On Friday 14th June the Technology Faculty took 46 students across to experience the Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Fieldays is one of the biggest annual agricultural events in the calendar for the Southern Hemisphere and is “the ultimate launch platform for cutting edge technology and innovation.” (New Zealand National Fieldays Society, 2019).
A highlight for some of the students was the Career and Education area – where they were shown possible avenues into the agricultural sector and talked to the various education providers.
Here is a quote from our wonderful International Digital Technology student Shu Mochimaru from Japan:
“I’ve never been to the Fieldays. There were many new things for me. I live in Tokyo so I don’t do farming and so on. I felt the career and education hub was interesting. I could learn about the universities, companies and group and how the group contributes to people. I will go to the university in Japan, but I think universities in New Zealand are also good.”
Another highlight was the Innovation Centre where we viewed exhibits on dairy and drystock farming, cloud and mobile-based software, animal health and genetics, water and waste management, farm safety and leading research. Vodafone also had an interesting “Internet of Things” display. Interestingly, it was in the Innovation Centre that we had the unique opportunity to talk to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern – who had also stopped in for a visit.
The students enjoyed the freedom of walking around the Fieldays, interacting with and learning much from the different displays… only wishing they’d had more time to get around the huge event.