The team

Organisation Overview

The NZGFA national council is led by the President and two Vice-Presidents and comprises one elected member from each of the seven NZGFA regional branches – Northland, Waikato, Taranaki, Central Districts, Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago/Southland.

The national council meets quarterly to consider matters of industry interest as well as issues raised by the regional branches.

Within the national council there are five sub-committees covering transport, fertiliser and lime, training, membership and promotions.

The regional branches meet regularly and set their own agendas. Each branch elects its own chairman and committee members.

National Council Members

Graeme Martin​

President
Lime & Fert NI Portfolio

Grant Anderson​

Vice President
Health & Safety Portfolio

Howard Pedersen

Vice President
Training

Gordon Dobbs

Health & Safety Portfolio

Stephen Whitehead

Charitable Trust Trustee

Nick Hyslop

Lime & Fert SI Portfolio

John Schultz​

Immediate Past President
Charitable Trust Chair

Dean Brooks

Transport Portfolio

Toby Evans

Transport Portfolio

Rose Hyslop​

Executive Officer​

Alistair Macgregor

Councillor

Graeme Martin​

President
Lime & Fert NI Portfolio

Graeme started as the Groundspread NZ President after the AGM in June 2021. Graeme sees his role as one of advocacy for all members with one strong voice for the industry. No matter the size of your business, Graeme says that the association is here to support, guide and represent you.
In his spare time, Graeme loves to get out fishing on his boat and play tennis. But he is always available for Groundspread NZ members and encourages you to get in touch, “no problem is too small but don’t forget to bring me a solution to that problem with you”.

Grant Anderson

Vice President
Health & Safety Portfolio

Grant is the Dispatch Manager and shareholder in a JV with HWR in Southland. Grant has been VP for several years now and holds the Health & Safety Portfolio. Grant is passionate about the association leading the way with Health & Safety and is here to offer as much support as possible. He encourages members to engage with him after incidents so that he can implement the lessons learned in these into industry-wide training to help keep our operators safe, “a safer industry can be achieved with better communication and by working together to seek solutions”.

Grant is a massive car enthusiast, so ask him about his hot-rod build when you get in touch!

Howard Pedersen

Vice President
Training

Howard is the owner-operator of Pedersen Spreaders in the Central Districts. He was elected as VP in 2021 and holds the Training Portfolio for the national council. Howard believes that a strong membership improves an organisation, and that is where you can help – have a great training idea that has worked well and been well-received by your branch? How about sending the blueprint through to Howard at training@groundspreadnz.com to share with others looking to do something in this area. Vice versa, if you are looking for training ideas, Howard should be your first point of contact, “if members have any queries, then we can support them”. Howard started his spreading business 22 years ago, and he is just as passionate about the industry today as he was then and believes that the camaraderie and development from the association is a large part of that continued enthusiasm.

Gordon Dobbs

Health & Safety Portfolio​

Gordon works for B+S Bulk Spreading in the Waikato. He is an electrician by trade and only came home to the family business to fill in for a season; that has been a very long season now (14 years)! Gordon joins the council with a strong will to fight for what is right and represent every member, no matter the size of the business. He believes that the association is vital to the industry in keeping up professionalism, not only for operators but for farmers and the industry as a whole. Gordon will be helping Grant with the Health & Safety portfolio this season from a North Island perspective and will be manning the h&s@groundspreadnz.com email address with Grant. He encourages members to utilise this contact point to help them grow this portfolio.

Stephen Whitehead

Charitable Trust Trustee​

Stephen works for RTL in Otago and became a council member to develop and improve the groundspread industry to help add far more value to all stakeholders. He sees the council’s role to be one of deep engagement with members and assisting them by sharing his skills and knowledge of the industry. As a Charitable Trust Trustee, Stephen continuously seeks opportunities to help with driver training days, which is the trust’s main purpose. He encourages members with ideas on how this money could best benefit Groundspread NZ members to get in touch via email with their proposals at trust@groundspreadnz.com
Not only is Stephen hardcore about groundspreading, but he is also passionate about hard enduro dirt bike riding, proving he is not scared of a challenge!

Nick Hyslop

Lime & Fert SI Portfolio

Nick is the owner-operator of Hyslop Groundspread in Oamaru but is a member of the Canterbury branch with the topography in North Otago more like Canterbury’s. Nick has attended a few council meetings in the past but joined the council as a delegate in June 2021. He would like to see his portfolio (shared with Graeme in the North) as a ‘strength in numbers’ portfolio, “if someone is having a product issue in their area, then the chances that it is happening somewhere else is pretty high”. If everyone was passing on these concerns through the main email for this portfolio lime&fert@groundspreadnz.com then him and Graeme are better able to present a stronger case to fertiliser representatives at a national level. This helps individual operators being told that they are the only ones having issues, “this portfolio has real power in numbers to promote change”. Conversely, product successes and tips/tricks could be more widely circulated amongst members if they share their knowledge; again, members should contact Nick and Graeme via this email address.
Nick is also a volunteer firefighter for the Waitaki Rural Fire Force and has been a crew leader for the past eight years.

John Schultz

Immediate Past President
Charitable Trust Chair

John is the managing director of Mainland Spreading in North Otago and is a member of both the Otago/Southland Branch and the Canterbury Branch, with his business spanning over all three districts. John is the most immediate past president, having served two terms in the top seat at the table. John encourages members to support the president in this role as much of the work falls on this person and can lead to burn-out and believes that a well-supported president with engaged members is the only way to advance this role moving forward. Often the president is bullied into this role because of a lack of interest by the membership to take on leadership roles. This role needs to be appreciated by members in the form of engagement when asked for feedback and realising that competition amongst operators needs to come second to the industry advancing as a whole. John is passionate about increased communicating, beginning with councillors working closely with branch chairs and increasing the engagement with the national level of the association. This year the trust has set aside money to reimburse members for their time if they participate in the AgriTech research being undertaken this year. This research will help benefit all members with the backing of credible data proving our industry’s high level of accuracy.

Dean Brooks & Toby Evans

Transport Portfolio

Dean is our most recent recipient of Life Membership and is mentoring Toby Evans (Young Achiever Award Recipient 2021) in this role. Toby works for Dean in Brooks Spreading in Nelson. Members can now reach the transport portfolio at transport@groundspreadnz.com and members should be engaging with them for queries regarding the transport side of their businesses.
Brooks Spreading started as Brooks Bros Spreading Contractors Ltd in 2003 when Dean and his brother Jason bought their first Fertiliser Spreader. In 2009 Dean and Sarah bought Jim Turnbull’s Murchison spreading operation, bought Jason out of the Nelson business, and changed their name to Brooks Spreading.

Rose Hyslop​​

Executive Officer​​

The association recently employed Rose as the Executive Officer. She is also a managing director of Hyslop Groundspread in Oamaru. Rose sees the role of the national council as one of advocacy, and to do this effectively, greater engagement and communication is needed, “there is strength in numbers and the association is well placed for being the voice of an incredibly technologically and environmentally savvy industry”. Rose is on-hand to support your branches and work with you on all levels. You can contact Rose via email at eo@groundspreadnz.com or on her cell 027 214 1790.

Alistair Macgregor

Councillor​

Alistair works for Spreading Sandfords and is a new member of the national team. Alistair really enjoyed his first council meeting and seeing the progress that is being made within the association. He sees the role of your councillors as helping with the flow of information from National back to the branches and vice versa. He believes that their role is pivotal in achieving the strategic objective of supporting all members and uniting under one banner. Alistair thinks there is strength in numbers and shared knowledge. He has been part of the Taranaki branch for five years and decided it was his turn to represent the branch at this national level and is ready for the challenge. Members can contact Alistair through the branch email –taranaki@groundspreadnz.com (attention Alistair in the subject title). He is keen to get involved and encourages Taranaki members to get in touch with him if there is anything that they would like discussed with the national council.