On the next episode, screening 2 July 2017 at 7pm on TVNZ 1:

Barley Barons

A Canterbury couple who have broken new ground growing and malting barley say the secret to success is their passion for their business. 

Owner Doug Michael says: “You've got to know the difference between romance and passion.  Romance gets you into bed, but passion gets you out of bed in the morning.”

Doug and his wife Gabi have abandoned the traditional model of growing and selling barley direct to a processor.  Instead they have built a massive malt-house to process their own barley into malt, the key ingredient in making beer.

Through their drive to be the best, Doug and Gabi have successfully taken their product to world markets. Australian beer brand Cavalier uses their malt and brewer Steve Martin says: “We believe that it’s the best malt in the world.  Nothing else compares”.

Doug says optimism is a key to their success. “We're not over-thinking it,” he says.  “We're not constrained by ideas or traditions, so we can be leaders rather than followers.”

Working with engineers from the Czech Republic, Doug has designed and built his own malt-house for a fraction of the normal construction cost.

Gladfield Malt is now synonymous with the craft beer and home brewing market and they also supply to large commercial brewers such as Harrington’s in Christchurch and Tuatara in Wellington.

Gabi immigrated from Brazil 14 years ago to follow her dream of becoming a farmer, which she says is not an easy vocation for women in her home country. “Women can do anything here,” she says. “Unfortunately, it’s not like that in Brazil.”

Doug though, sees the benefit of Gabi making the move. “Their loss is my gain,” he laughs. “She's the best worker I've ever had!”


For more about Gladfield Malt, visit:www.gladfieldmalt.co.nz   


For more about Harrington’s Brewery, visit:www.harringtons.nz





Dan Henry


Camera & Aerial Photography

Jeff Aldridge  


Additional material supplied by

Gladfield Malt


Field Sound

Don Paulin

John Patrick


Editor & Colourist

Mike Townsend


Post Production Manager

Bailey Palmer


Sound Mixer

Ian Leslie



Stephen Gallagher


Production Manager

Robyn Best



Vivienne Jeffs


Network Executive

Jude Callen


Associate Producer

Dan Henry



Celia Jaspers



Julian O’Brien