Sharon Paterson is the new secretary for the Southern Field
Days committee and is looking forward to taking a hands-on
approach. Photo by Yvonne O'Hara.
Sharon Paterson, of Greenvale, is looking forward to
being hands-on in her new role as the Southern Field Days
''I like to challenge myself and the Southern Field Days will
be a challenge,'' Mrs Paterson said.
''I also enjoy event management.''
She took over the job from Nicky Eade, who held the position
for several years and has moved to Waipukurau.
Mrs Paterson and husband Laurie, who is president of Hereford
Prime, have the 720ha stud sheep and beef Waikaka Station Ltd
at Greenvale and four generations of Patersons live there.
They run their Hereford stud ''Waikaka Genetics'', as well as
four sheep studs, including a Texel stud, which is hers. She
also does her own lambing beat.
Prior to her new job, which she started at the beginning of
August, she worked for FMG as a rural manager.
While she enjoyed dealing with her clients, she said she was
looking for a change and wanted something that would allow
her to spend more time with her grandchildren: Ollie (3) and
Emily (16 months).
''I would like to thank my FMG clients who have been
wonderful people to deal with.''
The three-day Southern Field Days is held every second year
on the Waimumu site in February. It is run by a committee of
about 20 in association with the Eastern Southland Young
Part of her responsibility is handling the applications for
sites - which are now ''racing in'' - as well as
minute-taking, research and anything else that needs to be
doneShe said there were to be 700 sites next year, up from
600 in 2012, and many of the sites would have multiple
The committee also anticipates about 35,000 people coming
through the gates, up from 33,000 last time, making it the
second biggest of the field days in New Zealand.
She is also in contact with Mrs Eade and previous secretary
Bev Catto, of Crookston, for advice.
Mrs Paterson is also studying mediation through Leadr NZ, and
a diploma of management through the New Zealand Institute of
She spent nearly three months in Bolivia in 2005, working as
a volunteer with women and children and recently returned
from holidaying in Phuket, where she rode an elephant, which
was ''another thing ticked off the bucket list''.
She also enjoys dog trialling and is secretary of the
Maitland Dog Trialling Club.
- Yvonne O'Hara