What a month March was. With Field Days events taking place from the north to the south, The Regions team was there to get in on the action.
Northland Field Days - 28 February – 2 March, 2019
The Field Days season started off in Northland at the end of February and was a terrific event to get things underway. Key account manager Michelle Wilson was on hand to meet and greet our visitors, with support from Pastoral Care team member Jess Casasola. Our team noticed that the event had a strong sense of community, which was great to see and be part of. Much of the discussion at the stand was about the consultation which was taking place in response to our successful Stand Against the Stand Down petition late last year. It was great to have so many of our Northland community come and see us in the Rural Pavilion.
Central District Field Days - 14 – 16 March 2019
The next event in the diary was the Central District Field Days, at Manfeild Park, Feilding. We were lucky with the weather for the second week in a row which resulted in a record turnout for the event – more than 25,000 people attended the Field Days over the three days. On the stand to greet our visitors were Company Director Ben De’Ath, Steph Funnell, key account manager for Manawatu, Roselyn Climaco, pastoral care coordinator for Manawatu and Taranaki, and Victor Carpena our first Filipino Licensed Immigration Advisor. Great fun was had and it was lovely to see some familiar faces of those working on the area’s farms coming in for a day of professional development. The Field Days are a great opportunity for our farmworkers to gather further insight into New Zealand’s agricultural industry.
South Island Field Days - 27 – 29 March, 2019
To complete the trifecta of the Field Days season, The Regions team headed to the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Kirwee, just outside of Christchurch. One of the oldest and largest agricultural events in the South Island, this was a wonderful opportunity for our team to connect with our South Island farmers and farm workers. We have a real focus on recruitment in the South as part of our Community 500 project, an initiative that has us working to our goal of placing 500 new people into the Southland community by Christmas 2020. The Regions key account manager for Canterbury and North Otago, Leanne Gardiner was on hand at the stand to speak with visitors about the work we do in the South. Also representing The Regions in Southland were Fleur Worker Key Account Manager for Southland and West Otago, Company Director Ben De’Ath and Pastoral Care Team Member Jess Casasola.
Mystery Creek Fieldays - 12 – 15 June, 2019
We are now looking forward to our next event, the Fieldays at Mystery Creek in the Waikato. If you’re attending Fieldays this year, be sure to stop by our stand PA1B in the Mystery Creek Pavilion and say hi. Handstands aren’t compulsory!