Our History

Our History

PGG Wrightson has a rich heritage of more than 170 years working alongside New Zealand farmers to service their on-farm needs.

PGG Wrightson itself was formed in October 2005 through the merger of Pyne Gould Guinness and Wrightson. Both founding companies had long histories dating back to 1851 and 1861, and were themselves the result of many amalgamations through the years.

Our History Timeline

1851

Stock and station operation founded in Christchurch by George Gould in 1851. Incorporated in 1875.

1868

Wright Stephenson & Co established in Dunedin.

1877

National Mortgage and Agency Co of New Zealand Ltd incorporated in England.

1878

Donald Reid & Co Ltd established in Dunedin.

1879

Newton King Ltd established in New Plymouth. Reorganised in 1977 to become Crown Consolidated Ltd.

1880

Williams & Kettle opened for business in Napier.

1884

Dalgety & Co Ltd incorporated in England.

1888

Pyne & Co established in Christchurch.

1890

Guinness & Le Cren Ltd established in Timaru.

1919

Gould Beaumont & Co, Pyne & Co and Guinness & Le Cren Ltd joined to form Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd.

1972

NMA Co of New Zealand merged with Wright Stephenson & Co to become NMA Wright Stephenson Holdings Ltd.

1974

Following multiple acquisitions in the 1960s, Donald Reid & Co Ltd becomes Reid Farmers Ltd.

1983

The merger of Dalgety & New Zealand Loan Ltd and Crown Consolidated Ltd forms Dalegty Crown Corporation Ltd.

1986

Dalegty Crown Corporation Ltd becomes Dalegty Crown Ltd, a stock and station division of Wrightson NMA Ltd.

1991

Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd acquires assets of Elders Pastoral in Canterbury.

1993

Wrightson NMA Ltd is established as Wrightson Ltd.

2001

Reid Farmers Ltd is acquired by Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd.

2005

Wrightson Ltd acquires Williams & Kettle.

November 2005 

PGG Wrightson was formed from a merge between Wrightson Ltd and Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd.