The Team

We’re dedicated to attaining the best possible results for our clients who entrust us with the day-to-day care of their bloodstock investments. To achieve this, it takes a team of passionate and dedicated staff to ensure that every detail is met and we’re lucky at Haunui to have some of the best horse men and women that New Zealand has to offer.


Mark Chitty, BVSc

Managing Director

P: 021 663 995

Mark, a third generation stud master, has been Managing Director at Haunui Farm for more than ten years. Living on the property, he is available 24 hours a day with his veterinary skills and expertise and his attention to detail is second to none. A respected reproductive veterinarian, Mark has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the mares at Haunui, and the fertility levels of our stallions and mares are evidence of his expertise. Largely responsible for Haunui’s success in recent years, Mark is well respected among his peers both in the veterinary and thoroughbred worlds. Mark has served as the Vice President of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and currently sits on the boards of The Hall of Fame and the Equine Trust.


Shannon Taylor

Sales & Marketing Manager

P: 0212 855 513

Shannon joined Haunui Farm in 2005 and in that time has become an integral part of the team. She has a “hands on” background in the industry as well as a Bachelor of Management Studies degree from the University of Waikato with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management. A recipient of the International Management Scholarship, Shannon has held roles with New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing and the Auckland Racing Club before joining Haunui. With the primary focus of Marketing and Communications, Shannon’s role encompasses many areas including all of the Haunui marketing initiatives, sales, stallion nominations, client communication and PR. Shannon is currently the Secretary of the Auckland Branch of the NZTBA and sits on the board of the Sunline Trust which administers educational scholarships in the thoroughbred industry.


Diane Rushworth

Administration Manager

P: 09 292 7154

Diane Joined Haunui Farm February 2012 and as our Administration Manager she oversees the accounting and administrative operations in the office. Diane has a New Zealand Diploma in Management and teamed with her extensive experience in accounting and administration has streamlined our office systems and procedures. Please contact Diane with any queries regarding your accounts, she will be happy to assist.


Julia Cottle

Receptionist/Office Assistant

P: 09 292 7154

Julia has recently joined the Haunui team as our new receptionist. With a lifelong passion for horses, Julia knows what it's like to be "hands on" with husband Bryce dipping his toes in the water training in his own right whilst they have also bred and raced a number of horses in the past. Julia is the friendly voice on the end of the phone or, the welcoming face you'll see when visiting Haunui and she will point you in the right direction with any enquiries.


Keith Konn

Broodmare Manager

P: 0275 558 756

Keith’s face will be familiar to many of you having been a part of the Haunui team for more than ten years. As our Broodmare Manager, he is charged with the day to day management of our entire broodmare operation and along with his team, come into their own during the breeding season. Co-ordinating vet work, the movement of mares around the farm, between farms, on walk-outs, Keith plays a key role in the success of the Haunui breeding operation. A well respected member of staff, a credit to him is his leadership and support of his peers.

Renee Taite

Renee Taite

Yearling Manager

P: 021 140 3066

Renee joined us at Haunui in August 2016 and during her time with us, has quickly become an integral part of the team. A very good horsewoman in her own right, Renee has very good people skills with the ability to bring her team together getting the best results out of people and in time, the horses under her care. We look forward to seeing Renee continue to develop in her role as Yearling Manager and believe her mix of skills and experience gained at some of Australasia's most successful thoroughbred studs, is a great asset to Haunui and our clients.

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

Stallion Manager

P: 021 617 148

Chris joins the Haunui Farm team in 2017 as our Stallion Manager. Chris has been working in the thoroughbred industry his entire working life. Chris first started out in racing and spent six years with legendary trainer Noel Eales and had a similar period with the very successful Te Akau team. Having cut his teeth in the breeding industry in the Manawatu for a number of years, Chris has in recent times, worked at Rich Hill and Westbury Studs. Please call Chris to book your mare for service during the breeding season, he will be only too happy to help.