Young Farmer grand final just down the road

Napier and Hastings will host the national final next July

Napier and Hastings will host the national final next July

OPPORTUNITY: NZ Young Farmers CEO Terry Copeland is pleased the grand final will be held in Hastings/Napier. File picture

THE grand final of the FMG New Zealand Young Farmer of the Year competition will be held just down the road in Hawke’s Bay next year, for the first time in 16 years.

It has been confirmed Hastings and Napier will play host to the national final of the iconic contest in July next year.

The announcement was made at this year’s grand final in Invercargill on Saturday, 7 July. The last grand final in Hastings was held during 2003.

“This is fantastic news,” said Waipukurau dairy farmer Kahlia Fryer, who’s the chair of the East Coast region of NZ Young Farmers.

“Hosting the event will provide a big economic boost to the hospitality sector in our region.”

“Hawke’s Bay is a major food bowl with amazing diversity,” said NZ Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland.

“There is a real opportunity for that diversity to be showcased in the modules tackled by grand finalists next year.”

The practical events for next year’s contest will be held at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Showground, and the popular quiz and evening show will be held in Napier.

THE grand final of the FMG New Zealand Young Farmer of the Year competition will be held just down the road in Hawke’s Bay next year, for the first time in 16 years.

It has been confirmed Hastings and Napier will play host to the national final of the iconic contest in July next year.

The announcement was made at this year’s grand final in Invercargill on Saturday, 7 July. The last grand final in Hastings was held during 2003.

“This is fantastic news,” said Waipukurau dairy farmer Kahlia Fryer, who’s the chair of the East Coast region of NZ Young Farmers.

“Hosting the event will provide a big economic boost to the hospitality sector in our region.”

“Hawke’s Bay is a major food bowl with amazing diversity,” said NZ Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland.

“There is a real opportunity for that diversity to be showcased in the modules tackled by grand finalists next year.”

The practical events for next year’s contest will be held at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Showground, and the popular quiz and evening show will be held in Napier.

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