August Newsflash from Farmstrong

Dear <<First Name>>,

Whether you're busy on the farm, competing on the rugby field or juggling a newborn baby and young family, sleep is an essential part of being able to perform at your best.

My wife Hannah and I recently welcomed our second child into the world and getting quality sleep is challenging, but there are things you can do to help get those zzzzzzzs.

In this issue, I share some of my top tips for getting a good night's sleep no matter the circumstances.

Read about tiny Hororata Primary School in rural Canterbury that hosted a special day of fun activities to promote the five ways to wellbeing and bring the local farming community together.

Contract milker Tangaroa Walker, who was the inaugural winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award in 2012, shares his wellbeing tips.

And learn about the massive benefits North Canterbury Ag & Silage have seen since providing free meals for their workers.

Sam Whitelock and the Farmstrong team

Oh Baby! Sam’s top sleep tips 

Getting a good night’s sleep is key to staying on top of your game – whether you’re on the farm, on the rugby field, or a parent to a newborn baby.

Farmstrong ambassador Sam Whitelock and wife Hannah recently welcomed their second child into the world so have been thrust back into the world of sleepless nights.

Like any parents of a newborn, getting quality sleep is hard to come by, but is essential in order to stay on top of things and perform.

School fun day unites farming community

Tiny Hororata Primary School in rural Canterbury recently hosted a special day of fun activities to promote the five ways to wellbeing and bring the local farming community together.

Families also took part in a baking, sculpture and photo competition in the lead up to the Primary Focus Day, which was held in May.

The fun day is in its second year and was organised by a group of students from Lincoln University involved in the scholarship programme, Future Leaders. It's also the second year the fun day has been held at Hororata Primary School.

Wellbeing tips for life on the farm

Tangaroa Walker was the inaugural winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award in 2012 and has gone on to a successful career as a contract milker.

Now he’s helping Farmstrong raise awareness about the importance of living well to farm well. Tangaroa still remembers the moment he decided to go farming.

“I was 11-years-old and this guy drove up the driveway of our school in this flash car with his beautiful wife and hopped out. He was there to help set up a cross country course. I said, ‘Hey man, what do you do?’. He said, 'I’m a farmer.’ That was it. I ended up helping him out on his dairy farm when I was 13 and just cracked into it from there.”

Free meals for workers reaps rewards


When North Canterbury Ag & Silage started providing free meals for its workers, the benefits were massive.

During the silage season, which runs from mid-October to March, the company provides free, healthy lunches and dinners to its staff and sub-contractors, who operate agricultural machinery and drive trucks.

The initiative began in 2017 and North Canterbury Ag & Silage director Steve Carr says the company hasn’t looked back since.

“The benefits have been massive. The guys are much more energetic and their
concentration is much better. If you’re hungry, you can’t focus,” Steve says.


Thank you to all our supporters!

We'd like to say a big thanks to:

  • Norwood and Miraka, who raised funds at a combined golf tournament at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary.
  • Natalie Lindsay, Nikki Brown and Gina McKenzie, who raised funds for Farmstrong when they completed an epic 3,000km tuk-tuk race across India.
  • South Island Agricultural Fieldays, that raised money on the day for Farmstrong.
  • Karen Bleach-Wood, who raised money selling homemade products.
  • Taupo Pure, who donated money to Farmstrong.
  • Milk NZ, who donated money to Farmstrong.
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