Corn­wall woman’s OE takes a few turns

South Waikato News - - Motoring -

Kate Scott is def­i­nitely not your av­er­age coun­try girl.

What started out as a trip down un­der for a few months as a 20 -year-old turned into a seven year love af­fair with ru­ral life in New Zealand.

Scott is from Corn­wall, Eng­land, and orig­i­nally had her sights on Aus­tralia.

But her fear of spi­ders, arachno­pho­bia, meant she wasn’t pre­pared to deal with the creepy crawlies over the ditch.

Neigh­bour­ing New Zealand looked a safer op­tion.

Scott’s ar­rived on a work visa and had a job as an Au Pair in Miranda on the Thames Coast.

It only took her a short while be­fore she felt she wanted to stay, ap­plied for a visa ex­ten­sion and can­celled her ticket back to the United King­dom.

En­velop­ing her­self into the com­mu­nity, and mak­ing friends, an­other job came up, this time as as Au Pair on a dairy farm near Pu­taruru.

She was look­ing af­ter three chil­dren un­der sixyears-old.

A fa­tal farm ac­ci­dent left the fam­ily with­out a hus­band and fa­ther, leav­ing his wife to run a 800-cow dairy farm on her own.

Scott was called upon to help out by feed­ing calves, giv­ing her first hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in farm­ing.

This piqued her in­ter­est in farm­ing and she moved from look­ing af­ter chil­dren to work­ing as a con­tract dairy worker.

Not stop­ping there she em­barked on a learn­ing regime, and grad­u­ated from her Ag ITO Level 4 course, which al­lowed her to take on a num­ber of po­si­tions as dairy farm man­ager.

She joined Young Farm­ers and when the chal­lenge of a fundrais­ing box­ing match was raised she lit­er­ally took the chal­lenge on the chin.

Scott was en­joy­ing her ru­ral life but felt she needed a new chal­lenge.

‘‘It was just one of those bad days you have, I was on Trade Me and saw a job as a sales­per­son for a real es­tate com­pany in Cam­bridge so I ap­plied for the po­si­tion,’’ she said.

Scott gained her real es­tate li­cence in July 2016 and is now a sales per­son for LJ Hooker in Cam­bridge.

She re­mains grounded in the in­dus­try though and keeps at least one foot in the milk­ing shed by as­sist­ing with re­lief milk­ing.

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