Nine young people appointed to The Food and Fibre Youth Network - He Tātai Rangahua Council.

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PRESS RELEASE: Nine young people appointed to The Food and Fibre Youth Network - He Tātai Rangahua Council.

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Nine young people have been selected as the Council for the newly established Food and Fibre Youth Network - He Tātai Rangahua.

New Zealand Young Farmers and partners are pleased to announce the nine young people who will make up the founding Council: Sarah Crofoot, Amy Moore, Lincoln Roper, Emma Subtil, Anthony Taueki, Alex Tomkins, Cheyenne Wilson, Callum Woodhouse and Memphis Wright.

“This network will enable young people in the food and fibres sector to add their voice to shaping the future of the sector,” says Memphis Wright, one of the new Council members .

“As kaitiaki, we have a responsibility to balance sustainability with productivity, while creating safe and high quality agri-products that meet consumer needs,” said Ms Memphis Wright.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity for me as a young rural professional to be part of, and I saw great potential for both personal and professional development by taking on the role of councillor.

“I’m excited to be a part of the solution to the sector issues we are currently facing (and will continue to face), and to have a constructive platform to bring forward both issues and solutions, knowing there are resources available to make a real difference,” said Ms Wright.

The steering committee received 61 applications for the inaugural Food and Fibre Network - He Tātai Rangahua Council.

“Getting so many applications made the shortlisting process extremely difficult,” said Hiraina Tangiora, steering committee member and policy analyst for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

“This initiative provides an opportunity for young representatives across the food and fibres sector to raise industry issues and provide input into critical decisions about the sector’s future.

“Initially we aimed to select just seven members, but the quality of applications meant selecting an extra two, which speaks volumes to the calibre of our rangatahi in the food and fibres sector,” said Ms Tangiora.

Late last year the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) contracted New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) to establish and implement a food and fibre youth network (and council) to provide a formalised pan-sector voice to raise industry issues and provide input into critical decisions related to the future of the sector.

NZYF then pulled together a group to kick off discussions and planning to establish the formal pan-sector network.

As a result of this work, The Food and Fibre Youth Network – He Tātai Rangahua will be formally launched on 19 May 2021.

The first Council meeting will take place on 18 May in Whakatāne, where Council roles will be established. This will be followed by the official launch on 19 May. After this, membership of the network will be extended to all young people in New Zealand’s food and fibres sector.

“This is where the gathering of the ideas will genuinely take place,” said Trevor McIntyre, Te Taumata member.

More information can be found on the Food and Fibre Youth Network website: www.ffyouthnetwork.co.nz.

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