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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 2017 AGM held in Queenstown are:

  • Jamie McConachie - President, Winton
  • Mark Barrowcliffe - Vice President and Industrial Chairman -  PioPio
  • Peter Lyon - Alexandra
  • Brendan Mahony - Napier
  • Ewen Mackintosh - Taihape/Taumarunui
  • Carolyn Clegg - Te Anau
  • Grant Murdoch - Kurow
  • Shane Ratima - Hunterville

Jamie McConachie


Jamie and Raelene are Shearing Contractors in Winton, Southland.  Jamie has been a member of the Association for 21 years and became the President at the 2014 AGM.  His portfolio on the Executive Committee is Skills and Education. 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: president@nzshearing.co.nz

Cheryl Christie


Cheryl has been working as the Secretary for the Association for the past 10 years.  She was brought up in the Wairarapa on a farm and now lives in the Manawatu town of Ashhurst.  She is the contact person for any queries regarding the Association.

Phone: 027 263 7634 | Email: contactus@nzshearing.co.nz

Mark Barrowcliffe

Vice Chairman/Industrial Chairman 

  • Mark has shorn all around the world for 15 years and has settled down in Piopio with his family.
  • He has been a contractor for 15 years in the King Country based at Piopio.
  • He has been actively involved in the Assoc for several years now and has worked closely with EMA advisors regarding drug and alcohol policy for members.
  • Mark is currently the Vice President and Industrial Chairman for the Association.  His portfolio on the Executive Committee is The Employment Contract, EMA Rep, Health & Safety and ShearNZ.

Mobile 027 5544433 | Email: mjbarrow@xtra.co.nz

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

Carolyn Clegg

Carolyn and her husband Andrew are Shearing Contractors in Te Anau.  Carolyn has been on the Executive Committee for the past five years and keeps Assocation Members up to date on the latest with Immigration and is our liaison person with Work & Income and Immigration New Zealand.  Her portfolio on the Executive Committee is EMA Rep, Immigration, Health/Wellness.

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

Peter Lyon

Peter and Elsie are well known Shearing Contractors based out of Alexandra in Central Otago.  Peter has been involved in the Association for over 30 years.   In 2008 Peter was elected as a Life Member of the Association and still has an active role on the Executive Committee as a Representative for Skills and Education, a Director on the Te Ako Wools Board, involvement in ShearNZ and the latest project of e-learning skills being developed in conjunction with ACC.

Phone: 027 433 3522  Email: elsie@peterlyonshearing.co.nz

Shane Ratima

Shane is our newest member on the Executive joining the team after the 2017 AGM in Queenstown.  


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

Grant Murdoch

Grant and Sharlene have been contracting in the Kurow and Omarama  areas for 11 years and is the most recent committee member having been on the committee for two years.   Prior to contracting he was a full time shearer and shore throughout Australia and New Zealand.  He 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.


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

Ewen Mackintosh

Ewen has been contracting for 27 years based out of Taihape and Taumarunui and covers a wide area of the central North Island.  He is passionate about health and safety and is one of the advocates on the Executive committee for this portfolio.  He is also involved in training and has been an integral part of the development of Teako Wools.


Phone: 027 251 4444 Email: ecmack@windowslive.com