PGG Wrightson

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PGG Wrightson
Industry Pastoral
Founded November 2005 (2005-November)
Headquarters Christchurch

PGG Wrightson is an agricultural supply business based in New Zealand. It was created in 2005 through the merger of Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd and Wrightson Limited and has its roots in a number of stock and station agencies dating back to 1861. It is one of the major suppliers to the agricultural sector in New Zealand providing products such as seeds, grains, livestock, irrigation, farm equipment, insurance and financing. It has been a subsidiary of Agria Corporation (GRO, NYSE) since 2011.


The result of mergers within the stock and station agency industry in New Zealand, PGG Wrightson can trace its obvious ancestry back to 1861, with the establishment of Wright Stephenson & Co.

Notable stock and station agencies that have merged to form PGG Wrightson include

PGG Wrightson 2005

  • Pyne Gould Guinness
    • Pyne & Co.[2]
    • Gould Beaumont & Co. founded in 1851 by Joseph Gould, George Gould and John Beaumont
    • Guinness & Le Cren Ltd founded in 1890 by Edwin Rowland Guinness and Ernest Alfred le Cren
    • Reid Farmers merged with PGG 2001

In 2011 PGG Wrightson sold its finance division to Heartland Building Society to create a single larger rural financing organisation.[3]

Competitive Advantages of the Company[edit]

  • An innovative market leader in turfgrass breeding, and turf research and evaluation in Australia.
  • Leading wool trader
  • New Zealand’s largest and only nationwide provider to the agricultural sector.
  • Australasia's largest seed company and is one of the largest proprietary seed companies in the southern hemisphere

PGG Wrightson Country Cup[edit]

The PGG Wrightson Country Cup is the Premier Competition over the region known as the Canterbury Country. The region includes clubs from the Ellesmere and North Canterbury Sub-Unions and the Mid Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

Notable people[edit]

  • Tim Miles - former Vodafone UK CEO and PGG Wrightson CEO


  1. ^ a b "Fletcher Challenge Archives". Brief History of Fletcher Challenge Limited. 
  2. ^ "History of PGG Wrigthson" (PDF). April 5, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Heartland NZ repays NZ$92.3 million of PGG Wrightson Finance bonds after acquisition of rural lender". October 10, 2011.