Annaliese Goettler is the Harcourts RAS Rural Ambassador of the Year.
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.
“I’m from Auckland and there is a real rural/ urban divide. I’d like to encourage more young people to get involved in A&P shows and celebrate New Zealand. A&P shows are part of who we are.”
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 highly sought after by those seeking to propel their agricultural careers forward.
The competition involves contestants answering questions about their showing background, future goals and long-term views of the agriculture sector. Then 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.
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.
“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.”
Annaliese is studying at Waikato University towards a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in Agribusiness and Supply Chain Management. She is also working as marketing coordinator/ product manager for AgriHealth New Zealand.