Hamish Gibson always knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to be a farmer.
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The second of the Gibson children to come to St Peter’s, (2000 – 2005), he cheerfully says that he wasn’t too keen on the academic side of school, but shone at sports and represented the school in kayaking (canoe slalom), rugby and hockey. He later represented New Zealand at kayaking in Europe in the junior and then the senior team.
After completing a bridging course he went on to study at Lincoln University and gained a degree in agriculture.
With this qualification under his belt, he took up his dream job, working as a high country shepherd at Mt Nicholas Station, Queenstown. With 104,000 acres to cover, it took seven men, thirty dogs and seven horses to muster their nine thousand merino wethers, bringing them down from the mountains before the winter weather. Hamish says that during the musters you learned how far you could push yourself.
After two years he moved on to Beaumont, where he is second in charge of a breeding and finishing farm. Here he is working with both beef cattle and sheep and has his own team of six dogs and a chance to broaden his experience. He hopes to travel more in years to come, particularly back to Canada, which impressed him on a previous visit.
In the longer term, he hopes to return to some spectacular New Zealand scenery and manage his own high country station.