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New Zealand Young Farmers Elects New President

13 July 2004

New Zealand Young Farmers Elects New President

New Zealand Young Farmers has elected a new president, Hilary Philips. Canterbury based Hilary has been Vice President of the organisation, and replaces James Allen who has completed his term as president.

Although not a farmer, Hilary is one of a growing number of NZYF members who do not work in primary industry, but have an interest in the rural lifestyle.

“As president I want to see NZYF better promote itself to the wider public, and demonstrate to rural youth the value of being a member. Young Farmers is a broad term, and everyone is welcome, rural or not,” says Hilary Phillips.

Hilary is an example of the benefits of NZYF membership. She participated in the Young Farmers international exchange programme, spending 5 months in Britain, and it was through NZYF networks that Hilary got her first job.

Hilary has been a Vice President of New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) since 2001, and has held a number of positions within the organisation, including Darfield Club Secretary, West Melton Club Chair, Christchurch District Secretary, Christchurch District Chair and Tasman Regional Vice Chair. Her parents have a sheep, beef and cropping farm at Tapawera, near Nelson.

New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) is a rural social group for people aged 15-31. Membership of NZYF offers young people pathways to friendship, achievement and knowledge. Run by young people for young people, NZYF welcomes members from all walks of life. For more information on New Zealand Young Farmers, call 0800 FARMING. New Zealand Young Farmers is an industry group of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

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