When Cristina Kress was asked if she wanted to take over the family business 20 years ago, she didn’t hesitate to take up the challenge.
The family business, based in Paraguay, was established in 1978 to grow citrus fruit and it now employs 800 people.
Although Edel Madden grew up on a farm in Ireland, she never considered a career in Agriculture.
That was until she spent a couple of years travelling, including a year in New Zealand, where she worked in a rural town in Otago - Oamaru.
“When I returned home, I realised it was an industry that I had developed a passion for and one I knew I wanted to work in,” she says.
Hannah Slater was destined to be a farmer from day dot, even if she hadn’t realised it.
Hannah spent her early years on a dairy farm, just north of New Plymouth, where she got an insight into the day to day tasks of a dairy farmer. However, when the family purchased a sheep and beef block in Eastern Taranaki, her eyes were opened to even more opportunities.
North Otago’s Kerry Watson grew up immersed in agriculture and her passion for the sector has seen her land her dream job.
The 28-year-old has been working on a dairy farm for the past four seasons but has recently taken up a role on a sheep and beef farm, in Tokarahi.
“My personality was not designed for an office job,” she laughs.
There probably isn’t anything that Sarah Coogan wouldn’t have a crack at.
The mother of three, who lives on a 465ha sheep and beef farm in Tarata, Taranaki, has a can-do attitude and whether she’s docking, paying GST or welcoming a bus of school students to the farm, Sarah is in her element.
Sarah and her husband Jarred, bought into her parent’s (Bryan and Helen Hocken’s) farm in 2015, creating a family company.
Jessie Waite is your classic, ‘townie’ who fell in love with the primary sector.
Growing up in rural Taranaki, Jessie was always surrounded by the country life, but it wasn’t until her family moved to a lifestyle block on the outskirts of New Plymouth, that her passion for all things rural began.
Shannon Landmark is undoubtedly a busy lady. She’s a wife and mum to baby Fred, their little red head, who’s already involved in their busy lifestyle, having spent time in the cattle yards and cheered Mum on at the field days.