Below is a selection of projects the Prime Group of companies has undertaken around the globe over the past two decades.
♦ Design of a development plan for the dairy industry on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Livestock & Fisheries; 2016-2018.
♦ Investment feasibility studies for livestock industry investments in Ethiopia on behalf of a private client; 2019.
♦ Feasibility study and business plan for a proposed beef and goat project on 6000 hectares of land in Gako, Rwanda on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of Rwanda; 2018.
♦ Design and implementation of the Zambia Dairy Transformation Programme in partnership with NIRAS International Consulting, on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 2016-2021.
♦ Reviewing the business model for a climate-friendly agriculture business in the North-Western Province of Zambia; 2020.
♦ Greenhouse gas footprinting of the Zambian dairy industry in collaboration with New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries and AgResearch; 2019.
♦ Design and implementation of the Afghanistan Agricultural Support Programme on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the United Kingdom Department for International Development; 2011-2017.
♦ Providing technical assistance as DAI’s partner for the Afghanistan Value Chains – Livestock project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development; 2018-2023.
♦ Project preparation work for the Water Resources Development Sector Project on behalf of the Asian Development Bank; 2019-2021.
♦ Project preparation work for the Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Investment Project on behalf of the Asian Development Bank; 2018.
♦ Review of ‘Thematic Area 2: Promoting Value Chains in the South and West’ for DANIDA; 2018.
♦ Advisory work in the mining sector in relation to the Shaida Copper Deposit; 2018.
♦ Providing technical assistance as Atos Ltd’s partner for the Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development – Facility (CARD-F) project, funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development and DANIDA; 2014-2017.
♦ Capacity building for a Bamyan electricity supply company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 2014-2017.
♦ Feasibility studies and design blueprints for Agriculture Investment Parks on behalf of the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Government of Afghanistan; 2015.
♦ Management support for the Bukidnon Forestry Project, a joint forestry initiative between New Zealand and the Philippines (Bukidnon Forestry Incorporated), on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 1999-2003.
♦ Value chain analysis for the shallot industry in Indonesia, on behalf of the International Finance Corporation; 2007.
♦ Supporting market access for beef products from New Zealand into Thailand; 2006-2007.
♦ Conducting business discussions on behalf of New Zealand food industry clients with an international airline based in Bangkok, Thailand; 2004.
♦ Ex-post evaluation of an International Tropical Timber Organisation project aimed at improving the utilisation and marketing of rubberwood in Thailand; 2007-2008.
♦ Market access facilitation and market development, including marketing strategy development, for eggs and pork from New Zealand into Singapore, working with New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and private sector clients; 2003-2005.
♦ Assisted the proprietor of a small New Zealand firm in the IT sector to grow the company, expand sales into Singapore and position for exit; 2000-2001.
♦ Capacity building of the Malaysian livestock sector through the design and delivery of an animal husbandry train-the-trainer programme in partnership with the country’s National Agriculture Training Council, working with New Zealand’s former Agriculture Industry Training Organisation; 2011.
♦ Organised work-based vocational training for Malaysian trainees in New Zealand, working with New Zealand’s former Agriculture Industry Training Organisation; 2006-2007.
♦ Advised private sector clients on enterprise / facility design and business planning in the dairy and horticulture sectors; 2002-2019.
♦ Provided technical consultancies to livestock farmers and horticultural growers in the private sector, including conducting agri-sector and land development feasibility studies; 2005-2019.
♦ Organised a study tour for representatives from the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture to New Zealand, working with several New Zealand Government agencies and educational / training institutions in the agricultural sector; 2005.
♦ Conducted market research activities in relation to agri-tech opportunities in Malaysia on behalf of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; 2005.
♦ Undertook a strategic advisory role to the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries in Malaysia, advising on livestock industry development, working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; 2004-2006.
♦ Organised a study tour for a delegation of Chinese dairy industry representatives to New Zealand; 2010.
♦ Established a company, Education New Zealand International Ltd, to lead business missions involving New Zealand personnel to Suzhou, China to establish New Zealand university programmes in the country; 2003 and 2004.
♦ Presented a paper on agricultural reform to the Western China Modern Agriculture Development Forum in Chengdu, at the request of the Sichuan Provincial Government; 2002.
♦ Accompanied officials from the New Zealand Government on two trade missions to China, in association with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; 2001 / 2002.
♦ Completed a diary industry feasibility study for a private client in China; 2002.
♦ Provided management consultancy services and training to upgrade official food testing laboratories in China; 2000 and 2001.
♦ Conducted a review of the Asian Development Assistance Facility in China on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 1996.
♦ Provided technical advice to the Government of Hong Kong in relation to the review of a large state-owned, private sector-run abattoir, which provided the majority of Hong Kong’s fresh meat supplies; 2007-2008.
♦ Completed a business impact assessment of a proposed Food Safety Bill for the Government of Hong Kong; 2009.
♦ Compiled and provided the Japan Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation (ALIC) with New Zealand dairy industry monitoring reports; 2019-2020.
♦ Hosted researchers from ALIC Japan in New Zealand to study the country’s dairy-related environmental regulations and management practices; 2019.
♦ Prepared New Zealand Dairy Industry overview report for ALIC Japan; 2005.
♦ Conducted market development activities in Japan for a food safety and biosecurity risk assessment tool developed in New Zealand, on behalf of the EpiCentre at Massey University; 2002.
♦ Developed tourism and education business links for New Zealand companies in Tokyo in association with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; 2001/2002.
♦ Prepared outline of meat by-product rendering industry for ALIC Japan; 2001.
♦ Conducted a review of New Zealand’s Producer Board reforms in the late 1990s for Japan’s Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation, who wished to understand the process and reasons for the reforms; 1999.
♦ Reviewed New Zealand initiatives aimed at increasing the use of high-quality forage as a rural production tool over a 30-year period for the Japan’s Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation; 1999.
♦ Completed a profile on New Zealand non-traditional exports to Japan for the Japanese Embassy; 1995.
♦ Market development for a New Zealand value-added beef to enter Korea; 2006.
♦ Assisted with the development of the livestock industry in Mongolia, including contributing to an improved body of knowledge for the reform of industry practices for livestock slaughter and developing suitable business models for the operation of sustainable slaughterhouse businesses; 2011.
♦ Contributed to the design and preparation of urban development projects for the Republic of Uzbekistan, as part of the Asian Development Bank-funded Uzbekistan Integrated Urban Development Project; 2020-2021.
♦ Programme evaluation of ‘North Asia Beef Market Services’, a programme that ran in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan from 2004 to 2007, on behalf of Meat and Wool New Zealand; 2008.
♦ Provided technical assistance to the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), including assistance developing an online learning platform, for a project aimed at developing a networked advisory and training structure to improve the capacity of the small ruminant (sheep and goat) sector across Jamaica, St Lucia, Guyana, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Dominica; 2015-2018.
♦ Provision of technical advice on agri-product processing businesses; 2015.
United Arab Emirates
♦ Feasibility analysis for a large animal health investment for a private sector client; 2021.
♦ Investigated potential applications of geothermal desalination technology for a private sector client; 2020.
♦ Feasibility study and technical design for a large-scale sheep farm expansion; 2018-2019.
♦ Conducted three major reviews of the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program (APIQ✓®); 2009-2010, 2014-2015 and 2019-2020.
♦ Reviewed the biosecurity code for the Australian pork industry on behalf of Australian Pork Ltd; 2009-2010.
♦ Developed a National Animal Welfare Strategy and 10-Year Vision for Australian Pork Ltd; 2003-2007.
♦ Developed a code of practice for Australian Pork Ltd, for the safe design, construction, operation and maintenance of on-farm biogas systems; 2010-2012.
♦ Governance and operational leadership for TOP Pork Pty Ltd, a major supplier of pork to the Coles supermarket chain; 2006-2011.
♦ Completed an article for the Australian Law Reform Commission Reform Journal, ‘Animals and the Law in Australia: A Livestock Industry Perspective’, on behalf of Australian Pork Ltd; 2007.
♦ Engaged by the South Australian Farmers Federation to work with pig farmers and collect farm data to work up a response to the Federal Productivity Commission review of pig meat importation; 2007.
♦ Economic analysis of potential options for meat and bone meal use in the Australian pig industry; 2005.
♦ Completed a sector sustainability report on behalf of Australian Pork Ltd for the country’s Productivity Commission; 2004.
♦ Provided capital raising assistance to Flinders Group in relation to a South Australia mussel farm; 2005-2006.
♦ Ongoing governance and management supervision for a commercial forest operation in New Zealand for private offshore owners; 2019-Present.
♦ Researched drivers of animal welfare compliance in New Zealand for the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries; 2012.
♦ Comprehensive review of New Zealand’s biosecurity surveillance programmes on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF); required extensive consultation and information gathering across a wide range of government agencies as well as with industry sectors and research scientists; 2001-2002.
♦ Review of the Marbled Grass-Fed Beef (MGB) programme, a public-private initiative that ran in New Zealand from 2012 to 2019, aiming to develop an alternative to beef produced from cattle housed in feedlots overseas for high value niche markets; 2019-2020.
♦ Review of a collaboration between the Ministry for Primary Industries and New Zealand Merino, a private company, that aimed to drive change in the way New Zealand’s strong wool is produced, marketed and sold, for the benefit of the New Zealand economy; 2019-2020.
♦ Development of an economic decision support tool for animal disease control in New Zealand on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industry and livestock industry partners; 2020-2021.
♦ Conducted a feasibility study for a large-scale export food processing operation in New Zealand for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and a private offshore investor; 2019.
♦ Economic analysis for alternative farrowing systems in the New Zealand pork industry; 2015.
♦ Consulted on import health standards for processed chicken products for a private client operating in the quick service restaurants industry; 2014.
♦ A pig movement study for the former New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, investigating biosecurity risks; 2008.
♦ Led the development of discussion papers on selected livestock feed supplements (benefits, appropriate use and risk management) on behalf of New Zealand Food Safety; 2010.
♦ Led a review of animal feed sources and feeding practices on behalf of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority; 2009.
♦ Contributed a feature article to Meat International, published by Elsevier Publishing in the Netherlands, entitled, ‘Globalisation of Meat Markets – An Asia-Pacific View’; 2000.
♦ Presented a paper on traceability systems at the World Pork Conference in Auckland, on behalf of New Zealand Pork, and co-facilitated a global business strategy workshop with participants from 32 countries; 2000.
♦ Assisted the proprietor of a small New Zealand firm in the IT sector to grow the company, expand sales into Singapore and position for exit; 2000-2001.
♦ Provided business planning and management support for the setup of blokart Ltd, a recreational vehicle company; 2001-2002.
♦ Provided product development support for ICT tools HandiRisk & PDBGo! to the EpiCentre at Massey University (a veterinary epidemiology research and teaching centre); 2003-2004.
♦ Provided management consultancy services to Wrightson Ltd’s ‘Better Beef’ programme; 2001.
♦ Conducted economic analysis of proposed changes to import health standards for pork on behalf of New Zealand Pork; 2011.
♦ Conducted value analysis of the New Zealand pork industry on behalf of New Zealand Pork; 2011.
♦ Conducted economic analysis and assisted with submission preparation on proposed animal welfare regulations for the New Zealand pork industry on behalf of New Zealand Pork; 2010.
♦ Completed a literature review on sow housing from an animal welfare perspective on behalf of New Zealand Pork; 2007.
♦ Provided market development services and technical assistance for a New Zealand value-added beef product for a private client in New Zealand; 2006-2007.
♦ Assisted the proprietor of a small New Zealand firm in the organics meat sector with strategic company development and facilitated the eventual trade sale of the company; 2002-2005.
♦ Provided business coaching and facilitation services to Airways Corporation in the air navigation service sector; 2001-2003.
♦ Provided business coaching and facilitation services to the Crown Companies Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (CCMAU); 2001-2003.
♦ Provided business coaching and facilitation services to the Interisland Line, which provides a ferry service across New Zealand's Cook Strait; 2001-2003.
♦ Provided business coaching and facilitation services to food manufacturing company Hansells Ltd; 2001-2003.
♦ Chaired a brucellosis technical advisory group for New Zealand’s former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; 2002.
♦ Identified geospatial information system (GIS) needs and priorities in New Zealand on behalf of Statistics New Zealand and the country’s former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; 2005.
♦ Completed project management for the set-up of the Plants Market Access Council (PMAC) on behalf of New Zealand’s former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Horticulture New Zealand; 2001-2003.
♦ Facilitated business sector workshops for Asia 2000 Foundation’s ‘Seriously Asia’ programme in New Zealand; 2003.
♦ Developed an Animal Welfare Strategy for New Zealand Pork; 2001-2003.
♦ Provided strategic management support to Food Bay of Plenty; 2002.
♦ Worked with the former New Zealand Dairy Board and four major research organisations to develop a framework for the economic evaluation of research and development projects in the country’s dairy industry; 1997.
♦ Prepared a successful proposal in conjunction with Rarotonga-based Pacific Consultants Ltd to help the Cook Islands secure US $3 million from the international Adaption Fund to help front-foot climate change; 2018-2019.
♦ Developed a project design for the Cook Islands Outer Island Development Fund Project, including an approach, guiding principles and policy procedures, on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 1999.
♦ Design and implementation of the Fiji Dairy Development Initiative (FDIDI), on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 2016-2020.
♦ Provision of embedded Agriculture Policy and Animal Health Advisors to the Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji, as part of the Fiji Dairy Development Initiative (FDIDI); 2018-2020.
♦ Development of a Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Strategy for the dairy industry in Fiji, as part of the Fiji Dairy Development Initiative (FDIDI); 2018-2019.
♦ Greenhouse gas footprinting of the Fiji dairy industry in collaboration with New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries and AgResearch; 2019.
♦ Completed a scoping study for agriculture aid opportunities in Fiji on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 2014.
♦ Facilitated the establishment of a trust to allow conservation of the Sovi Basin Forest on behalf of Conservation International; 2001-2003.
♦ Conducted a management review of the Banaban Trust Fund, established in Rabi Island, Fiji, in 1981, on behalf of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which serves as the United Nations’ regional hub; 1998.
♦ Worked with the Government of Kiribati develop a four-year national development plan, covering all aspects of the economy and government services; 2020-2021.
♦ Prepared the Outer Island Development Programme (project preparation and capacity building work for the Kiribati Outer Island Trust Fund, established in 2003) on behalf of the Asian Development Bank as part of ADB TA 3593-KIR; 2001-2004.
♦ Provided technical advice for a Fiscal and Financial Management Programme (the Marshall Islands Intergenerational Trust Fund – TA 3668-RMI) on behalf of the Asian Development Bank; 2003.
♦ Assisted with the establishment of a Niue trust fund on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 1998.
♦ Conducted analysis of national monetary inflows and outflows in Niue on behalf of SPC; 1996.
♦ Conducted a review of trust funds in Nauru on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme; 2007.
♦ Provided capacity building support to the Government and people of Nauru, in relation to financial and economic management, on behalf of the Asian Development Bank as part of ADB TA 3125-NAU; 2005.
♦ Provided set-up and management support to the Tokelau Trust Fund, including community consultation and design work, on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 2002-2003.
♦ Provided management support to the Tonga Development Bank on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; 1998-2001.
♦ Assisted with the set-up and early management of a business recovery facility in Tonga on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAid; 2006/ 2007.
♦ Implementation of a social and economic wellbeing survey conducted as part of an island development programme on behalf of the Asian Development Bank; 2001.
♦ Completed a report on the revised Terms of Reference for ADB TA 3074-TUV to establish a trust fund for island development in Tuvalu on behalf of the Asian Development Bank; 1999.
♦ Conducted a review of the Development Bank of Tuvalu, set up with support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1994; 1996.
♦ Provided recommendations to the Board of Directors at the Asian Development Bank on a proposed loan to the Republic of Tuvalu; 1998.
♦ Designed an environment and climate change trust fund for Vanuatu, on behalf of the Asian Development Bank, which utilised small charges on tourists to build an endowment fund for the long-term sustainability of environment/climate change programmes and projects at the community level; 2014.