• From Drought to Success with Doug Avery

Friday, 23 March 2018

6.00pm – 10.00pm
Puketapu School Hall

From Drought to Success

Doug Avery shares his powerful story with humour and candour, of how he turned his Marlborough farm – and his life – around, and changed perceptions across NZ.

Join us for a delicious fundraising dinner and a yarn about overcoming life’s challenges. A night of great discovery from the man behind the top-selling book – The Resilient Farmer.

Recently awarded an MNZM Queen’s Birthday honour in recognition of his services to agriculture and mental health, charismatic Marlborough farmer Doug will share his powerful story of how he and his wife weathered years of drought and desperation. Speaking with openness, honesty and humour, Doug’s journey is relateable to us all, but is of particular relevance to the farming community, who on a daily basis face unique challenges. He has tips for all of us in dealing with what life throws at us.

Guaranteed to be an entertaining evening, the event will also include spot prizes and a Charity Auction raising funds for two local Hawke’s Bay charities – Look Good, Feel Better & Staros-Affected by Suicide Support Trust.

Ticket information at www.eventfinda.co.nz and search: Doug Avery

Doug Avery

The Resilient Farmer

Smashed by years of drought, eastern Marlborough farmers Doug and Wendy Avery realised in 1998 they needed to change direction not only in their lives but also in his farming methods.

A seminar by Dr Derrick Moot, a senior plant science professor of Lincoln University, followed by a science project facilitated by the NZ Land Care Trust, led not only to Bonavaree Farm ( the Avery Property at Grassmere) transforming, but also the lives of Doug, Wendy and their family. The farm which struggled with just Doug and Wendy and a gross income of $320,000 today employs 6 full-time people and lots of busy contractors, and today gross Income has soared to $3,000,000.

The Starborough Flaxbourne Soil Conservation Group which Doug chaired, won a Green Ribbon in 2008 for leadership in improving the drought-affected land. The Avery family were South Island Farmers of the Year in 2010 and Marlborough District Council Environment Award winners in 2011. In 2012 Doug was made a Land Care Ambassador by the NZ Land Care Trust and in 2013 Doug was named Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year.

In 2014 Doug set up a company called Resilient Farmer to promote more resilience into the lives of farmers and others. Doug’s book,” The Resilient Farmer” is now a best seller in NZ and abroad. In 2017 Doug was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Agriculture and Mental Health.

Further Details

Great Spot Prizes & Charity Auction Items

Cash Bar Operating (sorry – No Eftpos)

Ticket Price Includes Dinner & Entertainment

Tables of 10

Plenty of Parking

Due to the content covered, this is an R18 event

Venue Details

Puketapu School Hall

708 Puketapu Rd


Hawke’s Bay

Our Partners

We are proud to have the support of the following key partners

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