Harding Construction / Coresteel South Canterbury put on a good show at the NZ Young Farmer of the Year competition in Timaru earlier this year.
The event was held at Caroline Bay, Timaru on July 8. Harding Construction / Coresteel South Canterbury coordinated and provided the carpentry activity for the Head to Head challenge. The 7 regional finalists had 25 minutes to build “Granny’s woodshed” from pre-cut supplies. The prototype stood covered with a tarpaulin in the centre of the ring, giving the contestants an idea of the size and shape of the shed, but not the details. The prototype was revealed with just 10 minutes to go, so the young farmers could stop guessing and make any changes if they wanted. One, whose woodshed was significantly different to the freshly revealed original, wryly quipped “The prototype is clearly wrong” and with a grin, committed himself to his more ‘creative’ design.
Whilst basically a jigsaw, the event was designed to challenge the competitors organisational, problem-solving and practical building skills. It was possible but difficult to complete it within the 25-minute timeframe. The contestants put in a great effort, but the challenge proved too tough and none managed to complete their woodsheds before the buzzer went off. Logan Wallace of Otago-Southland won the event, scoring points for quality of workmanship and for getting the most work completed.
Athol New, representing the Aorangi region, was the ultimate winner of the 2016 Young Farmer of the Year competition. In a Radio NZ interview he commented that the Head to Head event was “pretty challenging and good fun.” The crowd certainly enjoyed watching it and there were even two about ordering a shed, afterwards.
Harding Construction / Coresteel South Canterbury are proud to have been involved with the challenge and congratulate all the contestants on a terrific competition. Our hearty congratulations go to Athol New, winner of the NZ Young Farmer of the Year, 2016.