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The Association

The NZSCA is a leading rural sector association for shearing Contractors within New Zealand.

The NZSCA is a nationally orientated democratic organisation that provides and represents its members with a collective voice from within each province. It is a voluntary, member funded organisation, accountable to its members.

The Association represents almost 100 financial members who we estimate shear approximately 75% of the national flock.

All executive members are elected at the AGM by the financial members.

Part of the NZSCA constitutional policy is to obtain the best geographical spread of elected executive members from throughout NZ.

Current Executives

The current executive who were voted in at the 2021 AGM:

  • Mark Barrowcliffe - President, Piopio
  • Carolyn Clegg - Vice President -  Te Anau
  • Suzanne Kennedy - Secretary/Treasurer - Palmerston North
  • Shane Ratima - Hunterville
  • Grant Murdoch - Kurow
  • Jamie McConachie - Winton
  • Brendan Mahony - Napier
  • Sarah Higgins - Blenheim
  • Justin Ward - Waipukurau
  • Angus Moore - Marlborough
  • Luke Mullins - Te Awamutu
  • Warren White - Waimate
  • Phil Holden - Executive Officer 

Mark Barrowcliffe


Mark and Brenda run a King country based Shearing Contracting business in Piopio.

Mark has been shearing since 1986 and a contractor since 2001 after he took over Mickey MacDonald’s run in 2001.

He has been actively involved in the Assoc since 2003 and has worked closely with EMA and employment lawyers regarding employment agreements and pay rates.

Mark was nominated at the 2018 AGM at President for the Association. His portfolio on the Executive Committee is The Employment Contract, EMA Rep, Health & Safety and ShearNZ.

Mark is also a Shearing Sports Judge, Referee and Examiner

Mobile 027 5544433 | Email: president@nzshearing.co.nz 

Carolyn Clegg

Vice President

Carolyn and her husband Andrew are Shearing Contractors in Te Anau.  Carolyn was appointed Vice President at the 2019 AGM in Christchurch and has been on the Executive Committee for the past six years.  She keeps Assocation Members up to date on the latest with Immigration and is our liaison person with Work & Income and Immigration New Zealand.  Her portfolios on the Executive Committee include EMA Rep, Immigration and Health/Wellness.

Phone: 027 274 8951 Email: ajclegg@xtra.co.nz

Suzanne Kennedy


Suzanne is the new Secretary for the Association joining the team in June 2019.  She was brought up in the King Country on a sheep and beef farm where she spent many summers working in the shearing sheds while at school and University.  She now lives on a lifestyle block in the Manawatu town of Palmerston North with her husband and 3 boys.  She is the contact person for any queries regarding the Association.

Phone: 027 551 1500 | Email: contactus@nzshearing.co.nz

Jamie McConachie

Jamie and Raelene are Shearing Contractors in Winton, Southland.  Jamie has been a member of the Association for 25 years and was the President from 2014 - 2017.  

His portfolio on the Executive Committee is working on the Tahi Ngatahi project, Training and the Association Public Liability Insurance Rep.  Jamie and Raelene run a shearing business covering Southland since 1996. They also run a 188ha Deer, Sheep and Beef farm.

Phone: 027 336 4007 Email: jamie@nzshearing.com

Brendan Mahony

Brendan has been a member on the Executive Committe for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and information to the Association.  Part of his role on the Executive is the Assoc Liaison person for PrimaryITO and is on the IPG (Industry Partnership Group) representing the Association.

Phone: 021 423 886 | Email: b.j.mahony@xtra.co.nz

Shane Ratima

Shane is into his third year as a member on the Executive, joining the team after the 2017 AGM in Queenstown.   His portfolios on the Executive is Industrial Matters, ShearNZ and Animal Welfare.

Phone: 027 222 0770 Email: ratimashearing@inspire.net.nz

Grant Murdoch

Grant and Sharlene have been contracting in the Kurow and Omarama  areas for 13 years.   Prior to contracting he was a full time shearer and shore throughout Australia and New Zealand.  

Grant is married with 4 adult children one of whom is a full time shearer.  He enjoys getting out in the hills hunting in his spare time and jet boating with friends and family.  His role on the Executive is Training.

Phone: 027 430 7678 Email: gmurdochshearing@xtra.co.nz

Sarah Higgins

She shears fulltime and contracting for 4 years in Marlborough.  She graduated from Lincoln with a BcomAg in 2014.

Sarah's portfolios on the Executive Committee include Skills and Education and Media.

Phone: 027 297 2739 Email: higgins.shearing@outlook.com

Luke Mullins

My wife Rachel and I live in Te Awamutu with our 3 children Emaani 13, Kawepo 12, Waiowheo 8.

We have recently purchased a small shearing business in the Waikato and I haverecently taken up a role as Trainer for WOMOlife.

Angus Moore

Angus is from a farming background on the East Coast of Southern Marlborough.  During his career he has shorn from the top of the north to the bottom of the south with short stints in Queensland and Tasmania.


He and his family shifted back to Marlborough in 2016 and have been contracting locally since.


Angus and his wife Ratapu have a real passion for the industry and its people and look forward to making a positive contribution.


Angus' role on the Executive Committe is to help look after the ShearNZ and Animal Wellfare portfolios.


Mobile 027 451 3012  | Email: angusmooresheepshearing@gmail.com


Justin Ward

Justin, who was born into the shearing industry is one of our newest members of the Executive Committee.  Along with wife Kirsty, and their 4 young children they run a shearing business in Waipukurau.

He is very passionate about supporting our industry in any way he can.

Justin's portfolio on the Executive Committee is Immigration. 

Mobile 021 587 874 | email: jus1ward@hotmail.com

Phil Holden

Executive Officer

Phil has just started his role as Executive Officer in October 2019.  He is orginally from Invercargil but moved from Auckland to the beautiful Wairarapa town of Greytown 4 years ago with his wife and 2 school aged daughters.

He has been a Chief Executive Officer for over 17 years with organisations including Coffee Connection, The Lion Foundation, New Zealand Rugby League, Greyhound Racing New Zealand and Breadcraft.

Phil's role on the Executive is to oversee projects, support the executive and promote and advocate for the Association.  

Mobile 027 467 1670 | Email: manager@nzshearing.co.nz