Dunsandel young farmer joins board

by Kent Caddick

Dunsandel Young Farmers club member Ash-Leigh Campbell is one of three women who have just been elected to the New Zealand Young Farmers board.

Ash-Leigh Campbell, a technical farm manager with Ngai Tahu in Canterbury, helps oversee the management of the iwi corporation’s eight dairy farms, which milk about 8,000 cows.

The 27-year-old was one of two NZ Young Farmers (NZYF) members elected to the board at its recent annual general meeting in Invercargill.

The other two were Hannah Cameron, who grew up on a dairy farm in the North Waikato, and Woodville farmer and banker Rebecca Brown.

“I’m hugely passionate about the organisation, and I want to continue giving back while I still can,” Campbell said.

She joined NZYF in 2011 and is a previous Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer Award finalist.

She is currently studying for a bachelor of commerce (agriculture) degree at Lincoln University.

“I signed up for one year of university in 2014. I completed a diploma in agriculture, then a diploma in farm management and am currently completing my degree part-time,” she said.

The trio will attend their first NZ Young Farmers Board meeting next month. The changes mean half of NZYF’s eight-member board are now women. The fourth is appointed Dunedin-based director, Sharon Angus.

“It shows we’re leading the way in ensuring our board reflects our evolving membership base,” said NZ Young Farmers Board chairman, Jason Te Brake.