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Northern South Island

B+LNZ is working in Tasman, Marlborough, North Canterbury and the West Coast to help farmers improve their productivity and profitability.

Working for you

Your regional B+LNZ team are committed to helping you get the most from your farm.

  • Extension staff provide information to farmers, to extend their farming knowledge and help them make informed business decisions. They organise field days and workshops, farm trials and technology expos. They put together printed handouts and online information.
  • Economic Service staff collect the farm survey data for your region, which feeds into B+LNZ's economic reports and forecasts.

B+LNZ also has people working in areas like environment and policy, who promote the interests of farmers in your region.

What’s happening with Waimakariri’s water?

Water and nutrient rules will be changing in the Waimakariri Zone. This will affect what you can do on your farm. You can influence what the new rules say, click here to read how.

Annual delivery plans

Each of the six B+LNZ regions has a local farmer council – voted for by you.

Every year, your Northern South Island (NSI) Farmer Council works with your regional B+LNZ extension managers and your NSI farmer director to develop a regional delivery plan, using feedback from the region’s farmers. The Farmer Council draws on their knowledge of local needs and priorities to choose from a range of programmes and allocate funds. As a result, you get the tools and services that have the most value for your community.

Meet your local team...

Phil Smith cropped
Phil Smith

Farmer Director, Northern South Island

Contact details
03 3158 677 027 2227 927
James Hoban Feb 2016
James Hoban

Farmer Council Chair, Northern South Island

Contact details
03 315 8250 027 251 1986
Annette Crawshaw

Economic Service Manager, Northern South Island

Contact details
03 357 3095 027 555 0123
Turi McFarlane
Turi McFarlane

Environment Extension Manager – South Island

Contact details
03 357 0692 027 836 7658
Sarah O'Connell
Sarah O'Connell

Extension Manager, Northern South Island

Contact details
03 357 0693 027 496 8496
Theresa Laws
Theresa Laws

Regional Co-ordinator, South Island

Contact details
03 477 6634
Upcoming sheep and beef courses in Canterbury
The Dry Management Toolkit gives you practical advice.
Coming up near you

Jul28
B+LNZ Marlborough Farming for Profit: Evening Seminar Friday, 28 July 2017 4pm start: Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred St, Blenheim Regional event

Jul30
Red Meat Sector Conference Sunday, 30 July 2017 Starts 5pm Sunday 30th, All Day Monday 31st: Dunedin Town Hall, 238 Princes St, Dunedin National event

Jul31
Entries Open - Westpac Bayleys Marlborough Sheep and Beef farmer of the Year Competition Monday, 31 July 2017 Entries close 31 July Regional event

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