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Whangarei Agriculture & Pastoral Society

Rural Exchange

The Society has a reciprocal agricultural student exchange programme with Nambour State High School, Queensland which began in 2013 when two students from the Kamo High School Teen Ag Club – Jesse McLeish and Caitlin Williams, visited Nambour on the first rural exchange.  Since then, in August each year two students from Northland visit Nambour and help the Nambour School cattle showing team prepare cattle for the annual Brisbane Royal Show known as Ekka. They spend two to three days at the Nambour school farm before travelling to Brisbane.  In return, in December each year two Nambour High students come to New Zealand to assist with the Fresha Valley Suzie Moo Show which is held at the annual A&P Show.  

In 2014 TeenAg participants, Alisha Frost, from Kamo High School and Deana Barfoote, from Tauraroa Area School were the 2014 exchange recipients. In 2015, Brad Martin and Jake Cosson, (pictured below) both from Kamo High School were our exchange students.  The 2016 exchangees were Zane Williams and Ezra Houltham, Kamo High School.  The 2017 exchangees, from Whangarei Girls High School were Grace Moscrip and Connie Mason (shown above).

 

The purpose of the exchange is to provide educational enrichment to students who wish to develop their agricultural experiences.  The Exchange Programme creates strong links with Nambour whilst also encouraging youth involvement in Whangarei A&P Society activities.