2020 Award Winner
Jack Raharuhi, 27, is the Buller Dairy Group Operations Manager for Pāmu Farms in Westport. Jack was the winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award in 2016 and winner of the Dairy Manager of the Year for the West Coast Top of The South in 2017.
In his current role at Pāmu he oversees 4 dairy farms and a machinery syndicate at Cape Foulwind, and Health and Safety leadership for 10 dairy farms. Following three years as a trustee, Jack has also recently been appointed as Chair of the West Coast Focus Farm Trust, a not for profit organisation that sets out to enhance profitable farming on the West Coast. He is also involved with PrimaryITO as a Dairy IPG Member.
Jack has a passion for developing, coaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders and stands by his career values Attract, Develop, Retain. He’s heavily involved with training and mentoring staff as part of his leadership role in the West Coast 2IC Development Programme.
Jacks leadership journey started out in a less conventional way than many, describing his teenage years as “a dark time” in his life, where he surrounded himself around the wrong people and made plenty of bad decisions along the way. However, he’s been able to draw on these experiences to inspire his peers, encouraging them to believe in themselves and their aspirations.
He also gives back to the community wherever he can, co-ordinating the Gateway Programme through Buller High School, and providing work experience for students.
Jack is a proud West Coaster, where he lives with his wife Charlotte and three children, gets out surfing when he can, and does his bit for the #westcoastbestcoast.