DWN17 Workshops

DAY ONE: Thursday 11th May 2017

This year we are holding four workshop sessions on day one of conference.  The sessions held in the morning will be repeated in the afternoon allowing you to choose two to attend on day one, with the exception of the Wine and Tourism – Behind the Scenes Tour which will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

W1: Beyond the Milk Cheque – adding income streams to your farming business

Explore the opportunities to create extra income for your business.  Look at the processes to assess the viability of a budding idea and how to get your idea off the ground. Be part of a session that will inspire you and give you the opportunity to learn from those that have done it already with success.


  • Rebecca Warburton

    bex-warburtonRebecca Warburton is the leading agricultural expert in financial mindset mastery. She is a Transition Coach, Workshop Facilitator and Agribusiness Consultant, with a lifetime of experience in the rural sector. Rebecca has spent several years on farm getting her boots dirty, and she’s also sat on the other side of the table as a consultant and rural bank manager, so she understands what drives each party.

    With a 360-degree perspective of farm businesses, Rebecca is able to swiftly identify what people need to do to take their business in the right direction.

    Rebecca is an Evolved Leadership Certified Coach, which is aligned with Evolved Leadership – the first global leadership development service provider specialising in sustainable transformation. As an Evolved Certified Leadership Coach, she brings internationally recognised leadership coaching to the agricultural sector.

W2: Resilience and Leadership – FULLY BOOKED!

In an age of increasing digital connection where we can exchange personal messages on Facebook, order our groceries online and run our businesses from the remotest locations, we are actually losing connections with each other.  Great leaders understand and connect with themselves and with others.  Connection builds resilience.  Resilience builds leadership.

Limited Spaces Available

Sponsored By: Ballance Agri-Nutrients


  • Rochelle Spillane

    spillane-rochelleRochelle Spillane has been with Ballance Agri-Nutrients since 2011 and is currently the Organisational Capability Leader.  Charged with helping to develop the initiatives and opportunities to grow leadership capability, thereby growing culture and performance, Rochelle’s passion lies within humanistic leadership. Prior to joining Ballance Rochelle spent seven years consulting with a professional services firm and two years within a seafood processing plant and five years as a full time stay-at-home mother.

    Rochelle hold am Honours degree in Social Sciences and a Certificate in Management Communications from The University of Waikato.

  • Edith Sykes

    edith-sykesEdith Sykes holds the position of General Manager – People and Capability at Ballance Agri-Nutrients and has done so since 2015 after a 3 year period as Human Resource Manager.

    Her role is to help shape the organisational culture and help Ballance people be the very best they can be to deliver results for customers who happen to be the shareholders as well.

    During her time at Ballance she has made a strong contribution to building a high performance culture, enhancing employee engagement levels and building leadership capability across the organisation, all with the objective of creating the Best Place with the Best People.

    Prior to joining the co-operative Edith has held Human Resource leadership roles spanning manufacturing, health and financial services industries across a diverse range of global and local organisations including Cadbury/Kraft Foods, SCA, Fletcher Forests, Tegel Foods (Heinz Watties), Bay Milk Products and Tower Corp.

    Edith’s iwi are Ngati Pikiao and Ngati Makino.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University. She is a rugby and netball supporter, enjoys whanau time, walking, the beach and lake, marae time and travel.

W3: Clarity, Connection and Collaboration for Environmental Change

Get clarity around why good environmental management is essential on today’s dairy farms.  Connect the dots between the science and making it work on your farm.  Hear what collaboration has done for a community creating change in Southland.  Connect with other farmers in your region to collaborate on ideas and initiatives. Learn where to get reliable information and what your next steps should be.

Sponsored By: Environment Southland


  • Dr. Tom Stephens

    tom-stephensTom is one of five water quality scientists at DairyNZ. His research focusses on improving our understanding of change and how to achieve it for water quality, ensuring we reach our community water quality goals. Think of Tom as your co-pilot and you’re the driver. You’re both hurtling along in a race for profitable but sustainable farms. You’re doing the hard work of getting us to the water quality line, with him there to give you advice on when to turn, how sharply to turn and when to put your foot down to get there first, leading the way for the rest of New Zealand.

  • Suzanne Hanning

    Suzanne is a member of the Dairy Environment Leaders Programme and is involved in the Dairy Leaders Advisory Group. She is also involved with the Hedgehope Catchment group and runs the Facebook page, Bristol Grove Dairies.

  • Anastazia Raymond


    Anastazia (2nd on Left) working with DWN in Southland

    Anastazia is currently working as a Land Sustainability Officer and has worked for Environment Southland since 2003.   Her favourite part of her job is meeting farmers on their properties and helping them develop their own environmental projects.  Understanding how current rules will affect their farming business is another aspect of the role she thinks is important. 

  • Fiona Young

    fiona-young-esFiona is a Senior Programme Leader at Environment Southland with responsibility for Environmental Education, Enviroschools and the Environmental Farm Plan programme delivered by the Land Sustainability team.  She has a background in policy, but has chosen to apply her skills and knowledge in a practical way through education and land management advice.  She believes working with farmers to raise awareness and understand the challenges they face is key to achieving good environmental outcomes.

W4Wine & Tourism – Behind the scenes Tour – FULLY BOOKED!

This tour will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the wine and tourism industries in the Queenstown region. You will visit the first commercial Bungy site in the world followed by a tour and lunch at the successful Peregrine Winery.  You will look at how these companies deal with the constant change of rules and regulations in order to deliver a first-class product and experience.

Limited Spaces Available. This workshop will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm

Sponsored By: Crowe Horwath


  • Alastair King

    alistair-kingAlistair is Crowe Horwath’s Wanaka-based specialist in the wine industry and is considered one of the top wine industry specialists in the commerce area in New Zealand. He is also recognised as a leading wine record keeping auditor with the Ministry of Primary Industries and New Zealand Wine Growers, which has earned him the respect of the industry and provides some top level assignments.

  • Duncan Faulkner

    duncan-faulknerDuncan left school in the UK, aged 18, and immediately immersed himself in extreme sports. After several years as a white-water kayaking instructor, he joined the Northhamptonshire Police Force, where he rode off-road motorcycles to help catch criminals. In 2010 he learned to fly helicopters and became involved in agricultural aviation – long regarded as one of the most dangerous jobs in New Zealand. During that time, Duncan’s employer had to implement a health and safety management system, and he suddenly realised how inadequate paperwork was in terms of making flying safer.

  • Shane Wairau

    Shane Wairau AJHacketShane Wairau began his journey with AJ Hackett Bungy in 1994, originally employed to work in the raft “catching customers” after they completed their Bungy Jump.

    Shane has performed many different roles within AJ Hackett Bungy, he is a Certified Jump Master and a Jump Controller, and he has been the Frontline Sales Manager, Business Manager for the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, The Ledge Bungy and The Queenstown Bungy Centre.

    In 2006 he became the Human Resources Manager and had the Safety Manager responsibility added to his portfolio in 2014. He has done many Bungy Jumps including Bungy jumping out of a Helicopter and riding a motor bike off the Kawarau Bridge.

    “I love what we do as a company, we are here to inspire people to do things they never thought they could, and that hasn’t changed in the 22 years I have been with the business” “days off can be boring when you work every day in this environment”

DAY TWO: Friday 12th May 2017

This year there will be three workshop sessions on day two of conference.  Where you will choose to attend one workshop

W5: Where’s the Money? – Financials 101

Where’s your money’ author Craig Rust will help you to find the money in your business and manage it effectively to create more! This financial 101 session will help you understand financial statements with a new level of clarity and simplicity and give you some practical tips for managing the financial health of your farming business.


  • Craig Rust

    craig-rustCraig formed a business development consultancy Practice Business Innovators in 2002, providing a range of advice to small to medium-sized businesses across New Zealand. Craig is a Chartered Accountant, director, and chairman of the board of several companies. Craig has experience in a number of sectors including manufacturing, export, retail and the service sector. Craig has received accolades from several businesses who have won business awards, including one being named the fastest-growing company in the Deloitte Top 50.

W6: Boost Your Energy and Vitality with 4-Dimensional Wellness

Often feeling tired? Need more vitality and less stress in your life? Louise Thompson is the wellbeing columnist for Bite, NZ Herald’s food magazine. In this workshop she will explain the four dimensions of wellness and show you easy strategies to implement them into your life. Learn what triggers stress for you and how to turn it around to create a calmer, clear life.


  • Louise Thompson

    louise-thompsonLouise is a corporate escapee turned wellbeing pro. After 17 successful years on the commercial side of media, a serious health crisis led to a complete lifestyle overhaul and a brand new direction. As a life coach, and the first Martha Beck accredited coach in New Zealand, she loves nothing better than to help her clients get inspired, get happy and make their own rules for a connected, passion-fuelled life. Her first book, The Busy Woman’s Guide to High Energy Happiness, aims to motivate people with practical solutions to step up and live their best lives. A qualified yoga teacher, she also runs her own yoga studio and leads corporate wellness seminars. Louise loves to run, cook and dance, and is an incurable travel junkie.

W7: Udderly Up-to-date

Join us to learn all you need to know regarding practical mastitis control in your herd, now and in the future! The udder is the most important piece of anatomy for a dairy cow. Through this informative and interactive workshop, we will cover all things udderly, including practical sessions on: udder anatomy, treating mastitis, effective teat spraying, taking milk samples and many more.

Limited Spaces Available

Sponsored By: MSD Animal Health and Deosan


  • Rosie Milne

    Rosie Milne photoRosie is a Scottish vet setting down roots in New Zealand. After graduating with her veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh she spent a couple of years working in the UK before seeing the light and moving to NZ. She spent 4 years working in predominantly dairy practice in South Auckland and North Waikato, developing a passion for herd health and client education.  She joined MSD Animal Health in 2015 as a Veterinary Technical Advisor. This role involves providing technical support on MSD’s wide portfolio, assisting in new product development and spending time in the field talking to both vets and farms on key production animal health issues.

  • Kim Kelly

    Kim KellyKim Kelly is a veterinary technical advisor for MSD Animal Health in the lower South Island. After graduation as a Veterinarian from Massey University 20 years ago, she has undertaken post-graduate training in the veterinary area. In 2014 she also completed the AWDT Escalator leadership and governance programme.

    She has strengths in communication and uses her personal style and humour to present successful seminars and workshops in a hands-on way. She has presented at the 2013 DWN Conference in Rotorua on Endometritis and ‘Dirty Cows’ to great reviews and at the 2015 DWN Conference on lameness, once again using a fun and hands-on approach.

    In her spare time she trains for extreme events such as ironman and marathons, and spends time with her flock of black and coloured sheep.

Optional Workshops: Friday 12th May 2017

Both workshops will run from 1.00pm to 3.30pm 

OW1: Communicating to Influence – FULLY BOOKED!

Develop your influencing skills and coach others to impact performance within any organisation. Become more concise and compelling so as to influence positive outcomes, while becoming a trusted leader within your community. Learn how to have the confidence to have those courageous conversations. Unfortunately this session is now sold out!

Sponsored By: Fonterra


  • Mark Greaney

    Mark GreaneyMark is a Facilitator and Organisational Development Consultant with 12 years experience in people development. He has run his own training consultancy since 2008 and now runs NZ Facilitators which specialises in offering a high standard of training and facilitation delivery across New Zealand.

    His style is fresh, informal and fun. He builds rapport easily and can turn even the most reluctant and skeptical attendees into fully on-board and active participants. Mark maintains high levels of interaction throughout the day, reading the fluctutating moods of each group and changing things up before group members lower their engagement.

    Mark believes that the engagement of participants and particularly of the most senior managers within the organisation, are critical to the success of all learning programmes. He doesn’t ‘talk at’ his groups; his expertise is in creating learning opportunities through shared stories that relate to how the content directly applies to individuals – both in the workplace and in their personal lives.

    His experience means Mark can facilitate expertly across all management levels and across sectors from Government through to Corporate environments. Current clients include NZ Police (9 years), Fletcher Building (4 years), Fonterra (5 years), Mobil (4 year), Red Cross NZ
    (2 years) and Turners and Growers (5 years). Mark has worked with Mid-Senior Leadership teams within several of these organisations.


Be part of an open discussion around mental well-being and learn to recognise of the signs of stress. Learn practical ways to manage and reduce stress. This is a silent disease which can be life threatening for those in our industry. Join this session in the quest be more open and vigilant about mental well-being and know where to find support when someone is in need.

Limited Spaces Available. Cost: FREEGood yarn farmer

Sponsored By: DairyNZ


  • Dana Carver

    Dana Carver 2015Dana Carver is DairyNZ’s Wellness and Wellbeing Programme Leader. Dana has a background in psychology and is a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer. She and her husband are equity managers on a 1400 cow farm in Dunsandel and were twice runners up for the Canterbury Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the year award. They also won the merit awards for environment and leadership two years in a row.

    She owns her own coaching business which involves assisting business owners with people management strategies and works closely with the Rural Health Alliance of New Zealand, lobbying for better health outcomes for rural areas.

    She also works closely with MPI on their work with rural support trusts and is responsible for initiating the GoodYarn licensing programme which has seen over 2500 people educated in mental health and wellness.