Ann Baker has managed her own sauvignon blanc vineyard in Marlborough and worked for one of the region’s esteemed winemaking businesses.
But her first career was in tertiary education, teaching computing to students in Christchurch at the dawn of the Internet Age. She’s also worked as a data analyst and IT communications professional.
Ann’s lifelong interest in horticulture led her to Marlborough in 2007 where she planted a vineyard and worked in the wine and viticulture industry.
She worked on projects and logistics for Highfield TerraVin in southern Marlborough for five years.
Ann has had several jobs in the wine industry since moving to the region, picking up a wide range of skills and knowledge along the way.
The development of the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking at NMIT(external link) attracted Ann back to teaching. She started as a tutor in 2016 and she’s now a senior academic staff member.
“The strength of this degree is the emphasis on viticulture and winemaking, the learner has the best of both worlds. Also if you work in the industry you can study part-time, online. You can fit in work, study and life. It is a pleasure being involved.”
Ann has a Master's in horticultural science, majoring in fruit science, from Lincoln University.