Our Team


Our Team

Tony Waugh chairs the trust, liaises with sponsors and keeps things moving. He’s a family man, retired farmer and business owner. He and his ute never stop. Tony’s family has lived and worked in the Oruoa District and Kimbolton for a fair while – some would say forever.

Rodney and Scott Wilson are used to making events rock – having run a public fair for a decade. The Wilsons attract thousands of visitors each year to  Crosshills Rhododendron Garden. They’re dry stock farmers and skilled plantsmen. Rodney has stomped around Europe looking at a lot of sculpture. They are both active in regional tourism, national garden promotion and grow for both NZ and international markets.

Chris Gallavin is a poet and a Massey University academic who moved to Kimbolton from the South Island. He’s a keen gardener, travels of lot for work, loves eccentric cars and does a mean stand up routine. He brings a keen legal mind to the trust.

Darryl Coleman is our money man and looks after our Charitable Trust status. He and his extended family are dairy farmers in the district. Darryl is a Chartered Accountant and acts in a professional capacity for rural sector businesses. He serves on various boards and not-for-profit organisations.

Stewart Morton co-ordinates the overall festival lay out. He’s had a bit of practice as a sheep farmer sorting out who and what goes where. He’s a specialist ram breeder in an area famous for its studs. The Mortons farm across several districts and are ‘up to their armpits’ active community contributors.

Bryan Gibson and Steve Easthope are the marketing team. Bryan is a musician and photographer when he’s not editing Farmers Weekly. Steve jams three lives into one. He’s operations manager at Manfeild, has just completed major home renovations and is yet to recover from years in hospitality. Both men have PR backgrounds and know their way round Facebook. .

Paula Allen liaises with our sculptors, artists & judges. She’s our content writer, and when away from her computer is working on her property to achieve certified organic status. Her interests include things that send most people to sleep - economic development, sustainable rural tourism and business communication.