Farmer, Outback Pilot To Stand In Rangitikei
Farmer Rob Stevenson will stand in the Rangitikei electorate for New Zealand First.
Rob has a wealth of experience on the land and working in service industries supporting agriculture and his family roots are in the Rangitikei.
He has fond memories of train trips to Taihape to stay with his grandparents, an area where his relatives still farm. Rob runs his farm at Tangowahine, Northland, in conjunction with his family but will be moving to Rangitikei soon.
One of his great grandfathers was a government surveyor on the Raurimu spiral and surveyed Rangitikei settlement blocks for returning World War I soldiers.
Rob also had a great grandfather who was postmaster at Taihape.
Rob’s mother came from Pukeohau. Rob studied at Massey University, where he got his commercial pilot’s licence.
He spent five years as an Outback pilot mustering stock in Australia – where one paddock was 400 square miles and took three days to cover.
Rob has also worked as an auctioneer and livestock agent.
Rob has given much of his time to community efforts, serving as a School Board of Trustees chairman for seven years, and on a High School Board of Trustees for two years as a parent representative.
He was a Veterinary Club director for 16 years.