Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Sell-out crowd for 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Invercargill

Finalists competing in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final will arrive in Invercargill today.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the iconic agricultural contest, which was first held in Auckland in 1969.

A sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 people will pack ILT Stadium Southland for Saturday’s quiz and awards night.

“The 50th anniversary celebrations have given this year’s event an X factor,” said contest board chairman Dean Rabbidge.

It’s the first time the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final has been held in Southland since 2010.

“Everything is falling into place rather nicely,” said Dean.

“A team of dedicated volunteers has spent the past 10 days getting everything set up.”

The contest kicks off on Thursday with a technical day for grand finalists at the Southern Institute of Technology.

An opening ceremony featuring a tug of war will be held in Queens Park that afternoon.

It will be followed by a sell-out 50th anniversary dinner at ILT Stadium Southland celebrating the contest’s rich history.

“About 400 people have bought tickets for the dinner. Many are former winners and grand finalists,” said Carolyn Bennett from NZ Young Farmers.

Invercargill’s Donovan Park will be buzzing for practical day on Friday.

The public will get to see this year’s seven grand finalists tackle gruelling modules designed to test their stamina.

They’ll clash in the popular head-to-head and agri-sports challenges at 10.30am and 2pm.

Grand finals for the TeenAg and AgriKidsNZ competitions will be run alongside the prestigious contest.

Almost 100 students from across New Zealand will compete in the two events.

There will also be national finals for the fencing, stock judging, clay target shooting and debating competitions.

The 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year will be revealed after a punishing quiz round hosted by Te Radar on Saturday night.

This year’s winner will take home a New Holland tractor, a Honda quad bike, cash, scholarships, equipment and clothing.

The overall grand final prize pool is valued at more than $155,000.

Saturday’s quiz and awards evening will be streamed live on the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Facebook page.

An edited version of the 50th grand final will be available on digital streaming service ThreeNow from July 14th.

A photo of the finalists is located in this folder:

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Energy Resources Aotearoa: Doubling Of Coal Use Shows Need For Local Natural Gas

New figures showing a near doubling of coal-fired electricity generation highlight New Zealand’s energy shortage and the need for natural gas as a lower carbon alternative, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa... More>>


E Tu: ‘Sense Of Mourning’ As Norske Skog Mill Set To Close

Workers at Norske Skog’s Tasman Mill now know they’ll be losing their jobs in little over a month’s time.
On Wednesday afternoon, workers were told the mill will be stopping production from the end of June... More>>




Stats NZ: Card Spending Sees Strong Growth In May

Seasonally adjusted card spending rose by $189 million (2.3 percent) between April 2021 and May 2021, Stats NZ said today.
Spending rose across all industries for the first time since New Zealand moved to level 1 in June 2020... More>>


Catalist: NZ’s New SME Stock Exchange, Gets Licence To Go Public

New Zealand has a new stock exchange – designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to raise up to $20 million a year from the public.
Called Catalist, the exchange has already been successfully working the private investment sector.... More>>

E-Commerce: Over 40% Of Those Engaged In The Bitcoin Community Are Millennials

Bitcoin has emerged to be a popular topic among millennials with digital currency increasingly being viewed as a potential source of creating wealth through investments. The interest in bitcoin by millennials signals the role this age group plays in the possible realization of the digital currency’s mass adoption... More>>



Stats NZ: New Zealand Is Getting Drier

While there is natural variation in precipitation due to seasons and cycles, New Zealand appears to be getting drier, Stats NZ said today... More>>