DairyNZ schol­ar­ship for stu­dent

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ABBY BROWN

Beth Hamp­ton is one of two Waikato Univer­sity stu­dents to win a DairyNZ schol­ar­ship.

Of the 168 stu­dents who ap­plied for one, 31 of the re­cip­i­ents were from Lin­coln Univer­sity and 22 from Massey Univer­sity.

The Mata­mata Col­lege grad­u­ate was half­way through her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence dou­ble ma­jor­ing in En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Agribusi­ness, and said ‘‘that the sub­jects com­pli­ment each other’’.

She thought it ‘‘could be im­por­tant for fu­ture pro­fes­sion­als within the in­dus­try to have an in­creas­ingly in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary and trans­fer­able knowl­edge with re­gards to the en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity’’.

Hamp­ton is un­der­tak­ing sum­mer re­search through the univer­sity on na­tive wet­land plant es­tab­lish­ment at Lake Oko­roire.

From this, she hoped to gain data that will sug­gest the most cost ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient method of plant­ing for tree es­tab­lish­ment so that the suc­cess of sim­i­lar fu­ture ri­par­ian plant­ings can be max­imised.

‘‘I am very in­ter­ested in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, but ad­di­tion­ally I ama real pro­po­nent for mea­sur­ing and grow­ing farmer prof­itabil­ity and ef­fi­ciency.’’

She said the dairy in­dus­try was fun­da­men­tal to New Zealand’s econ­omy and she as­pired to en­ter this in­dus­try and be part of the fu­ture drive for sus­tain­abil­ity, growth and de­vel­op­ment.

DairyNZ in­dus­try education fa­cil­i­ta­tor Su­san Stokes said the schol­ar­ships, which were funded by the levy in­vested by DairyNZ on be­half of dairy farm­ers, were part of the in­dus­try’s drive to en­cour­age tal­ented, mo­ti­vated peo­ple into the in­dus­try as fu­ture re­search sci­en­tists, farm ad­vi­sors, farm man­agers, farm own­ers and ru­ral pro­fes­sion­als. The schol­ar­ship as­sisted with the costs of univer­sity study, up to $6325 per year and con­tin­ued un­til course com­ple­tion.

Stokes said DairyNZ had had ‘‘a good prob­lem’’ of a high stan­dard of ap­pli­ca­tions.

More stu­dents ap­plied than schol­ar­ships avail­able this year ‘‘which bodes well for fu­ture tal­ent com­ing into the dairy in­dus­try’’.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN/ FAIRFAX NZ

Beth Hamp­ton was one of 55 stu­dents to win a DairyNZ schol­ar­ship.

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