Massey University Entrepreneurship workshop

Posted by on 11 May 2016 | Comments

Inspiring Entrepreneurship in New Zealand's top Young Farmers

The top seven Young Farmers in the country gathered at Massey University this week to go through a two day entrepreneurial workshop to learn more about the challenge that lies ahead. That challenge being the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest.

The seven men, who represent each of the seven New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) regions from across the country, were found from over 280 competitors, having gone through both the District and Regional Final competitions.

As part of Massey University’s support of the contest, they offer this entrepreneurial workshop for all Grand Final contestants. Hosted at the University for two days, it offers the seven specific training to allow them to prepare for the demands of the Grand Final, especially the technical component. The contestants are also offered some industry insights and have the chance to get to know their fellow competitors strengths and weaknesses.

While at Massey University the first component of the contest is judged - the Community Footprint.

The community footprint judges the contestants participation within their local community, touching not only on their local community involvement but also their involvement in their own Young Farmers community.

Community Footprint judge and past NZYF Chairman Paul Olsen said ‘Leadership and mentoring of the next generation is important and as leaders these contestants can have a major impact on the next generation of Primary Industry leaders. TeenAg look up to these Grand Finalists. They’re the benchmark for the next generation coming through. It's phenomenal to see what some of them are achieving in this leadership role capacity.

It's also great to see the spirit and camaraderie of the contestants across these last two days and we're hoping to see this come through in their community footprint judging.’

Bevan Profitt is the second Community Footprint judge and the past Young Farmer of the Year contest Chair. He said ‘Having awareness of the changing environmental conditions in their community is also important. Even a simple task like recycling all their household rubbish communicates their ability to understand their greater environment.’

There's only two months to go before the contestants will be challenged physically, mentally and emotionally at the rural event of the year. The preparation for this group only amplifies from here, putting into action their newly learned skills from this entrepreneurial workshop.

The seven contestants are:

Jake Thomson, Whangarei club, Northland

Calvin Ball, Hamilton City club, Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Pete Fitz-Herbert, Marton club, Taranaki Manawatu

Tony Dowman, Wairarapa club, East Coast

James Hoban, Hurunui club, Tasman

Athol New, Pendarves club, Aorangi

Logan Wallace, Clinton club, Otago/Southland


The Grand Final is being in Timaru from the 7 - 9 July 2016. You can purchase tickets, and view full programme details on the contest website or contact Lucy Blackmore, Events Manager on 027 213 0068 or