March 01, 2017

RAS and Harcourts looking for Rural Ambassador

Topics: Press Release, Rural, Lifestyle 0

A&P.jpgCalling all Kiwi young people involved with A&P - could you be the next Rural Ambassador of the Year?

Harcourts New Zealand has partnered with The Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand (RAS), and together they are calling for entries into the Rural Ambassador of the Year. This award recognises excellence among young people, aged between 20 to 30, who are active within the A&P showing movement.

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.

This has elevated the prestige of the award even further, and it is very highly sought after by those seeking to propel their agricultural careers forward.

2017 is the first year Harcourts has been involved and Tom Rutherford, Harcourts National Manager for Lifestyle & Rural, says the real estate group is thrilled to be taking part.Tom-Rutherford11.png

“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.”

While putting yourself out there can be daunting, several of the entrants from previous years have taken the time to give feedback on the benefits of entering.

Tim van de Molen, winner of the Australasian competition in 2012, had this to say: “I would recommend this competition to anyone thinking of entering as it is a great way to gain some experience, meet some people and test yourself. The RAS has traditionally played a strong role at the grass roots level of agriculture and offers opportunities for benchmarking yourself through competitions and building your network within the industry.”

Entry forms can be found on the RAS website www.ras.org.nz under Competitions & Events or at the following link http://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2018-HNZ-RAS-Rural-Ambassador-Award.pdf

Entries close on 31 March, with regional interviews expected to take place in April/May.