Gore knows how to organise a party

Auckland should take a lesson from the south.

While our biggest city can’t make a decision about where to hold a party, the small town of Gore is hosting rural New Zealand’s premiere contest and will be serving dinner to more than 1300 people tomorrow night.

It’s the finale of the National Bank Young Farmer competition.

The seven contestants have been through district and regional competitions and have been in Gore since Wednesday using brains and brawn in a contest of intellectual and physical skill. Their intelligence, fitness, personalities, farming and general knowledge, ingenuity and public speaking skills are being tested.

The contest is a showcase of Young Farmers and farming.

One of its strengths is that it moves around the country and host towns go to great effort to involved the community and ensure that each contest is better than the previous one.

Whoever, wins tomorrow, the locals can be satisfied that Gore hosted a great show.

Jamie Mackay broadcast today’s Farming Show from  the practical competition. One of those he interviewed was Kate Taylor who’s in charge of media liaison and is blogging about the contest.

The show will be broadcast on TVNZ6 at 7.30 tomorrow and highlights will screen on TV1 at 10pm.

7 Responses to Gore knows how to organise a party

  1. I supplied the rosemary!


  2. homepaddock says:

    Robert – is that a secret ingredient for the contest or the dinner?


  3. Gravedodger says:

    With the rapid trend resulting in more and more very successful female farmers among us and another all male field competing for what is a very big prize, is it time for a move towards acknowledging the best farmers today are less of the “pinetree” carrying an armload of tanalised posts and more of those with the intellectual application of marshaling knowledge, decision making, responding quickly successful farmer of the 21st century.
    When your farmer competed successfully a few years ago the industry was well served by jacks of all trades who did their thinking while doing long hours of the manual work that required very little mental input to get the job done but gave a lot of time for cogitating, planning and mental budgeting.
    Today the most successful farmers are too busy running much more demanding, larger, more diversified and sometimes ,at any given time, low margin activities that require big inputs of management and very little manual work which is now done by machine or specialist hired help. So many of the Farmers I know often do stints of manual just to show they still can for the benefit of staff and/or self-esteem.
    Do the criteria of this very worth while event reflect these changes or is it too oriented to a physical aspect that denies our ever increasing numbers of young ladies who run their successful farming operation or work in a related industry while someone else makes the morning tea. More and more academics show through but women?


  4. Gravedodger says:

    Random thought, what proportion of the potential viewer audience will be torn between the grand final and the test against the auld foe at 1930 hrs tomorrow.


  5. GD- your random thought is on the button – the game will win, hands down.
    Homepaddock – according to GD, a contestant with the name Rosemary is more likely to win than one named Euan or Malcolm.
    Farmageddon – mark my words!


  6. Phew! I thought for a minute Big Al had organised an event with a few masseuse!


  7. Women can and will one day win the Young Farmer Contest. Louise Collingwood came close a few years ago (runner up). There are many women with the physical strength to match up to the magnifient seven who gather for a Grand Final. Last year’s winner was built like an All Black flanker (okay, Mid Canterbury flanker) but Grant McNaughton isn’t a big man – he knew where to gain his points in time management etc and where he had to make up points where he would have been weaker in the Practical challenges than some of the other blokes. YOu should see some of the girls coming through the ranks of AgriKids (10-13 sort of age) and this year in the inaugural TeenAg (mid teens). Hopefully Young Farmers will be able to nurture them through the ranks and we will see them on a grand final stage in 10 years time. The title’s worth $100,000 (not to mention the prestige of calling yourself the Young Farmer of the Year) so why not plan for it from a young age, as Grant and others have said. Grant remembers watching it went he was 7 or 8 (possibly the year Warwick or Grant Catto won it) and thinking to himself how cool it would be to get there. He did.


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