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 provides it members

– advice on Immigration, Employment and Legal matters

– monitors central and local government policies, plans and proposals to sustain contracting business and lobby and advocate for better outcomes for the sector.

– training and career information and access to programs designed to grow better contractors

– access to preferred supplier arrangements

– assurance that we are connected to other kindred associations and collectively across issues that matter.

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 chief executive officer– Andrew Olsen part-time communications advisor – Brendon Burns and part time financial support – Shelley Lancastar

Contact Andrew to discuss anything on your mind other than communications or media matters which are directed to [email protected]




 RCNZ Board

RCNZ's 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.

Helen Slattery


Waikato Zone 1
027 434 4820

Clinton Carroll

Vice President

Wairarapa Zone 2
027 245 2798

Andrew Olsen

Chief Executive 

Wellington027 255 2549

Ben Clarke


Christchurch Zone 3
027-432 5282

Graham Greer


Rangitikei Zone 2
027 457 4861

Martin Bruce


Canterbury Zone 3
027 432 6658

Julie Clark


Cambridge Zone 1
027 404 9102

Richard Woodhead


Otago Zone 4
027 437 4863

Daryl Thompson


Southland, Zone 4
027 439 2842

Brendon Burns

Communications Adviser

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