Harcourts Nelson aims to build on the recent Harcourts RAS Rural Ambassador of the Year competition, after the 2017 event was taken out by Annaliese Goettler.
The 21-year-old competed against young people from around the country to win the title at the Royal Agricultural Society annual conference in Wanaka last month.
Annaliese impressed the judges with her passion for A&P shows and rural life, and will go on to represent New Zealand at the Australasian competition in Adelaide next year.
With farmer parents, Annaliese grew up in rural Glenbrook in the Franklin District of Auckland.
Having attended A&P shows all her life, Annaliese decided to enter a horse event at the Franklin A&P in 2013 and she hasn’t looked back.
As Harcourts RAS Rural Ambassador, Annaliese hopes to encourage young people to learn about New Zealand’s rich rural culture.
The Harcourts-RAS Rural Ambassador Award has a proud history dating back to the 1990s. It has been a national based competition until recently, when it was extended to Australia.
The competition involves contestants answering questions about their showing background, future goals and long-term views of the agriculture sector. They need to show expertise and knowledge in their particular industry and be current with world events and industry news that may impact on the rural sector.
Harcourts Nelson branch manager Chris Harvey says these sorts of programmes are good for regional New Zealand.
“We are working widely with the rural community in the Top of the South region, and this is an initiative we hope that we can build on locally going forward,” he says.
This is the first year Harcourts has been involved with the competition, and Tom Rutherford, Harcourts National Manager for Lifestyle & Rural, says they are thrilled to be taking part.
“A&P shows are a crucial part of rural life in New Zealand, both as a key community gathering and a way for the sector’s innovators to form connections. We are excited to be supporting the up and comers who will be the future leaders of innovation.”