Project Lead for Thriving Southland
Jul 05, 2022 12:15 PM
Richard Kyte
Project Lead for Thriving Southland

Richard Kyte is experienced in farmer centred rural leadership with more than 30 years of experience in the dairy industry. 

His business management experience is extensive, with a focus on productivity and driving overall operational improvements.

Previously as a DairyNZ regional leader he led national and regional projects for policy, emergency response and best practice farm management.

He played a key role in the formation of Southland’s Community Catchment Groups as well as leading the development and implementation of the Thriving Southland Project.



Thriving Southland is a community-led group with a vision to create a prosperous Southland, healthy people, healthy environment from the mountains to the sea. 

By working together, Thriving Southland’s communities will create a better future for all by protecting Southland’s prosperity, heritage, environment and health. 

What is a Catchment Group?

A group of people who identify with a geographical area, usually based on a river or lake catchment, working together to take action towards a common vision.