John Austin Ltd is a family owned Agricultural Contracting business located just south of Te Awamutu in the Waikato, contracting to approximately 800 customers in an area that stretches over 200km in the North Island of New Zealand. Though centred in the Waikato, where most of our work involves Maize and Grass, we also extend as far south as Ohakune where we grow Wheat, Barley and Oil Seed Rape.
Our core values and commitment to total quality have been at the centre of our business since we first began serving the farming community in 1981.
John Austin Ltd has a proud history. At the age of 16 years, John began working for a local contractor, Peter Hoar, and then at age 21, he bought Peter’s business which at that time consisted of one combine, one tractor and a few implements. From these small beginnings, John has built the entire business through sheer hard work and commitment until now the company employs approximately 40 staff year-round and up to 65 people in our busy Spring and Autumn seasons.
John and Jackie have three children, Michael, Daniel and Hannah.
The eldest, Michael, is married to Nikita, and they have two children, Indi and Ivar. Michael is working in the family business as one of our Customer Services Contracting Managers. Daniel, John's middle son is a Charted Accountant working for Brandt Tractors in Canada. The youngest, Hannah, is full time as our Agricultural Contracting Services and Marketing Coordinator.