Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | September 16, 2012

Vote for NZ!

Here’s a little something you can do to improve NZ’s international marketing.

Tim Aitken and Lucy Robertshawe from the Central Hawke’s Bay farming district of Tikokino have won the international section of the Marks & Spencer’s Farming for the Future Award (open to all suppliers to M&S outside of the UK).

(photo borrowed from the M&S website)

I have had the pleasure of interviewing Tim a couple of times for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and for a Kellogg’s Rural Leadership story for Young Country magazine.. the couple also entered the inaugural 2011 East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

They are now in the running for the Champion of Champions Award against farmers from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. This is done by public vote so Tim and Lucy are asking for your vote! Link below.. this is what the site says about them:

…They have around 600 breeding hinds on their deer farm and rear the offspring for venison meat, which is sold to M&S.  They purchased the farm in 1994 and since then have spent a lot of time and effort improving the fertility of the soil to improve productivity. They have also planted shelterbelts and enhanced wetlands on the farm. In addition, they are at the forefront of the venison industry in NZ, getting involved in research and innovation to improve farm efficiency and product quality…

Tim and Lucy had this to say in an email promoting their campaign:

“To us this is our chance to represent New Zealand. Our tilt at the World Cup. Our Olympic campaign if you will. We would love to put on a great challenge. GO THE GUMBOOTS!”

This is where you vote– they are 5th in the list of five (closes 2 October). It’s easy and you don’t have to fill in all your details!

Apparently you can also vote more than once – so get going 🙂



  1. […] They explain in an email: […]

  2. Keep voting everyone – if you go out of internet explorer and back in, it lets you vote again. A couple of times a day for another couple of days – we can do it!

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