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Richard O'Sullivan | Colliers | Christchurch (Rural)

Richard O'Sullivan

Director | Canterbury

License # Licensed under the REAA 2008

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Professional Summary

Richard brings to Colliers Rural and Agribusiness a strong agribusiness advisory background and a quality network of relationships in the sector. The 23 years of experience in rural finance, dairy operations, property development and farm sales/syndications ensures a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved with pastoral farming and agribusiness.

With a reputation for providing informed and sound judgement and delivering results, Richard is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for his client. The completion of recent dairy, grazing, horticulture and sheep and beef farm sales in the region complement the above skills with market and buyer knowledge to deliver the best advice to clients.


The marketing and sales of $478,336,000 worth of Rural property in the past 8 years (55 transactions). This rural sales success has been due largely to a competent advisory skillset, local knowledge and strong rural relationships, both with farmers and professionals.
Recent notable deals:

  • Moffitt Dairies Limited, 1,613ha – Rangitata & Geraldine, South Canterbury
  • Silver Ferns Farms Fairton, 485ha – Ashburton, Mid Canterbury
  • MA Orchards, 86ha – Timaru, South Canterbury
  • Mt White Station, 40,016ha – Arthur Pass, Canterbury
  • VLDG (Dairy Farm Portfolio), 3,510ha – Morven, South Canterbury
  • Brentworth Dairy & Support,  413ha – Waimakariri, North Canterbury


Bachelor of Agriculture - Lincoln University 

Memberships & Involvements

Governance and Finance Essentials, Institute of Directors

Member of New Zealand Institute of Primary Management (NZIPIM)

Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme – Cohort 43        


My wife and I have recently sold a farm with Ruth Hodges and Richard O’Sullivan. From the beginning of the process, Ruth and Richard have been very professional and supportive. They both have an incredible ability to listen to what we wanted from the sale and develop the best strategy that met our expectations. Throughout the entire process, it was very clear that Ruth has a lot of experience in selling rural properties and farms, and she cares about and respects her clients. We had established a very open and trustworthy relationship with Ruth. Richard was very professional and tactful in dealing with us and the potential buyers, which we appreciate. Both Ruth and Richard understand how challenging and emotional it can be in selling farms, and we are very grateful to them for delivering the best outcome for us.

- Rob and Anya Earl

In May 2014 I met Richard at a MyFarm Investment meeting in Ashburton, Canterbury. Shortly after he was assigned by MyFarm to manage the purchase of a property from me on behalf of a MyFarm overseas investment client. The transaction was very long and very complicated; it took 15 months to complete. Throughout the transaction Richard was polite, well organized, focused and determined. His punctual, quiet and persistent manner was a key factor in the completion of the sale. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard to you.

-  Frank Luxton


Service Lines

Property Marketing, Rural and Agribusiness Sales

Property Type

Rural, Cropping, Dairy, Deer, High Country, Land, Lifestyle Bare Land, Lifestyle Dwelling, Lifestyle Property, Mixed, Rural Bare Land, Rural/Lifestyle, Sheep Beef

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