Welcome to NZ Farm Life Media

We’re the proud publishers of two farming titles, Country-Wide and The New Zealand Dairy Exporter.

Our company was formed in October 2016 to inject new life into both titles.

Six of our team of eight full-time staff is based in the Agribusiness Centre on Weld Street, Feilding. One more is based in Dunedin and another lives on her family’s dairy farm at Te Awamutu.

Our mission is to deliver readers and advertisers value. Our content will be focused behind the farm gate where we aim to provide farm owners and staff with the best information to help them produce higher, more sustainable profits.

We’ll offer a depth of reporting that is unrivalled. Our focus on reducing the risks that farm owners and staff face in delivering the result they want from their toil and investment.

Of course, we’ll showcase the best of farming and we’ll have show you how farmers have some fun as well.

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Tony Leggett

Publisher


Tony is the owner of NZ Farm Life Media. His career in agricultural journalism started in 1987 after he completed seven years work as a stock agent in the Canterbury region and began a two-year stint reporting on livestock sales and agricultural commodity export markets for a national farming magazine.

After a four year stint in Melbourne working on the state’s rural weekly title, Tony returned to New Zealand in 1993 to edit The New Zealand Farmer newspaper. In late 1997 he joined Country-Wide Publications Limited which bought Country-Wide, a monthly tabloid farming title delivered to lower North Island farmers. Over the following 12 years, the business grew to publish several farming titles and was sold to NZX in 2009.

Tony formed NZ Farm Life Media to buy back Country-Wide and The NZ Dairy Exporter in November 2016.

Tony lives just outside Feilding township on a 6ha lifestyle block. He also has a 50% stake in a small dairy unit at Rai Valley, Marlborough, and an interest in a hill country sheep and beef property near Alfredton in Wairarapa.

Email: tony.leggett@nzfarmlife.co.nz
Mobile: 027 4746 093
DDI: 06 280 3162



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Terry Brosnahan

Country-Wide Editor


Terry was appointed editor of Country-Wide Southern in October 2000. He became editor of the merged Country-Wide southern and northern issues in late 2010. When Country-Wide became a subscription-only magazine in 2011, he became the editor.

Terry has a long association with farming. He grew up on a mixed-cropping farm in South Canterbury and graduated from Lincoln College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce. For several years he leased a South Canterbury farm. It was long enough for him to realise how hard farming is especially when your own money is invested. As Rogernomics cranked up, Terry headed to Britain and worked on a mixed cropping farm for more than two years before coming home to complete the Aoraki journalism course. For three years he worked as the ag reporter at the Ashburton Guardian before following his future wife Eleanor overseas for six months.

Terry considers himself fortunate to still be connected with farming and work with a talented bunch of people in the Country-Wide team. The writers are involved with farming and understand it well. This allows them to get the real oil and for Terry to maintain Country-Wide as a trusted, top farm management magazine for pastoral and arable farmers.

After 26 years of ag journalism, Terry has learned from top farming businesses that success comes from continuous improvement, an ethos he has adopted with Country-Wide.

Terry lives in Dunedin with his wife Eleanor and two children.

Email: Terry.brosnahan@nzfarmlife.co.nz
Mobile: 027 2490200
DDI: 03 471 5272



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Jackie Harrigan

Dairy Exporter Editor


Taranaki born and bred, Jackie Harrigan still looks on Mount Taranaki as her maunga, although she does enjoy the view of the changing light on the Ruahine Ranges out her kitchen window.

Armed with an agricultural science degree and diploma of journalism, Jackie has had eight years with Country-wide and then NZX Agri, and worked her way through writing for Country-wide and Young Country magazines and editing the latter.

Email: Jackie.harrigan@nzfarmlife.co.nz
Mobile: 027 359 7781
DDI: 06 280 3165


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Sheryl Brown

Dairy Exporter Deputy Editor


Sheryl Brown is Dairy Exporter deputy editor and Waikato/Bay of Plenty journalist for NZ Farm Life Media. She currently lives in the heart of traditional Waikato dairy country by Te Awamutu, having grown up there on a dairy farm. In her spare time she works on the family dairy farm, rearing calves, relief milking and helping at an operational level for the family business.

She studied a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism at Massey University and spent several years working in sports and police journalism before finding her way back to agricultural journalism. It was a good fit. She has a natural passion for the industry and enjoys meeting exceptional farmers who are working hard to produce top NZ primary products.

Email: sheryl.brown@nzfarmlife.co.nz
Mobile: 021 239 1633



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Cheyenne Nicholson

Country-Wide Deputy Editor


I grew up on a stud Simmental and Highland cattle farm in the Mangatarere valley in Carterton. I have been heavily involved in all things agriculture my entire life. I have competed in stock handling classes both in New Zealand and Australia and had my own Simmental stud. When I left school I headed to Lincoln University and got my Bachelor of Science degree majoring animal science, I jumped the fence and did my postgraduate business study at Massey before landing my first job at FMG insurance. Before coming to work for the Dairy Exporter as a journalist I worked in dairy nutrition in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. During my time here I have been lucky enough to travel to Germany as part of the Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural journalism award. I live in the Manawatu with my husband Ken who is an officer in the New Zealand Army. Keeping with my rural upbringing I love the outdoors and weekends will often find us out horse riding, down at the beach or exploring some of the wonderful native bush in the area.

Email: cheyenne.nicholson@nzfarmlife.co.nz
Mobile: 021 044 1335
DDI: 06 280 3168



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Jo Hannam

Designer


My role at NZ Farm Life Media is to design both magazines and deliver them to our printer on deadline.

I’ve always enjoyed design and graduated from UCOL with a Degree in Design. I started off working for a small Waripara newspaper designing adverting, then moved onto working for a local printer, doing everything from designing logos and brochures to printing them.

In 2010 I started designing the Dairy Exporter magazine, then my role moved to designing Country-Wide magazine and now I do both! While I don’t have a background in farming I have learnt a lot along the way from photoshoping mud off sheep and the difference between Hereford and Friesian cows!

When I’m not working, I’m kept on my toes with my two and four-year-old sons, who both have completely different personalities and interests!

Email: jo.hannam@nzfarmlife.co.nz



Andy Maciver

Sub-Editor


Andy Maciver is NZ Farm Life’s sub-editor. He joined the former NZX Agri editorial team based in Feilding in October 2015, having earlier in the year moved to nearby Turakina where he’s been trying to tame a long-neglected garden.

Andy was for many years a sub-editor at the Dominion Post and before that Wellington’s Evening Post. In earlier years he worked on newspapers in the United Kingdom during a lengthy OE. Although not from a farming background, he spent a number of years after leaving school working around central North Island wool sheds.

Email: Andy.Maciver@nzfarmlife.co.nz
DDI: 06 280 3166


Janine Gray

Partnership manager


I am Waikato born and bred, didn’t grow up on a farm but spent a lot of my childhood on family farms.
I started in print media firstly working for the NZ Herald and from there went to the Waikato Times until I left to have my first son.  After a few years working in other industries, I went back to the media world but this time into the agricultural scene – and loved it.  I have been in agri-media therefore most of my career life and was always hugely impressed with Dairy Exporter and Country-Wide magazines – it is such a privilege to now be working for the company that publishes them.
I live just outside of Cambridge on some acres with my husband George – an ex-dairy farmer and now a Pioneer Area Manager – so we’re both in the agribusiness world and loving it.  My two sons are all grown up now but life is kept very busy with our extended family, gardens and a continual list of projects that never seems to end!

 

Email: janine.gray@nzfarmlife.co.nz



Cassandra Cleland

Junior designer Ad-copy co-ordinator


Cassandra joined the NZ Farm Life team early November 2017, after completing her Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging the previous year.
Cassandra was entrusted with all the Christmas duties as her first task for NZ Farm life. She thoroughly enjoyed photoshopping Santa hats and tinsel on farm animals and secretly wished it was xmas all year round.
Outside of work, Cassandra entertains herself by going on bush walks, reading or checking out some local theatre.y.
Email: cassandra.cleland@nzfarmlife.co.nz
DDI: 06 280 3164