Industry Partnership Groups

Our 14 Industry Partnership Groups (IPGs) add a vital dimension to Primary ITO and act as the voice of the primary industries. 

They’re made up of industry representatives that volunteer their time and expertise to our organisation. We consult with them about training matters, qualification review and development, industry events and research.

Each IPG appoints a Chairperson and they have a representative on the Stakeholder Council.


Agriculture Groups


Murray Linton

Dairy - Chair

Murray has been Dairy farming for the past 17 years after making the move from Sheep & Beef Farming. He now milks 480 cows on a self-contained farm in Te Puke. Murray has a Diploma in Agriculture from Massey University and he was previously on the AgITO board between 2007-2012. He is in his 7th year on the Fonterra Shareholder Council and is also on the Council’s Governance and Ethics Committee.

Murray believes the dairy sector needs a lift in skills as requirements change. Farms are becoming larger and there is a shortage of skills and qualified managers.

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  • Murray Linton


  • DairyNZ - Carol Barnao
  • DairyNZ - Ben Allomes
  • Federated Farmers - Wayne Langford
  • Colin Van Der Geest
  • Jeremy Duckmanton
  • Landcorp - Fintan Phillips
  • NZ Young Farmers - Terry Copeland
  • Dairy Women's Network - Zelda de Villiers
  • Tangaroa Walker
  • Will Grayling
  • Natalie Davidson
  • Louise Cullen
  • Greg Crombie
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Dairy NZ - Greg Murrow

Rhonda Bamford

Sheep, Beef & Deer - Chair

Rhonda has been Sheep & Beef farming for 28 years. Two years ago she converted 310 hectares to a dairy unit and now runs the two operations alongside each other. Along with working full time on the farm, Rhonda is mentoring small businesses in South Otago. She holds a National Diploma in Agribusiness Management and a Bachelor in Applied Management (Business Transformation & Change). Rhonda was a Diploma Tutor at Telford Rural Polytechnic in prior to its merge with Lincoln University – where she is now helping them develop their e-learning programme.

Rhonda believes the Sheep, Beef & Deer industries need more specific training developed for their requirements. Owners and operators need to be able to access funded training under the same enrolment conditions as those in the Dairy industry.

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  • Melonie Sheppard


  • Barry Pullin
  • Anne Munro
  • Beef & Lamb NZ - Doug Macredie
  • Federated Farmers - Rick Powdrell
  • Deer Industry NZ - Tony Pearse
  • Landcorp - Greg Crombie
  • New Zealand Young Farmers - Bronwyn Winchester
  • Mandy Bell
  • Red Meat Profit Partnership - Melonie Sheppard
  • Richard Morrison
  • Rachel Joblin

Rick Powdrell

Wool - Chair

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  • Rick Powdrell


  • Wools Classers Association - Bruce Abbott
  • Brendon Mahony
  • Wools Classers Association - David Carr
  • Gavin King
  • Mark Barrowcliffe
  • Mark Illston
  • Shear NZ - Peter Taylor
  • Federated Farmers - Stuart Munro
  • Barry Pullin
  • Grant Murdoch
  • Jamie McConachie
  • Canterbury Woolscourers - Struan Hulme
  • Independent - Philippa Wright

Horticulture Groups


Adam Pollard

Amenity Horticulture - Chair

Adam joined the board of the NZ Horticulture ITO in 2002 as the representative of the landscaping industry. He then went on to be appointed chair in 2006 and continued in this role until the merger with AgITO. Adam is a past president of the Landscaping Industries Association of New Zealand. Adam is Managing Director of a landscape business in Christchurch and has a number of trainees working through the ITO training system.

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  • Adam Pollard


  • Landscape - Chris Logan
  • Hort Maintenance & Management - Clint Jensen
  • WCC Parks Sport & Recreation - Jeff Paris
  • Downer - Beckee Lunn
  • Amenity - Shaun Rice
  • Landscape - Stuart Baines
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council - Diana Manson
  • Arboriculture - Rick Mexted
  • Arboriculture - Cameron Mitchell
  • Kapiti Coast District Council - Nico Crous
  • Hamilton City Council - Sally Sheedy

John Liddle

Nursery Production - Chair

John Liddle has over twenty years of experience in the nursery industry and is the current Chief Executive of the Nursery and Garden Industry New Zealand (NGINZ). John has previously worked on a range of international boards, and has served on NGINZ’s Growers Committee and the International Plant Propagators Society New Zealand. John started off his career in science and management, then later joined his father at Liddle Wonder (a Nursery business) in 1989, which he purchased. John now builds websites for nursery industry members under the Company KingGrapes.

The nursery industry faces challenges from a changing supply chain, increased compliance requirements and an aging workforce. These increase the need for training and skills development which in turn creates opportunities to strengthen the relationship between stakeholders and industry training.

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  • John Liddle


  • Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture Education Trust - Alistair Waters
  • Carol Fraser
  • GOL's, re-veg, transport,; IPPS - Grant Hayman
  • NGINZ, HITO - Mark Dean
  • Ambrosia Nursery - Kirsty Ogle-Morgan
  • Coast Lands Plant Nursery Ltd - Jo Bonner

Mike Chapman

Avocado & Kiwifruit - Chair

Mike has been Chief Executive of NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) since July 2005. NZKGI is the national organisation for kiwifruit growers that represents, protects and enhances the growers’ commercial and political interests. In addition to being Chief Executive of NZKGI, Mike chairs and serves on a number of horticultural and kiwifruit industry committees including Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH).

Mike trained as a lawyer and previous appointments include Defence Force Solicitor, Chief Counsel at the Commerce Commission, Professional Standards Director for the Auckland District Law Society and Chief Executive of Kiwifruit NZ.

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  • Kate Longman


  • Avocado NZ - Bevan Jelly
  • Young Grower Group - Campbell Wood
  • Hume Pack N Cool - Mark Hume
  • Baygold Ltd - Marty Robinson
  • Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Ltd - Phillipa Diluzio
  • Opac - Sonia McAllister
  • Acan Holdings Ltd - Andrew Primrose
  • Audrey McCann
  • Trevelyans Pack & Cool Ltd - Deb Rogers
  • Gavin Stagg
  • Hume Pack N Cool - Kate Krom
  • NZKGI - Kate Longman
  • NZKGI - Nikki Johnson
  • Baygold Ltd - Keiran Harvey

Erin Sipson

Pipfruit - Chair

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  • Gary Jones


  • Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association - Erin Simpson
  • Hans Doevendans
  • Palmer Orchards Ltd - Ian Palmer
  • JRs Orchards - Jaimee Burns
  • HortNZ - Jerfaas van Beek
  • Apollo Apples Ltd - Kristen Nash
  • Len Thompson
  • Hawkes Bay Fruitgrowers Association - Lesley Wilson
  • Vailima Orchard - Matthew Hoddy
  • Rachelle Hayes
  • Steve Anderson
  • Steve Potbury

Sue Pickering

Vegetables & Other Fruits - Chair

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  • Sue Pickering


  • T&G - Greg Turrell
  • AS Wilcox - Jan Bott
  • Process Vegetables NZ - John Seymour
  • Parker Gardens - Mike Parker
  • Potatoes NZ - Steve Sheppard

Julie Bassett

Viticulture - Chair

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  • Julie Bassett


  • NZ Wine - Nicola Crennan
  • Caythorpe Farm Ltd - Simon Bishell
  • Indevin - Andy Dodds
  • Mission Estate Winery - Steve Wheeler
  • John Flanagan
  • Hortus - Aaron Jay
  • Villa Maria - John van der Linden
  • Seasonal Solutions Coop Ltd - Helen Axby
  • Hortus - Jimmy Crocket

Equine & Racing Groups


Ginnie Denny

Equine & Racing - Chair

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  • Ginnie Denny


  • NZ Jockeys Association - Dave Taylor
  • NZ Thoroughbred Racing - Ginnie Denny
  • NZ Thoroughbred Racing - Marty Burns
  • NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association - Vicki Pascoe
  • NZ Thoroughbred Trainers Association - Wendy Cooper
  • NZ Racing Board - Wendy Walker
  • Harness Racing New Zealand - Pete Ydgren
  • NZ Standardbred Breeders Association - Brad Reid
  • Jockey Rep. - Anna Jones
  • Harness Racing New Zealand - Natalie Gameson

Food Processing Groups


Marilyn Brady

Dairy Processing - Chair

Marilyn Brady is the General Manager of Human Resources for the NZ Operations part of Fonterra, providing human resources support to New Zealand dairy factories. Prior to joining Fonterra in 2010, Marilyn was CEO of ETITO. During her tenure, she was deeply involved in the industry training sector; a member of the Industry Training Federation Board until 2008 and an enthusiastic advocate of the value of industry training to business, employees and the nation. She came to the chief executive role from general management experience in the public sector, and an early career in secondary education. Marilyn has a BA and MBA.

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  • Marilyn Brady


  • Goodman Fielders - Michelle Christie
  • Oceania - Trish Terpstra
  • Westland - Angela Scott
  • Miraka - Aleesha Price

Laura Tretheway

Meat & Leather Processing - Chair

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  • Carolyn Thomson


  • Ovation NZ Ltd - Allan Jack
  • Taylor Preston Ltd - Carolyn Thomson
  • LASRA - Geoff Holmes
  • Auckland Meat Processors Ltd - Laura Trethewey (Chair)
  • Alliance Group Ltd - Karen Watson
  • Meat Industry Association - Paul Goldstone
  • Anzco Foods - Peter Sugrue
  • AFFCO New Zealand Ltd - Adam Grant
  • Silver Fern Farms - Nicola Bickers

Seafood Groups


Cathy Webb

Seafood - Chair

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  • Cathy Webb


  • Aquaculture NZ - Gary Hooper
  • New Zealand King Salmon - Michael Anderson
  • Maclab - Robert Stack
  • Talleys - Tiffany McGill
  • Foodstuffs North Island - Philip Read
  • Aquaculture NZ - Colin Johnston
  • Sanford - Nikki Iuli
  • Sealord - Wendy Walker

Sports Turf Groups


Peter Boyd

Sports Turf - Chair

Peter Boyd has been involved in the sports turf industry for over 30 years. He is currently a Golf Course Superintendent at Pakuranga Golf Club (Auckland) where he has trained many successful trainees. Peter was on the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association (NZGCSA) board for eight years, followed by six years as President of the NZGCSA. He has been heavily involved in the Auckland Superintendents Association. Peter was a board member of the Sports Turf ITO for six years before the merger that formed Primary ITO. He has recently completed a Level 5 Sports Turf qualification.

The retention of good robust training, delivered by quality providers to meet industry needs is essential. We need to continually encourage new trainees into our industry, but also maintain and build on the high standards that have been set. New models and technology like e-learning are essential, but we must make sure we don’t lose contact with our people and the personal touch.

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  • Peter Boyd


  • Recreational Services - Brett Turner
  • Bay of Plenty Cricket Trust - Jared Carter
  • BNZGA - Maurice Symes
  • Manawatu District Council - Carl Johnstone