Posted by Sarah Paton on 29 June 2012 | Comments

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The AgriKidsNZ Grand Final was held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday 25th May. The stage was set for a fantastic day where hundreds of people came out to watch our future farmers competing.

The top three teams from each Regional Final travelled to Dunedin to test their skills against the best in their age group from around the country. All 21 competing teams fundraised and some even sourced sponsorship to make the trip possible.

AgriKidsNZ (8-13) teams competed in a series of preliminary modules each vying for a spot in the Race Off; which emulates the Agrisports module in The National Bank Young Farmer Contest. Preliminary modules were age appropriate and included Animal Welfare, Butchery, Seed to Feed, Horticulture, Dairy, Construction and First Aid.

In the AgriKidsNZ Race Off teams of three had to use jak mats to get their whole team from point A to B without touching the ground, assemble a wooden photo frame and have their picture taken, decorate a pavlova, identify different juice flavours and fit the front tyre to a bike. The first team to finish the race was the Tokonui Redbands from Tokonui Primary School - Prue Buckingham, Jessica Dermody and Lachlan Crosbie ages.

The Tokonui Redbands also took home the title of AgriKidsNZ Grand Final Champions for 2012. They said the best thing about the day was “it was heaps of fun and a cool experience”. To prepare for the event the kids each hosted a practice day at their farm as they come from different farming backgrounds. Overall runner up was Aorangi’s Sheep, Beef and Dairy team - Emily O’Reilly, Hamish Scannell and Elizabeth Hampton and in third place was Kamo Intermediate’s Issac Osbaldiston, William Bliss and Mercury Nisbet representing Northern.

Each member of the winning team walked away with a bundle of prizes including: a $100 bank account donated by National Bank, a bush jacket donated by Swanndri, a $50 CRT voucher and a $50 Farmlands voucher.

Youth Development Manger Rosie Todhunter said she was really pleased with how the Grand Final event ran. “We are so lucky to have so many volunteers and helpers who made the event hugely successful”.

For more information please contact:

For more information:
Chelsea Blair
NZYF Communications Coordinator