Northern Region members embark on grand final road trip

Posted by on 3 August 2018 | Comments

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The Northern Region’s annual grand final road trip saw almost 30 members head to Invercargill in July.

The excited support crew flew from Auckland to Queenstown on the Wednesday of grand final week.

The group spent a night at the popular tourist destination, before driving further south.

“We had a bit of a party night,” said Northern Region chair Kurtis Danks.

“Watching members trying to stay on a mechanical bull at Cowboys was one of the highlights of the trip.”

The group arrived in Invercargill in time for practical day.

The region had NZ Young Farmers members Daniel Bradbury, Lisa Kendall, Daniel Morgan, Molly Dagger, Toby Greenhalgh, Nadia Sands, Henry McLeod and Jeffrey Yakas competing at the event.

“We usually get a pretty good turnout for our grand final trips. We always support the members representing our region. It’s our big trip of the year,” said Kurtis.

Members undertook fundraising to help subsidise the trip.

“We ran our Dunk Tank at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland, plus we received sponsorship from local businesses,” he said.

The road trip included stops at the iconic Bluff sign post, Te Anau and then back to Queenstown.

“Henry McLeod used the opportunity to take a naked mid-winter dip in Lake Wakatipu,” he laughed.

“Everyone really enjoyed the trip south. Invercargill is one of those places you don’t usually visit unless you have a reason to,” said Kurtis.

“It opened a lot of people’s eyes to what’s at the other end of the country.”

The trip was a chance for members from different clubs to meet, and develop new friendships.

“Our clubs are spread from the Bay of Islands to Franklin, so it was a great way for people to get to know each other,” he said.