Having been brought up farming, Tory Milne has agriculture in the blood. Although New Zealand born, Tory spent the majority of her childhood on an intensive sheep and beef property in Kent in the UK. As well as sheep and cattle, horses were always a major feature on the family's farm from an early age.
The family returned to New Zealand when Tory was 15 years old and they settled in the Wairarapa on a sheep and beef farm in the Bideford Valley. Tory always took a hands on approach, helping out on the farm whenever she could. This led her on to Massey University on the completion of secondary school where she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Agriculture.
Straight out of uni Tory was involved in the Westpac Rural Graduate Programme, before progressing on to an Agribusiness Manager position based in Timaru. Subsequently she spent close to 8 years as an Agribusiness Manager with the bank. It was through her work with the bank that she was selected to be a judge for the National Dairy Industry Awards, spending three years travelling around the country as part of each awards cycle. Tory really enjoyed working with all of her clients throughout her banking career, seeing them grow their business and reach their goals was something she found really rewarding.
Tory then went on to spend the next three years as Manager and Dairy Specialist for Farmlands Real Estate in Timaru. Having returned home to the Wairarapa in 2017 with her husband Matt and their now one year old daughter Harper, Tory is now the North Island Manager for Farmlands Real Estate which sees her managing salespeople from Masterton to Kaitaia.
“I really enjoy getting out on farm helping our shareholders with their key business decisions, it’s a great job no two days are the same and you get to meet and work with passionate likeminded people. The rural industry offers so many pathways and opportunities for everyone involved, and I feel lucky to be a part of such a progressive and special industry”
Tory, you have worked hard to forge a varied and successful AgWomen career. It is obvious that you have a passion for working with people and helping your clients achieve their goals.