About Us

Est 1995


Our Purpose

RCNZ represents rural contractors providing services to farmers, councils and rural communities from Kaitaia to Southland.

We are a voice for our members – and for the rural communities we serve.

RCNZ monitors central and local government policies, plans and proposals on behalf of our membership. 

We maintain close relationships – and lobby on behalf of our members – with a wide number of organisations, government departments and other national bodies.

Our Key Activities Include:

  • Supporting training
  • Gaining approval to import skilled machinery operators
  • Monitoring chemical spray requirements
  • Input to transport rules for farm machinery


RCNZ operates with a part-time chief executive officer– Roger Parton – based in Wellington and a part-time communications advisor – Brendon Burns – based in Marlborough.

Contact Roger for any issues other than communications or media matters.

Our 2019 RCNZ Board

The RCNZs  board comprises eight members, elected annually, to represent four zones.

Zone 1 is north of northern Taranaki across to northern Hawkes Bay. Zone 2 is south from there to Wellington. Zone 3 is north of Oamaru. Zone 4 is south of Oamaru.

David Kean


Southland, Zone 4
027 436 4362

Helen Slattery

Vice President

Waikato Zone 1
027 434 4820

Roger Parton

Chief Executive 

0800 424 266

Ross Alexander


Northland Zone 1
021-844 298

Clinton Carroll


Wairarapa Zone 2
027 245 2798

Graham Greer


Rangitikei Zone 2
027 457 4861

Martin Bruce


Canterbury Zone 3
027 411 7074

John Ranford


Canterbury Zone 3
027 435 9668

Richard Woodhead


Otago Zone 4
027 437 4863

Brendon Burns

Communications Adviser

For comment or information from RCNZ, contact Brendon
027 430 5501