I’m Alex Tomkins, a 2019 graduate of the Pinnacle Programme. Originally from Wellington, I spent six years of my childhood living in Asia and then finished my schooling years in Tauranga. Despite not coming from a rural background, I became interested in the primary industries while living in Asia and seeing New Zealand agri-food products in international markets. I’m passionate about sustainable food production and am motivated to play a role in New Zealand producing healthy and high quality food, and to get this to export markets. In 2020 I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of AgriCommerce majoring in International AgriBusiness. I am on the graduate programme at Southern Cross Horticulture, a vertically integrated kiwifruit company based in the Bay of Plenty.
I applied for the Pinnacle Programme as it was an incredible opportunity to experience Spirit of Adventure and Outward Bound, two iconic programmes I had always wanted to take part in, as well as the personal development and mentoring the programme provides. Being involved in the Pinnacle Programme for over five years has given me countless opportunities to meet new people, develop my leadership and teamwork skills, and push myself outside my comfort zone. My Pinnacle journey has given me the confidence to dream big and to take advantage of every opportunity life presents you, as in the words of Kurt Hahn “there is more in you than you think”. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and mentorship from the Pinnacle Programme. Through being part of the Pinnacle, I joined a family and network of inspiring and driven individuals, who will continue to be close friends as we journey through life together.