About 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 for the unique provenance of New Zealand foods, nutrition products and fibre on global markets.

Our Story

Pāmu is the brand name for Landcorp Farming Limited. 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, 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

Grounded: We are proud guardians of our land and our animals, and we are grounded in our connections with these; our proactive protection of the environment ensures a prosperous future for now and for generations to come.

Genuine: We are genuine, always keeping it real, considering our neighbours and our impact; we are easy to engage with and we always deliver what we commit to.

Bold: We are bold in our vision, not afraid of the new; always growing and improving for a sustainable future in farming.

Shoulder-to-shoulder: We work together, shoulder-to-shoulder, united as a team to ensure each others' safety and wellbeing; we bring out the best in each other and the communities we work in.

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.

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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.

Taurewa

“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”.

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."

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.

Dr Warren Parker

Dr Warren Parker

Chair

Dr Warren Parker was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 1 January 2019. Warren is a former chief executive of Scion (the NZ Forest Research Institute) and Landcare Research and was previously chief operating officer of AgResearch.

He currently holds a number of board roles including on Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Farmlands Co-operative Society, Genomics Aotearoa and is the chair of the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group. Until recently, he was chair of the New Zealand Conservation Authority.

Warren has a PhD in animal science and was previously a Professor of Agribusiness and Resource Management at Massey University, where he spent 18 years in various roles, including supervising the 9,000 stock unit Roversdale Farm in the Wairarapa.

Belinda Storey

Belinda Storey

Director

Audit & Risk Committee member

Belinda was appointed to the Pāmu Board in May 2018. A climate economist, she is a principal investigator with the Deep South National Science Challenge and is a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Belinda has a MBA in Finance from Columbia University of New York and a Masters in Disaster Risk from the University of Canterbury. As Managing Director of Climate Sigma she provides scenario analysis and asset valuation on the physical and transition risk from climate change.

Previously, Belinda advised executive teams in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on organisational performance. Belinda was raised on the dairy farm in the North Waikato where her Irish family settled in the 1870s with the support of Ngati Mahuta at Taniwha.

Nigel Atherfold

Nigel Atherfold

Director

Performance & Safety Committee Chair

Nigel was appointed to the Pāmu Board in April 2018. He has over 25 years’ experience in finance covering corporate finance, treasury risk management, and banking.

He is currently a director and shareholder of TDB Advisory Limited - a corporate finance and economics advisory company. Prior to this, he was ANZ corporate banking’s regional executive in the southern region for four years and prior to that spent five years in New Zealand Dairy Board’s treasury.

Nigel is currently a director of two farming companies that have dairy, arable, and sheep and beef assets and is on a number of dairy advisory boards. He has previously been a director of Open Country Dairy Limited and a number of dairy product manufacturing businesses.

Jo Davidson

Jo Davidson

Director

Performance & Safety Committee member

Jo was appointed to the Pāmu Board in September 2019. She is an Independent Director for AUT Ventures and business advisor supporting significant and SME sized businesses on company purpose, brand and marketing led transformational change projects, working with them to achieve sustainable profit and growth in New Zealand and international markets.

With a B. Hort. Sc from Massey University, Jo has had an extensive executive career in the highly competitive and dynamic FMCG, food and beverage manufacturing and agribusiness sectors in NZ and based in market in Australia, South Africa, UK and Europe, with project experience in Asia.

A Member of Global Women, Jo also provides mentoring support for individuals and start-ups across a range of product and service categories developing culture and capability.

Dr Tanira Kingi

Dr Tanira Kingi

Director

Performance and & Safety Committee member

Dr Tanira Kingi (Ngati Whakaue/Te Arawa) was appointed to the Pāmu Board in July 2020. Tanira has an extensive background in agricultural systems, land economics and forestry and is currently the research leader in primary industry systems at Scion.

He has a PhD in agricultural economics and development from the Australian National University and an MAppSci (Hons) in agricultural systems management from Massey University. He is currently on several ministerial advisory groups for freshwater and climate change; and was previously a member of Pāmu’s Environment Reference Group.

Tanira has held governance positions on agricultural entities for almost 30 years and is currently the chair of the Te Arawa Primary Sector Group (Te Arawa Arataua) and sits on the boards of several Māori economic authorities.

Paula Kearns

Paula Kearns

Director

Paula was appointed to the Pāmu board in 2022. She has extensive experience in finance, leadership, and governance roles across a range of sectors.

Paula is now an Independent Director and currently holds governance roles with Ministry for the Environment – Manatu Mo Te Taiao, Northland Events Centre (2021) Trust – Te Pae Taurima o Te Tai Tokerau, Mahitahi Hauora, Mount Wellington Trust Hotels Ltd and New Zealand Rugby League. Previous roles include New Zealand Avocado, Ara Taiohi, Foundation North, and New Zealand Football.

Paula brings a strong strategic focus and lateral thinking to her roles.

Her qualifications are a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University, a Chartered Accountant of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

Paula and her husband own an avocado orchard in Northland.

Nick Pyke

Nick Pyke

Director

Nick Pyke was chief executive of the Foundation for Arable Research for over two decades, from its formation until 2018, directing the delivery of the research and extension needs to 2700 cropping farmers throughout New Zealand.

Nick is currently the Chair of AGMARDT (The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust). AGMARDT is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a track record of making targeted investments that make a positive contribution to the agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries. He is also a director of Cropmark Seeds and AgInnovate New Zealand, providing research consultancy and governance services to agricultural businesses, and co-founder of Leftfield Innovation, a social enterprise business which aims to develop sustainable diversified land use options for New Zealand farmers.

Nick has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Plant Science, both from Massey University.

Dr Claire Nicholson

Dr Claire Nicholson

Director

Claire has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and after 12 years in clinical practice, took on the role of General Manager at Intervet NZ, followed by a business development role at Agrifeeds.

Claire is currently Chief Executive of Sirona Animal Health Ltd. Claire is a director of the Taranaki-based Māori farming group, Parininihi ki Waitōtara and is a director for Farmlands Co-operative. Additionally she is on the NZAGGRC advisory groups for greenhouse gas research and an Otago University project developing new animal health products.

Claire is a graduate of the Hillary Leadership Programme, the Agri-Women’s Development Trust’s Accelerator Programme, Fonterra’s Governance Development Programme and was a Fonterra Dairy Women of the Year finalist. Claire believes we are placed here to be the Kaitiaki (guardians) of our lands, ensuring prosperity for future generations. Claire enjoys water-based activities that the beautiful Bay of Plenty offers, travel, cycling, sailing, and skiing with her husband and adult sons.

Desiree Mahy

Desiree Mahy

Director

Desiree (Tuhoe) was appointed to the board of Pāmu in June 2022. Desiree brings substantial governance and management experience largely from Education, For Purpose and Social Enterprise sectors. Desiree has previously won the Emerging Director award at the Institute of Directors, Otago Branch and chaired boards who have been finalists/winners in the Women in Governance and Charity Reporting Awards.

With degrees in Law and Education and a legal career specialising in Māori land law, Desiree is the principal of Tika Tonu Limited, a business consultancy service that works to support a full spectrum of enterprises and individuals to get things right. Desiree has previously been the CEO of the Malcam Charitable Trust and Director of Maori Learner Success at the Otago Polytechnic.

Desiree is the Manukura (Chair) of Te Hou Ora Whanau Services, a Director on Thankyou Payroll Limited and a Trustee of the Happy You Charitable Trust. Desiree is passionate about social change and brings a long term, passionately Maori, community development perspective to the Pāmu board.

Desiree has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Otago.

Our Executive Team

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

Mark Leslie

Mark Leslie

Chief Executive

Mark has 25 years of experience in the Agricultural Industry including roles in operations, logistics, technology and product development, and quality assurance. Prior to joining Silver Fern Farms Mr Leslie spent nearly two decades at Fonterra including as head of the operations and supply chain component of the brands business in New Zealand and, previously had responsibility for the operation of the 94 ingredients plants across Fonterra’s 27 sites along with the associated milk collection activities.

Mark has also held several Board and Ministerial Advisory roles and chaired the Fonterra and Silver Fern Farms joint venture company Kotahi (which provides freight logistics solutions to a number of key New Zealand exporters and importers) for six years and the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) and a Masters of Business Administration (with Distinction), both from Massey University.

He grew up on a dairy farm in Reporoa on the North Island’s Central Plateau.

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. Steve is of Ngati Kahungunu decent.

Andrew Sliper

Andrew Sliper

General Manager - Forestry and Horticulture

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.

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.

Steve Tickner

Steve Tickner

General Manager - Livestock Operations

Steve Tickner was appointed as General Manager of Livestock Operations in December 2019. Steve joined Pāmu almost 10 years ago and has worked in a variety of roles across our livestock business including South Island Livestock Marketing Manager (2010 – 2014), Livestock Logistics Manager (2014 – 2017), and Senior Business Manager (2017 -2019).

Prior to working at Pāmu, Steve worked for Hyde Park Farms Ltd (now O’Brien Group) as Operations Manager in the southern Rangitikei, where he had a focus on managing conversion of extensive dryland cattle operation to irrigated dairy.

In his current role, Steve oversees the livestock portfolio which consists of 60 sheep, cattle and deer farms. Our livestock business has a key focus on production and expenditure control - while influencing prices through robust contract pricing, and delivering agreed volumes of quality product, on time and to customer specification.

Sarah Risell

Sarah Risell

General Manager - Pāmu Foods

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.

Alistair McMechan

Alistair McMechan

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Alistair joined Pāmu in 2014 as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Alistair has had a variety of roles in-house and in private practice.

He joined Pāmu from Buddle Findlay where he was a Senior Associate in the Corporate & Finance team. Prior to that, he spent three years as a legal counsel with Westpac and was in private practice in New Zealand and Ireland firms.

In his role at Pāmu, Alistair is responsible for providing and managing the Company’s legal needs and for providing the corporate governance and company secretarial functions to the Company.

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly

General Manager - People, Safety and Engagement

Bernadette Kelly was appointed to this role in June 2020. Bernadette has held HR leaderships roles across many industries including of GM People and Capability at MercyAscot hospitals and Mercy Radiology; senior HR roles at Air New Zealand in New Zealand and Australia including responsibility for flight operations and safety, engineering and Pilots; and Head of People – Business Banking & Head of Employment Relations and Safety at Westpac.

Bernadette has also has extensive HR experience at DHBs around the country. In her role at Pāmu, Bernadette’s responsibilities include leading the teams of Human Resources, Organisational Development, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, and Corporate Communications. She believes in Pāmu’s vision to show leadership and innovation in its pasture-to-plate value add strategy – a vision she thinks is critical for the country.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.