RCNZ contractor profile: Hall & Wilson Contracting

By: Shannon Williams


Ensuring equipment is reliable, customer service is personalised, and workmanship is of the highest quality are paramount features of Waikato agricultural contractors Hall & Wilson

Hall & Wilson has been making large strides throughout the region with its specialised maize and grass offering since its launch five years ago.

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Nathan Wilson, Chris Hughes from AGrowQuip, and Allan Hall

The Otorohanga-based contracting business was established in 2014 when industry stalwart Allan Hall teamed up with Nathan and Sarah Wilson (Allan and Nathan had previously worked together).

Allan had already been in the contracting business for many years when the Wilsons came on board, with Nathan plying his trade over a number of years working for contractors in both the UK and in New Zealand. Along with Sarah, he completed the 2000 Mile Harvest in the US in 2001, cutting wheat and corn from Texas to North Dakota.

While the team is based out of Otorohanga, the company covers the region between Te Awamutu and Pio Pio and focuses on maize and grass silage forage harvesting, also offering drilling, planting, baling, and a full range of cultivation work.

The company predominantly runs a well-maintained fleet of modern John Deere tractors, a John Deere 8500 forager, and a JCB 435S loader for stacking. Sarah says the brands are top of the line and ensuring the company uses dependable, trusty equipment is crucial.

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The company runs a range of equipment, including John Deere tractors and a 8500 forager

"Reliability and performance are of utmost importance within our business, which is why we run the machines that we do," she says. "Using top-quality equipment that we can rely on gives us the confidence to provide superior service to our customers.

"We also rely on the same reliability and performance that AGrowQuip provide, in keeping our machines running and operational when needed," Sarah adds.

While enjoying solid business since its launch five years ago, the team is keen to grow the business throughout the region by offering quality, personalised serviced. As well as trustworthy equipment, Sarah says another essential aspect of the business is the relationship they share with their customers.

"We pride ourselves on the quality service we provide to our customers, and the fact that Nathan is almost always on the job," she says. "We make sure Nathan is there to oversee the quality and workmanship, to take care of the equipment, to ensure everything runs smoothly and to make sure we always do the best job possible," Sarah explains.

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Finding high-calibre employees that fit into the team well is also paramount. "We try and hire the best employees we can find, making sure they have the skills we need to get the work done to the highest standard possible," Sarah says.

She says they have worked hard to build a strong culture within the business to ensure they get the best outcomes possible.

"We try and be the best employers to our staff that we can be, so that their time with us, even with the long hours involved, is an enjoyable one."

Nathan says running a contracting business in New Zealand can be challenging, but there are some simple ways to ensure you manage your time and the time of your customers efficiently to ensure expectations are met.

"Things like being on time (or keeping the customer updated as to why you may be late), excellent service, job quality, having skilled but personable staff, are all factors that we believe are important to the present day contractor," he says.

Nathan says belonging to an organisation like Rural Contractors NZ is important to Hall & Wilson.

"By being a part of the Rural Contractors NZ community, we are able to keep up with the latest information regarding rules and regulations that may affect us as contractors, and knowing that we have support should any situation arise that we need it," he says.  

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