Northland duo heading to FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final

Posted by on 17 March 2019 | Comments


A talented duo from Northland has qualified for the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Hawke’s Bay.

Archer Walton, 15, and Jackson Nichols, 16, won the hotly-contested Northern regional final in Warkworth yesterday.

“I’m stoked. I’m feeling a lot more confident about nationals this time around,” said Archer, who’s a student at Whangarei Boys’ High School.

About 60 high school students from across the Northern region worked in pairs to tackle a raft of challenges. 

1st Jackson Nichols and Archer Walton.The modules tested the students’ practical and theoretical skills, and included a quiz hosted by Te Radar.

“I really enjoyed the Lincoln University soils module and the Massey University module about the digestive systems of farm animals,” he said.

“The technology module, which involved operating a New Holland tractor fitted with a GPS unit, was pretty cool as well.”

Archer and Jackson, who’s a student at Dargaville High School, teamed up after competing against each other with their siblings in last year’s TeenAg event.

“We both represented the region at grand final in Invercargill. It was a great experience and I got to know him quite well,” said Archer.

“I’m from a sheep and beef farm and Jackson’s from a dairy farm, so our skill sets go quite well together.”

Josh Baker, 17, and Campbell Barclay, 16, from Mt Albert Grammar School in Auckland, took out second place.

Both teams have qualified for the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Hawke’s Bay in July.

Seth Jones, 12, Zane Brown, 12, and Sam Henwood, 12, from Kamo Intermediate, won the fiercely-contested AgriKidsNZ contest.  

That regional final saw about 110 students, working in teams of three, take on a series of eight fun modules. 

The top seven teams went head-to-head in a race-off.  

“The aim of the event is to get kids excited about opportunities in the primary industries,” said competition co-ordinator Jake Lonergan. 

Isaac Quarrie, 11, Grace Sanders, 11, and Gemma Harrison, 10, from Okaihau College, north of Kaikohe placed second. 

Ariane Welsh, 11, Ry Luff, 12, and Amber Woodworth, 12, from Kamo Intermediate were third. 

All three teams have qualified for the AgriKidsNZ Grand Final in Hawke’s Bay. 

Both national finals will take place alongside the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in July.   

The FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year competition was formerly known as TeenAg. 

Both events are a key part of the work being done by NZ Young Farmers to attract students into the agri-food sector.   



Northern regional final 

FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year 

1st Archer Walton (15) and Jackson Nichols (16). Whangarei Boys’ High School and Dargaville High School

2nd Josh Baker (17) and Campbell Barclay (16). Mt Albert Grammar School

3rd Hayley Bradley (15) and Madelene Clunie (15). Okaihau College



1st Seth Jones (12), Zane Brown (12) and Sam Henwood (12). Kamo Intermediate

2nd  Isaac Quarrie (11), Grace Sanders (11) and Gemma Harrison (10). Okaihau College

3rd Ariane Welsh (11), Ry Luff (12) and Amber Woodworth (12). Kamo Intermediate