2021 Winner NZ
Sam is employed by Te Tumu Paeroa. He joined as the Rural Advisor and now works in a newly created Rural Project Manager role. Te Tumu Paeroa administers 88,000ha of Māori owned land which occupies 15 Regional Councils and across multiple land uses including grazing, dairy, forestry, and horticulture.
Plans for the future are to build Te Tumu Paeroa's capability around ensuring the Māori land administered is both environmentally sound and utilised in the most appropriate way. Sam’s role consists of supervising the operational entities that are administered, engaging with various primary industry bodies as the Māori Trustees representative, and assisting the wider organisation with any rural matters arising.
Sam runs the Wairarapa Emerging Red Meat Leader competition, which recognises exceptional people in entry to middle management positions on Sheep and Beef farms. He is also on the Tararua Farmer of the Year committee and has been involved in the Wairarapa Farming For Profit committee.
Sam founded the RMPP group, which focused on upskilling farm managers and rural professionals, a group now taking a hiatus as each member of the group has taken a significant step towards their end goal.
Sam has an Agribusiness degree through Massey University, majoring in Farm Management.
(current June 2022)