Mata­mata excels at Agri Kids event

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Putting to­gether bee­hives, fit­ting dock­ing rings and in­ter­pret­ing weather data was all in a day’s work at the Agri Kids Com­pe­ti­tion last Satur­day.

Mata­mata was very ably rep­re­sented, with seven teams of three from Mata­mata Pri­mary, Mata­mata Intermediate and Te Poi Schools trav­el­ling to Taupo to com­pete.

They were among 15 teams to com­pete for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty ti­tle in the chil­dren’s sec­tion of Young Farmer of the Year.

The chil­dren were kept busy with a se­ries of eight fiveminute mod­ules that in­cluded putting to­gether a milk­ing cup as­sem­bly, iden­ti­fy­ing an­i­mal breeds and fit­ting a bri­dle on a model horse.

From there, eight teams qual­i­fied for the head-to-head fi­nal in­clud­ing two of the Mata­mata teams and a trio from Te Poi.

The fi­nal chal­lenge was a race along a course full of chal­leng­ing tasks that called for quick think­ing, team­work and ac­cu­racy.

Along the way, teams had to nail to­gether and put up a sign, fill a leaky pipe with wa­ter, lasso a model horse and com­plete a jig­saw puzzle, among other things.

The three lo­cal teams missed out on a plac­ing but Mata­mata Pri­mary teacher Sue van de Molen said the chil­dren had done ex­tremely well.

‘‘We all had a fan­tas­tic time,’’ she said.

Her son Tim van de Molen, a for­mer Te Poi lad, was Young Farmer of the Year last year and was there to help cheer the kids on.

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