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John Deere NZ Technician Award winners

Mosgiel-based Greg Bishop, a dual-tradesman and qualified scientist, has been named NZ Agriculture Service Technician of the Year

Topping a highly competitive field of more than 100 award nominations from across both New Zealand and Australia, Mosgiel-based Greg Bishop, a dual-tradesman and qualified scientist, has been named New Zealand Agriculture Service Technician of the Year at the second annual John Deere Technician Awards.

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John Deere director of aftermarket and customer support, Emma Ford with Agriculture Service Technician of the Year, Greg Bishop

Employed by Southland Farm Machinery, the Field Service Technician brings a unique skill set and extensive knowledge to his work, holding a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in genetics and plant biotechnology.

After spending years working in management positions within the dairy sector, he switched careers in 2017 and joined the team at Southland Farm Machinery. He completed his Heavy Diesel trade and joined the field service team three years ago, specialising in agricultural testing. 

Since making this transition, Greg has also completed an auto-electrical trade, which he anticipates will further strengthen the service he offers customers, particularly given John Deere’s intent to launch a range of electric tractors in New Zealand.

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New Zealand Parts Technician of the Year, Megan Tree, with John Deere’s Micheal Wilkins

“This is truly a highlight of my career,” says Greg.

“When I was first nominated, I felt super stoked, as it was such a great feeling to have my work appreciated at this level.”

Technicians were nominated by their dealerships, with input from customers, and then judged on their mechanical and technical expertise through a series of assessments at John Deere’s headquarters in Queensland.

“I was nervous about the testing, but I was very excited to meet my fellow nominees and the John Deere staff, it has been a tremendous experience,” he says.

Greg adds that he felt incredibly proud to work within the agriculture sector saying, “it’s the backbone of the New Zealand economy”.

The John Deere Technician Awards were established in 2021 to champion the skill and dedication of the high-performing techs who not only provide vital back-up support to customers but also help to ensure operators achieve the best possible performance from their equipment.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand managing director, Luke Chandler, congratulated Greg and each of the New Zealand winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements.

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John Deere Service Apprentice of the Year, Logan Robertson, with John Deere Australia and New Zealand managing director, Luke Chandler

“This year’s winners all share extensive technical expertise and a true passion for their work, which made them standouts to our panel of judges,” Luke says.

“People like Greg, who are dedicated to supporting operators get the most out of their equipment, embody the exciting role of a tech, which is ever evolving as the agriculture, turf, construction, and forestry industries increase their adoption of sophisticated and highly efficient machinery.”

The New Zealand Parts Technician of the Year was awarded to Megan Tree from Southland Farm Machinery in Gore, who switched careers from working as a veterinary nurse to become a Parts Technician about four years ago.

In the apprentice category, Logan Robertson, who is employed by Southland Farm Machinery, Invercargill, won John Deere Service Apprentice Technician of the Year.

The Service Apprentice category was highly competitive, with Logan contending with a fellow New Zealand finalist and four Australian apprentices to secure the title.

In total, more than 100 nominations from across Australia and New Zealand were received for this year’s award programme, with finalists competing in six different categories, including Agriculture Service Technician of the Year, Construction & Forestry Service Technician of the Year, Turf Service Technician of the Year, Service Apprentice of the Year, Parts Technician of the Year, and Parts Apprentice of the Year. 

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