Hello, my name is Hamish McKenzie.
I was born and raised 30 minutes out of Hastings on a family farm. My parents retired from farming in 2012 and I spent the last 7 years living in town. I attended Lindisfarne College for both high school and intermediate.
School was always very confining for me, and ever since I could remember I have wanted to be a farmer. When I found out I was accepted into Waipaoa I was ecstatic, and hugely honoured. My future plans are rather clear; I aim to go shepherding for a few years hopefully on different farms to gain some experience and perspective of different ways to run a farm, and then eventually end up in a managing role, to then finally go back to the family farm.