Company

Pāmu

Pāmu is a recognised leader not only in New Zealand’s agricultural sector, but around the world where our farming practices are studied and emulated.

Pāmu stands for best practice in sustainable and safe farming and the unique provenance of our products.

Our Story

Pāmu is the brand name for Landcorp Farming Limited. Pāmu stands for best practice in sustainable and safe farming, and for the unique provenance of New Zealand foods, nutrition products and fibre on global markets.

We chose the Māori word ‘Pāmu’ not just for its literal meaning ‘to farm’ but also to reflect the Māori concept of guardianship of the environment (kaitiakitanga).

Landcorp Farming Limited is a State-Owned Enterprise with a nationwide portfolio of farms that produce milk, beef, lamb, wool, venison, deer velvet, wood and more. Pāmu strives to be a leader in New Zealand agriculture, carefully creating natural products of high quality. 

Our Vision and Values

Our Vision

To become the premium supplier of meat, milk and fibre for niche markets globally.

Our Values

We farm with sheer determination. In all weather. All seasons. 

We farm with deep insight. We know our customers, our people and our land. 

We farm with complete openness. Ask us anything. We'll give you a straight up answer. 

Kaitiakitanga. It may be hard to say, but it just means we look after what's precious.

Our Farms

Our farms are in the lush green lowlands and wide-open high country of New Zealand, stretching from the Far North to the deep south. The air is crisp and fresh, the water pure and the land unspoiled.

On these landscapes, our animals roam, feed and thrive freely on a 100% plant diet – free from artificial hormones, antibiotics and supplements. 

We recognise our role as guardians of the land and are leading the way in sustainable farming to protect and enhance the environment. 

Innovation flourishes on our farms as we deliver to the world premium natural food and fibre products – the finest, naturally. 


View detailed Pāmu Farms Map

OUR FARMERS

Our farmers take heartfelt pride in their jobs by caring for the land in traditional ways, truly caring for their animals, staying close to nature and respecting their role as guardian’s for generations yet to come. Our famers are the pick of the crop and they take pride in delivering the finest natural products to customers all over the world.

Bryan Lorenz, Farm Manager, Taurewa Farm

“As farmers, we are guardians of the land and need to be farming in ways that will be just as productive and unspoiled for our children. Anyone can farm on a good day, but we are out there in all weather and all conditions. I get real satisfaction in seeing an animal born, caring for it from the start and seeing it grow. There is no other place I’d rather be than on farm with my family”.

Dave Vaughan, Farm Business Manager, Waipori Farm

“Our farm is located at one of the beautiful parts of New Zealand. We grow special pastures and stock, and we are planting 500,000 trees - it is a wonderful thing: environmentally friendly, and helps us manage the prescence of weeds and serves to subdivide some of our land."

Thomas Dalley, Farm Manager, Dawson Downs Farm

“When you consider all of the factors in producing great lamb, New Zealand may have the perfect environment, but it is the people that make so much difference. We take pride in our stock, our company, the land and our people.”

Our Board

Our board members bring a wealth of public and private sector experience to govern and guide the organisation.

Traci Houpapa

Traci Houpapa

Chairman

Member of Audit Committee

Traci was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2010 and was appointed Chairman in May 2015 following nearly a year as acting Chairman. Traci also holds governance roles on the Waikato River Authority, Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga Centre for Research Excellence, Diverse NZ Inc, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) National Advisory Committee, Strada Corporation, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, NZ Forestry Investments Limited, Pengxin NZ Farm Management Limited, Ururangi Limited and the Asia NZ Foundation.

Chris Day

Chris Day

Board Member

Member of Audit Committee

Chris was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2012. He is Chief Financial Officer of Z Energy Limited. A Chartered Accountant, he has a range of international and New Zealand business experience in executive and governance roles. Chris grew up on a sheep and beef farm at Pahiatua in North Wairarapa. His family has farmed in Wairarapa since the 1850s.

David Nelson

David Nelson

Board Member

​Member of Audit Committee

David was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2013. David’s commitment to agriculture is reflected in his own sheep and beef farming business as well as numerous agricultural organisations he governs or has involvement with. He brings extensive expertise in all aspects of agriculture within New Zealand and international dairy experience alongside a sound understanding of market requirements and the training and development of young people. His governance experience includes his current directorship of Pāmu farming and as past chairman of Taratahi Agricultural training organisation, as well as with various local and regional organisations.

Eric Roy

Eric Roy

Board Member

Member of Audit Committee

Eric was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2015. He spent two decades serving Southland as an electorate and list MP for the National Party. He retired from Parliament in 2014 and was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 New Year Honours List. Before entering parliament, Eric was involved in a wide range of farming organisations and commercial activities. Eric currently farms three properties in Southland involved with deer, beef, sheep, and dairy support.

John Brakenridge

John Brakenridge

Board Member

Member of Performance and Safety Committee

John was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2011. He is the Chief Executive of The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM), an integrated sales, marketing, and innovation company focused on redesigning the merino industry and complementary areas of New Zealand’s primary industry. John has lived and worked in the USA, the Middle East and Europe. He holds an MBA from the University of Canterbury and completed post-graduate study at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In 2013, John was selected as the winner of the KPMG Leader: Outstanding Contribution to International Business in the New Zealand International Business Awards, while NZM won the AUT Business School: Most Innovative Business Model in International Business award. John is a director of Alpine Origin Merino Ltd and a member the Medbury School Trust Board.

Nikki Davies-Colley

Nikki Davies-Colley

Board Member

Chair of Performance and Safety Committee

Nikki was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2012. She has farmed cattle, sheep and trees in Titoki, Northland since 1985. The family farm is now leased to a new generation of farmers. She has owned and managed companies involved in forest and harvest management, mainly on farm scale woodlots, as well as large scale logging, since 1992. She has been involved in governance roles since 1994. Nikki is currently Chairman of Northpower Limited and Farmlands Cooperative Society Limited.

Pauline Lockett

Pauline Lockett

Board Member

Chair of Audit Committee

Pauline was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2012. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and is currently the chair of the Taranaki District Health Board. She was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 20 years until retirement in June 2010. During that time, she acted in an advisory capacity to her many varied clients, a significant number of whom were farming clients.

Tony Reilly

Tony Reilly

Board Member

Tony was appointed to the Pāmu Board in July 2014. He has been involved in agricultural governance, particularly in the dairy sector since 1995. Tony has a background in farm consultancy. He was awarded a Nuffield scholarship to study in Europe, and was a director of the NZ Dairy Board, and Kiwi Dairy Co-op up to the formation of Fonterra. He is currently a director of Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-op Limited and Network Tasman Limited. Tony grew up on and still farms the family dairy farm in Golden Bay, with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and intergenerational stewardship.

Our Executive Team

We have a talented team with broad experience and a sincere passion for what we do.


Steven Carden

Steven Carden

Chief Executive Officer

Before joining Pāmu in August 2013, Steven was General Manager of PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia from 2010. Steven began at PGG Wrightson in 2008 as Group Manager of Business Development, serving also on the NZTE Beachheads Advisory Board. From 2003 to 2008, he worked at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, in New York and Auckland advising companies throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Before that he was General Manager of New Zealand’s first internet retailing company, FlyingPig. His proudest accomplishment is the founding of the First Foundation in 1998, a program that helps talented but financially disadvantaged secondary school students successfully complete university through workplace scholarships. He is the author of New Zealand Unleashed, published by Random House in 2007. He holds an LLB and BA from Auckland University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Andrew Sliper

Andrew Sliper

General Manager - Commercial Development

Andrew joined Pāmu in January 2016 from Melbourne, Australia where he was the co-Head of Aquila Capital Farms - the agricultural investment division of the Aquila group focusing on farm investments in New Zealand and Australia. Before Aquila, Andrew spent eight years in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong with Macquarie Bank, eventually becoming the Head of Macquarie’s Agriculture Funds business in Asia. Andrew has worked with some of the world’s largest investment funds as well as small private investors to make investments into the agricultural sector. Prior to Macquarie Bank, Andrew held finance roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Andrew was born and bred in Wellington before heading to the University of Otago to complete his bachelors and postgraduate qualifications.

Graeme Mulligan

Graeme Mulligan

General Manager - Livestock Operations

Graeme was appointed to this position in October 2014. His principal responsibility is the productivity and profitability of Pāmu’s national portfolio of farms encompassing large scale dairy, sheep, cattle and deer enterprises on some 64 Pāmu properties the Far North to Southland. Central to this farm operations position is implementing national strategies through innovative farm systems that enhance business growth opportunities while securing people safety, protecting animal welfare and re-invigorating the environment. A previous role as National Manager Projects involved Graeme playing a significant role in the 2002 land use strategy to expand Pāmu's deer and dairy portfolio, while enhancing the company's quality and safety protocols and coordinating staff training programmes to provide people with skills and opportunities for new life experiences in agriculture.

Mark Julian

Mark Julian

General Manager - Dairy Operations

Mark Julian was appointed to his current position in October 2014. Mark joined Pāmu as a Business Manager in Wellington before moving south spending two years on the West Coast as a Farm Business Manager, then returning to Wellington in 2011 as a Senior Business Manager until taking up his new appointment. Mark is a Massey University alumni completing a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Agriculture followed by a postgraduate year focused on dairy production and farm management. In the final year of his degree Mark was awarded the prestigious William Gerrish Memorial Prize in Farm Management, awarded to a top farm management student. On leaving university Mark worked for DairyNZ as a Consulting Officer in the Central Plateau and was involved in working with farmers around nutrient management issues with Lake Rotorua and Taupo and forest to farm conversions. In 2013 Mark won the Young Executive of the Year award at the Deloitte Top 200 Business awards. Mark’s responsibilities as General Manager, Dairy include the incorporation, development and execution of Pāmu’s dairy business strategy on Pāmu-owned dairy farms, and those farms Pāmu manages on behalf of external owners.

Peter Simone

Peter Simone

General Manager - People, Safety and Environment

Peter Simone was appointed to this role in July 2017. Peter has been with Pāmu since June 2016, when he joined as Programme Manager of People, Environment and Animals. He began his career in Human Resources for a global high-tech organisation. Peter has held senior Human Resources positions leading major start-ups, mergers and organisational change programmes with a variety of global companies. For 15 years, he owned an HR consultancy business which focused on providing expertise in major change management programmes, organisational design, capability, and performance management. In his role at Pāmu, Peter’s responsibilities include leading the teams of Human Resources, Health and Safety, Corporate Communications, Quality and Performance, and Environment, to develop and support sustainable farming practices. 

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

General Manager - Innovation and Technology

Rob joined Pāmu in January 2016 in the newly created position of General Manager – Innovation and Technology. Prior to joining Pāmu he was General Manager – Information, at the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and was responsible for the organisation’s business systems technology that supported farmers. Rob also spent eight years at LIC in other senior leadership roles across Farm Software, Automation Systems, Farm Systems, Herd Testing and Farm Consultancy. Prior to LIC, Rob was CEO of a technology start-up in Auckland – a business he took through to a successful IPO listing on the NZX. Rob is the ministerial appointment on the Rural Broadband Advisory Committee that has oversight on the current roll out of fibre and mobile broadband infrastructure across rural New Zealand.

Sarah Risell

Sarah Risell

General Manager - Sales and Marketing

Sarah was appointed to this role in November 2014. Sarah is a marketing, innovation and business development executive who has worked globally creating significant value in premium value dairy categories in emerging markets of China, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Sarah studied B. Tech (Food) at Massey University and gained significant early experience in dairy food technology and sales support roles in New Zealand and offshore. Since then she has held innovation, marketing and business development roles in New Zealand, Mexico and Singapore. Her breadth of experience includes trade marketing for Business to Business Dairy Ingredients globally, FMCG dairy brands and establishing corporate social responsibility initiatives in partnership with other businesses and NGOs. Sarah joined Pāmu from Fonterra where she was Marketing Director of Advanced Nutrition in Fonterra’s Global Brands and Nutrition division. Sarah’s key responsibilities are to work closely with meat, milk and fibre customers and partners to meet the demands of niche global markets, resulting in premium prices for our products.

Steve McJorrow

Steve McJorrow

Chief Financial Officer

Steve McJorrow was appointed in April 2014. Steve has a strong range of skills and experience in finance, strategy development and private equity. He has held financial leadership roles in various companies including CFO of the Bennelong Group, a large Australian private equity firm, Group Financial Controller of AWB (Australian Wheat Board), an international marketer of Australian grain and farm inputs, Head of Decision Support for the National Australia Bank Retail Banking Division (Melbourne), and for Personal Financial Services, Bank of New Zealand (Auckland). Steve started his career with Ernst & Young in Wellington and San Francisco, and most recently co-founded Cornish College, an independent school in Melbourne. Steve’s responsibilities as CFO include the supply of strategic, operational and financial information and analysis to the Board, CE and management of Pāmu and ensuring that the procurement and legal functions support achieving the company’s objectives and maintaining its competitive position.

Who We Work With

We work hand in hand with our partners to farm thoughtfully and sustainably. These are close, long-term partnerships where we live a shared vision of collective success and building value. 

FARM IQ

Farm IQ aims to make life easier for farmers. The farm management software provides a way for farmers to record information, use reporting tools, complete analysis and cover compliance requirements. The Farm IQ software is used by agribusinesses as an integrated software platform. For more information, visit: www.farmiq.co.nz

WAIRAKEI ESTATE

Wairakei Estate is the inspiration of three visionary New Zealand families committed to best environmental practice and doing the ‘right thing’ by the land.

In 2004, they purchased collectively 25,685 hectares in the central North Island and set about creating one of the largest and most environmentally sustainable pastoral farms in the Southern Hemisphere. Captioned as one of the boldest developments in New Zealand’s agricultural history, it is a project on a large scale.

Early in the project, the estate owners identified Pāmu as an ideal partner to run the farming operation. Pāmu’s corporate structure and values are an ideal fit with the vision for Wairakei Estate. It’s proved to be a resilient and successful partnership.

Since 2004, 13 dairy complexes and 61 homes have been built and developed. Wairakei Estate is an intergenerational investment and is seen as a legacy for both present and future generations.

FOCUS GENETICS

Focus Genetics is New Zealand’s largest red meat genetics company by market share, selectively breeding rams, bulls and stags for meat production. With 10,000 recorded ewes, 2,500 recorded cows and 2,000 hinds, it’s also the largest single breeder in New Zealand. With further sheep breeding operations in Australia, South America and the United Kingdom, the company plays an important role in growing world food production.

Pāmu owns Focus Genetics, operating it as a wholly independent company that runs breeding programmes for all commercial farmers in New Zealand.

For more information, visit www.focusgenetics.com.

IWI PARTNERSHIPS

We share a love and respect of the land with iwi across New Zealand and are committed to working together to grow Māori land ownership and performance.

Our shared expertise and desire to see the land thrive while running productive and profitable farms makes our partnerships unique and personal. Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) is at the centre of these partnerships.

Iwi bring a wealth of knowledge and truly unique values and perspectives about how to make our land, animals and people thrive to provide the finest natural products. We have working groups and independent boards in place to provide oversight and guide environmental strategies and iwi aspirations. We feel privileged to work closely with local iwi to see the land thrive and deliver to the world the highest quality natural products of New Zealand.

 We currently work with iwi on three operations:

  • Sweetwater Farms, Northland - working with two local iwi - Te Rarawa and Ngai Takto
  • Pouarua Complex, Hauraki Plains - working with five iwi from the Hauraki Collective
  • Opouahi Farm, Hawkes Bay - working with local iwi - Maungahaururu Tangitū.

 


WHY WORK WITH US

SAFE PLACE TO FARM 

Nothing is more important than making sure everyone on our team gets home safely each night. Safety is Pāmu’s clear priority and we have programmes and systems in place to make sure safe behaviour is embedded in everything we do.

TAILORED TRAINING

We provide both on-the-job and formal training for new team members. Our farms are regarded as the very best training grounds for those beginning a career in agriculture.

CLEAR CAREER PATHWAYS

It’s important everyone in our organisation has the opportunity to learn and advance. We will always look to promote internally first. Our programmes give our people the opportunity to grow their skills through planned career paths.

OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT NEW ZEALAND

With more than 100 farms across the country, our people can develop their farming career over a number of locations. Some staff have been with us for over 30 years at farms all over New Zealand.

TOP EQUIPMENT

Our team members work with some of the most up-to-date equipment in our industry to help them do the best job possible.

HOME ON THE FARM

Home is important, so we have a range of good quality, well cared for accommodation for both families and single workers. For families we have 3 to 4 bedroom homes – warm and secure. Our single workers have personal living spaces with access to modern, shared areas.

VACANCIES

CURRENT VACANCIES

Join us on one of our farms across New Zealand.

Pāmu employs talented, motivated people and develops their knowledge and capabilities. We provide a range of career opportunities and are committed to transforming New Zealand farming.

See below our list of current vacancies, click on the job title to read more. 

GENERAL EMPLOYMENT ENQUIRIES

Register your interest here if you would like to be notified about specific farming jobs.

For other employment enquiries, email: enquiries@pamu.co.nz