Mat Hocken is carrying on the family legacy, farming the Manawatu property that has been in his family for over 125 years and acting as an advocate for farmers through his roles with Federated Farmers. He returned to the family property, Grassmere, in 2013 after a successful career studying law and politics and working overseas in consultancy roles covering areas like climate change and energy.
Nuffield scholar, Rebecca Hyde, believes improved collaboration between sectors and industry can help achieve better environmental outcomes and she plans to research this topic further as part of her scholarship. Oxford-based Rebecca’s passion for the environment extends to her work with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, where she is South Island team leader of farm sustainability services.
Third-generation farmer David Kidd, who won the Young Farmer of the Year contest in 2014 and has a strong background in the finance industry, is one of six new Nuffield scholars for 2017. David manages a 550ha beef finishing property at Shelly Beach, South Kaipara Head Peninsula. He and his wife Janine have spent the past four and a half years developing the property, gradually improving its carrying capacity and productivity. Before becoming a farmer, David spent six years working in the finance industry in New Zealand and Australia.
South Canterbury dairy farmer Ryan O’Sullivan has been named as a Nuffield scholar for 2017. Ryan is married to Tina and the couple have three children, aged from five to nine. The O’Sullivans are equity managers of a large-scale farming operation near Fairlie, South Canterbury, comprising a 1200-cow, irrigated dairy unit run in conjunction with 550ha of dairy support. Previously, Ryan attended Lincoln University then began a 10-year career in rural banking.
Having grown up in rural communities all her life and as a director of a farming operation in Mid-Canterbury, Nadine is a committed Primary Industry advocate and believes the agriculture sector is at an exciting crossroads. Nadine, and husband, Tim’s main driver is to leave their three daughters with a farm that is sustainable and are passionate about regenerating soil structure and encouraging a biologically active system through no-tillage and the use of the Kinsey Albrecht fertiliser system. When not helping with the farming operation Nadine works for NZ Young Farmers as their National Communications Manager.
Improving employment conditions and promoting the primary industries as an attractive career option are key to securing talented young people in the industry, new Nuffield scholar Jason Rolfe believes. Living in New Plymouth with his new wife Christina, Jason is the Taranaki area manager for FMG Insurance, a role he has held for the last year.
We would like to thank our Partners and Sponsors for their ongoing funding and support of Nuffield New Zealand Scholarships.