Fieldays Stories

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Fieldays! To celebrate, we hit the road and travelled around the country, from Kerikeri to Invercargill, capturing stories of New Zealanders and the impact Fieldays has had on their lives. What they found there may surprise you. What will you find at Fieldays?

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    • Sunday 13 May

    G Meet Bill Johnston, the Invercargill farmer who has been to all 49 Fieldays. You heard right, the man has been going for nearly half a century and shows no signs of slowing down. During the week, Bill and his trusty terrier Jet lend a hand on his son's share-milking operation. Bill recalls the early days when parking at Mystery Creek was nothing short of diabolical and how getting unstuck from the thick mud of the parking area was all part of the original Fieldays experience.

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      • Saturday 19 May

      G Countless great ideas have started in the humble Kiwi shed; and for Matt Flowerday that's exactly where his GPS mapping business GPS-it began. 18 years later, Matt utilises everything from drones to aircraft and GPS units to map around 90 per cent of the orchards around New Zealand. Now for the first time this year, they've developed their maps into an app for Fieldays helping to answer the most common questions of them all, "where is the nearest toilet?" and "where on Earth is my car?"

      • Sunday 13 May

      G Meet Alana, Louise and Hannah, AKA the Wallace Sisters. Growing up together on a farm in Waikato, they were exposed to the rural lifestyle at an early age, but didn't realise the breadth of jobs available in the primary industries until after university. Now all successfully working in agriculture, each hope to inspire more young women to look beyond their notions of farming and give it a go. In their words, "think outside the box, we didn't know our jobs even existed before we took them".

      • Sunday 13 May

      G Ever since Grant was a kid he dreamed of being an inventor. He'd head along to Fieldays and be inspired by all the new contraptions and technology filling the tents in those days, vowing one day to return with one of his own. Fast forward a few decades and that's exactly where Grant finds himself now as the inventor of the Mobile Honey Harvester. With beehives operating from Kerikeri to South Canterbury, he's turned a dream into a reality.

      • Sunday 13 May

      G Mike and Ryley don't have your typical love story. After entering the Rural Bachelor competition at Fieldays in 2014, Mike unexpectedly met his future wife. Their relationship blossomed a year later when he returned as a guest judge and had trimmed his long locks, "Love at first sight after a haircut", as Ryley is fond of saying. Today they're raising a young family together on their dairy farm outside Fielding and enjoying the sense of freedom that comes along with a lot of hard work.

      • Sunday 13 May

      G Meet Bill Johnston, the Invercargill farmer who has been to all 49 Fieldays. You heard right, the man has been going for nearly half a century and shows no signs of slowing down. During the week, Bill and his trusty terrier Jet lend a hand on his son's share-milking operation. Bill recalls the early days when parking at Mystery Creek was nothing short of diabolical and how getting unstuck from the thick mud of the parking area was all part of the original Fieldays experience.