Otago/Southland – Home of the Mighty Highlanders.
Situated at the bottom of the Mainland the Branch has a strong following of 22 Members, covering the Deep South from Bluff to Tuatapere to Queenstown, Wanaka to Ranfurly to Oamaru to Gore and back to Bluff.
A massive area and some fantastic landscaping. Our Branch is focused on Great People, Great Communication and Driver Training.
Do the Job Right!! Do the Job Safe and get home each night.
Councillor Profile: Stephen Whitehead
My name is Stephen Whitehead. I am 43 years old and have 3 children and live on a small block at Waitahuna with my partner, Lee-Ann.
I work as the Spreading Division Manager for Road Transport Logistics, where we run 15 spreader trucks throughout Otago and part of Southland.
I have been involved in the Groundspreading and Transport industry for 17 years, where I worked for Tuapeka Transport Ltd before managing Advanced Spreading Ltd.
Prior to this I have worked on farms, mainly operating tractors and trucks. I have also worked as a blade shearer, freezing worker and I am a qualified butcher.
These positions have given me a good broad grounding in the rural sector, allowing me to gains skills and knowledge in a number of areas.
This has led to me becoming very passionate about Groundspreading and all facets of the industry.
My key interests are being involved with my children, either with their education or sports eg. rugby, squash, golf, dirt bike riding,
I am a very keen Enduro dirt bike rider and try to compete in as many South Island Enduros or Hard Enduro events as I can.
I also still play a small amount of squash to try and keep semi fit over the winter.
Even though I grew up in Canterbury I am a staunch Otago rugby fan.
My involvement in this sport has grown over the last few years with being the manager of the West Otago U18 team which my oldest son plays for.
I am also looking forward to being the coach of the Bottom of the South Area School team that will be competing in July at the nationals in Whangarei.
I am looking forward to my future involvement in the Groundspread industry.
Chairman’s Profile: Grant Anderson
I have been involved in the Spreading Industry since 2001 and I am a strong believer of doing the job safe and to the best of our ability, also getting home safe every night. I have been the Branch Delegate since the 2012/2013 Season and Chairman of Otago/Southland Branch since 2014. I live in Riverton and I am happily married to Sarah. I have 3 Daughters and 1 Son. I enjoy coaching the Riverton Senior Rugby Team and cruising around in my Buick Classic Car, I am currently hot rodding a 1948 Plymouth. I am a current member of the Riviera Touring and Street Machines Car Clubs and I enjoy going to Car Shows and as my Son would say Drag Racing.
Secretary’s Profile: Donna Herrick
I have been involved in the Transport Industry for my entire life with my father being a driver and dispatcher based in Nightcaps where I was born and bred.
I moved away from Nightcaps in 1986 to further my career but Diesel has always ran in my veins and in 2012 I was lucky enough to become Office Manager for Transport Services Ltd. I have been involved in the Otago/Southland Groundspread in the background since 2008 and in 2013 I took on the role of Secretary.
I enjoy working as part of a great local team working towards making sure that our clients and the environment get the best sowing results from our equipment and products. I enjoy playing tennis and watching ground roots rugby and netball. I am a Life Member of the Myross Bush Netball Club, the current President of the Wairio Trotting Club, Treasurer of the Riviera Touring Car Club and I have just been nominated for Life Membership of the Southland Ford Falcon Club.