Recently five members (Brian, Yui, Ivanah, Bezaye & Rubeca) of TCRG attended the NZASSS Soils Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand. As part of the conference a soil judging competition was held at Wanaka for students, which is about an hours drive North of Queenstown. With 13 teams for across Australia, NZ and the USA, the TCRG represented UNE with our team the “Dirty New Englanders”.
The competition was held over two days, with the first day being a practice day to allow teams see some NZ soils, understand the competition format and come to grips with the NZ Soil Classification. The second day was competition day for both the teams and individual rounds. The teams round consisted of two different soil pits which as a team we worked on classifying together. In the afternoon Ivanah and Bezaye took on the challenge of the individual pit.
While we didn’t win the competition was a great experience with much friendly banter was exchanged with other teams, a great opportunity to learn about NZ soils, explore some wonderful landscapes and most importantly have lots of fun.