A great tradition continued in Hawke’s Bay last night with the naming of another regional Farmer of the Year (to be technically correct …. the Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year!)
Congratulations to Tom and Anna Clouston of Flemington for joining the dozens of other farmers given this honour since the competition began in 1972.
They will be hosting a field day on Thursday 5 May – I can’t tell you any more!
Also, last night, Radio NZ journalist Heugh Chappell won the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in Hawke’s Bay (hot on the heels of receiving a QSM in the New Year’s honours list).
At the height of the Meat and Wool Cup at the Hawke’s Bay Show (for me the early 90s, for others … a lot earlier!) it was Heugh’s tones over the airwaves at the Showgrounds.
Heugh has always been somewhat of a mentor for this little journalist, who was a 21-year-old hopeless case (no, really!) when she moved to Napier in the 90s.