The PINZ Summit over, a bar setting, staff and elected leaders from all over the country keen to catch up…the 2022 Federated Farmers Awards was a fun night and a great way to salute our top performers.
The gumboot trophies were appropriate for those elected leaders who muck in and get the core work of looking after farmers’ interests done.
He wasn’t able to be there because Covid had struck his family, but the applause was loud as Feds President Andrew Hoggard was named ‘Advocate of the Year’. His citation included: “Consistently high standard of information, clarity, persistence, pragmatism, logic, patience and cutting through all the jargon on climate change, emissions pricing/HWEN (ably backed by Macaulay Jones).”
The Feds 2022 ‘Long-Standing Champion’ is Chris Allen. It was said of the retiring board member: “Chris will be sorely missed in this work, but he has laid the foundation for us to pick up the mantle and continue to ensure that practicality prevails.”
Fresh from his win as Primary Industries NZ ‘Champion’ the night before, Chris Lewis is the Feds 2022 Media Star. Chris has been consistently in the media flying the Feds’ flag talking immigration and employment. “He shrewdly uses the media to put pressure on and praise Ministers as required. His messaging has always been clear and readers are left in no doubt that both he and Feds are strongly advocating for them in this area.”
In the hotly contested ‘Rising Star’ category, North Canterbury President Caroline Amyes prevailed. She best fit the bill as someone who has stepped into a role and demonstrated great leadership and hard work.
The ‘Best WTF Moment’? Who else but newly-elected Vice-President Wayne Langford and his propensity to lose his shirt on Facebook.
Never let it be said Feds doesn’t have an eye to drawing more people into our sector. Our ‘Get Kiwis on Farm’ initiative with the Ministry of Social Development drew in 130 new recruits in the last contract period, and 605 overall. This year’s Get Kiwis on Farm Champion is Macee Latimer of Northland, that region’s Dairy Trainee of the Year and a finalist in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.
Jared Ross, North Otago, was delighted to pick up the gumboot trophy as president of the province with the largest growth in membership – 9.3% (ahead of Whanganui 3.6% and Mid Canterbury 2.7%).
And President Jacqui Hahn was on stage to represent the province with the highest percentage of provincial contract sales – Waikato (38.85%), a nose ahead of North Otago 37.17%, West Coast 37.35% and Rotorua/Taupo 37.66%.