Giving Back to Our Community
The contribution of the NZ National Fieldays Society™ to New Zealand’s regional and national economies and the communities we serve is an integral part of who we are. We take great pride in supporting our communities through offering opportunities for young innovators, leaders and agri-professionals to explore their field with a view to advancing agriculture – the core purpose of Fieldays since its inception in 1968. 

St Paul’s Collegiate School – Centre of Excellence in Science and Agriculture

NZ National Agricultural Fieldays is committed to supporting the growth of New Zealand’s agribusiness ecosystem, and as such recognises this starts with education and inspiration in our younger citizens.

As such, Fieldays has entered into a four-year sponsorship of St Paul’s Collegiate School’s Centre of Excellence in Science and Agriculture. From 2014 – 2017, Fieldays has committed $100,000 to this programme aimed at encouraging and supporting secondary school students to pursue careers in agriculture.

“NZ National Agricultural Fieldays has been so supportive and so committed to this initiatve and can see the potential of the programme to influence the hearts and minds of New Zealand’s future agribusiness people and sector leaders,” says St Paul’s Collegiate School Headmaster Grant Lander. Read more >>

NZ National Fieldays Society Future Leaders Program

NZ National Fieldays Society was founded with the objective of advancing agriculture in New Zealand, and as such is proud to be involved with and run a number of charitable activities promoting the encouragement and education of young agri-minded individuals.

The Society recognises it has reached a state of maturity, driven by the long-standing members who have guided it for almost half a century. Looking ahead, there is a need to ensure the next major period has people in governance roles to reflect upon, and design, a suitable strategy to progress the Society as time dictates.

Our Future Leaders Program creates an opportunity for leadership training for ambitious and passionate young men and women with an interest in a wider mix of agricultural and rural endeavours to grow with the Society, becoming involved with, and understanding the ethos of the organisation. Our Future Leaders candidates have a sound education base and a vision to enhance the growth of sustainable agriculture in New Zealand.

With Future Leaders, participants are involved with the base work at the Society’s major events, leading on to gaining an understanding of both the committee structure and the Board.

The first tranche of four young people were chosen from a number of applicants from within the Society and the Young Farmers’ organisation. These people will soon be announced and commence a programme where they will be encouraged to gain a working knowledge of our organisation in order to fit them for suitable insertion in the future at senior levels in the Society.

   Sam Williams
“I have had an interest in agriculture from a young age as I was born into a farming family (dairy, sheep and beef). After finishing school at Otorohanga College I headed south to Lincoln University to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (with First Class Honours). I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do as a career but knew that I enjoyed agriculture and that there would be plenty of opportunities across the industry after graduating. It was easy to study subjects that interested me and I enjoyed my time at Lincoln immensely.

“I have been involved with Young Farmers for eight years and have competed in two Young Farmer Contest (2010 and 2012) grand finals, which was an interest of mine from a young age. I enjoy the challenges of the contest and also the opportunity to test your ability against other industry up-and-comers. The contest also provides a great training ground for committee members and organisers – creating leaders on both the competition and organising sides of the fence.

“The Future Leaders Programme is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and get an understanding of the NZ National Fieldays Society and the people that are involved. I have had an interest in governance and also how things work at a board level and this opportunity will allow me to build some experience to further help me in my career as it progresses further. I also want to give back to the Society for the opportunity that has been given to me – I can see myself offering an outsider’s view on the Society and how it operates.”
   Clint Gulliver
“Born and bred in Taranaki, I’m from a dairy farming background and have a diverse skill set, having spent time in the UK and also in finance. Having studied at Lincoln University, I’m now a contract milker near Morrinsville and an active member of the local Ngarua Young Farmers club. I was recently elected as the Regional Chair of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Young Farmers.

“The Future Leaders Programme has exposed me to the next level of rural networks and governance, as it has been able to provide a great link to networks outside of the farm gate, both nationally and internationally. The programme has also offered me opportunities to further my own leadership skills. This will help me to grow as a leader to offer more to not only the NZ National Fieldays Society, but also the agricultural industry as a whole going forward.”
   Casey Huffstutler
“I entered the agriculture industry late in life, after a good eight years in the automotive trade, working in parts and service. I started relief milking in my weekends for a lovely couple who gave me a chance when I had no experience whatsoever. From there I was able to obtain a full-time job on a new dairy conversion in Te Anau, running 500 crossbred/jersey cows and roughly 1500 Romney sheep.

“I studied through the Primary ITO and joined Young Farmers as Holding Club Secretary and Regional vice Chair for two to three years. After a short stint back in the automotive trade after the season finished on the dairy farm, I got the job with NZYF as the Waikato Field Officer, and have held this positon for roughly four and half years. The bulk of my job is in youth development at secondary schools through the various programmes we run.

“I started volunteering with the NZ National Fieldays Society in 2011 as part of the First Response team. I’ve learnt so much through NZYF and the Society as a volunteer that I’m eager to step up to that next level and give back to such a great organisation. I’m looking forward to volunteering more of my time to different areas within the Society and learning different aspects to be equipped to do it well.”
   Zach Mounsey
“My passion for the agricultural industry stems from my upbringing on my parents’ dairy farm.

“I have completed a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Finance and Strategic Management, as well as a New Zealand Diploma in Business, adding financial disciplines to my farming knowledge. I am now Chairman of Federated Farmers Otorohanga, a Fonterra Networker, an Economic Analyst at Dairy NZ, and have a partnership in a dairy farm. I have also recently been selected to represent New Zealand agriculture overseas at the Global Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia. As part of a government initiative I have also been selected to attend the Global Research Alliance World Farmer Study Tour in Argentina later this year on greenhouses gases in agriculture.

“Being part of the Future Leaders Programme will allow me to focus on personal development and leadership experience, while being more involved with Fieldays. I have been to Fieldays every year of my life, and I am very passionate about the event!”

NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship

The NZ National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship was established by the NZ National Fieldays Society in conjunction with University of Waikato, to assist students to undertake research at the University with a specific focus on the agricultural sector.

The one-year Scholarship carries a value of $22,000 for students to use towards course-related expenses.

The University of Waikato’s founding Vice-Chancellor, Sir Don Llewellyn, was a found member of Fieldays in 1968. As the key tertiary institution in the Waikato region – New Zealand’s agricultural heartland – the University has been a strategic partner of Fieldays since 2007, with research strengths in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, agribusiness, and other areas adding value to land-based industries.

The 2015 Scholarship was awarded to Masters student Danielle Lelievre, to conduct research likely to benefit New Zealand in an increasingly competitive global industry – kiwifruit production. Read more >>

Pinnacle Programme

Through the NZ National Fieldays Society’s relationship with our partner Hyundai NZ, we are a proud supporter of the Hyundai’s Pinnacle Programme.

Pinnacle provides support and development for 15-18 year olds across sports, the arts, science, music, business and much, much more. Pinnacle will help realise the raw potential in many New Zealanders to help the development of the very best world-class leaders, to support future generations to come.

Fieldays has successfully nominated two outstanding young individuals to take part in Pinnacle over the past two years – Timothy Richards, equestrian, and Ayla Hutchinson, inventor of Kindling Cracker. Read more >>

Complete list of charitable organisations Fieldays supports

Over the past 12 months, we have gifted back more than $200,000 and are proud to have supported and assisted the following organisations:

  • Fieldays Volunteers – Marian School, Chartwell Scouts, Cambridge Rowing Club, Waikato Central Kyokushin Karate Club, Deanwell Primary, Hamilton North School
  • University of Waikato – Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship
  • Pinnacle Programme
  • Waikato Chamber of Commerce – Business Excellence Awards – not-for-profit sponsor
  • Kudos Science Awardss
  • Special Children’s Christmas Party
  • Cancer Society Relay for Life (Waikato/BOP)
  • NZ Young Farmers
  • Hospice Waikato
  • Beat Bowel Cancer – Aotearoa
  • Waikato Civil Defence Group
  • Wintec Student Award for Top Graduating student in Diploma in Agribusiness Management
  • Kaipaki School
  • Kaipaki Community Centre
  • NZ Police Training
  • Salvation Army
  • Clydesdale Fire Station, Mystery Creek
  • Rural Business Network
  • World Vision
  • Fieldays Rural Women Waikato Grants
  • Waikato Medical Research Foundation
  • Agri Womens Development Trust
  • Rural Support Waikato

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