DWN Business groups

Build knowledge and connection

As the industry continues to face change, we acknowledge the need for new skills and tools in the toolbox to navigate this change and prepare for the future.

DWN Business Groups provide our members with a small group environment to connect with like-minded dairy-women and build knowledge for success in their businesses going forward. These groups enable passionate and engaged women to inspire each other around a range of real and relevant topics such as farming, business and personal development, leadership, health and well-being.

Each group is diverse and contains farming women at different stages of their farming journey, creating range of perspectives and insight. The groups provide a valuable experience for members, and conversations are focused on the topics that are relevant to them.

DWN Business Group Leaders coordinate each group, preparing the agenda and encouraging shared facilitation. The content of each meeting is set by the members of the group to ensure peer-to-peer contribution. Without barriers to what groups do with their time, the conversation can range from technical farming topics and industry challenges to field trips, social occasions or debating strategic ideas. (Regardless of the topic, it’s about stopping each month and focusing your energy on the bigger picture.)

As a member of a DWN Business Group you will:

  • Grow as a person and as a leader through shared learning and opportunity
  • Embrace the group values and contribute your experience and ideas in a safe, empowering space
  • Build strong connections with like-minded women with regular contact each month
  • Make a commitment to the group for a minimum of 1 year (10 meetings)
  • Realise the value of investing in yourself with the annual fee of $500+GST
  • Have an incredible amount of fun along the way, and find a place to belong!

Our stories

Meet our Leaders

Hi, I'm Sue and I'm a farm owner in Waiotira in Northland. I'm passionate about learning, so belonging to DWN is the perfect place for me where I get to make connections through conference, workshops and regional events. They're all great opportunities to learn and grow with others. I love how dairy women 'just get each other'!

Sue Skelton

Coast to Coast

Lyn Johnson

Te Awamutu

Sian O’Mahony


Megan Dyer


Hi I ‘m Nicola, I contract milk 235 cows in Opunake with my husband Michael and our two daughters. I am full time on the farm over calving and mating, shares the milking the rest of the session, and manage the financial side of the business, compliance, and paperwork. I love being involved in DWN as I love contributing to the dairy Industry and I passionate about being involved in my community and helping people connect.

Nicola Bryant


Hi I'm Jordain, and I work as a Rural Professional. I have a keen interest in the agri sector, and both the challenges and opportunities it presents. My husband and I live on a 1300 cow dairy farm in Pendarves, Mid Canterbury that he currently manages. Through both my work, personal and DWN life, I love the Canterbury region and all that it has to offer. As a person I thrive off meeting people and forming new relationships.

Jordain Beattie

Mid Canterbury

Tracy Henderson