Jessie Waite is the new president of NZ Young Farmers


New Zealand Young Farmers new chair Jessie Waite (centre), pictured with elected trustees left to right: Nicola Blowey, Sammy Bills, Chloe Belfield and independent trustee Malcolm Nitschke. Photo / Provided

Inglewood Young Farmer Jessie Waite has been announced as the new chair of New Zealand Young Farmers.

Waite, 30, who has been a member of NZ Young Farmers for nine years, is an OSPRI regional partner in Taranaki.

She was elected to the position at the organization’s last board meeting and replaces Kent Weir who ended his 12-month term as chair.

Waite said she was looking forward to the next 12 months.

“We have some very neat work right now at New Zealand Young Farmers,” she told The Country’s Rowena Duncum.

Building a sustainable organization and building on the “rich history” of NZ Young Farmers was an important goal for Waite.

The members were the “key stakeholders” of New Zealand’s young farmers, and nurturing their progress and growing their numbers was vital to the future of the organization, she said.

“We want to see young people in the industry and around New Zealand… become leaders and grow.”

Diversity was a big part of New Zealand’s young farmers, so it was important to provide environments where members could grow in “their own space”, Waite said.

“You look at different clubs and there is such variety in their composition.

“So it’s about being able to create platforms where we cater to the needs of that diverse member base.”

There would be “a lot of work going on” over the next two years and Waite was keen to make her 12 months as chair count, to ensure that all areas of work were “on track”.

Organizations like Young Farmers were important to the welfare of the rural community, Waite said.

“Relationships and friendship for me…is the best thing you can get from Young Farmers.”

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Waite said attending events such as the Young Farmer of the Year grand finale was “so special” because they were an opportunity to reunite with friends and potentially make new ones.

“We talk a lot about the isolation of farmers, so it creates a space where young people can get off the farm and connect with other people, whether it’s like-minded people or people from different backgrounds. different horizons.

“It’s just neat organization.”


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