Rural and Agribusiness Sales
Local expertise, global reach and a business approach to advisory and brokerage
We leverage the knowledge and experience of our people across the New Zealand market, whilst drawing on Colliers International's national and global market reach.
We offer an in-depth understanding of the farming, horticulture, viticulture, lifestyle and forestry sectors from operational and funding structures through to sale and purchase and rent setting purposes. No matter what sector, we have the expertise to advise and assist you in respect to your specialist property.
We are committed to delivering the best possible results for our clients through proactive marketing strategies and industry leading platforms. Whether you are a corporate or a private client, our proven track record and extensive hands-on experience in the rural and agribusiness sector will ensure we accelerate your success and provide better results, faster.
Ruth commenced her career in rural real estate in August 2009 before establishing the first Colliers International Rural and Agribusiness franchise in New Zealand with Shane O’Brien in September 2014. Ruth has been integral in setting up the new Rural and Agribusiness systems for Colliers International and has recently stepped in to lead the growth of this business in Otago and Southland. The Otago Southland Rural and Agribusiness team also partners with companies that have strongly established regional connections - Compass Agribusiness and Colliers Queenstown (Otago Realty Limited).
Growing up on a large scale high country farm in Central Otago set the foundation for Ruth’s desire to be involved in the rural industry throughout her working life. After achieving a first class honours degree from Otago University, Ruth commenced her career in rural finance that spanned nine years with the National Bank. Not content to sit still for long, she joined the progressive new dairy company Synlait as their Business Development Manager focusing on growing their farming assets via key acquisitions around the Canterbury region. Ruth has also been involved in the rural building industry with her husband Nigel, and the experience of the incredible highs and lows that this industry encountered over the past 12 years has honed her management and problem solving skills to the highest level.
As a rural real estate professional, Ruth's business is about people and their farming businesses - and focussing on this instead of just the physical assets is key to how she achieves positive outcomes regardless of market conditions. Her underlying principles of trust and integrity ensures she continue to form long lasting, genuine relationships and apply an open, honest approach to all situations. Furthermore, Ruth's comprehensive understanding of an often complex and evolving rural market together with her ever-present proactive attitude allows her to provide solutions that go beyond the traditional real estate model.
Mike is a Central Otago local with 10 years sales experience across a number of different industries. A University of Otago graduate with a Bachelor in Consumer and Applied Science Degree (BCapSC), Mike spent three and a half years working for Lion Breweries in Central Otago where he made sure the area was well watered with Speights but also gained his love and knowledge of the NZ wine industry.
Growing up in Central Otago, Mike has spent time on and off farms in Otago and Southland. His family has a shareholding in a 300ha Sheep and Deer farm in Five Rivers where he spends time helping out when he can.
Mike works closely with key business partners across the agribusiness, viticulture and horticulture space and is passionate about building relationships and knowledge in these areas. He is excited to be working alongside experienced rural consultant Ruth Hodges and is backed by a strong local and global brand in Colliers International.
Rural Sales | Rural and Agribusiness
Ben brings to the Colliers International rural team a wealth of knowledge and life experiences. Building on established business relationships throughout the Otago and Southland area, his knowledge and expertise reach across all facets of Agribusiness, with a particular specialisation in sheep and beef, farming, horticulture and lifestyle properties.
Ben’s career in rural property was a natural move following a life spent working and living in the livestock and farming spheres. Having been a shepherd, trained as a stock and station agent and having spent 14 years in Police service, his knowledge of rural land and rural people mean it’s an easy fit in the rural property sector for him.
A successful career as a commercial helicopter pilot, amassing 5,000 hours of flight time, culminated in him working for the Civil Aviation Authority as a commercial flight operations inspector, a testament to his attention to detail and ability to form bonds with people, both essential components for success in Agribusiness.
Working as part of the rural sales team, led by Ruth Hodges and backed by the powerful Colliers International global brand, Ben is committed to providing a professional and positive approach to rural real estate.
Honest, reliable and hard-working, Ben and partner Julia enjoy the outdoors lifestyle in Queenstown’s lakes and mountains.