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Southern South Island


B+LNZ is working in West Otago and Southland to help farmers improve their productivity and profitability.

Working for you

Your regional B+LNZ team are committed to helping you get the most from your farm.

  • Extension staff provide information to farmers, to extend their farming knowledge and help them make informed business decisions. They organise field days and workshops, farm trials and technology expos. They put together printed handouts and online information.
  • Economic Service staff collect the farm survey data for your region, which feeds into B+LNZ's economic reports and forecasts.

B+LNZ also has people working in areas like environment and policy, who promote the interests of farmers in your region.

Southland Land and Water Plan

Prepare for the hearings

Use the below links to help you prepare for the Southland Land and Water Plan hearings:

Annual delivery plans

Each of the six B+LNZ regions has a local farmer council – voted for by you.

Every year, your Southern South Island (SSI) Farmer Council works with your regional B+LNZ extension managers and your SSI farmer director to develop a regional delivery plan, using feedback from the region’s farmers. The Farmer Council draws on their knowledge of local needs and priorities to choose from a range of programmes and allocate funds. As a result, you get the tools and services that have the most value for your community.

Meet your local team

Andrew Morrison
Andrew Morrison

Farmer Director, Southern South Island

Contact details
03 2071 856 027 6644 620
Hamish Bielski Feb 2016
Hamish Bielski

Farmer Council Chair, Southern South Island

Contact details
03 415 7940 027 221 1554
Jenny McGimpsey

Economic Service Manager, Southern South Island

Contact details
03 204 0859 027 458 8067
Turi McFarlane
Turi McFarlane

Environment Extension Manager, South Island

Contact details
03 357 0692 027 836 7658
Olivia Ross
Olivia Ross

Extension Manager, Southern South Island

Contact details
03 208 4144 027 801 7868
Theresa Laws
Theresa Laws

Regional Co-ordinator, South Island

Contact details
03 477 6634
Coming up near you

Otago Rural Business Network Meeting Wednesday, 26 July 2017 5:30pm: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge, 30 Duke St, Dunedin Regional event

MPI Sustainable Farming Fund: Fodder Beet Agronomic Solutions - Year 1 Results: Riverton Thursday, 27 July 2017 1pm: Riverton Rugby Club, Riverton, Southland Regional event

Southland Rural Business Network Meeting Thursday, 27 July 2017 6:45pm: Corinthian Convention Centre, 154 Esk St, Invercargill Regional event

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