Hard working trainees winners
The Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand recognised its top Agriculture ITO trainees at its December Board meeting in Auckland. The Poultry Industry Trainees of the Year travelled to Auckland for lunch with the association board and to accept their awards.
Waipaare Tuhakaraina accepted the Level 3 Poultry Industry Trainee of the Year award and Natasha Kampshof received the Level 4 Poultry Industry Trainee of the Year award. The women are both farm managers for Ingham’s rearing farms in the Matamata area and also completed modern apprenticeships.
Agriculture ITO key account manager, Sharon Orr, was involved with the selection process. ‘‘Trainees are ranked on their theory grades as well as their practical work,’’ she said. ‘‘Waipaare and Natasha are excellent examples of our trainees who are achieving at the highest level.’’
Michael Brooks, executive director of the poultry association, was enthusiastic about the benefits training brought to his industry. ‘‘We have worked closely with Agriculture ITO to develop a range of qualifications from Levels 2 through to 4,’’ he said. ‘‘We see it as absolutely essential for our industry that a training pathway is provided. Our recognition of the Trainee of the Year is part of that process. Waipaare and Natasha represent that attainment and the desire for excellence of which the industry is proud.’’
Ms Tuhakaraina and Ms Kampshof both expressed surprise at their respective wins.
‘‘I had to ask if they had the right name,’’ Ms Tuhakaraina said. Rewarded for her work towards her National Certificate in Poultry Husbandry, Ms Tuhakaraina was finding the skills and knowledge she learned valuable.
‘‘A lot of it is hands on,’’ she said. ‘‘But there’s a lot you don’t realise until you do the theory part of the course.’’
Debbie Fisher, breeder manager at Inghams and manager of the two winners, was full of praise for both women.
‘‘Waipaare has progressed very quickly through the ranks from egg collector to rearing farm manager,’’ she said.
‘‘She is a quick learner who is very proactive and a hard worker who communicates well with staff. She did all her Level 3 work with no help from me.
‘‘Natasha is a very good manager who is highly regarded by management,’’ Ms Fisher continued.
‘‘She has a good concept of chicken husbandry and works well with staff. She is very hard working. ‘‘They both threw themselves into their courses, set their own targets and got it done.’’
Ms Kampshof was enthusiastic about the career opportunities her National Certificate in Poultry Management would bring her. ‘‘I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to study through my company, learn and expand my knowledge, then get recognition for the work I’ve put in,’’ she said.
Ms Tuhakaraina isn’t finished with her achievements. ‘‘I’ve got Level 4 courses coming up this year. I’d recommend that others in the industry do qualifications, it’s well worth it,’’ she said.
Achievers: Poultry Industry Trainees of the Year Waipaare Tuhakaraina and Natasha Kampshof with Agriculture ITO key account manager Sharon Orr.