The announcement the ANZ Young Farmer Contest will be hosted in Taupo in 2015 is testament of the district ‘coming of age’ in the agricultural sector, says Mayor David Trewavas.
The announcement was made this week following a unanimous vote by the ANZ Young Farmer Contest Management Committee. It followed a visit to Taupo during which our events team and Reporoa Young Farmers Club members Alastair Neville and Hamish Lee outlined the reasons why the competition should be brought to town.
New Zealand Young Farmers Chief Executive Officer Terry Copeland said after three grand finals based in larger metropolitan areas, the 2015 grand final being hosted in an increasingly agricultural area would go down as one of the most exciting and well-run events in the history of New Zealand Young Farmers.
“It was great to see the passion and commitment from the Reporoa Club bidding team. This determination and vision is equally shared by the events team at the Taupo District Council which really tipped the balance in awarding the contest to Taupo,” said Mr Copeland.
Alastair Neville, and Hamish Lee, both belong to Reporoa Young Farmers Club, which also won 2013 title ‘Best Young Farmers Club’. They will be the 2015 Grand Final co-convenors.
“Both Hamish and I are really proud to have the opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s rural talent. We are keen to bring the contest back to the grassroots and add to the success stories from the central plateau,” said Mr Neville.
Mayor David Trewavas said it was an absolute honour for the district to be selected to host one of New Zealand’s most prestigious farming events.
“Our selection acknowledges the Taupo District is becoming a significant player in the rural agricultural sector,” he said.
“Hosting this event provides a great chance for local businesses and primary industries to show the rest of New Zealand what farming in the Central Plateau has to offer. It will most certainly be an event to remember.”