Meet our scholars

B+LNZ offers a range of scholarships to help young people into agricultural careers, on and off the farm. Here you can meet some of our amazing scholars.

Scholars A–I


Alexandra Menzies

Alex Menzies.

From a sheep and beef farm in Central Otago, the agricultural industry has been a huge part of my upbringing and therefore I have gained a keen interest in the industry as a whole, from the farm production to the sales and marketing of our products.

I am currently studying toward a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) at Lincoln University. I am particularly interested in finding a way in which the producers, specifically farmers, can continue to find ways to reach maximum productively and profit as well as the salesman at the other end of the chain achieving these goals as well.

I would love to eventually be involved in New Zealand trade and consultancy work between NZ and other countries to help better relationships around imports and exports. With the issues such as climate change and a world food shortage that have arisen, I believe it is an important time to be working in collaboration with other agricultural industries around the world to ensure that we can sustain the population as it continues to grow.

With agriculture being one of New Zealand’s biggest industries, I am passionate about pursuing a career in it as not only is it where my interests lie but I want to be involved in the continued development and challenges that the industry and thus our country faces.

Ariana Hadfield

Ariana Hadfield.

I was born into a farming family and raised on sheep and beef farms. Throughout my upbringing I learned a lot about farming, the land and livestock. My parents are the owners and operators of our farm, Mangaroa Station where we have lived for the past 15 years. I have always known I would love to work in the agricultural industry, but for a long time, wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do.

In 2015 I participated in the judging process with my parents for the Ahuwhenua Maori Farmer of the Year competition, which they went on to win. Throughout the process of the competition I learned a lot about Maori Agribusiness. I learned that a career in this field incorporates tikanga Maori, agriculture and business, three things I am passionate about.

I am now currently in my first year at Massey University studying towards a Bachelor of AgriCommerce majoring in Maori Agribusiness. My primary goal is to become a rural banker. In this role I hope to be able to contribute to the growth and sustainability of Maori freehold land which will provide numerous benefits for my people, the primary sector and the economy.

Danielle Scott

Danielle Scott.

I was bought up on a beef farm in Northland and from a young age I have been involved with helping out with the day to day work in weekends and school holidays. This initial involvement on the farm sparked my passion which only grew from there. 

I am currently on my 3rd year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Massey and thoroughly enjoying the many challenges it has offered me. Doing a degree has opened up a whole new perspective to me and has further driven my passion for New Zealand’s agricultural industry.

I have always enjoyed the hands on aspect of farming so before pursuing a degree I got some practical experience and worked as a Shepherd in the Wairarapa for just over a year. I believe getting practical experience has made my degree more valuable as I could relate what I am learning in class with what happens on farm.

At the end of my degree I wish to take on a position that allows me to combine both my practical experience and the skills I have learnt at Massey. After completing my degree I wish to pursue a career in either farm consultancy or work my way up towards farm management in hope to one day own and operate my own sheep and beef farm. 

Overall the Beef & Lamb NZ Scholarship has now taken a great weight off my shoulders and has allowed me to focus solely on my study. It also creates an array of opportunities such as meeting industry professional and networking with like-minded individuals.

Damy Oyedele

Damy Odeleye.

I’m a Nigerian-born kiwi living in Christchurch. I grew up in a humble farming background where my father was a poultry and livestock farmer (cows and pigs) and my interest in farm animals especially cows, is what inspires me today towards a career in the agriculture sector.

Society is becoming less accepting of the negative impacts of agriculture, especially the meat sector to the environment, notwithstanding any recognition of its important economic and social contribution. To this effect, there is increasing focus on sustainable farming practices that leave positive environmental footprints on our society. There’s an urgent call for experienced agriculture consultants with the technical knowhow on better and sustainable farming practices that leave a more positive footprint on our environment. This is what drives me to study a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University.

My career goal is to one day become an agriculture consultant specialised in discovering farming technics that better support farmers who also have an interest on reducing the environmental impact of their livestock on farm.

It is also my aspiration to one day utilise my accrued knowledge of the New Zealand meat sector and Nigerian system to potentially connect the two great nations.

Eldon Matthews

Eldon Matthews.

Growing up on a fourth-generation sheep and deer farm near Waikari has given me a strong connection with land, and a desire to improve the agricultural industry. I am currently at Lincoln University studying a BCom Ag. with a focus on nutrient management. This will give me a good knowledge base to launch into a career using technology, science, and farm management practices to focus on environment and nutrient mitigation, while increasing NZ's exports.

My passion for nutrient management came about following the issues the Hurunui Water Project faced in gaining resource consents. Since this point I have discovered more and more of the issues all of New Zealand is faced with in trying to the meet the government's goal of doubling agricultural exports by 2025.

In five to ten years' time I see myself working with farmers and regulators to achieve environmental mitigation, while increasing our export levels, by finding the balance between these two objectives.

Emma Boase

Emma Boase.

Unlike most people studying my degree I grew up in the city. I am from Palmerston North and attended Freyberg High School. I have always had a strong connection with the rural sector of New Zealand. I have grown up learning about my parents’ work in New Zealand’s primary industries through Massey University and Plant and Food Research.

I have work experience in international perishable logistics of beef, lamb and other produce. I enjoyed the challenges of sending perishable products overseas, the different regulations and documentation required as well as the varying value lost or gained depending on the method used to reach market. I have seen the opportunities and challenges in this constantly changing industry and have a passion for working with and representing New Zealand red meat in the future.

I am studying Lincoln’s Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing with the goal of working to help New Zealand farmers export their red meat products to the highest value possible. I am passionate about creating value chains and finding new markets for our unique products. My future dream job would be to manage and create supply chains connecting farmers with customers around the world.

I am thankful for the opportunities this scholarship will give me through networking, experiences, and learning more about beef and lamb and my place in the future of New Zealand agribusiness. 

Emma Voss

Emma Voss.

I was born and raised in Cambridge which is located in the Waikato region. I spent most of my school holidays on and off my extended family's farm in the Manawatu.

Currently I am in my second year of a Bachelor of Science Technology degree at the University of Waikato majoring in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. After completing my degree which includes work placement opportunities it will give me the necessary genetic knowledge I require to become a genetic research scientist. We now live in a world driven by climate change, farmers of today need to provide top quality produce to be competitive in global markets but are hindered by reducing green-house emissions to continue the clean green image of New Zealand.

Farming is the backbone of our country and spending time on the farm has led me to strive to a career in the industry. Research lies at the base of growth within the agricultural sector. Genetic-research can provide sustainable solutions to reduce methane production and emissions of nitrous oxide. By completing this degree, I hope to gain knowledge to reduce the impact farming has on our country's emissions. I am privileged to receive a Beef + Lamb scholarship.

Georgia Gavin

Georgia Gavin.

I have been lucky enough to take part in farming practices all my life. I grew up on both dry stock farms/farmlets and spent many weekends on our family hill country farm East of Eltham, Taranaki.  Helping out on the farm was never a chore and I soon found out that farming was my passion.     

I wanted to help farmers make the best decisions for the environment, their stock production and themselves which is why I decided to study a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey University.  I am currently in my first year and I am confident that agriculture is for me. 

After completing my degree, I hope to obtain an advisory role where I will strive to help the New Zealand agricultural industry continues to grow and further its reputation worldwide.  Ultimately I would love obtain a leadership role within the industry and own/run a piece of farmland one day.   

I am very grateful to be a Beef + Lamb New Zealand scholar as it enables me to focus more on my studies due to financial support but will also provide networking and opportunities in the future.  I couldn’t think of a better industry to be involved in.

Grace Van Tilborg

Grace Van Tilborg.

Growing up on a farm, I have been surrounded by New Zealand livestock and have loved being involved and constantly learning about this industry. Raising my own lambs and calves from a young age has taught me many valuable skills but mostly inspired my passion for New Zealand farming and the outdoors.

I also have a passion for food, which combined with my interest in science, has led to studying Food Technology at Massey University. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year of this degree, especially the group projects where we get to focus on ‘real world’ situations. In the future I would love to use my degree to contribute to the New Zealand food industry by innovating new products with a focus on health and nutrition that also involves my passion for agribusiness sectors. Farming is an important part of New Zealand and I want to be involved in helping this industry thrive well into the future.

In addition to my studies, I love spending time in the outdoors. Completing Outward Bound last year was a definite highlight. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I loved both the mental and physical challenges and value the lifelong friendships and lessons learnt.

Henry Buckingham

B+LNZ scholar Henry Buckingham.

Farming has been a passion of mine all my life. From a sheep and beef property in southern Southland, I am presently studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) at Lincoln University. I believe this degree will help me pursue my future in agriculture. It will provide me with the knowledge and technology that will be needed for the development of the sheep industry.

I have been involved in Young Farmers for four years, competing and winning the 2010 National TeenAg contest. Multisport is my main sporting passion and I plan to compete in the legendary "Coast to Coast" race in the near future. Training for this is a good break from study and it helps me to stay focused on my academic career and goals.

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