Monday, 27 May 2024 15:32

Finalists named for Primary Industries awards

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Vangelis Vitalis. Vangelis Vitalis.

One of the country’s top trade officials, a respected farmer and orchardist and a radio presenter are in the running for the 2024 Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand's Primary Industries award.

Vangelis Vitalis, the Deputy Secretary of Trade and Economic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nelson dairy and horticulture farmer Julian Raine, and presenter Jamie Mackay are vying for the award, sponsored by AgResearch.

Organisers say the award enables the primary industries community to recognise and appreciate the efforts of one of its own.

“This award will go to a long-standing hero who has continuously supported both their rural community and their given rural industry with commitment and dedicated service.

“The winner of this award consistently supports their local community and goes above and beyond for others in times of extreme and challenging times.”

The winner will be announced at the NZ primary Industries Summit in Wellington next month.

For the Emerging Leader Award, the nominees are Claire Williamson, Velma & Beverley, Jordi Hoult, Ministry for Primary Industries and Sam Waugh, Donald’s Farm. This award is sponsored by Lincoln University.

This award recognises an emerging leader who is new to the New Zealand primary sector.

2024 Champion Award Finalists are the late Warren Parker (Posthumous), Pamu Farms of New Zealand, Dr Stuart Davis, LeaderBrand Produce  and Cameron Taylor, Taylor Corporation.

Organisers says this award recognises a New Zealand-based individual’s unwavering commitment to the rural sector on a specific area or cause.

“The recipient must be an individual who demonstrates commitment, passion and leadership in their chosen career within the primary industries. Nominations should demonstrate leadership the individual has shown and their impact on the industry. Those nominated should also demonstrate their commitment to the primary industries and how they have made and can make, develop and progress the sector.”

Finalists for the Team & Collaboration Award, sponsored by BASF, are Ashna Khan, Agrisea, Tanya Pouwhare, New Zealand Ethical Employers and the organisations for the CRA3 Lobster Biotoxin Response: Ministry for Primary Industries; Seafood Standards Council; New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council; Crayfish Area Management Committee and Licensed Fish Receivers.

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