AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg Competition Entries Open

Posted by on 16 October 2017 | Comments

New Zealand’s most hotly contested competitions for rural youth have expanded due to phenomenal growth and are open for entries.

The AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg competitions held around New Zealand to co-incide with the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Regional Finals will get underway in February, but due to popularity, organisers are warning teams to get their entries in now.

NZ Young Farmers Competitions Co-ordinator David Highsted said since AgriKidsNZ began in 2005 and TeenAg began in 2009 the competition has gone from strength to strength.

“In the last contest season that culminated in record entries and we have now expanded the number of teams competing to adjust to the growth.”

Mr Highsted said TeenAg numbers competing increased by 27 per cent last year alone and AgriKidsNZ by 6 per cent.

“It’s encouraging to see that the work NZ Young Farmers puts in to exciting the younger generation about agriculture is being rewarded and we hope it will eventually reward the entire New Zealand Primary Industry.”

Designed as a fun competitive way to introduce urban and rural schools and families to agriculture, the contests have become the highlight of many students’ year.

“These students are becoming champions of our industry and are sharing the fantastic experiences they have through the contest. It is a great public relations exercise and a vital part of NZ Young Farmers ongoing emphasis of educating our youth about the vast and exciting opportunities within the primary sector.”

Entries are now open online at: and


How AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg Competitions work:

- 48 teams compete in seven Regional Finals across New Zealand for each competition

-The top three teams in each Regional Final will go through to the Grand Final in July in Invercargill for each competition

-564 school children competed in AgriKidsNZ in 2017

-422 students competed in TeenAg in 2017


Placings for 2017 AgriKidsNZ Contest were:

 1st – Geraldine Hillbillies - Jessica Furrer, Angus Wallace & William Wilson – Geraldine High School

2nd – Tasman Tykes - Isabella Cross, Tom Hassal & Jack Simpson – North Loburn School

3rd – Red Bands - Millie Higinbottom, Patrick Wellbrock & Felicity Johnson – Tinui School


Placings for 2017 TeenAg Contest were:

 1st – Farming Chicks –Grace Moscrip & Cara Doggett – Whangarei Girls High School

2nd – Couple of Cockys – Cameron Lyon & Jack Millar – Timaru Boys High School

3rd – Mt Aspiring – Joshua Osborne & Sam Lourie – Mt Aspiring College


Regional Final Dates


East Coast – Masterton

17th Feb 2018

Taranaki / Manawatu – Wellington

24th Feb 2018

Waikato / Bay of Plenty – Rotorua

10th March 2018

Northern – Kerikeri

17th March 2018

Tasman – Christchurch

7th April 2018

Aorangi – Waimate

14th April 2018

Otago / Southland - Winton

21st April 2018

For more information, please call NZ Young Farmers Communication Manager Nadine Porter on 0212140703 or email or Competitions Co-ordinator David Highsted on 021915527 or email