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Tim van de Molen is a proud Waikato boy, a farmer, rural bank manager, businessman and community volunteer. He lives in Tamahere with his wife Hilary and daughter Isobella.

Tim was educated at Matamata College and gained a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Waikato. Following his formal education he worked as a dairy farmer and completed his OE before joining the commercial sector as a rural bank manager. He currently works for Rabobank and owns a number of small businesses.

In 2013, Tim won the prestigious NZ Young Farmer of the Year Award after coming runner up in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and a former Australasian Rural Ambassador.

Outside of work he is active in the Army Reserves and serves on the Tamahere Community Committee.