Mata­mata stu­dents gets spon­sors for Agrikids

Matamata Chronicle - - Out And About - ABBY BROWN

A townie, a boy who has just moved onto a farm, and a self- de­scribed farmer are grate­ful to their com­mu­nity’s help, es­pe­cially DeLaval’s, in fund­ing their trip to the grand fi­nal of the Agrikids com­pe­ti­tion.

The milk­ing equip­ment sup­plier was one of Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents’ big­gest spon­sors.

They gave Con­rad Wil­son, Max Hun­wick, and Stephen Turner $2000 that they will use for flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion for the fi­nal which is in Ti­maru from July 7 to 9.

For­mer Mata­mata in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent, and DeLaval’s mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Kim Sowry said the com­pany tried to sup­port the dairy in­dus­try, es­pe­cially those up and com­ing peo­ple.

Other spon­sors, in­clud­ing Ki­wa­nis, one anony­mous per­son, the Mata­mata Farm­ers’ Trust and Piarere Young Farm­ers, gave them another $1000 all up.

The stu­dents orig­i­nally placed fourth at the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty re­gional fi­nal but have been in­vited as the third place get­ters were un­able to at­tend.

Test­ing mod­ules could in­clude things like car­ing for an­i­mals, iden­ti­fy­ing farm equip­ment or weather fore­cast­ing.

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