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A second placing for local Joseph Watts at this years FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

The Grand Final was held in Christchurch over the weekend, with first time competitor Jake Jarman, representing the Taranaki/Manawatu Region the winner.

2021 was the second time Joseph Watts from the Tikokino Young Farmer Club has finished runner-up.

Joseph missed out on the title in 2019 by a whisker to James Robertson, and also qualified for the cancelled 2020 Grand Final. 

Joseph said it is hard to compare the 2019 contest with this years one, as they were such different competitions.

Once a professional squash player, the PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative and East Coast representative also won the Agri Skills Award at the Grand Final.


The 65th annual Fryer Cup competition was held at CHB College last week.

The competition culminated on Friday night with a full house at the College Assembly Hall.

It was a good night for Hobson House – winning the Margaret Fryer Cup for Interhouse Choirs, the Nellie Black Cup, Dickey Cup and the Student’s Cup.

Overall points, and the Jenny Ellison Trophy, was won by Grey House.

Paige Dominikovich won the Carmody Cup for the best performance from Fryer Cup evening, Ben Berry winning the Joyce Haydon Cup for Individual Points, and Lydia Bucknell the award for best individual contribution by a student.

Sounds Through The Pacific was the theme for 2021.


Waka Kotahi – NZ Transport Agency has announced two weeks of full daytime closures for the Saddle Road.

The closures are to allow contractors to undertake essential resurfacing work, and begin next Monday.

Waka Kotahi says the closures are to “enable better quality work and to ensure the safety of crews and road users.

The closures are as follows :

Monday 12th – Thursday 15th July 9am – 4pm

Friday 16th July – 10am – 4pm

Monday 19th – Thursday 22nd July 9am – 4pm

Friday 23rd July – 10am – 4pm

Waka Kotahi ask motorists to allow extra time for journeys, and to take extra care and be patient when detouring via the Pahiatua Track.