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ORGANISERS OF the ANZ
Young Farmer Contest are
pleased to welcome Vodafone as a
sponsor for the next three years.
This year s event, in Kumeu on
May 17, will see the seven
finalists battling it out for the
grand prize of more than $60,000.
Vodafone will provide more
than $19,000 across the finalists
with $7000 for the winner. In
addition to Vodafone s
sponsorship of the contest it will
be the exclusive
telecommunications provider for
New Zealand Young Farmers,
communications expertise for the
organisation and its members.
The ANZ Young Farmer
Contest is the showcase event in
the Young Farmer community
and we are pleased to have
Vodafone associated with our
organisation, contest operations
manager, Hilary Phillips, said.
We are fortunate to have its
support and we look forward to
working with Vodafone until 2016
The new generation of young
Kiwi farmers are embracing
technology and innovation more
than ever before, and Vodafone
sees New Zealand Young Farmers
leading the way in agribusiness
innovation. A recent survey
showed young farmers were
adopting smart devices faster
than the country s average, with
45 per cent of young farmers
under 40 owning smart devices.
As the Government s chosen
provider in delivering wireless
broadband to rural New Zealand,
Vodafone recognises rural
residents as some of the highest
contributors to GDP in New
Zealand, and is committed to
providing rural New Zealand with
the tools and capabilities to
ensure it remains the driving
force of our economy.
Vodafone head of rural
marketing Darren Hopper was
optimistic about the relationship.
Vodafone was hugely proud to
be partnering with Young
Farmers. It was delighted to
support such talented individuals
and was looking forward to
working with the young people
who would shape the industry in
the years to come, he said. Event
sponsorship was a small part of
the strategy to deepen
understanding of agricultural
businesses and deliver services
that would make a difference
beyond basic communication.
Doors open to Maori in agriculture
DEAL DONE: Ngai Tahu Property chief executive Tony Sewell, Lincoln University
vice-chancellor Andrew West, and Catherine Savage, chief executive of Te
Tapuae o Rehua, at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between
the iwi and the university.
SOUTH ISLAND iwi Ngai Tahu is
joining with Lincoln University to
help get young Maori further
involved in dairy and agricultural
development in Canterbury.
Ngai Tahu Property, Lincoln
University and Te Tapuae o
Rehua have signed a
memorandum of understanding
on an initiative focused on
supporting more local Maori into
The project follows dairy
development work already started
by the tribe.
Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp, the
commercial arm of the iwi, has
pilot dairy farms in Canterbury.
Ngai Tahu kaiwhakahaere Sir
Mark Solomon said he welcomed
the partners commitment to get
Maori to work on Ngai Tahu
Ngai Tahu Property, Te
Tapuae o Rehua and Lincoln
University are to be applauded for
their vision and commitment to
developing a rural Maori work-
A Ngai Tahu working group
was identifying ways they could
include cultural values in their
rural developments, Mr Solomon
Ngai Tahu Property chief
executive Tony Sewell said the
partnership was important to
Ngai Tahu Property s success in
the dairy industry.
This success would be measured
not only by economic outcomes,
but also cultural and
environmental outcomes, he said.
This partnership is pivotal to
our success, which will be
measured on our ability to farm in
a way that respects and gives
effect to Ngai Tahu values,
Lincoln University vice-
chancellor Andrew West was
pleased to have this opportunity
to formalise the agricultural
development partnership with
The values around
stewardship of the land while
undertaking primary production
are key to the teaching at Lincoln
University, Mr West said.
Being able to apply stewardship
values to efficient and effective
agriculture was essential, Mr
Te Tapuae o Rehua is an
educational partnership between
Ngai Tahu and South Island
universities and polytechnics.
Liam grows monster
to conquer all others
Big one: Liam Hearfield with his winning pumpkin.
Upper Hutt s Liam Hearfield won
the local Mitre 10 Mega s Easy As
for Kids heaviest pumpkin,
weighing a massive 44kg, during
the judging ceremony on
Saturday, April 6, at Mitre 10
Mega Upper Hutt.
Liam, 6, is a passionate
vegetable grower and loves
reading up on how to grow giant
pumpkins, and is looking forward
to the 2014 competition.
Marketing assistant Amy Blake
was impressed with Liam s
The team here at Mitre 10
Mega Upper Hutt are pleased to
congratulate our store winner
Liam and wish him the best for
his future growing projects.
The national competition
challenges children to grow a
Launched in October 2012,
children were asked to plant
pumpkin seeds and care for them
until harvest time in April.
Each Mitre 10 Mega store in
the country ran the competition,
with the heaviest pumpkin in
each store in with a chance to
claim the title of grand national
Ashburton schoolgirl Taylor
Mackenzie scooped the national
top spot with her pumpkin, which
weighed in at a whopping 124kg.
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