TeenAg competitors (from left) Georgia Malcolm (16),
Brittany Caldwell (16), Holly Malcolm (15) and Ella
Sanderson (14), of St Kevin's College. Photo by Sally Rae.
Admittedly, there was a little sibling rivalry when the
High Country Hillbillies took on the Gumboot Girls - and the
rest of New Zealand - in the TeenAg national final.
Holly Malcolm (15) and Ella Sanderson (14), the High Country
Hillbillies, and Holly's sister Georgia (16) and Brittany
Caldwell (16), the Gumboot Girls, were representing Aorangi,
along with Cody Callaghan and Thomas Yeatman, from Timaru
Boys' High School.
After seven regional finals were held throughout New Zealand
earlier this year, the top three teams from each region
progressed through to the grand final, held alongside the ANZ
Young Farmer Contest at Lincoln on Friday.
Jeffrey Robinson and Justin Boyd, the ''Glenham Monsters'',
representing Otago-Southland, won the national TeenAg title.
The pair, who have competed at regional level three times
previously, were thrilled with the win and said it was ''very
cool'' to be part of the competition.
TeenAg competitors, in pairs, along with AgriKidsNZ, in teams
of three primary-school children, were challenged in a series
of timed modules on all sorts of agricultural and
The top seven teams from each series then went on to compete
in their respective race-off challenges.
The competition tested practical farming skills and
knowledge, but the main goal of the programmes was to help
young people explore the fun and rewarding side of
agriculture at an early age.
Holly said the girls had been practising their skills on-farm
and increasing their agricultural knowledge and were keen to
''give it a go''.
The teams had a lot of support, and were kept busy at a
fundraising sausage sizzle at St Kevin's College last week,
where they were dressed in their team shirts, gumboots and
shorts. They were also grateful for local sponsorship.
While the two St Kevin's College teams were unplaced in the
national final, they were keen to have another crack next
Holly and Georgia's second cousin, Bridget Malcolm, of Omakau
School, was representing Otago-Southland in AgriKidsNZ.
Their father Bill was third in the grand final of the Young
Farmer Contest in 1992 and second in 1994, and their
grandfather Lindsay was fourth in 1971. Their mother Jenny
also competed at regional final level.
St Kevin's College agriculture teacher Paula Eatherley said
it was ''fantastic'' for the school to have two teams in the
To place first and second in the regional final and get
through to the national final was a ''really great credit''
to the quartet and the school.
''We're hoping to win, obviously, but just to be there at
that level and meet people from all over the country and have
a fantastic experience will be wonderful for them,'' she
Agriculture was strong at the school and studied by about 100
pupils from year 10 to 13.
AgriKidsNZ was established a decade ago with one national
club and membership has been growing steadily. There are now
more than 1300 members.
The first TeenAg club was established in 2009 and the first
competition held two years later. There were now more than
500 members throughout New Zealand.
In the national AgriKidsNZ final, Otago-Southland was
represented by Archie Calder, Justin Tudor and Bridget
Malcolm, of Omakau School, Nicholas Anderson, Ruby Williams
and Grace Beattie (Clinton School) and Ben Drummond, Lachlan
Thomson and Jacob Hammond (Limehills School).
The region's TeenAg representatives were Jamie Stevens and
Kurt Knarston (Southland Boys' High School), Thomas Slee and
Andrew Baker (Southland Boys' and John McGlashan College) and
Jeffrey Robinson and Justin Boyd (Menzies College).