Geraldine, Ashburton and Waimate students heading to Invercargill grand final  

Posted by on 15 April 2018 | Comments

A talented duo from Geraldine High School has taken top honours at the Aorangi TeenAg Regional Final.

Ben Chambers and Jakob Stachurski won the hotly-contested TeenAg event in Waimate today.

The event saw 38 teams clash at the Waimate A&P Showgrounds. 

Alex Jones and Harriet Stock from Ashburton College took out second place.  

Both teams have qualified for the TeenAg Grand Final in Invercargill.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said 16-year-old Jakob Stachurski.

“This is our second year doing TeenAg, and we plan to put in heaps of work before grand final.”

“Our strengths are working together and fencing,” added Ben Chambers, who’s also 16-years-old.

Eliane Craig, Charlotte Hurst and Ruby Shortus from Waimate High School won the fiercely-contested AgriKidsNZ competition. 

That event saw a record 50 teams tackle fun challenges testing their practical and theoretical skills. 

Lachlan Rooney, Ruby Giera and Annabel Harmer from Mt Somers Springburn School placed second.   

Austin Watson, Henry Gray and Tim Cannely-White from Ashburton Intermediate School were third.   

All three teams have qualified for the AgriKidsNZ Grand Final in Invercargill.   

“This will be our third time at grand final,” said Ruby Shortus. “Maybe this time we’ll take it out,” added Eliane Craig.

The aim of the event is to get kids excited about a career in the primary industries, said competition co-ordinator David Highsted.  

Almost a quarter of the teams entered in the two competitions today were from Geraldine High School.

Both national finals will take place alongside the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in July.  

TeenAg and AgriKidsNZ are a key part of the work NZ Young Farmers is doing to attract students into the agri-food sectors.  


For further details please contact: 

Brad Markham 

Communications Manager - NZ Young Farmers

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