DCLA 2017



Katrina Thomas – Dairy Community Leadership Award 2017 Winner


Alison Ferris

Alison Ferris 004Originally from the UK, Alison lives on her and husband Nick’s 500 cow dairy farm outside Te Kuiti, and they also own farms in Waikato and Southland. She is active on several school and community boards and groups and represents regional convenors on DWN’s board of trustees.

Cathy Prendergast

Cathy PrendergastCathy and husband Nick milk 550 cows in Arohena outside Te Awamutu. A registered nurse, Cathy is heavily involved in the Arohena community on several boards and committees including the playcentre (as president), schools and church. She has been a member of the Arohena Rural Women committee for 30 years.

Katrina Thomas

Katrina ThomasAfter 21 years in tourism, Katrina moved to Southland with her husband where they later converted their sheep farm to dairy. She is Invercargill’s DWN regional group convenor and regional hub leader. She’s involved with community groups such as Lions, Takitumu School, Western Tennis, Southern Hospice and many more.