TBfree New Zealand Young Farmers National Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29/05/2012
New board member elected to NZYF Board at Conference Week
Young Farmers from all over New Zealand spent a week in Dunedin last week for the TBfree New Zealand Young Farmers
National Conference. Conference delegates went on a bus trip, took part in workshops, supported their favourite
Contestant in The National Bank Young Farmer Contest and the also attended the 2012 Annual General Meeting.
The AGM was held at Dunedin’s College of Education and two board members were elected – both roles were for two year
terms. Twenty five year old Dunsandel dairy farmer Cole Groves was re-elected after sitting on the board for the past
year. Twenty eight year old dairy farmer Cam Lewis from the Opiki Club was also elected. Previously Mr Lewis has worked
as a rural banker and completed the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme in 2009 as the youngest participant ever. Mr Lewis
will join Mr Groves and the two other elected members on the board: 31 year old Chairman and potato grower Paul Olsen
who is from the Opiki Club and 30 year old sheep and beef farmer, Vice-chairperson Vanessa Hore from the Upper
Manuherikia Club. Several other board members make up the NZYF board: Contest Chairman Bevan Proffit, Co-opted Board
Member Sarah von Dadleszen, Strategic Partner James Christie, Strategic Partner Barbara Kuriger and NZYF CEO Richard
The NZYF National Competitions also took place in Dunedin during Conference Week. The Goldpine NZYF National Fencing
Competition was held at Invermay Research Station alongside the Technical Day of The National Bank Young Farmer Contest.
Seven teams from around New Zealand had each won their respective Regional Finals and the right to compete at the
National Finals. FCANZ (Fencing Contractors’ Association New Zealand) supported the event and Goldpine sponsored the
Competition, with materials supplied by Goldpine and Strainrite. Angus Brown and Daniel Plowman from East Coast’s
Ballance Club took out the top spot and received $1000 in goods and cash from Goldpine for their efforts. Second place
went to Otago/Southland’s Brad McNamara and Lyndon Wallace and third place was taken out by Taranaki/Manawatu’s James
Rodgers and Nigel Will. They also received goods and cash from Goldpine.
The NZYF National Stock Judging Finals also took place on Thursday at Invermay. Olivia Ross from the Nightcaps Club won
the fleece section. St Peter’s Gore High School TeenAg member Robert Gregory took out the sheep section and won the
competition overall. It was a good weekend for Mr Gregory – he and fellow team mate Richard Gardyne placed second in the
TeenAg Grand Final.
The photography competition was taken out by Megan Colling of the Thornbury Club and the annual Inter-region tug-o-war
competition was fiercely fought, but it was the Northern Region that went away with the win at the Forsyth Barr Stadium
on Friday. They also won the Best Region award during the week. The debating competition was won by the South Island
team – Glenavy’s Phil Wilson, Jared Ross and Five Fork’s Jared Clarke.
During the week around 50 Conference Delegates went on a bus trip to watch the competitions and to visit Silver Fern
Farms Finegand Factory and Dunedin’s iconic Speight’s Brewery. They also attended workshops and heard from keynote
speaker, adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald. Past NZYF President and current DairyNZ Director Ben Allomes and Beef + Lamb New
Zealand’s Chairman Mike Petersen also ran workshops.