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Fieldays 2014

This year was my first time working at the field days at Mystery Creek. For those of you who haven’t been before this is a big event (in NZ standards) that attracts over 120,000 people each year to look at farming equipment. It has expanded into luxury items for the farmers wives so they can enjoy coming to the field days too.

Like I said, this year it was my first time working there – I thought it would be a good way to make some money in between university finishing and finding a full time job. I actually got a lot more out of this job than I was expecting. I learnt some sales skills, sold a new product (the eye massager!), met a lot of great people and was absorbed into culture that is Fieldays.

I am a people person so the highlight of this event for me was meeting so many people from different stalls; people from all over NZ had come to showcase their products. I was selling the Eye Massager, a first time product in NZ, across from my stall was one of three Ruahini port stands and around the corner was possom boots, and NewGen liquorice. During the course of the week I managed to talk to these stand owners along with a variety of others.

The Ruahini port is made from fresh fruit and is unlike any other port you have tried! They had plum, blueberry, boysenberry, blackberry and cherry flavoured port, along with port sippers (which work the opposite to wine glasses – wine likes to be aerated while port tastes better if it is sipped from the bottom) that looked to me like a cats body and the sipper is the tail!

Ruahini port sipper fieldays 2014

Ruahini port sipper

Other than the actual quality of the product (coming from someone who didn’t like port – I am now in love with these flavoured ports!), the best part about the Ruahini team is their passion for their company and their team. Damon is the creator/port maker and he ooozes love for the entire process and every person that has helped him on the journey. The whole teams passion was infectious, their stalls did extremely well and I believe part of that is because they have the stories to back up every part of their company. Alisha – Damons wife – is the artist who created the animal paintings that are a strong part of their brand and are on each port label.

Ruahini port fieldays 2014

Plum & Boysenberry ports

The reason I enjoyed this Fieldays so much is because I was surrounded mostly by NZ business owners who had put their life into their products and were extremely proud to share their stories and any advice – which to a young uni graduate is super exciting and helpful! Of course along with the stall owners, I talked to a tonne of customers who tried out the Eye Massager – when you love people and love talking this is a great job!

The Eye Massager sounds strange however, it is an amazing product; it uses air pressure to target acu-pressure points around your face. I used it at least once every day and boy, does it relax you! Keep an eye out for these products!! They are worth every cent.

Eye Massager Fieldays 2014

Eye Massager

Eye Massager set-up fieldays 2014

Eye Massager set-up

 

 

That was just a quick recap on my first experience working at Fieldays 2014 and why I would recommend it to any student. It is a fantastic ground to network with a large variety of people and you never know where one conversation may lead in your future!

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Camp Overview

A quick catch up: last week I went on a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp (RYLA) in Epworth, near Maungatautari in the Waikato. There were 42 of us that came together for this camp from all over the Greater Waikato District including: Napier, Hastings, Taupo, Hamilton, Cambridge, Rotorua and many other places. We began our first day by doing a few exercises about ourselves and our journey as a leader so far, then some team building exercises, and finally a RUBIK exercise to decide on our main group for the rest of the week. We were instructed before the camp to bring seven different items of clothing in colours of the Rubik cube; which we then swapped with other camp members until we had clothes of just one colour. I ended up in the White team which was nicely balanced with three males and four females.

White Team

White Team

One of the team bonding exercises we did was Rock n Roll, which I was so excited about! We were privileged enough to have two junior national champions and a world champion teaching us the basic, turn out, turn in, a drop and spin. As a party trick we also learnt how to do a bridge with the whole group!

Learning the basics

Learning the basics

Rock n Roll bridge

Rock n Roll bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day we spent the morning inside learning theories about leadership including: above the line (Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility) / below the line (Blame, Excuses, Denial) and also “thinking – creates feeling – creates behaviour” based on your core beliefs. The afternoon was spent at the high ropes course at Lake Karapiro. We remained in our colour teams for this activity and scaled┬ámany a high rope; I even did one blindfolded!

White team on the beam

White team on the beam

White team at high ropes

White team at high ropes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These high ropes were a good test of our team work and support. We had to belay our own team mates, encourage them on the harder ropes and one rope even required us to run with the rope in one direction while the other person was running in the opposite direction resulting in them flying up in the air!

Ascending the first high rope

Ascending the first high rope

High ropes blindfolded

High ropes blindfolded

Another high rope!

Another high rope!

The next day we went to Stubb’s farm in Waitomo. There we were separated into different teams; mine was “pigs”. We made up a chant which was simple yet effective… Leader: “Piggy piggy piggy” followers: “Oink oink oink”, “piggy”, “oink”, “piggy”, “oink”, “piggy piggy piggy”, “oink oink oink!” We completed four activities in this team: rock climbing, abseiling, caving and team work adventures. I have always loved rock climbing, so this was especially exciting for me as it was a combination of outdoor rock climbing on real rocks with the indoor handles attached. It was also the first time I had gone caving; we went through different heights of caves – at some points we were crawling between cracks and through water, other times we were climbing up and over big mounds. I found the limestone inside was very interesting to look at, it is millions of years old, and of course there were plenty of glow worms to keep me intrigued – it is actually their poo that lights up!

Piggys in the cave

Piggys in the cave

Pigs successfully finished caving!

Pigs successfully finished caving!

Pigs rock climbing

Pigs rock climbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were many other activities we did including managing meetings and public speaking workshops, along with Masterchef and pikelet creations that kept us busy and taught us a lot. We even planned and practiced a Haka to thank the Rotarians and organised the final dinner where many family and friends attended to see the outcomes of the camp.

Creating perfect pikelets

Creating perfect pikelets

White's Master Chef

White’s Master Chef

Tika Tonu Haka

Tika Tonu Haka

Getting my RYLA certificate

Getting my RYLA certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RYLA camp experience was amazing and one I won’t ever forget. I am sure I will be calling on a few of the people I met there in the future, it was a great networking opportunity, not to mention all the new skills and theories I learnt. I am having post camp withdrawals, as I do after every holiday, trip and camp. I miss the people, the food, the activities and the atmosphere. ┬áMany thanks to the Rotary clubs that sponsored us all, and District 9930 for organising the whole event. Bring on a reunion soon!

Rylarions 2014

Rylarions 2014