Tom Cranswick Memorial Award winners

The 2016 Tom Cranswick Memorial Award winners have been announced. To qualify, the recipients must be the child of a shareholder or staff member and be studying towards a career in the rural sector.



Amber DoggetAmber Doggett
Bachelor of Agriculture
Lincoln University
Age: 19

What is your ideal role in the industry?
Growing up surrounded by agriculture I have always had a passion for growing, breeding and caring for stock. I am intending to follow the genetics side of the agriculture industry through my degree at Lincoln University. I would like to be involved with developing new genetics and improving what is available for farmers in New Zealand. I would also like to keep increasing my registered Limousin cattle stud and develop my own herd’s genetics while pursuing a career in the agriculture sector.

How does this award help you?
The Tom Cranswick Memorial Award helps me greatly by lowering the costs of my degree and will also create further opportunities with Farmlands. Through my part time job at Farmlands Wellsford, I have seen first-hand how important the co-operative is and look forward to the new opportunities that the year will bring.


Lincoln HarrisonLincoln Harrison
Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture)
Lincoln University
Age: 20

What is your ideal role in the industry?
After graduating I am looking towards rural bank and stock agent roles in order to build my network and knowledge from my degree. In the future I am aiming towards farm ownership within the sheep and beef industry. In the future, I would also like to add to my experience working overseas and completing rural leadership courses such as Kellogg’s. I would also like to get further involved with industry organisations such as Beef + Lamb and Farmers Council.

How does this award help you?
This award eases the financial burden of university. It also allows for me to network within Farmlands, which can hopefully lead to future careers and involvement with the co-operative.


Sarah GreenwoodSarah Greenwood
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)
Lincoln University
Age: 21

What is your ideal role in the industry?
My ideal role in the industry is in a position either on-farm directly or in a soil research/consultancy role. But I am still not certain, so am keeping all my options open at this stage. I enjoy being a part of the agricultural industry and want to do my part to ensure it grows and remains successful.

How does this award help you?
The Tom Cranswick Award will help me cover some travel costs to and from university and pay a portion of my course fees for 2017, which reduces some financial pressures. Receiving this award also provides me with great networking opportunities, which will be essential in the coming years.


Annaliese GoettlerAnnaliese Goettler
Bachelor of Management Studies with
a Double Major in Agribusiness and
Supply Chain Management
University of Waikato
Age: 20

What is your ideal role in the industry?
My ideal role would to be aid in creating better value for farmers. I feel there is a massive opportunity for the New Zealand agricultural industry to capture premium value for products through marketing, more streamlined supply chains and strong relationships through from paddock to plate. My ideal role would either be in a supply chain/logistics role within agribusiness or a consultancy role for farmers.

How does this award help you?
From a monetary perspective, the award helps cover my travel costs from Pukekohe to Hamilton everyday as I commute, to enable me to keep up with my sporting/extra-curricular activities. I currently travel over 800km a week to and from university, so the fuel costs are relatively high! From a non-monetary perspective, the networking activities that Farmlands has provided to me since receiving the award have been invaluable and such a great opportunity to learn about the industry and meet prominent people in it.


Hannah GibbHannah Gibb
Bachelor of AgriScience with a Major
in Agriculture
Massey University
Age: 20

What is your ideal role in the industry?
My degree allows a lot of versatility and provides many career options within the agriculture sector. However I have always had a passion for livestock and the red meat sector, particularly in genetics and breeding, which supports my own small Hereford stud. In the future I hope to contribute to improving beef genetics for all farmers throughout New Zealand from a stud to commercial level, whilst continuing to grow my stud to a larger operation.

How does this award help you?
This award has already provided me the opportunity to meet with the Chairman and CEO of Farmlands. The networking aspect of winning this award will be a huge benefit to make myself known and get to know many other passionate agriculturalists. The financial aid thisaward provides me with is a huge relief, as studying full time and the associated costs with it do not come cheap. The money will go towards paying some of my financial fees for my final year of study in 2017.


About the Award
The Memorial Award is in honour of Tom Cranswick, a founding Farmlands Director who served on the Board until 1985, including 20 years as Chairman. His passion and dedication was a major influence in the establishment of Farmlands. The Cranswick family has been hugely supportive of Farmlands and it is an honour to offer this Award in his memory.

What are the Awards for?
There are FIVE Awards, valued at $2,000 each, to enable students to further their knowledge and experience through study to achieve in their chosen careers, thus allowing them to contribute to the New Zealand primary sector.