Masterton-based farm consultant Sam Vivian-Greer is about to pack his bags and head off around New Zealand and parts of Australia on his own personal development odyssey.

As the NZ winner of this year’s Zanda McDonald Award, Sam heads off this month (August) around the country to meet industry leaders and farmers who will share their experiences with the 32-year-old.

In November, assuming no travel restrictions, he will likely join 2020 ‘Zanda’ winner, Jack Rahuriri, to share in a similar tour across the Tasman. The Covid-19 border closures prevented Jack from going last year.

The coveted award is presented by the Platinum Primary Producers (PPP).

To win the award, Sam and three other finalists were put through their paces during a rigorous series of interviews and presentations. 

  The other finalists were Genevieve Steven, consultant 26, KPMG in Ashburton; Jenna Smith, 34, chief executive of Pouarua Farms and Becks Smith, 33, veterinarian at VetEnt in Ranfurly.

Sam receives $10,000 towards further education, plus the opportunity to network with leaders. He will travel to diverse and remote farming operations on both sides of the Tasman.