The Big Deer Tour

The Big Deer Tour


Deer Industry New Zealand will provide future rural professionals with an opportunity to get to know what the deer industry has to offer.  Deer numbers are growing in New Zealand and farmers are increasingly seeking expert assistance with integrated management decisions to improve their productivity, profitability and environmental compliance.

Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) is an industry-good, levy-funded organisation with a small, diverse team skilled in marketing, research, advocacy, communications, farm production, quality assurance and culinary development. We work with deer farmers, processors and marketers to promote a profitable and confident deer industry. Our office is based in Wellington.

Passion2Profit is a Primary Growth Partnership between the New Zealand farmed deer industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Passion2Profit aims to improve the profitability of the New Zealand farmed deer industry.

In 2017 three students will be shown the deer industry top to bottom and spend time with experts in deer farming, research, advisory services and product marketing. The programme will raise the profile of work in the deer industry as a future career option among future agricultural consultants, and will raise the profile of potential employers among students.


The programme will take place from Saturday 26th August to Sunday 3rd September 2017.
Over the nine days the selected students will spend time working with and learning from:

  • High Country Deer Farmers
  • Deer researchers and scientists
  • Agricultural consultants working with deer clients
  • Venison marketing companies, and
  • Attend farmer workshops to gain an appreciation for the passion that people develop for these unique farmed animals.

All Costs covered:

The three chosen students will have costs for transport and accommodation covered. Each student will also receive a $1,000 allowance to cover additional expenses.


Applicants will be students in the final year of a degree in Ag Sci, Ag Com, Environmental Management or a related discipline that will lead to a qualification appropriate to employment in the agricultural consultancy field. Deer Industry NZ will also be willing to consider individual recommendations from industry contacts.

Applicants will be selected based on:

  1. Academic grades
  2. Relevant course of study
  3. A written submission on why they would like to take part in the programme
  4. Two written references, either character or employment

Please note applicants must be available for a face to face interview if shortlisted and must be able to travel during the dates of the programme.

Eligible applicants will be considered by a selection panel comprising the Passion2Profit Programme Manager, the DINZ Producer Manager and a farm consultant. Please note that the awarding of the placement is entirely at the discretion of the selection panel. The panel will respect the confidentiality of all information provided by applicants.

Applications open 27th March 2017 closing on the 7th July 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday the 28th July 2017.

To apply:

Applicants must apply in writing (letter or email) explaining why they would like to take part in the programme and why they feel they would be the most suitable applicant. They must also submit their record of academic transcript along with two written references which can be character or employment related.

Completed applications should be submitted to:

Rob Aloe
Passion2Profit (P2P) Programme Coordinator
Deer Industry New Zealand
PO Box 10702
The Terrace
Phone: 04 473 4500

After a rigorous selection process, we are proud to announce the following tour party for 2017; James Robertson, Brianna Lee-Kelleher, Kate Stewart, Logan Bain, Henry Waller and Glen McLennan