About Us

The Guild has been in existence for 60 years (established in 1958). It aims to:

  • Provide a channel of communication so members can benefit from an exchange of views and knowledge.
  • Provide members with information and with opportunities that will assist them in pursuing their careers.
  • Maintain a high standard of agricultural journalism, particularly through its annual journalism awards.
  • Promote better understanding of agriculture, and its place in New Zealand’s economic and social life.

The Guild is affiliated to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and members have the opportunity to attend IFAJ congresses held annually in member countries.

Membership is open to individuals working in any area of agricultural communication. Group membership is available to media companies employing a number of agricultural journalists and corporate membership is available for allied businesses, but it does not give corporations voting rights at the AGM.

An invoice for the annual subscription is sent out every January – February, but members can join at any time during the year.

The Guild's Constitution and Rules (last amended in October 2011) can be found here.

Guild Membership Form 2017 here

Guild News archive

Back copies of our newsletter Guild News can be found here.


The Guild offers a series of journalism awards each year, supported by a range of sponsors, and also the Ravensdown Communicator of the Year Award. Read more ...

Professional development

From Congress 2015 surplus funds, the Guild is able to assist members with their professional development through three initiatives:

  • The contested Continuing Professional Development Grant, which offers up to $3,000 each year for a member, or members, to attend courses or gain tuition of their choice. Information available soon ...
  • The Guild's IFAJ World Congress Travel Grant provides assistance for a member to attend the annual IFAJ World Congress, held in a different location each year. This provides stories and story ideas, leadership experience and also opportunities to make valuable contacts with colleagues around the globe. Applications for 2019 will be required to be received by the National Secretary by mid-December. Further information, and an application form, will be available later this year.
  • Regional Focus Days giving Guild members in the regions a focus two days a year. This could include a professional development session, dependent on group interest. Information available soon ...

For more information contact the Secretary Sue Miller.

Member Directory

The latest Membership Directory is available for those seeking professional journalists, writers and communicators working in the New Zealand agricultural sector and also for members to network. See here (pdf 1.2 MB). 

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like a hard copy of the directory or would like to use this database for ANY other purposes, please contact the Secretary.