New Young Farmers' leader plans North Island road trip

NZ Young Farmers’ new chief executive will 'couch surf' her way around the North Island next month.

Lynda Coppersmith has announced plans for a road trip to meet members in Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and the Waikato.

"We’re going to be visiting a sheep and beef farm, a butchery, a cider maker and a mushroom farm," she said.

She will also join 40 teachers on a Teachers’ Day Out event in Hawke’s Bay on November 6th.

Teachers’ Day Out is an event where teachers get out of the classroom and into fields and factories

"The trips are designed to inspire teachers about the exciting range of career opportunities in the agri-food sector," Ms Coppersmith said.

Teachers’ Day Out events are also planned for Raglan, Auckland, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Invercargill.

"We have a dedicated team of teachers and territory managers across New Zealand helping schools use our unique learning resources, run TeenAg clubs and get students onto farms," she said.

Lynda started at NZ Young Farmers on October 1st and and is keen to hear the views of young farmers.

"I’m looking forward to hearing from members and understanding what’s important to them," she said.

Road trip itinerary:


Tuesday 6th November

Day: Attend Teachers’ Day Out event in Hawke’s Bay. Meet East Coast Territory Manager.

Night: Meet with NZ Young Farmers members in Waipukurau.


Dax’X Restaurant & Bar



Wednesday 7th November

Day: Drive to Hamilton. Meet Hamilton-based NZ Young Farmers staff.

Night: Meet with NZ Young Farmers members in Hamilton.


Norris Ward McKinnon House



Thursday 8th November

Day: Drive to Taranaki. Meet Taranaki/Manawatu-based NZ Young Farmers staff.

Night: Meet with NZ Young Farmers members in Toko.


Toko Tavern