Rabobank Scholarship recipients announced at Smedley Station

Rabobank Scholarship recipients announced at Smedley Station

Smedley Station today announced the recipients of the 2014 Rabobank Scholarships, totalling $26,300 for the coming year. Rabobank sponsors Smedley Graduates to study relevant Diploma and Degree courses.

Smedley Students

Cadets graduating this year receiving Rabobank new bursaries are:

  • Philip Cutbush
  • Watarawi Ngata
  • Dean Wardle
  • Ben Galloway
  • Jack Virtue

All five will study for a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln University. Rabobank is proud to support former Smedley cadets currently working towards their qualifications. They are:

Diploma in Agriculture – Lincoln University

  • Matthew Cooper
  • Nick Humphreys
  • Michael O’Brien
  • Stanley Robinson

2nd year degree Veterinary Science – Massey University

  • Daley Watson-Krawitz

Bachelor of commerce in Agriculture – extra-murally

  • Rhys Marshall

3rd year degree in Agriculture – Massey University

  • Sean Cummis
  • Wiremu Cottrell
  • Tim MacFarlane

George Murdoch, Rabobank’s regional manager East Coast says, “Smedley Station provides a solid foundation for future farmers and Rabobank is proud to provide bursaries to cadets graduating from the Station to pursue further studies and ultimately build their agricultural careers.

“As a finance specialist focused on food and agribusiness, Rabobank takes an active approach to knowledge dissemination through global food and agribusiness research, strategic industry advisory bodies and primary producer business management programmes. These are designed to help clients and the broader agricultural community build expertise to grow their businesses.”

Smedley Station is held in trust by Public Trust for the Crown, and is administered by Public Trust’s National Farm Centre managed by Rodd Hutton. “Smedley Station is very grateful for the support given by Rabobank and its generosity in funding further education for Smedley cadets. We join with Rabobank in congratulating all the winners and look forward to following their progress in the years to come,” says Mr Hutton.

Smedley Station occupies a unique place in the New Zealand farming sector. Not only is it a training facility providing hands-on farm practice for its cadets, it also operates as a commercial farming operation. “Smedley cadets receive a very real New Zealand farming experience with every decision affecting the welfare of the station. Cadet training is funded directly from Smedley revenue,” Mr Hutton says.

Smedley is one of 30 active farms administered by Public Trust. The farms range in size from 48 hectares to Smedley’s over 5000 hectares. Five of these farms are in the South Island, the balance in the North Island (mostly in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty area, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay).

Public Trust is New Zealand’s largest and most enduring trustee organisation, helping generations of New Zealanders for over 142 years. It provides a range of services at key times in people’s lives – providing Wills, enduring powers of attorney, estate administration, family trusts, pre-paid funeral trusts, inheritance trusts and charitable trusts.

Contact: Rodd Hutton

Phone: 0800 371 471