Hadleigh grew up on a family dairy farm which bounds the Pokaiwhenua Stream. Growing up on the farm, he spent many hours in or near the stream fishing, rafting, swimming, exploring, dam building and family BBQ’s. Hadleigh and his family still enjoy visiting the stream for these activities and camping in the summer months.
Hadleigh is passionate about the strength of catchment groups in bringing people together to achieve multiple objectives.
Hadleigh previously worked for Fonterra as a Sustainable Dairying Adviser for 6 years, covering the South Waikato region providing individually tailored, farm-specific sustainability support and advice to Fonterra farmers via Farm Environment Plans (FEP’s).
Prior to Fonterra, Hadleigh was a Field Consultant with Ballance Agri-Nutrients in the South Waikato for 11 years, where he developed close relationships with his peers and farmers in the region.