Our People

Sandy Scarrow - ChairpersonSandy Scarrow

Chairperson

Sandy Scarrow is the Shareholder and Managing Director of Fruition Horticulture. She has a Bachelor of Horticultural Science, Diploma in Business and Administration (Management), Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5) and has been a Horticultural consultant since 1987. Sandy also owns a kiwifruit orchard

Pat Kilgraff - FacilitatorPat Kilgarriff

Facilitator

The Trust's Facilitator Pat Kilgarriff has a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science and worked for MAF as a farm consultant for nearly 30 years. He has since worked in private consultancy. Pat has proven skills in farm management and communications.

Igor Gerritsen - Regional Leader/FacilitatorIgor Gerritsen

Regional Leader/Facilitator

Igor has been a pastor in Te Puke for 5 years where he was involved in the recovery phase of the kiwifruit sector. Before that Igor owned a financial planning business for 9 years and worked in the NZ Police. Igor has a degree in pastoral ministries and a diploma in Financial Planning. He has proven skills in People Management, Sales, Leadership and personal support in times of crisis.

Debbie Oakley - FacilitatorDebbie Oakley

Facilitator

Debbie Oakley has a Diploma in Rural Studies and is retired from 35 years in banking; 10 years Rural Banking with Rabobank in Rotorua and Te Puke and 25 years Retail Banking including Branch Manager with Westpac/Trust Bank. Debbie has ownership in business and orchards in the Kiwifruit sector and is currently a member of the NZ Kiwifruit Growers Forum. She has proven skills in People management, Financial Management, Administration and technical skills, Sales and negotiation skills.

Helen Schweizer - FacilitatorHelen Schweizer

Facilitator

Helen Schweizer trained as a registered nurse then went on to manage a large dairy farm - milking, rearing calves and administration. Helen has been in the Dairy Industry for 25 years and currently owns a dairy farm in South Waikato farmed with a Sharemilker on. Helen has a Diploma in Homeopathy and is currently studying as a Contact Care Practitioner. She has been involved in local support groups with her strengths in assisting those with grief, loss and self-care at times of crises.

Tim Bernau

Tim Bernau

Facilitator

Tim is a Registered Valuer with a financial advocacy and kiwifruit orchardist background.  With 16 years involvement in rural banking, he is now active in farm business administration and financial management.

Patrick Andrew

Patrick Andrew

Facilitator

Patrick has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree and previously worked for 30 years in rural banking and finance, including private consultancy and valuation.  He is skilled in planning, negotiation and strategy.

Malcolm Fluker

Malcolm Fluker

Facilitator

Malcolm has a diploma in Valuation and Farm Management and previously worked for 38 years in rural banking.  He has a wide knowledge of sheep, beef and dairy farming and strong relationship skills.  He has helped many farmers through tough times.

Kim Cawte - Secretary/TreasurerKim Cawte

Secretary/Treasurer

Kim Cawte is a farmer's daughter, has been Secretary/Treasurer for the Te Puke A&P Show for 17 years, Te Puke Vet Service for 14 years and Office Manager for Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers for 12 years, so has a wide network within the farming industry.

News & Alerts

Information and help for farmers and growers affected by ex-Cyclone storms and flooding

As at 10am, Thursday 11 May

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Whakatane District Recovery Project: Help to reduce biosecurity risk for your property and the catchment post flooding 

Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) if you think you or someone you know could do with a private and confidential chat. 

Other contacts

  • Call Federated Farmers' helpline on 0800 327 646 option 3 for feed offers or requests, or option 4 for other on-farm help, including stock movements, generators etc.
  • Farmers needing support with their NAIT account should get in touch with the OSPRI contact centre on 0800 482 463

  • Kiwifruit growers contact NZKGI on 0800 232 505

  • Other growers can contact HortNZ on 0508 467 869

  • Dairy farmers can contact DairyNZ on 0800 4 324 7969

  • Fonterra suppliers call 0800 656 568

  • Open Country suppliers call 021 272 1558

Boil water notices have been lifted.

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Ex-Cyclone Donna brings heavy rain warnings

Update as at 2pm, 12 May 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Ex-Cyclone Donna is bringing heavy rain. Keep an eye on the forecast and, if you are prone to flooding, enact your plans.  Whakatane, Rangitaiki, and Tarawera Rivers have reached level 1 and farmers are encouraged to move stock to higher ground.

MPI is working with local stakeholders to monitor the impacts of Ex-Cyclone Donna as the storm hits New Zealand. Farmers and smallholding owners are encouraged to follow their procedures in case of possible flooding on aready saturated ground.

If a flood is likely:

The safety of you, your family, and workers comes first. If your property is at risk from flooding, enact your plans:

  • Moving stock and feed to higher ground
  • Making sure your stock has shelter and water, and can't wander
  • Safely storing or tying down anything that might blow away.
  • Your battery-powered radio at the ready and listening for updates
  • Your smartphone charged up
  • Checking power and phones. Reporting outages. Treating all lines as live.
  • Checking dogs, poultry and pets.
  • Checking on neighbours - do they need help or can they help you?
  • Using generators if necessary to keep pumps, refrigeration, electric fences and household appliances running. Flood pumps may need attention.

General information on managing through flooding is here: http://www.getthru.govt.nz/disasters/flood

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Door-to-door farm visits welcomed as floodwaters recede and costs become clearer

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Door-to-door farm visits welcomed as floodwaters recede and costs become clearer

Teams from the local Rural Support Trust and Red Cross have been documenting destroyed pastures, damaged homes and inundated orchards, as they carry out assessment visits to flood-affected farms and orchards in the Bay of Plenty.

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Bay of Plenty flooding classified as medium-scale event

The Government has today classified the flooding from ex-Cyclone Debbie in the Bay of Plenty as a medium-scale adverse event.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

The Government has today classified the flooding from ex-Cyclone Debbie in the Bay of Plenty as a medium-scale adverse event.

“While the region is still in response mode, it is clear that all primary sectors in the area have been impacted to some extent, with major damage to farm land and infrastructure due to flooding, debris and slips,” says Mr Guy.

Read the full release here

 

 

 
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