NAME: THOMAS LUNDMAN
ROLE: FARM ASSISTANT
Thomas' work focus has gone from tracking tiny critters in pitch black caves to looking after considerably larger animals in paddocks near Whakatane.
For the last five years he's been guiding tourists around Te Anau's glow-worm caves, now he's helping to milk 550 cows on a dairy farm at Awakaponga.
Thomas grew up on a dairy farm in the deep south until the age of 12 and had taken agriculture as a subject at high school. But tourism was big in Te Anau and he took that path when entering the workforce. "In the glow worm caves my shift went through to midnight. Now I've got the early morning starts on the dairy farm, so it's been a pretty big sleep cycle switch."