Significant opportunities in the agricultural sector in Bay of Plenty and Waikato has led to the addition of a new dedicated rural broker in the Colliers Tauranga office with the appointment of the highly experienced Clint Brereton as a Rural Sales Consultant.
Brereton has spent more than 30 years in the agricultural sector, specialising in dairy farming and the food processing industry, and will bring an impressive depth of knowledge to the role.
Simon Clark, Managing Director at Colliers Tauranga, says Brereton’s experience in the sector and desire to achieve results will make him a valuable team member.
“The establishment of this new role has been made with a growth mindset for our organisation and office and we’re ecstatic to be able to appoint someone of Clint’s calibre,” Clark says.
“He has a wealth of knowledge and his exceptional understanding of the rural sector, particularly in our region, made him the ideal candidate to help accelerate the success of our clients.”
Brereton started out in a family business designing and building dairy sheds. He developed this business to have a national presence in Australia working with some of the largest dairy farms with more than 15,000 cows.
From 2013-2016, he was appointed lead Project Manager and company representative for Hancock Prospecting’s move into agriculture on the Hope Dairies Project. Brereton was responsible for leading feasibility studies, while negotiating and procuring farms and equipment with a project value of $500 million.
On a smaller scale, Clint also set up and developed his own dairy goat farm in Tasmania, securing contracts with Coles and Woolworths to sell marinated goat cheese across Australia.
He also worked for Austrian company Smaxtec to help with their New Zealand launch of a device that sits inside a cow’s rumen measuring key data points, such as rumination and core body temperature, giving farmers vital information about the welfare of their cows.
His extensive work experience in the rural sector has seen him build key relationships with Fonterra, Dairy NZ and LIC, and he is passionate about the sustainability of dairy farming in New Zealand.
Brereton, who started with Colliers in July, says previous roles have seen him travel far and wide across the country but he is keen to focus on Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
“Joining Colliers presents me with a great opportunity to build on my established rural networks throughout New Zealand that I have developed through many years of dedication to the sector,” Brereton says.
“I bring a no-nonsense, down-to-earth approach that accounts for the realities of agricultural and rural properties. There’s strong growth potential in the agricultural and rural sector in the wider Bay of Plenty and Waikato region and I am excited to be part of it.”