Director | Otago & Southland
License # 10011035 | Licensed under the REAA 2008
Ruth commenced her career in rural real estate in August 2009 before establishing the first Colliers Rural and Agribusiness franchise in New Zealand with Shane O’Brien in September 2014. Her experience and acumen led to a role operating at a national level, spearheading growth in Colliers’ Rural business between 2018 and 2021. Now based in the Southern-Lakes district, Ruth is Managing Director of the Otago and Southland Rural business, of which she was one of the co-founders in January 2019.
Growing up on a large-scale, high-country farm in Central Otago set the foundation for Ruth’s involvement in the rural industry throughout her working life. After achieving a first-class honours degree from Otago University, Ruth commenced a career in rural finance that spanned nine years with the National Bank. She then joined the progressive new dairy company, Synlait, as Business Development Manager, focusing on growing their farming assets via key acquisitions around the Canterbury region.
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. She is excited to be back working in the South and to offer new clients the benefit of her vast knowledge and experience.
She has extensive experience in selling a wide range of rural assets and an impressive track record of over $850,000,000 in farm sales over a short period.
Ruth has ten years of specialised expertise in rural property marketing and sales and has an outstanding sales track record of over $850,000,000 in sales over this period. She also has a background in business development and finance and credit management and continues to be involved in roles outside of real estate in rural business governance roles. Since embarking on her career in rural real estate her achievements have been nothing short of astounding including being awarded a number of regional and national real estate awards.
In 2018, Ruth was engaged as the National Co-Director for Colliers - Rural & Agribusiness. She is also the Managing Director and shareholder for the Otago-Southland Colliers Rural & Agribusiness franchise and a Director and Shareholder of the Canterbury Colliers Rural & Agribusiness franchise.
Licensed Agent (Real Estate Authority 2008)
University of Otago - B.A. (First Class Honours)
Member of New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management
Memberships & Involvements
- Licensed Real Estate Agent
"Your first meeting with someone is always the most interesting part of building relationships and forming an understanding of a client’s business. To this effect I found Ruth and her team very respectful and genuinely interested in how the property is managed, it’s history and how it has evolved to the present day. Ruth’s farming background is the cornerstone to her success as a rural real estate consultant and she understands how to present your investment to a prospective buyer. This is the third sale process that I’ve been involved with for this property and it is by far the most successful given the very tight time frame that Colliers had to deliver on. Throughout the whole campaign there has been excellent communication and once again that respect kept shining through. There are many well established rural real estate companies out there that can present your property to the market but I know that we have made an excellent choice by selecting Colliers and have no hesitation in recommending them to any vendor” Peter O'Brien (Farm Manager, Glen Echo Station)
“We have recently purchased a farm where Ruth has been the agent and we have found her to be very professional in her approach. Ruth is innovative in her approach, she has excellent communication ensuring both sides of the deal are well aware of the issues and they are resolved early. Ruth due to her background has a very commercial approach. Happy to recommend her.” Mark Cox – Head of Operations and Strategy for Craigmore
Rural Sales Advisor
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 Advisor
Wes is a born and bred Central Otago local with a strong rural background. Having grown up on a sheep and beef farm in the Ida Valley, Wes has also farmed himself for over 20 years before starting his rural real estate career.
It is this farming background plus his 10 plus years of rural and lifestyle sales that ensures buyers and sellers alike are in a safe and knowledgeable pair of hands.
Wes is well connected and highly regarded in the Otago Region and is always committed to his clients – supporting them, providing solutions and positive outcomes, and continually assisting them in achieving their property goals.
Wes enjoys the vast array of recreational pursuits Central Otago has to offer particularly golf and biking, along with a keen interest in horse racing. He and his wife Mary are family orientated, supporting their grown children in New Zealand and abroad.
Rural Sales Advisor
As a member of the Colliers Rural team, Helen brings a wealth of experience to the buying and selling process. With a focus on smart strategies and innovative marketing techniques, Helen is committed to providing a client-driven experience that makes her an essential agent to call.
Helen’s upbringing on a sheep farm in Otago has instilled a deep appreciation for the value of hard work and perseverance. Now living on a lifestyle block in the Maniototo, she is passionate about helping families and individuals achieve their real estate goals. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, Helen is dedicated to listening to your needs, communicating effectively, and working at a pace that you are comfortable with to achieve the desired outcome.
With a fresh energetic youthful approach focused on excellent communication, positive experience and commitment that will exceed your expectations.
Her previous experience in education has equipped her with the ability to relate to people, form strong relationships, and provide a simple and effective process that is easy to follow to meet your goals and needs.
For all your real estate needs, Helen prioritises you as her client and invite you to call her first.