Welcome to NZ Farm Life Media

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

Our company was formed in October 2016 and has nine full-time staff mostly based in the Agribusiness Centre on Weld Street, Feilding, the rural centre for Manawatu. Others are based in Dunedin, Christchurch, Cambridge and coastal Bay of Plenty.

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 show you that farmers have some fun too.

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Tony Leggett

Publisher
About Tony

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 formed 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 started NZ Farm Life Media to buy back Country-Wide and The NZ Dairy Exporter in October 2016. Tony lives just outside Feilding township on a 6ha lifestyle block. He also has a stake in hill country sheep and beef property near Alfredton in Wairarapa in partnership with his daughter and son-in-law.

Awards

2021 - The Rongo Award. Over seven issues Country-Wide investigated the facts of regenerative agriculture, diving deep into the science, to get the reader as close as possible to the truth.

2019 - Country-Wide - The Rongo Award, for its series on the impact on communities and farms of the surge in tree planting

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Terry Brosnahan

Country-Wide Editor
About Terry

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

Terry considers himself fortunate to still be connected with farming and work with a talented bunch of people in the NZ Farm Life Media 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 more than 30 years in 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.

Awards

2021 - The Rongo Award. Over seven issues Country-Wide investigated the facts of regenerative agriculture, diving deep into the science, to get the reader as close as possible to the truth.2020 - Country-Wide - Best Magazine Cover Non-Newsstand

2019 - Country-Wide - The Rongo Award, for its series on the impact on communities and farms of the surge in tree planting

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Jackie Harrigan

Dairy Exporter Editor
About Jackie

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 had eight years working on Country-Wide and then edited Young Country magazine for two years before it was incorporated into both Country-Wide and NZ Dairy Exporter magazines as a standalone section.

She is now editor of NZ Dairy Exporter and will guide the magazine into its next 100 years after 2025 when it reaches its first centenary of publishing.

Awards

2021 - Dairy Exporter - Ministry for Primary Industries Fit for a Better World Award, which recognises the importance of innovation and technology in supporting sustainability, for its special report over six stories taking an in-depth look at regenerative agriculture through the voices or farmers, scientists, policy makers and funders of research.

2020 - Dairy Exporter -Runners up for Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award for Farming in the Covid bubble. 

2020 - Dairy Exporter - Best Trade Magazine: Highly Commended

2019 - Dairy Exporter - Best Trade Magazine: Highly Commended

2019 - Jackie Harrigan - AgResearch Science Writers award

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Sheryl Haitana

Dairy Exporter Deputy Editor
About Sheryl
 

Sheryl Brown is based near the beautiful coastal township of Matata in Bay of Plenty, covering dairy farming in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions.

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.

Sheryly married long-time partner Ian in February 2019.

Awards

2021 - Dairy Exporter - Ministry for Primary Industries Fit for a Better World Award, which recognises the importance of innovation and technology in supporting sustainability, for its special report over six stories taking an in-depth look at regenerative agriculture through the voices or farmers, scientists, policy makers and funders of research.

2020 - Dairy Exporter -Runners up for Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award for Farming in the Covid bubble. 

2020 - Dairy Exporter - Best Trade Magazine: Highly Commended

2019 - Dairy Exporter - Best Trade Magazine: Highly Commended

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Jo Hannam

Designer
About Jo
 

Jo's design skills are on display every time a copy of either NZ Dairy Exporter or Country-Wide is delivered to the thousands of subscribers who value our titles every month.

She's always enjoyed design and graduated from UCOL with a Degree in Design. Her first design role was working for a small Wairarapa newspaper designing advertising, then moved onto working for a local printer, doing everything from designing logos and brochures to printing them.

In 2010 she joined the team designing the Dairy Exporter magazine, then Country-Wide. Now she's the lead designer for the Dairy Exporter.

Jo admits she doesn't have a background in farming, but she's a quick learner and knows the difference between Hereford and Friesian cows!

She is married to Nick and has a growing young family.

Awards

Dairy Exporter July 2016 - Best Industry & Trade Magazine Cover

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Emily Rees

Designer
About Emily

Emily’s career has been all about design in print publishing for the past 15 years. Born and bred in Marton, her love for magazine design and production has seen her in different roles in Marton, Hawke’s Bay, Feilding and Auckland producing magazine pages, advertising and marketing material for various publishing companies.

Auckland was where she settled for six years as a production studio supervisor for a transport industry publisher. They say there’s no place like home, so two years ago that’s where Emily and husband Brian returned to with their young children, Jude and Shilo.

Whilst enjoying being at home with their children in Marton, an opportunity came about for Emily to join NZ Farmlife Media, and having worked for Country-Wide Publications more than 10 years ago, it was a comfortable transition back into working life again. Emily is now the lead designer for Country-Wide.

Out of the office Emily is about family life, house renovations, and being on board Bellatrix fishing the wonderful West Coast.

Awards

2020 - Country-Wide - Best Magazine Cover Non-Newsstand

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Janine Aish

Partnerships Manager - Northland, Auckland and Waikato Regions
About Janine
 

Janine is Waikato born and bred, and although she didn’t grow up on a farm she has spent a lot of her childhood on family farms.

She started in print media firstly working for the NZ Herald and from there went to the Waikato Times until she left to have her first son. After a few years working in other industries, she returned to the media world but this time into the agricultural scene – and loved it.

Janine has been in agri-media most of her career since. She was always very impressed with Dairy Exporter and Country-Wide magazines – and says it is such a privilege to now be working for the company that publishes them..

She lives just outside Cambridge on some acres and now has two grown sons – one in IT/Media and one a builder so always lots of excuses to get them helping her! Life is busy with extended family, gardens and a continual list of projects that never seems to end – just how she likes life to be!’

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Angus Kebbell

Partnerships Manager - Lower North Island, South Island, National Livestock
About Angus
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Liz Clinch

Office manager | Accounts administrator | Subscriptions manager
About Liz
 

Liz joined NZ Farm Life Media in February 2018. You’ll typically get her on the end of the phone if you call the office for subscription or accounts queries. "I enjoy working with the close-knit team who are all very passionate about their contribution to the business – something that I believe helps make this business successful and respected in the industry".

Outside of work her interests include gardening, reading and learning to cook different cuisines. Liz also enjoys watching motorsport, the Virgin Australia (V8) Supercars in particular.

Awards

2019 - Most Valuable Team Member: Highly Commended

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Andy Maciver

Sub-Editor
About Andy
After a short break away, Andy rejoins the NZ Farm Life team as Sub-Editor for both Country-Wide  and NZ Dairy Exporter magazines.
 
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.