General Terms of Engagement 

1.Unless otherwise provided for by way of a specific contractual service agreement, Perrin Ag Consultants Ltd (“Perrin Ag”) operates on the basis of instruction, verbal or written, from a client, with the execution of said instruction carried out in line with the professional discretion exercised by a Registered Farm Management Consultant.  It is understood these Terms of Engagement are valid beyond the initial engagement. Under such standard terms of service engagement, Perrin Ag accepts no liability for execution of instruction that falls outside of client expectation. 

2.Perrin Ag reserve the right to decline the provision of service to any client for any reason prior to the receipt and acceptance of instructions, and at any other time where continued provision of service would constitute a conflict of interest, involvement in or knowledge of criminal or unethical activity or any risk to personal safety.  The early cessation of service on these grounds does not remove liability by the client of payment for services already rendered. 

3.Where the nature of service delivery causes or otherwise requires significant deviation from client instructions, Perrin Ag will undertake all reasonable steps to contact clients to obtain supplementary instruction prior to the commencement of such activity. 

Liability 

4.Perrin Ag operates in strictest confidence and will not discuss, disclose or otherwise divulge information to third parties in relation to the client without prior permission, except where required or compelled to by law. 

5.Any advice and reporting provided by Perrin Ag is based on information to the best of Perrin Ag’s knowledge and no guarantees are given for the final results of activities arising from the use of such advice or reports, which may be affected by factors outside of Perrin Ag’s control. 

6.Any potential liability incurred by Perrin Ag in relation to the provision of any service is limited to two times the value of any fees charged by Perrin Ag for that service. 

7.Perrin Ag does hold all required professional indemnity insurances, with certification available on request. 

Professional fees 

8.Unless otherwise agreed, all services will be charged on a time-engaged basis. All representations regarding charges are exclusive of GST. Where a fee hasn’t been agreed in writing, we shall provide any services at the same rate that such services are provided by us to our other clients at the time of the contract. We reserve the right to increase our charges without notice. The client also agrees to remunerate Perrin Ag for any reasonably incurred ancillary costs associated directly or indirectly to the services provided including any urgency premium allocated. 

9.Disbursements incorporate all other costs associated with service delivery, including mileage, administration, photocopying, binding, advertising and, where consented to by the client, the recovery of fees arising from the engagement of other professionals or businesses where required. 

 

10.Any estimate of likely cost for the provision of service is indicative only. Estimates are not quotes and are non-binding. 

Payment 

11.For all work prompt payment of invoices is required. Perrin Ag may require payment prior to reports being released. For other work prompt payment of invoices is required by the 20th of the month following invoicing, unless otherwise agreed prior. Perrin Ag reserves the right to temporarily or permanently cease to provide service to the client in the event of non-payment of account.  Any applicable advertising costs required in the delivery of services are required in full prior to publication. 

12.Payment is to be by way of direct credit to Perrin Ag’s nominated back account. 

13.Clients will be charged for all costs associated with the collection of unpaid accounts.  Unpaid accounts (including any costs associated with the recovery thereof) will attract interest at Perrin Ag’s applicable overdraft rate. In the case of businesses placed in receivership or statutory management, such confirmation must also include the bank’s agreement Perrin Ag’s engagement based on the likely extent of service costs. 

Intellectual property and ownership of work produced 

14.All reports, intellectual property and other tangible products relating to service delivery remain the property of Perrin Ag until payment is received.  Perrin Ag reserves the right to withhold or reclaim service deliverables in any instance of non-payment. 

15.Perrin Ag automatically retains ownership of and the right to use all templates, spreadsheets, models, research and other products used or developed in the provision of services to clients, and nothing contained herein precludes Perrin Ag from using, developing or disclosing such materials and information provided that the same do not contain or reflect Confidential Information of the client. Where the development of such material is a primary contractual service deliverable for the client, their ownership is specifically provided for by way of a separate written contract. 

16.Perrin Ag policy is to never send output in an editable format (i.e. as a Microsoft Word or Excel file) unless agreed with the client as a specific deliverable of the engagement. 

17.The parties agree that the client does not acquire any rights to the drafts, notes, analysis and other work papers of Perrin Ag.  

Authorisation and release 

18. Where applicable the client agrees that the output data from the OVERSEER files may be used anonymously by Perrin Ag for the purposes of internal benchmarking of nutrient losses nationwide.

PERRIN AG CONSULTANTS LTD 

 

 

Lee Matheson

Managing Director
Principal Consultant

B.Appl.Sc (Hons), FNZIPIM (Reg)

Lee came to agribusiness consultancy via the unlikely pathway of a suburban Wellington upbringing, an Honours degree in plant science and a six-year career in the financial markets. In his role as the firm’s MD, Lee doesn’t get out on-farm as much as he used to but makes the most of it when he does. While having swapped the paddock for the boardroom, Lee continues to provide advice in the areas of farm business strategy, farm system innovation, corporate governance, investment analysis and economic research.

Outside of Perrin Ag, Lee loves to spend his time coaching rugby, watching his three kids play sport and gardening with his wife Haidee.

“I love the challenge of empowering people in our primary sectors and the excitement of seeing clients achieving their aspirations. If we can encourage farmers to engage with their consumers, take a more active involvement in their supply chains and view their businesses through a wider lens, then I think our industries have a great future.”

Michael Booth

Senior Consultant

B.Com Af (FM)

Mike brings a wealth of agri-tech and dairy systems expertise to Perrin Ag. After graduating with a Bachelor of AgriCommerce from Massey, he started his career with DairyNZ as a consulting officer where he ran discussion groups and managed farm supervision.

He left DairyNZ to travel the world but within a few months Covid hit, the borders closed, and Mike and his wife Nikita returned home. Back in New Zealand, he took up a role managing DairyNZ’s monitor farms on the Hauraki Plains before joining Halter.

After finishing his OE, he returned home to live in Papamoa and joined the Perrin Ag team in February 2024.

“I’m not someone who likes to sit still and I like to be continually learning. I saw an opportunity with Perrin Ag. As a business their ethos is about continuous improvement and learning. There are always new and better ways of doing things and we need to be at the forefront of that for our clients.”

Abbey Dowd

Consultant

B.Ag.Sc (Hons), MNZIPIM

Abbey joined Perrin Ag in February 2023 as part of the firm’s graduate recruitment programme, Empower.

Abbey grew up surrounded by dairy farms in a close-knit community in South Waikato. She saw first-hand how local farmers supported her community, which is what inspired her to study at Lincoln University.

Growing up in a rural community Abbey has always been impressed by how much local farmers contribute to the community. She wanted to help give back to the industry and play a part in helping our primary sector continue to produce quality food in a sustainable way.

In 2022, Abbey spent the summer as an intern on one of New Zealand’s first commercial deer milking operations. Her Honours project was researching deer milk alongside other more traditional milking operations and assessing the deer milking industry’s future production possibilities.

“Growing up I didn’t live on a farm, but I always knew I wanted to work in the farming sector. I wanted a role where there was a balance between working on and off farm and where I could support farmers to get the best out of their businesses.”

Sam Gray

Consultant

Sam grew up on a dairy farm in the Far North. After graduating from the University of Otago in 2005 with an Honours degree in molecular biotechnology, he spent several years working in medical research in New Zealand and Scotland. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2012, he spent four seasons dairy farming in Northland before purchasing a 56 ha block in Taupо̄, where he was first exposed to farming under a nitrogen cap. Sam joined Perrin Ag in 2023 and brings his strong analytical skills that are grounded by a pragmatic approach to problem solving. Outside of farming and consultancy, you’ll likely find him fly fishing, hunting or snowboarding.

“A lot of farmers feel overwhelmed in the face of a rapidly changing regulatory landscape. I strive to help farmers understand what these environmental regulations mean for their business, and offer practical solutions that allow them to keep doing what they do best, whilst remaining compliant”.

Danni Armstrong

Finance administrator

Danni grew up on a life style block in Atiamuri and spent five seasons as a relief milker in the area. During this time, her full time roles were in various fields including the rental car, health care and marine industries. Danni has had a focus on administrative and accounting duties, but is also proficient in looking after customers especially well, social media and website operation, running a rental car fleet and the associated tasks like training, rosters, H&S and organising repairs! Danni joined Perrin Ag in May 2021, to be part of a business in an industry she is passionate about.

During her spare time Danni can be found reading a book with her cats or out enjoying the walks in Rotorua’s Redwoods.

“What motivates me each day is knowing that I will be challenged with a range of problem solving tasks. I love to see all the figures adding up and knowing that my role makes a difference to the team.”

Duncan Walker

Director
Principal Consultant

B.Appl.Sc, MNZIPIM (Reg)

Coming from a drystock and dairy farming background, Duncan has always been passionate about growing primary sector businesses. Whether it’s pastoral farming, forestry, horticulture or investments outside the farm gate, sustainably optimising business performance is Duncan’s passion. After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness, Duncan’s first opportunity to optimise a farm business was by undertaking a dairy conversion. Duncan project managed the conversion and continued to run the dairy farm for a further three years.

Since joining Perrin Ag in 2011 Duncan works with a wide range of clients including those ‘outside the farm gate’. With his strong background in investment analysis, business strategy and project management, Duncan is increasingly working with clients to analyse and integrate horticulture and forestry investments into their farm businesses.

“I enjoy helping clients navigate through the complexities of today’s operational, financial and environmental challenges. Seeing clients achieve their goals is very rewarding”

Lee Matheson

Managing Director
Principal Consultant

B.Appl.Sc (Hons), FNZIPIM (Reg)

Lee came to agribusiness consultancy via the unlikely pathway of a suburban Wellington upbringing, an Honours degree in plant science and a six-year career in the financial markets. In his role as the firm’s MD, Lee doesn’t get out on-farm as much as he used to but makes the most of it when he does. While having swapped the paddock for the boardroom, Lee continues to provide advice in the areas of farm business strategy, farm system innovation, corporate governance, investment analysis and economic research.

Outside of Perrin Ag, Lee loves to spend his time coaching rugby, watching his three kids play sport and gardening with his wife Haidee.

“I love the challenge of empowering people in our primary sectors and the excitement of seeing clients achieving their aspirations.  If we can encourage farmers to engage with their consumers, take a more active involvement in their supply chains and view their businesses through a wider lens, then I think our industries have a great future.”