Australasia’s agricultural badge of honour, the Zanda McDonald Award, has announced six passionate and outstanding young professionals that have made the shortlist for the 2020 award.
The trans-Tasman award is making great strides in the primary sector, receiving a record number of entries this year. The award, now in its sixth year, recognises talented and passionate young professionals working in agriculture.
The four New Zealand and two Australian finalists for the 2020 award were selected for their passion for the industry, strong leadership skills, and the contributions they’re making in the primary sector.
The New Zealanders are Scott Harpham, 27, Senior Business Manager for Pāmu Farms’ Southland operation with over 200,000 stock units, Jack Raharuhi, 27, Buller Dairy Group Operations Manager for Pāmu Farms in Westport and winner of the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year, James Robertson, 22, Sales Graduate for Fonterra and 2019 FMG NZ Young Farmer of the Year recipient, and Nigel Woodhead, 31, sheep and beef farmer from Milton, and board member of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Award.
The Australian candidates are Michael Graham, 33, Central South West NSW General Manager for Paraway Pastoral Company and member of Paraway’s leadership team and Dr Elle Moyle, 29, District Veterinarian for Agriculture Victoria and owner/operator of a sheep and beef farm based in Hamilton Victoria.
The six will be interviewed in Wellington next month, and reduced down to three finalists.
Richard Rains, award Chairman and member of the Platinum Primary Producers (PPP) – the Australasian networking group behind the award – says the judges were rapt with the variety and calibre of applicants for this years’ award, from across the broader agricultural spectrum.
"This is always such an exciting process for myself and my fellow judges, and yet again we’ve been blown away by the talent and capabilities of those that have applied. We feel really confident that the future of agriculture is in safe hands with the next generation. This years’ shortlist demonstrates the traits we’re looking for, including ambition, passion and a desire to make their mark on the industry, and we can’t wait to get the interviews underway next month.
“Of course, this award wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic partners, or Zanda McDonald, and the huge contribution he made to the industry. We’re thrilled to be able to recognise and support the next tier of young agri leaders in his honour, and we’re looking forward to helping them take their careers to the next level.”
The winner of the award will pick up an impressive personal development package, including mentoring with industry leaders, $2000 cash, and travel that includes chartered flights on a private jet to reach remote and diverse farming operations around Australasia.
The three finalists will be announced in November, and will be invited to attend the PPP Conference in Christchurch in March 2020. The winner will be announced at the event.
For further enquiries contact:
Communications and Events, PPP and Zanda McDonald Award
firstname.lastname@example.org +64 272 612 998