Buying Area: Opotiki to Bombay, and including Whakatane
Every second Thursday and Friday sees Kim on the road travelling from Opotiki to Bombay via Matamata and eastern Waikato, and back via Thames, Waihi Katikati and Tauranga.
In between those buying trips Kim is available around Opotiki, and Whakatane, but will make special trips further outside these areas if necessary.
Kim has been an integral part of the Basically Bush Team for 13 years when he commenced work as the fur presser in Opotiki. When fur pressing was moved to the Tannery in 2009 Kim became a Procurement Agent and his friendly manner and dedication to the company has made him very popular with the hunters with whom he engages.
Robin & Lisa Pearce
Buying Area: Nelson and Murchison, covering Kaikoura and as far as Christchurch
Every two weeks she travels to Nelson and Murchison and on alternative weeks she travels to Kaikoura and as far south as Christchurch if necessary as she understands the importance of assisting the hunters and ensuring that their selling experience is easy so that they can get back out into the field.
As the primary Procurement Agent in this partnership Lisa makes herself readily available to buy fur and skins from hunters in her well equipped shed near their home. Grading skins does take time so phoning first is essential to ensure that she is not double booked.
Robin & Lisa have been involved in the Possum Harvesting industry for the past 30 years and are one of the first Agents contracted to buy possum fur when it first became a resource. There is not a ridge or gully in the South Island that Robin has not traversed –and there are many good stories to go with those invaluable experiences.
Lisa was once a renowned woman pig hunter with her own very good team of dogs. Robin & Lisa have grown with this business and are a very valuable part of our Agency Network.
Buying Area: Okaihau to Whangarei to Dargaville to Kaikohe
Scott is readily available for hunters where he buys fur from a well equipped shed at his home. But he is a busy man involved in many aspects of the possum industry so phoning before you arrive is essential.
Every second Monday sees Scott on the road buying fur from Okaihau to Whangarei to Dargaville to Kaikohe and many stops on the way before returning home.
Scott has been the Northland Possum Fibre Procurement Agent for Basically Bush for ten years and his extensive knowledge of the industry and easy going personality makes selling fur to Scott a positive experience –and you’ll want to come back. Scott’s competitive nature and passion for the industry has resulted in him developing a very successful Agency.
Buying Area: Wanganui
Bo took over the Wanganui Agency from brother and sister-in-law, Colin & Bev, at the beginning of 2013 and operates from their home in Gondville, Wanganui.
Bo is available to hunters from his shed situated at his home where he also buys possum skins for Basically Bush. As grading of possum skins takes time it is best to phone before arriving so that you won’t be delayed.
He also travels to Taihape twice monthly to buy from hunters in that area. It is best to contact Bo to get details of his buying runs.
Although Bo has been out of the industry for several years, he and brother Colin were involved in the very early days of possum fibre when all fibre for possum-merino yarn was sliped. They bought many thousands of possum skins that were sliped for fur fibre so Bo knows a good skin when he sees one and is very happy to impart his knowledge to the hunters.
Buying Area: Waikanae
Noel is a very busy man with his farming activities and deer business therefore phoning Noel before you venture out to the beautiful valley in which he lives is a necessity. But once there Noel has many years experience in so many rural based industries that his stories make the hunters fur selling experience very interesting.
Phone 07 3494250
Buying Area: Rotorua
Buying from McIver Engineering, 73 View Road, Monday – Friday 7.30am-4pm
Alec’s passion for the hunting and his well built attractively priced Possum Plucking Machines make this an ideal place for hunters in the Rotorua area to sell their fur. Make this your town day.
Peter and Nigel
Phone 06 867 7806
Buying Area: Gisborne
Buying from Fred Tate Wools, 277 Awapuni Road. Monday –Friday 8am - 4.30pm
The friendly Team at Fred Tate Wools have been buying possum fur for Basically Bush for over 5 years and make the hunters selling experience a positive one, and the range of hunters’ products that Peter stocks makes for some good buying.
Phone 06 756 8484
Buying Area: Inglewood
Buying from Egmont Skins and Hides, 6 Lepper Road, Inglewood
Stu leads a very busy life and commits fur and skin buying to three hours every morning 8am-11am. However he does understand the hunter and if you can’t make it then just phone and you will be able to arrange a more convenient time.
Stu has “been round the traps” for many years, there’s even a photo of a very young Stu in Morsby’s book on Possum Hunting. He buys possum fur and skins.
Buying Area: Te Anau
Buying from Te Anau Wools, 12 Caswell Road, Te Anau.
The Wool Store is open most days, Monday – Friday 8am-4.30pm, but if Kevin is “on the road” just give him a ring –and remember mobile coverage in that part of our beautiful country is not always great so do leave a message.
Kevin’s love of hunting and his own possum hunting experiences makes selling fur to Kevin a place for a good “yarn”.
Buying Area: Te Anau
Mt York Road, RD1, Te Anau
Rick buys skins from his home just out of Te Anau where he has good facilities.
Kevin and Rick are great mates, well so we’re told, but Kevin isn’t into buying possum skins and Rick just loves it. He’s been in the Possum Hunting business for years and now with son Dean he’s still going hard. He knows Fiordland like the back of his hand and has been dealing with possum skins for longer than he likes to remember.
Rick grades 1000s of skins a month (in the season) for Basically Bush so it is essential that you ring before you arrive on Rick’s door with your skins.
Phone 03 488 4316
Buying Area: Dunedin
Jimmy Brown from Waters Ritchie and Taylor Wool Store, 558 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin
Buying Monday – Friday 8am-4.30pm
Jimmy has worked for Waters Ritchie and Taylor for many decades when this store also traded in possum skins. The photos on the office wall are proof of this. Now Jimmy buys possum fur for Basically Bush from the hunters around Dunedin.
Phone 07 873 8130
Buying Area: Otorohanga
EcoFx Ltd, Huiputea Drive, Otorohanga
Buying Monday – Friday 8am-4.30pm
EcoFx are an innovative Pest Control company who recognise the benefit of possum harvesting to the overall Possum Control Industry so have opened their doors to possum harvesters who have fur to sell in the Otorohanga area. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff are there to help.
Buying Area: Woodville
Basically Bush Ltd, 2 Fox Street, Woodville Monday – Friday 7.30am-4pm
The friendly staff at our Tannery are happy to buy possum fur and skins from the hunter.
It is best for hunters selling skins to phone first to ensure that a staff member will be available to grade your skins on your arrival and hence avoid delay.
Buying Area: Wairata Opotiki
Steve is our possum skin buyer throughout much of the North Island, and is buying monthly in Northland, Rotorua, Gisborne and will also meet hunters wherever it suits them.
Steve is considered by many to be one of the most knowledgeable people in the Possum Industry, and after 35 years in the industry is still passionate about it. To be able to attend one of his workshops or talk to him about the industry is an invaluable experience for those wanting to learn more.