Being mentored by some of the greatest leaders in the Australasian agriculture industry might sound
appealing, but how about travelling by private jet as part of the experience? This very opportunity will
be available to one young Kiwi or Aussie again next year, when they take out the 2021 Zanda
The search is once again on for talented young individuals across Australia and New Zealand, with
registrations closing for the annual award on August 31st.
Now in its seventh year, the award recognises those who are passionate about agriculture, wanting to
make a difference in their sector, and looking to take their career to the next level. There’s an
impressive prize package up for grabs, that will put the winner in the passenger seat with some of the
biggest and best agriculture operators across both countries, through the Platinum Primary Producers
(PPP) network, and proudly sponsored by Te Mania Angus.
The prize includes a fully personalised mentoring trip in Australia and New Zealand, $10,000 worth of
tailored education or training, media coaching, and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2021 PPP
Conference. Some travel for the mentoring trip takes place in a privately chartered Pilatus PC-12
aircraft, enabling the winner to reach diverse and remote agricultural operations.
Richard Rains, Chairman of the Zanda McDonald Award, says the award provides a fantastic
opportunity for young agricultural leaders to further their career and their personal development.
“This award is extremely well regarded in the industry, and we’re seeing some huge impacts in the
lives of previous winners. It really has been life-changing for them. We’ve met some really inspiring
young people since the award began, who have a real passion for the industry, and a hunger to make
a difference. We can’t wait to see who will apply this year.”
Previous winners have varied from dairy and sheep and beef farmers, through to a business manager
of a sheep milk company, a vet, a manager of a large station, and a beef extension officer. Earlier this
year, 27-year-old Jack Raharuhi, Buller Dairy Group Operations Manager for Pāmu Farms in Westport
NZ was crowned with the title for 2020.
Applications for the 2021 award are open to individuals aged 21 – 35 years, who live and work in the
agriculture sector in Australia or New Zealand. Entries close on Monday 31st August 2020.
Further details and an online application form can be found at www.zandamcdonaldaward.com