Lisa Kendall Wins Northern Regional FMG Young Farmer of the Year

Posted by on 20 March 2017 | Comments

Agribusiness owner Lisa Kendall was last night named the Northern Regional Finalist for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, making her only the fourth female to ever make it to the Grand Final. Only in her first Regional Final Lisa was extremely modest in her win, describing it as ‘a real surprise’.

Growing up Lisa had no connection to the primary industry, deciding only in her final year of High School that agriculture was her passion. Going on to study a Diploma in Agriculture and Farm Management, Lisa now manages her own farming business - Nurture Farming Ltd, and hopes to one day develop her own Sheep Milk Brand. 

The 25 year old initially had fears of entering the contest but her peers at Franklin Young Farmers Club encouraged her ‘to have a go’ and rightly so! Saturday’s results proved any fears of Lisa’s to be completely unfounded.

The young woman not only convincingly won the regional competition but also took home an impressive four out of the five Agri-Challenge titles on offer across a mix of technical and practical components. Making Lisa a real contender for the 2017 FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Champion title in July. 

New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Terry Copeland described Lisa as ‘a real role model’ and hopes that her success will encourage other young women to participate in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

For winning the final Lisa takes home $12 500 in prizes including a Honda XR150 motorbike and $1000 dollar cash reward from FMG.

Second place getter 29-year-old Colin Beazley in his third year of competing, finished two places higher than last year with a solid performance across all faucets. But it was unfortunately not quite enough to snag a win.

Third place-getter and winner of the Agri-Sports Challenge, Frenchman Clement Lafon, has only been in New Zealand for three years. Clement described competing in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest as ‘the best way to learn about New Zealand farming’.

The Grand Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year will take place on July 6th to 8th in the Manawatu with seven Grand Finalists from around New Zealand including Otago/Southland finalist Nigel Woodhead, Aorangi finalist Arjan Van't Klooster, Tasman finalist Andrew Wiffen and Northern finalist Lisa Kendall. Three of the Regional Finals are yet to take place.

 AgriKids place getters; with the top three also qualifying for the Grand Final in Manawatu went to: Third place – Huanui College, Second place – Springbank School, and First to ‘The Camo Warriors’ from Okaihau College.

The TeenAg place getters with the top two places qualifying for the Grand Final; Third Place Dargaville High School, Second Place Huanui College with first place going to Grace Moscrip and Cara Doggett from Whangarei Girls High School.

Cara and Grace are both young woman truly dedicated to a future in the Primary Industry and are the driving force behind the Whangarei Girls High TeenAg Club.

Having restarted this club from scratch, Cara organises the staff, students, sponsors and all their field trips. Outside of school Cara breeds and shows her own cattle, with her stud based in Wellsford.

Grace is no Stanger to the Grand Final coming in third place, with a fantastic effort in Timaru last year.


How the FMG Young Farmer of the Year works:

400 contestants competed in 22 District Contest and Skills Day nation-wide where they can opt to 'Have a Go' which means they cannot progress to the next level – or they can enter competitively.

56 contestants compete in seven regional finals from Northern, Waikato-Bay of Plenty, Taranaki-Manawatu, East Coast, Tasman, Aorangi, Otago-Southland from February to April.

The seven winners of the regional final will go the Grand Final in July 2017 at Manawatu.

In 49 years only three females have ever made the Grand Final:

Denise Brown who placed seventh in 1981

Louise Collingwood who was RUNNER UP and third place in 2003 and 2001

Katherine Tucker placed seventh in 2012


For more information, please call Carolyn Bennett, National Events and Marketing Manager, NZ Young Farmers on 021913035 or