Tuesday afternoons - 3:15pm-5:15pm

What is it?

An after-school coaching programme for students in Years 5 -8

AgriKidsNZ is a competition for primary school students. Membership is FREE and participation is largely based in the annual fun-filled competition series which runs alongside the TeenAg Competitions and FMG Young Farmer Contest.

The aim is to promote the fun side of agriculture while children develop valuable skills and make lifelong friendships. Members don’t need to come off a farm, they just need to have a love of the land and be keen to get their hands a bit dirty!

When is it?

Tuesday afternoons 3.15-5.15pm held at Auroa School (wet or fine).


No cost for coaching, the school has received funding from Awatuna/Auroa Farming for the Future Community Catchment Group. If we decide to get uniforms there may be a small cost to contribute to these.

Equipment used for the activities is likely to be able to be provided by our local farmers if required like fence reels, safety equipment or quick tasks to learn about like water fittings etc.


The aim of this coaching programme is to provide students with skills both farming based but also about problem solving and working as a team to achieve task completion.

During the course of the coaching, we will then select / organise teams of 3 students to compete at the Regional Taranaki Manawatu competition held over a weekend in late summer.


Kate Thomson - farmer, Primary ITO Advisor, young farmers member, cool all round chick with support from Taranaki Catchment Communities team Trish Rankin and Nicola Bryant. Parents may also be keen to be involved and help Kate too which would be appreciated and we can coordinate this.

Info of the Agrikids Website in case any further questions or info required.

Possible Activities the kids will be covering

(which have all come from previous competitions!!)

Meat cut identfications
Equine - bridle assembly and putting on
Pest control
General knowledge
Feed budget
Identify trees/fruit etc
Sausage making
Disease identification
Simple farming calendar - key parts of the farming activities
Beehive assembly - get the pieces in a kitset and put together
Pancake making
Tool identification
Different breeds of animals
Sack Races

What’s wrong in the picture e.g. health and safety fatal things
Build gates
Electric bungy gate assembly
Putting calf shed water trough together
Spills - e.g. how you would deal with oil/petrol spills
Apple bobbing and skills
Identify implements - swather/rake etc
Assembling a kit set tent and then taking it down and fitting back in the bag!
Soils - different texture soil and work out what one holds water
Gun safety
Quad - putting tyres/rotating tyres on the quad
2 wheeler safety etc

Animal anatomy

How the competition works

Every year, hundreds of children from all over New Zealand compete in their local Regional Final Competition.

The competition is open and free to all members, pre-registration is required as spots do fill up. AgriKidsNZ compete in teams of three and a typical Regional Final consists of eight practical and theoretical modules to promote the learning of all the different aspects of our industry.

The seven top scoring teams from the preliminary round then progress to the Race-Off where competitors must compete in a number of tasks as quickly and as carefully as possible. The format of the competition is the same, but the specifics change from year to year.

While the challenges are predominantly agriculturally based, children from all backgrounds will enjoy the competition as it’s a way for them to get outside and get active with their friends. All they need to bring is determination and enthusiasm!

The top three teams at each Regional Final are then invited to the Grand Final to battle it out for the champion's title.


Does the team have to have 3 competitors or can it be 2?

You need 3 competitors per team, there are no exceptions.

We are entering teams through our school. Is there a maximum number of teams we can enter?

Each school is entitled to enter up to eight teams into the Regional Competition. However, at the Events Team sole discretion, schools may be invited to enter additional teams into the Regional Competition in the event there is capacity to do so 1 month out from competition.

How many modules are there?

There are 8 modules, which test a wide range of agriculture knowledge from theory to hands on skills which parallel activities on-farm and are age and skill appropriate. These modules last for 6 minutes each.

Will we get any hints as to what is involved prior to the day?

Absolutely, this will be emailed out the Monday prior to the competition. So make sure you are on the lookout for this email, make sure to check spam accounts if you have not received it.

When will we hear what time we have to be there?

This will also be emailed out with the hints the Monday prior to the competition. This email will also include the days’ timetable. So make sure you are on the lookout for this email, make sure to check spam accounts if you have not received it.

Can we please be in a later preliminary round as we have to drive a wee way to get the regional final?

What we do here is, we google maps all schools distance and the time it will take to get to the regional’s location. We put the closest schools to the venue in the first rounds and the further away schools in the later rounds.

Can we change our team name once we have registered?

Unfortunately not. So please make sure you have you are happy with your team name before you submit it.

When do we find out the results of our placing?

These will be placed on the website the week after the event in the results section.

We placed in our regional final (1st, 2nd or 3rd), when do we expect to receive information about Grand Final?

You will get an email the following week of the competition to congratulate you on your efforts and that we will be in touch regarding Grand Final information once all the Regionals have finished.