Wool Industry Project Action Group
Find out about the Wool Industry Project Action Group, its members, and work.
A catalyst for change in the wool sector
The Wool Industry Project Action Group was formed out of the 2018 Wool Summit and the subsequent work of the Wool Industry Working Group. The purpose of the group was to be a catalyst for change in the New Zealand wool sector with a particular focus on strong wool.
Work of the wool action group
In June 2020, the group presented the Minister of Agriculture with a report summarising its findings.
The group’s report – Vision and action for New Zealand’s wool sector – contained 3 key recommendations to lift the performance of the strong wool sector.
- Develop a market-focused investment case and strategic roadmap for the strong wool sector.
- Establish the capability necessary to get the sector match fit and ready for the opportunities ahead.
- Establish a governance and coordination capability.
Vision and action for New Zealand’s wool sector [PDF, 2.1 MB]
Putting the recommendations into action
In July 2020, the Minister of Agriculture released the group’s report and challenged the wool sector to partner with government in putting the recommendations of the group into action.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is now working with the wool sector to progress the next steps.
John Rodwell: Independent chair
Kate Acland: Strong wool farmer
Paul Alston: Chief executive officer, Cavalier Bremworth
Andy Cooper: Science impact leader, AgResearch
Grant Edwards: General manager, PGG Wrightson Wool
Paul Ensor: Fine wool farmer
Sandra Faulkner: Strong wool farmer
Gretchen Foster (meetings 1 and 2): International marketing manager, NZ Merino Company
Steve Williamson (meeting 3 onwards): General manager creative, NZ Merino Company and Studio ZQ
Peter Whiteman: Managing director, Segard Masurel (NZ) Ltd