The Big Deer Tour

The Big Deer Tour


This year's Big Deer Tour took place from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th April 2018. Click on the image below for a report of the week from participant Louis Poole;

Sam Pike, recipient of Massey University’s top Agricultural Academic Prize in 2017 and 2018 Big Deer Tour participant provides his comments and experiences on this years 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.

The Big Deer Tour will show a small group of students the deer industry from top to bottom, it will offer participants the chance to see what makes the deer industry special and to meet professionals providing services to this sector.


The programme will take place from Sunday 8th April to Saturday 14th April 2018.
Over the course of the week, selected students will spend time working with and learning from:

  • Deer Farmers to gain an appreciation for the passion that they develop for these unique animals
  • Deer researchers and scientists
  • Agricultural consultants working with deer clients
  • Venison and velvet marketing companies.

All Costs covered:

The chosen students will have costs for transport and accommodation covered. Each student will also receive a $250 allowance to cover additional expenses.


Applicants will be students studying toward 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 sector. 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 able to travel during the dates of the programme.

Eligible applicants will be considered by a selection panel comprising the Passion2Profit Programme Manager and the DINZ Producer Manager. 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 are now open and close on Friday the 16th March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday the 23rd March 2018.

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 Programme Coordinator
Deer Industry New Zealand
PO Box 10702
The Terrace
Phone: 04 473 4500

It's back! The 2018 edition of the the Big Deer Tour has now been finalised. We are proud to announce the following tourists for 2018; Chloe Belfield, Kate Peddie, Louis Poole, Sam Pike, Jake Jarman, Jean Louise Roberts, Robyn-Maree Parkinson and Scott Higgins.

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