Jo farms near Tuatapere, Western Southland, milking 800 cows. She volunteers for multiple community organisations and says giving back to the community is important to her.
Jo is honoured to be a finalist and looks forward to her journey staying involved in boards/groups that help make her community a great place to live.
Katrina was raised on a sheep farm in Southland. After meeting her husband, they converted his family farm in Wrey’s Bush to dairy. During this time, she was president/area secretary of Central Southland Plunket, and the local kindy committee.
After joining DWN, Katrina became the Invercargill Group Convenor, and remains on numerous committees/groups.
Rachael and her husband sharemilked on three different farms, growing their herd and building capital before they bought their farm in 2007.
Having two children, Rachael joined Plunket, playcentre and school committees.
The couple has since sold their farm but stayed in their Riversdale (North Southland) community where she continues to belong to multiple committees.
Tania is a contract milker near Te Aroha, who loves the sense of community provided by farming. She has been a DWN member for 11 years, and was also involved with her local young farmers and had been chair, it gave her the confidence to put her hand up when other opportunity’s came along. She has been on DWN conference committee teaches archery, horse riding and pet day skills.