Our People

A team of individuals all highly skilled in their area of expertise

Inta-Ag Limited is a team of  individuals all skilled in their area of expertise. Use the menu to the right to view the profiles of each of our staff members. Scroll down to see all staff profiles.

Shane Smith

Shane Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Email:   shane@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 09 237 0430
Mobile: 021 806 565

Shane joined Inta-Ag as CEO in April 2017, following 8 successful years of operating his own consultancy business, in order to better serve the industry in what is a very dynamic and ever changing market place.

As an Agronomist for the last 25 years, Shane also looks after a number of key accounts for Inta-Ag, specialising in potatoes, onions and barley but also providing a high level of support and advice on a number of other crops offering tailored requirements in fertiliser, cultivation and other agronomy services.

Shane has brought new ideas to the company and enjoys assisting growers in their quest to satisfy and exceed in an ever demanding grower environment.  New controls enforced on the industry demand better nutrient management and with new pest incursions and disease mutations Shane has brought more progressive thinking with new technology and machinery linked to objective R&D to Inta-Ag.  

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Mike Gordon

Commercial Manager
Email: mike.gordon@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 09 237 0430
Mobile: 021 962 462

Mike’s key responsibility is to ensure his team of three agronomists are well resourced and able to provide growers with the best advice on growing practices and choice of pesticide and fertiliser programmes, as well as managing the day to day running of the company.

As an Agronomist for the company for over 25 years, Mike also looks after a number of key accounts for Inta-Ag Ltd, specialising in onions but also provides a high level of support and advice on a number of other crops such as lettuce and brassicas.

He gains satisfaction from helping growers improve their performance and the quality of their crops, thus helping maximise returns from their business. Mike values long term relationships with his growers, based on trust and the delivery of sincere commitments by himself and the rest of the Inta-Ag team.

Mike joined Inta-Ag in 1991, having worked for five years as an Area Manager with BASF (NZ) Ltd in their plant protection division, and before that two years with Rhone-Poulenc (NZ) Ltd in their agrichemical division.

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Jerome Benefield

Waharoa/Waikato Agronomist
Email: jerome@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 07 888 7342

Mobile: 021778073

Jerome has been a part of Inta-Ag Ltd since 2000. On finishing his studies at Massey University, Jerome joined Fruitfed Supplies Ltd based in Palmerston North. He then took over the running of the Fruitfed Supplies Levin Branch, and after a brief stint out of the industry he came on board with us.

He has progressed through to being one of the senior members of the company and agronomy team. He also has a leading role in working with several of our key accounts, specialising in onions and potatoes. Jerome also casts his eye over brassicas, maize and squash crops when required.

Jerome is based in, and services the Matamata region and travels to Pukekohe twice weekly to maintain contact and keep up to date with all that is happening in that area as well.

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Gary Graham

Pukekohe/Franklin agronomist
Email: gary.graham@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 09 237 0430
Mobile: 021 992 829

Gary started off growing in hothouses using NFT systems as well as cropping a small block. Currently he crops lettuce and strawberries for the local market. This allows hands on use of plant protectants and nutrients to assess their efficacy and work through various cropping programmes.

Gary completed his Horticultural degree extramurally through Massey University in 2003, focusing latterly on soil science and nutrient sustainability. Gary has worked with Inta-Ag Ltd since 2002 and specialises in Greens and carrots and enjoys the challenges of minor crops.

Gary enjoys working and playing outdoors. Work wise he enjoys the interaction with growers and outside of work he has a passion for windsurfing and skiing.

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Dean McMiken


Email: dean.mcmiken@inta-ag.co.nz
Mobile: 021 717 934

Dean was raised on the family farm where he enjoyed working with onions, potatoes, lettuce, sweetcorn and pumpkins.  He continued working with his family for 2 years while doing several Horticultural papers at MIT.

Dean joined Seed & Field/Seed Enhancements in 2001 working for 5 years as the assistant Production Manager of the Seed Treatment & Pelleting division handling onion, carrot, parsnip, squash and many other vegetable seed varieties.

He then moved to Melbourne with his partner for a period of 8 months doing several dispatch/warehouse roles.

We managed to lure him back to NZ and he joined the Inta-Ag Ltd team early 2007 as one of the valued store team, where he proved his abilities and in mid 2008 was promoted to Store Supervisor.

In June 2010 Dean was promoted to Field Agronomist and enjoys working hard out in the field and interacting with the growers to help improve the quality of their crops. 

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Rob Green

Turf Business Manager
Email: robgreen@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 09 237 0430
Mobile: 027 267 6199

Rob joins Inta-Ag as Turf Business Manager developing a dedicated turf products business unit called Inta-Ag Turf.  Rob is recognised as a turf industry specialist within his field with almost 40 years experience on the tools and on the commercial supply side. 

Rob first started in the industry in the 1980's completing an apprenticeship in golf course green keeping at the Royal Auckland Golf Club.  He was an Assistant Superintendent at golf courses here and in Australia and was also involved in the construction of golf courses in Australia.  After 15 years on the tools he jumped to the commercial side of the industry and has worked for a few large well known turf supply companies in NZ, Australia and in the USA.

Along with the wide range of products and supplier recources that are already available at Inta-Ag, Rob will be bringing exciting new turf specific products and agencies to market, including Brandt turf products USA and the innovative Floratine USA foliar range, of which Inta-Ag Turf is the exclusive NZ distributor.  Inta-Ag Turf also has a supply partnership wth Turf Care Australia a leading turf products company in Australia. 

Rob joins Inta-Ag Turf from Turfgrass Specialists where he was the Product Manager for almost 10 years, and he will be supplying technical support, agronomic advice and product sales to customers across the turf industry in NZ such as golf courses, council contractors, stadia and sports field turf managers, lawn care contractors and schools etc.

Outside of work Rob has a grown up family of four and loves getting out exploring in this beautiful country with family and friends, mountain biking when he can and travelling overseas for holidays.


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Bridget JohnsonBridget Johnson

Trainee Agronomist
Email:   bridget@inta-ag.co.nz
Mobile: 021 022 63117

Bridget joins the Inta-Ag team fresh from her four years of studying at Lincoln University for a Batchelor of Agricultural Science degree where she realised her passion lies strongly with the interaction of plant and soil science and the influence of the environment and management practices on plant production and soil quality.  This together with Bridget's confident character and strong communication skills have made her the ideal candidate to join our existing team of professionals as a trainee agronomist.

Bridget's involvement in competitive sport has shaped her strong values and high work ethic, and she is looking forward to the challenge of applying her robust theoretical knowledge into practical situations.  Recent 4th year papers covering plant pest management, sustainable plant protection and advance soil management will strengthen her ability to relate to our customers immediately with a future view to assist them to achieve their goals.

Bridget originates from Whangerei where she enjoyed representing Northland in hockey and other passions include adventure racing, hiking, mountain biking and squash.

Please welcome Bridget as she gets to know all of our valuable customers whilst shadowing our experienced agronomists in the field, or maybe you will catch her on the sporting fields and courts of Pukekohe.


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Warren Hickford

Warehouse Supervisor
Email: warren.hickford@inta-ag.co.nz
Mobile: 021 286 4634

Warren grew up in the rural environment of Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains.

Over the years he has had a variety of warehouse and logistics roles. His first job involved the filing, storage and distribution of industrial gases in Kopu, 7kms South of Thames.

In 1993 he made the move north to Pukekohe with family and spent the following 17 years working locally in various warehouse rolls within the same company.

In May 2010, he came to Inta-Ag Ltd to replace Dean McMiken as our Warehouse Supervisor where he oversees the day to day running of the warehouse.

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Lyn Larsen

Lyn Larsen

Compliance and Resource Manager
Email: lyn@inta-ag.co.nz
Mobile: 021 153 2022

Lyn has been part of our administration team since 1996.  Originally from Fruitfed Supplies Ltd where she started her career as a customer service rep at the Drury store, from there she moved to head office in Penrose where she was Import Manager and roaming staff trainer of the company's customer service teams.

Lyn's administrative role with Inta-Ag has been varied over the years and has grown as the company has grown and diversified with the times. Whilst Lyn still manages the day to day running of the office, her main focus is Health & Safety compliance, both for Inta-Ag and offering guidance for growers as well.

Lyn also specialises in NZ/Global and McDonalds Gap auditing, where she prepares and completes the audit process for our customers.  Lyn holds an Occupational Health and Safety National Certificate and is an Accredited Safety Auditor with the NZ Safety Council.

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Gareth Vollebregt


PH: 09 237 0430

Email: enquiries@inta-ag.co.nz

Gareth is our youngest member of the team and came to Inta-Ag from Vernon Developments where he drove a digger and worked as a drain layer.

Gareth has now been with Inta-Ag for over 7 years as our storeman and focuses on deliveries, both inwards and outwards, and the general daily operation of the store.

Gareth loves the social aspect of his job in respect to getting out on the road and meeting our customers and is always keen to get involved with any new projects.

Gareth is engaged to Becky and is currently planning his wedding in 2019. 

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PeterPeter Dykzeul

Email: enquiries@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 09 237 0430

Peter joined Inta-Ag as a part time storeman in 2017 after leaving his Manager position at Punchbowl Coolstores after 2 years.

Peter's career mainly focused in the printing industry where he started his apprenticeship and specialised in printing bank notes.  His career took him to work in NZ and Australia for a number of years.

Born in Whangarei from Dutch parents, he spent many years travelling around Europe and Australia via foot, bike, combi van and hitch hiking and enjoying many adventures along the way.

He also spent 4 years living on a yacht which took him 3 years to make (6 months of that he slept on a mattress on the hull until the floor was made).

Peter loved to windsurf and motocross in his earlier years but now keeps himself busy on his 10 acre block based in Glenbrook which currently has 50 breeding ewes and 70 lambs.


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Alison Reeves

Alison Reeves


Email:   alison@inta-ag.co.nz
Phone: 09 237 0430
Mobile: 021 461 266

Alison joined Inta-Ag Limited as PA to Shane Smith in July 2017, following a brief spell working in a local retail outlet in Pukekohe and prior to that over 20 years of working at a high level as an Executive Assistant at InterContinental Hotels Group head offices in both London and Sydney.

Alison brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new role whilst learning about the Horticulture industry and the vegetable growing business in New Zealand.  It is an exciting opportunity joining Inta-Ag as it continues to grow and diversify under the guidance of Shane Smith as the new CEO and this brings an abundance of new ideas and projects for Alison to assist with.

Alison originates from England and has lived in Australia for four years, now settled in Pukekohe with her kiwi husband and two young children on a small lifestyle block.  Outside of work Alison enjoys keeping fit, spending time with family and friends and exploring her home of 4 years as much as possible, but there is always a job to do on the block!

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