Two young women named as 2020 World Congress Charitable Trust Scholars

Posted by Erin Speedy on 5 February 2020 | Comments

 A young rural mental health advocate and an aspiring rural banker have been announced as the winners of the coveted World Congress Charitable Trust Scholarships for 2020.

Former Hauraki Plains College Student Rachel Goodin is starting her studies at Victoria University of Wellington, with the aim to focus on mental health and the well-being of rural communities through a conjoint Bachelor of Health Science and Arts.

Fielding High School graduate Olivia Buick is heading to Massey University to study a Bachelor of Agri Commerce majoring in farm management and international agribusiness.

On being announced as the winners of the scholarship, both said they were extremely surprised and grateful.

“I felt really honoured to receive the scholarship because they’ve been going for so long and I felt privileged to be acknowledged as someone who’s deserving of it,” Rachel says.

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Rachel Goodin, 2020 World Congress Charitable Trust Scholar

Rachel grew up on a dairy farm near Te Kauwhata and has always been interested in helping people, seeing them happy and watching them succeed.

She has witnessed first-hand the isolation of rural communities and the impact it has on parents and their children.

“With all the stigma and stereotypes around depression in rural communities, it’s really hard for people who live in rural communities to be themselves sometimes and I feel like it’s a responsibility of mine, because of my passion, to address that issue,” she says. 

“I want to be the beginning for change in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and consequently, influence the next generation to become an accepting community,” she says.

A big believer in change through holistic health, she wants to make a difference and challenge culture, stereotypes, and attitudes of rural men in particular.

“Through greater awareness and undertaking collective action, we could encourage a holistic approach to health, one in which would foster resilience, support and embracement in the wider community.”

 “We can teach the younger generations of men that you can be a real man and not be an All Black. You can be a real man, have emotions and show them, and that you can be a real man, have problems and talk about them without being considered less than.”

 The high achiever wants to see where her double degree majoring in Health Promotion and Psychology and Education will take her, but also plans to study her Masters and PHD.

She was awarded 2019 Dux of Hauraki Plains College, achieving excellence endorsements throughout NCEA level one to three and was the 2019 chair of the school’s Teen Ag Club.

Olivia Buick grew up on a small farm where her parents also ran their own agricultural contracting business.

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Olivia Buick, 2020 World Congress Charitable Trust Scholar

The ambitious 17 year old already has experience working with PGG Wrightson’s Technical Field Representatives and work experience with H&T Agronomics and Rabobank.

She’s interested in advising farmer’s on seed, fertiliser, chemicals and cropping to gain maximum profit.

Studying a Bachelor of AgriCommerce she hopes will give her the scientific knowledge she needs as well as financial skills to gain a deeper understanding of primary production in New Zealand.

Despite not yet starting her studies, she plans to become a rural banker after graduating and then move into consultancy.

“Through school assignments I’ve always enjoyed looking at numbers, altering budgets and cash flows to make things a bit more profitable, it just really appealed to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Olivia says. 

“It’s always been a definite career path to me, I’ve just done what I’ve wanted to do I guess.”

Interested in niche markets, she aims to get into farm ownership one day to develop her own niche such as growing quinoa or hemp.

“It’s a point of difference it’s something that appeals to me, they’re quite resourceful in a way,” she says.

“Niche markets are proving to be extremely popular in both domestic and export markets. There is greater awareness to food’s source, particularly with agriculturally produced products.”

Olivia became one of the first High School students in the country to run and maintain an entire robotic milk production, farming and grazing system with a De Laval Diploma in VMS Robotic Milking.

Fielding Agricultural High School is the first school in the southern hemisphere to have this technology.

 She was also the 2019 and 2018 Academic Captain for Agriculture, Teen Ag Chair Person and FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Finalist.

 Olivia will put the scholarship money towards text books and learning resources.

 NZ Young Farmers Membership Manager Casey Huffstutler says the high calibre of applicants made it extremely difficult for the judging panel.  

“This year we received the most entries we’ve ever had for this Scholarship so choosing just two people out of so many deserving applicants was a challenge.”

 “Rachel and Olivia are extremely talented and have been amazing young leaders through their Teen Ag Clubs and schools, racking up long lists of academic achievements and community service.”

 “We are so proud of them both and can’t wait to see them achieve their aspirations and make waves in the agricultural sector.”


*The World Congress Charitable Trust was started with funds remaining from the 1965 World Congress of Young Farmers and was formed into a Trust in 1969. This is a scholarship for Young Farmer members who are currently or intending on studying agriculture or agriculturally related topics. There are two University Scholarships of $1500.00 each. The scholarships are now in their 47th year and have contributed to more than 100 Young Farmer member’s educations in that time.