Fieldays hits the road!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Fieldays!

To celebrate we are hitting the road with Jamie MacKay host of NewstalkZB’s The Country, and farmer and author, Doug Avery. We are travelling around the country from Kerikeri to Invercargill, capturing stories of New Zealanders and the impact Fieldays has had on their lives. In these “What will you find?” sessions, we’ll be meeting locals, talking about where farming has come over the past 50 years and where it’s heading in the future. Bring your stories, your laughing gear – and we’ll see you there.

So come along and meet the team, sign our huge card, share your story and learn from Doug before you head back to the farm!

See you there.

Feilding

The second stop on our Fieldays roadie is Feilding! Along with Jamie Mackay and Doug Avery we are talking about resilient farming. There’s fun for the whole family, with coffee, sausage sizzles, games and activities and The Hits team will also be on site.

Where: Newbury Hall, 912 Rangitikei Line, Palmerston North
When: Saturday 26 May
Time: From 12noon-2pm

Kerikeri

The sunny north will see us taking up residence at Kerikeri’s Old Packhouse Market from 8.00am-1pm, please join the Fieldays team, Jamie Mackay and Doug Avery in celebrating this diverse region.

Where: Kerikeri’s Old Packhouse Market, Kerikeri Rd
When: Saturday 2 June
Time: From 8.00am-1pm

Te Puke

Just over the Kaimais we’ll be in Te Puke at the Te Puke Sport and Recreation Club from 12noon-2pm, who will be behind the coffee machine and BBQ?  Jamie Mackay from the Country and The Resilient Farmer Doug Avery perhaps?

Where: Te Puke Sport and Recreation Club, Atuaroa Ave, Te Puke
When: Saturday 9 June
Time: From 12noon-2pm

Thanks Winton it was a blast

Thanks for having us Winton… Feilding, we’re coming to you next!

What will you find? Stories

People from across New Zealand have shared their stories and the impact Fieldays has had on their lives. From tradition to love, inspiration to education, the stories of New Zealanders and the impact Fieldays has had on their lives are profounding. What they share may surprise you.

What will you find at Fieldays?

Bill Johnston - Tradition

Bill Johnston has travelled up from Winton every year for the last 49 years to attend Fieldays. During the week, Bill and his trusty terrier Jet lend a hand on his son’s share-milking operation. Bill recalls the early days when parking at Mystery Creek was nothing short of diabolical and how getting unstuck from the thick mud of the parking area was all part of the original Fieldays experience.

Bill has seen Fieldays progress from being able to see it in three hours to now needeing three days to cover it properly. From attending Fieldays, Bill found Tradition – What will you find?

Mike and Ryley - Love

Mike and Ryley don’t have your typical love story. After entering the Rural Bachelor competition at Fieldays in 2014, Mike unexpectedly met his future wife. Their relationship blossomed a year later when he returned as a guest judge and had trimmed his long locks, “Love at first sight after a haircut”, as Ryley is fond of saying. Today they’re raising a young family together on their dairy farm outside Fielding and enjoying the sense of freedom that comes along with a lot of hard work.

Grant - Inspiration

Ever since Grant was a kid he dreamed of being an inventor. He’d head along to Fieldays and be inspired by all the new contraptions and technology filling the tents in those days, vowing one day to return with one of his own. Fast forward a few decades and that’s exactly where Grant finds himself now as the inventor of the Mobile Honey Harvester. With beehives operating from Kerikeri to South Canterbury, he’s turned a dream into a reality.

The Wallace Sisters - Their Calling

Meet Alana, Louise and Hannah, AKA the Wallace Sisters. Growing up together on a farm in Waikato, they were exposed to the rural lifestyle at an early age, but didn’t realise the breadth of jobs available in the primary industries until after university. Now all successfully working in agriculture, each hope to inspire more young women to look beyond their notions of farming and give it a go. In their words, “think outside the box, we didn’t know our jobs even existed before we took them”.

Matt Flowerday - Innovation

Countless great ideas have started in the humble Kiwi shed; and for Matt Flowerday that’s exactly where his GPS mapping business GPS-it began. 18 years later, Matt utilises everything from drones to aircraft and GPS units to map around 90 per cent of the orchards around New Zealand. Now for the first time this year, they’ve developed their maps into an app for Fieldays helping to answer the most common questions of them all, “where is the nearest toilet?” and “where on Earth is my car?”

Fieldays is proud to work alongside GPS-it in the development of the new and improved Fieldays app