April 01, 2019
Shepherd’s life draws in wahine
A city girl whose family had no direct connection to farming has made the finals of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award.
This year it’s the turn of the sheep and beef sector to be in the spotlight, and the three finalists are all shepherds.
20-year-old Kirsty Roa works on the Hauiti Corporation’s Iwinui Station near Tolaga Bay, her first job after a course run by the Waipaoa Cadet Training Trust.
She says her plan on leaving school in Hamilton was to go to Canada and work on a horse ranch, but a chance decision to check out the Waipaoa course inspired her to make agriculture her career choice.
She’s up against Tu Harrison-Boyd, 23, who also works near Tolaga Bay on Whareopaia Station, and Taane Hubbard, 23, who is on Caberfeidh Station in the Hakataramea Valley northwest of Oamaru.
The winner will be announced during the Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards Dinner in Gisborne on May 24.
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