topic: Indigenous Peoples and How They Have Adapted To Modern Farming Practices


James Parsons
Study Topic: Supply Chain Relationships and Value Chain Design

Ali Undorf-Lay
Study Topic: Bridging the Divide Craige Mackenzie
Study Topic: Understanding the Carbon Footprint in Farming Systems


Les Keeper
Study Topic: Adding Value to New Zealand Milk

Jane Mitchell
Study Topic: Meat Supply Chains and Climate Change

Steven Sterne
Study Topic: The Value Chain in Pork Products in New Zealand


Ben Todhunter
Study Topic: Integration of Conservation and Farm Production

Vaughan Templeton
Study Topic: Sustainability of Agricultural Systems regarding Nutrient Losses


John Wright
Study Topic: Primary Industry Investment in Longer Term Research and Innovation


Andrew Watters
Study Topic: How Companies Innovate and How New Zealand Companies Can Innovate Better


Andrew Fox
Study Topic: Use of Antibiotics in Food Production/Lamb Marketing Opportunities in North America

Murray King
Study Topic: Staffing Solutions for Primary Industries


Jim van der Poel
Study Topic: Capital Structures of Large Corporations


Adrian Gault
Study Topic: To GE or Not to GE? New Zealand’s Dilemma


Juliet Maclean
Study Topic: The future impact of biotechnology on stock, forage and food

John S. Wilson
Study Topic: Measuring co-op and plc performance

Hugh Ritchie
Study Topic: Sustainable Farming Systems
New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholars 1980-1999


Richardson, Alan.G. (Sonia) Tapanui
Study Topic: Sustainable and organic livestock farming in the EU, quality assurance schemes for livestock farms, impact of animal welfare groups

Bull, Miss C.A. (Catherine)
Study Topic: The issues facing the dairy industry in a changing world market.


James, MrsMarise L. (Bryn) New Plymouth
Study Topic: Ownership structures of the dairy industry, animal welfare, environmental and food safety issues – UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Europe, USA.

Old, Kevin M. Morrinsville, now Canterbury Study Topic: Dairy industry structures – Europe, USA, Argentina.


Douglas, Murray B. (Marcelle) Whangarei
Study Topic: Resource management issues, dairy processing and marketing in the UK and Europe.

Harris, Paul M. Tutira
Study Topic: Marketing of primary products – Asia, Europe, UK, Eire, Eastern bloc.

Raine, Julian R. (Cathy) Nelson
Study Topic: Integrated fruit production in response to European developments in this field – Chile, USA, UK, Europe.


Brown, Douglas A. (Jeannie) Oamaru
Study Topic: Sheep industry in EU – UK, Ireland, Europe, China.

Taggart, Murray J. (Gina) Oxford
Study Topic: Meat marketing, branded versus generic promotion – Europe

Wright, A Stuart. (Angela) Sheffield
Study Topic: Seed potato production, disease management in arable crops – UK, Canada, Holland, France, Zimbabwe.


Barton, Roger T. (Barbie) Greytown
Study Topic: TB, animal welfare, chemical residues in wool – UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany

Reilly, A P. (Tony) (Kathy) Takaka
Study Topic: Social effects of GATT. Environmental impacts of Ag. Dairy breeding. Rural education


Polson, Alastair R. (Bo) Wanganui
Study Topic: On farm quality assurance, meat marketing, trade and the environment – UK, France, Dk

Schrider, Noel A. ( Maria) Patea
Study Topic: Animal production, welfare and environmental effects associated with high input dairying – UK, Ireland, Holland, France.

Vernon, Jenni A. (Gordon) Ngaruawahia
Study Topic: Milk Marketing Board Changes – Netherlands, France, UK.


Jopp, A J. (Tony) (Jillian) Alexandra
Study Topic: Agricultural policy in the UK and Europe

Mackenzie, R Ian. (Diana) Ashburton
Study Topic: Farm management – UK, Denmark, Holland, France, USA, Canada


Howey, A C. (Tony) (Afsaneh) Pleasant Point

Munro, Dennis L. (Liz Greenslade) Wairoa
Study Topic: The international markets for the NZ sheep and beef sector – M. East, UK, Europe, USA


Daniell, Derek M. (Chris) Masterton
Study Topic: Chilled lamb, joint ventures, genetic engineering, wool promotion, effects of intensive farming on the environment – UK, Europe, Russia, USA

McNab, Bruce. (Fay) Oamaru
Study Topic: Marketing NZ sheep meat in Europe


Luscombe, Philip C. (Ainsley) Manaia
Study Topic: EC policy trade issues, environmental pollution. UK, Ireland, Europe


Palmer, John L. (Sally) Nelson
Study Topic: International fruit marketing – UK, Europe, USA.

Shepherd, David J. (Elizabeth) Mosgiel
Study Topic: Land ownership, farm occupancy systems, rural financing


Grant, Alan G. (Alison) Ashburton
Study Topic: Market access arrangements for NZ meat, marketing effectiveness of NZ Meat Board – UK, N.Europe, USA, Canada

Mandeno, Tom G. (Anna) Tuakau
Study Topic: Sheep and wool industries, reorganisation of local govt in Scotland – UK


Lee, W W. (Bill) (Susie) Gebbies Valley
Study Topic: Wool promotion and marketing – UK, Europe

Mathis, Geoff C. (Marion) Tirau
Study Topic: UK dairy industry – all EEC countries


Davison, Richard W. (Elizabeth) Culverden
Study Topic: EC sheepmeat regime, history of agricultural protection – UK, France, Belgium

Hamilton, Bruce N. (Joan) Westport
Study Topic: Industrial relations, environmental conflict resolution – UK, France, Israel, Holland, Denmark, Canada


Herlihy, Gavin J. (Gerarda) Ranfurly
Study Topic: Water adminisration, meat marketing. – UK, France, Ireland

Kirke, Derek M. (Clare) Wanaka
Study Topic: The production, manufacture and marketing of man made and woollenfibre – UK, France, Germany, Greece, USA


Cook, Peter L. (Jan) Stratford
Study Topic: Production, processing, marketing/devt wool; beef from the dairy industry – USA, Canada, UK, W.Europe

Hurst, Dave P. (Nicky) Te Puke
Study Topic: Multiproduct farm and business management with emphasis on dairying. – UK, Europe, USA


Marshall, Hon Denis W A., (Annette) Queenstown
Study Topic: Marketing primary products. Role of CAP. – N America, UK, Europe

Nelson, R Martin. Te Aroha
Study Topic: Beef potential of NZ dairy herd – USA, UK, France


Jackson, Peter A H. (Pru) Ngaruawahia
Study Topic: Sheep production. Marketing of wool and meat products, – UK, Europe, USA Pye, Alan J. Christchurch


McFarlane, Don G. (Di) Temuka-now Geraldine
Study Topic: Crop management, irrigation, co-op marketing, resource planning UK, Israel, USA

Shirley, Graeme A. (Anne) Tauranga
Study Topic: Rural servicing and social issues wich affect rural communities- Meat Industry – UK, France, Denmark, Holland, USA


Dunlop, Kerry J. (Kit) Winton
Study Topic: Meat marketing, co-operatives, management of prolific sheep – UK, France, Denmark

Jennings, Owen R. (Doreen) Auckland
Study Topic: Dairying, wetlands, environment. – UK, Ireland, Europe
New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholars 1951-1978


Hopkins, John D. (Elaine) Manawatu
Study Topic: Dairy farming – UK, America Percy, J Cedric. (Ronny) Masterton
Study Topic: UK, Europe, USA


Robertson, Graham B. Ashburton
Study Topic: Arable farming – UK, Europe


Glass, Eddie., MBE. (Valerie) Ashburton
Study Topic: Farm management – UK, USA

Murfitt, Garry P. JP. (Jane) Pahiatua
Study Topic: Meat and wool production and marketing from farm gate to consumer. – Asia, UK and Europe


Hall, Grahame W. (Sandy) Rotorua
Study Topic: Dairying, co-operatives, local government – UK, Europe 1975

Neilson, Geoffrey W. (Ailsa) Dunedin
Study Topic: Requirement and methods of retailing meat and wool. Farm training institutes – UK


Bull, Douglas M L. (Tess) Whakatane
Study Topic: Large farm management, farmer training, agricultural co-operatives – UK, Rep Ireland

Kingsbury, Lyn R. (Gillian) Rakaia
Study Topic: Irrigation, sheep breeds, devt of agricultural training – Israel, UK


Horrell, P John. (Judy) Northland
Study Topic: Intensifying land usage, forestry

Wright, Alex G. (Joan) Rakaia
Study Topic: Arable herbage seed production, plant variety rights – U

Mitchell, Robin F. (dec’d) (Judith ) Palmerston North
Study Topic: Dairy and beef – UK


Jensen, Peter P. (Anne) Tauranga
Study Topic: Dairying – UK, Ireland, Denmark

Plummer, Timothy J. (Mary) Waipawa
Study Topic: Applied animal genetics – UK Pinney, Bernard. (dec’d) ( Jenny) Canterbury


Gower, Derek H. Hamilton
Study Topic: Large dairy farm mangt. – France, UK, Canada

Geddes, Kevin J D. (Lorraine) Christchurch
Study Topic: Agri politics, wool – UK Burnside,

Robbie A. (Elspeth) Balclutha
Study Topic: Agricultural training, beef overwintering systems, meat processing and marketing – U

Waite, Barry T (Margaret) Te Puke
UK Scholar 1971, emigrated 1977
Study Topic: Dairying and grassland – Australia, NZ


Elworthy, Sir Peter H. KB (dec’d) (Fiona)
Study Topic: Co-operatives, agricultural politics UK

Macdonald, Ken J., JP., Tauranga
Study Topic: Dairy farming – UK.

Watson, D G. (dec’d) Canterbury
Study Topic: Management and training – UK


Scott, Jonathan M. Woodend McFall, Morris S. (Hilary) Te Awamutu
Study Topic: Intensive dairying – UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada, USA


McLaren, Ross E. (Jan) Hamilton
Study Topic: Large dairy herds and beef from the dairy herd – UK, USA

Naylor, Max R. (dec’d) Queenstown
Study Topic: Business management, sheep breeding – UK


Acland, John O. (Rosemary) Geraldine
Wright, Ness Q. (dec’d) Sheffield


Harvey, Don J. (Margaret) Taranaki
Study Topic: Dairy beef

Tripe, J Nick. Wanganui
Study Topic: EEC entry by UK. Prolific sheep, intensive beef


Bamford, Michael T. (dec’d) Masterton

Kneebone, John T., CMG. (John) Tirau


Graham, Frank C. (Beverley) Turangi
Study Topic: Sheep and cropping – UK

Morrison, Pat G. Darfield
Study Topic: Arable farming


Cocks, J Ron. (dec’d) (Jessie) Ashburton

Dalzell Reg. (Doris) Winton
Study Topic: Cereal production, sheep production, farm management


Clarke, John. (Margaret) South Otago
Study Topic: Sheep farming, cropping – UK

O’Connor, John D. (Del) Westport
Study Topic: Dairying, small farms, devt of marginal land – UK


Daniell, John L. (dec’d) (Christine) Masterton

Pullar, Gordon J. (Margaret) Gore
Study Topic: Sheep, meat, wool production, marketing, supplementary feed crops, grain bulk harvesting and handling – UK


Hunt W F. (Bill) (dec’d) ( Ruth) Cromwell
Study Topic: Small seed production, feed lots for cattle – UK, USA

McLennan, Brian A. (dec’d) Masterton


James, H Alan. (dec’d) Masterton

McKenzie, Don K (dec’d) Ashburton


Baker, David G. (dec’d) (Allison) Cave

Hulston, Don J. (dec’d) Waimate


Badger G E. (dec’d) Okaihau, Kaitoke

S Don Sinclair. (dec’d) Nelson


Curd, P C. (dec’d) Ashburton
Study Topic: Rearing and Finishing Beef Cattle in the UK

McLean, R J. (dec’d) Invercargill


De Lautour, Philip A. (dec’d) (Philip and Natalie) Wairoa
Study Topic: Sheep and cattle breeds in the UK, with assessment of their value to NZ Mackenzie, Clutha N. (dec’d) Scargill


Corrigan, John R. Matamata, now Tauranga
Jarman, F W (Ron) Darfield


Gordon, Rt.Hon. J B. (dec’d) Heriot

Holderness, T D John. (dec’d) Gebbies Valley


Slater, Gilbert S. (dec’d ) Geraldine
Linklater, H M. (Jack) (dec’d) Palmerston North


Nutt, Graham A. (dec’d) Christchurh
Plummer, Peter S. (dec’d) Waipawa


Murphy Brian E (dec’d) Kaponga, Taranaki
Hilgendorf, Sir Charles. (dec’d)