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Wiremu Reid – Sharemilker

Young Maori have many key attributes to make them good dairy farmers, Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer winner for 2014, Wiremu Reid, says. “As Maori we naturally have many key attributes that make us successful farmers. We have a good sense of humour; make light of any situation no matter how stressful; we have an easy going attitude where we give ... Read More »

Matt Barbour – Cellar Hand

Young Country contributor Annabelle Latz also works as a cellar hand at New Zealand Wineries in Marlborough, and headed over to the Hunter Valley, NSW, to take part in a grape vintage earlier this year. Just down the road she found fellow Kiwi cellar hand Matt Barbour working at First Creek Wines. Despite the world of winemaking being busy, they ... Read More »

Alice Mabin – Photographer

Alice Mabin was as happy as anyone could be out on the land … till an accident set her along a different course. Rebecca Harper reports. When a motorbike accident forced Alice Mabin to rethink her career on the land, she never imagined she would end up capturing the life of the drover through her camera lens and self-publishing a ... Read More »

Ben Smith – Procurement and Technical Glasshouse Manager

There’s no downside to entering a competition, according to Ben Smith. Ben, 32, works as the Procurement and Technical Glasshouse Manager for Turners & Growers in Pukekohe. He won the NZ Young Vegetable Grower and Young Grower of the Year competitions in 2011 at his first crack and went on to win the overall Young Horticulturist of the Year contest ... Read More »

Jason Powell – Shepherd

Winning the inaugural Wairarapa Shepherd of the Year competition has shown Jason Powell his dream of owning his own farm can become a reality if he’s prepared to work for it. Despite not coming from a farming background Jason, who works as a shepherd general for Andy and Jan Tatham at Homewood, showed the judges he has the qualities to ... Read More »

Nick Bertram – Dairy Farm Manager

Nick Bertram has turned around a low-performing dairy farm, the only farm that would take him on as a manager. Some of those who turned him down may now be regretting it. Nick has proved he has what it takes, walking away with the top prize for farm managers at this year’s Dairy Industry Awards (DIA). When judges left the ... Read More »

Ruth Hone – Dairy Trainee

The first woman in the history of the competition to take out the New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year Award, Ruth Hone is only just getting started. Now in her third season in the industry Ruth, 24, works near Taupo on a 250-cow farm for Michelle and Ross Davison. “My parents are dairy farmers and I believe I was ... Read More »

Corvett Black – TBfree field officer

Corvett Black’s degree has taken her in an unexpected direction. Jackie Harrigan explains. Working with possum contractors and pig hunters is possibly not what Nuhaka’s Corvett Black envisaged when she signed up for her Massey University Ag Science degree. Still, as a keen farm woman she is passionate about her role in ridding the country of bovine Tb. As a ... Read More »

Zach McLean – Science student

Putting on a white coat, stepping into a laboratory and analysing embryos in petri dishes is exactly what Zach McLean wants to do for the rest of his career. Zach, 22, wants to work as a research scientist. He has already begun the journey, taking on a research project as part of his honours degree. The Waikato University student is ... Read More »

Chris Martin – Poultry farmer

You don’t have to love eating eggs to own a free-range chicken farm, but it probably helps. Chris Martin from Wairarapa Eggs says he is known as a egg glutton in his household – and it’s a disaster if there are no eggs in the house. Luckily, whipping across the back paddock to grab some fresh ones from under a ... Read More »