Waitomo News : April 8 2014 NKC Farmer
2 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 07 878 5026 Steve M 021 775 921 Brent M 027 212 0038 44 Waitete Rd, Te Kuiti McIndoe Group Motorcycles are now the NEW AGENTS for SUZUKI Motorcycles in the King Country SALES – SERVICING & ON-FARM SERVICING We would like to welcome Adam Saunders to our team. Adam is a qualified motorcycle mechanic, specialising in Suzukis. CALL US TODAY! Phone 07 878 5026 Steve M 021 775 921 Brent M 027 212 0038 44 Waitete Rd, Te Kuiti 24 HOURS • Mob 0275 238 269 PO Box 226, Otorohanga, Fax 07 873 7544 • firstname.lastname@example.org ALL Rural Commercial Domestic New Installations and Maintenance By ROBBIE KAY A KIO KIO dairy farm could almost qualify for United Nations mem- bership, based on the profile of its workforce. Third generation farmer Malcolm Reynolds employs workers from Ger- many, Chile, Italy, Argentina and India milking 1500 cows on farms at Kio Kio and Cambridge owned by his company, Thompson Bros Dairies. They’ve also had workers from New Zealand, France, America and Peru. Manpreet (Mani) Singh manages the Kio Kio farm. Having arrived in New Zealand Dairy farming the ‘UN’ way five years ago after working for a time on a small farm in India handmilking 30 cows, he is now in his fifth season at Kio Kio. “I’ve got an MBA (Masters in Business Admin- istration) and a background in corporate banking, but I really wanted to swap my business suits for gumboots so I came to New Zealand, the land of milk and honey,” he says. Because Mani knows firsthand what it’s like to be a new rural immigrant, he has great empathy with his international workforce – about 10 fulltime equivalents year round. “While studying for a couple of papers in animal production and dairy farming at Massey Univer- sity, I picked up a job with Malcolm,” he says. “I’m very happy here because he’s a fair boss who looks after his people and a nice guy with an easy-going personality. TO P3 SMART MOVE: Mani Singh switched from corporate banking in India to milking cows at Kio Kio five years ago, and he’s never been happier, overseeing 1500 cows and 10 staff year round, supported by his wife Jas who runs the administration side of the business.
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