Farming focus for Hawaii trip
Most people visit Hawaii for its sandy beaches and palm trees, but for one young Timaru school pupil it was all about farming.
Timaru Boys' High School Year 10 student Thomas Yeatman travelled to the Pacific paradise with nine other teenagers and Young Farmers members in July for the TeenAg Young Farmers' trip, after winning a place in the delegation.
The group visited farms that specialised in cattle branding, organic fruit farming, sheep farming, dairy farming and organic crop farming.
He managed to take out first place of the participating New Zealanders in stock judging at the state fair (which is like an A and P show).
A highlight of the trip was pig hunting up a mountain that resulted in the capture of three pigs, snorkelling and swimming.
The experience gave Thomas a gateway to new opportunities and a chance to meet new friends.
To take part in the exchange, he had to submit a 500-word essay on what kind of person he was, why he wanted to participate, his ability to interact with people, new places, and situations, and what qualities he would bring to the exchange.