DWN18 Conference

DWN Conference Logo 2018Join us at Allflex DWN18: our land our people, a conference with a focus on informative practical learning on all aspects of dairy farming. We’re celebrating two key themes at the heart of our industry success!  A must attend event to connect, network and gain new knowledge.


Why attend? 

3 High calibre keynote speakers
7 Workshops offering a range of topics
30 Trade stands at the DWN exhibition hub

For any questions or queries please contact us on 0800 396 748
or 07 974 4850 or by emailing us here.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN.

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Thanks to our Conference Partner

allflex logo-high resAllflex New Zealand operates out of Palmerston North. For over six decades, Allflex has been leading the industry with livestock management and now monitoring systems. These systems now have the technology to monitor live heat detection, animal health, animal welfare, wastage and individual cow performance.

Allflex are a proud partner for DWN18.

  • Discover a community passionate about increasing capability and upskilling NZ dairy women. 

    Two days of personal development, innovation, networking, having a ball, and connecting with your community of fellow dairy members — brought to you by the largest NZ network for dairy women. Sound amazing?

    • 3 inspiring keynotes
    • 7 workshops
    • Pre-conference farm tours
    • A number of social events
    • The opportunity to get hands-on with practical demonstrations
    • An exhibition hub featuring the biggest brands in our industry.

    DWN18 our land our people is the must-attend event of the year. And it’s going to sell out, so register now to commit to new skills, new perspectives, and new connections. 

    DWN18 will be jam-packed with:

    Learning
    This year’s programme has been developed by our members, for our members. So you can expect to see workshops on topical subjects,  and different ways of learning across the two days.

    Getting inspired
    Some of New Zealand’s best storytellers will be at DWN18 to share their personal journeys, wow attendees and share some special messages to get you thinking.

    Dance the night away at the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year awards evening
    We’ll be announcing the 2018 winner of the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year and the Dairy Community Leadership award. Nominations are now open! Theme to be announced soon!

    Having fun and connecting with your community
    The Dairy Women’s Network is all about learning from and connecting with your fellow members at all the workshops, keynotes, networking events and more. You’ll make connections that go well beyond DWN18 our land our people and last a lifetime.

  • Pre Conference – 21st March

     1.00pm – 6.30pm Pre conference Farm Tour
    Sponsored by: Allflex
    Optional to attend. Cost $40

    DAY ONE – 22nd March

     7.30am Registration and Welcome Function
    Sponsored by: Ballance Agri-Nutrients
     9.00am Opening of DWN18
     9.45am Keynote Speaker
     10.30am Round Table Discussion
     10.50am Morning Tea
     11.20am Workshop Session 1 W1: Recruiting great people
    Sponsored by: Crowe Horwath
    W2: Taking your business to the next level
    Sponsored by: ASB
    W3: Pen to platform – optimising animal health
    Sponsored by: MSD Animal Health
    W4: Stepping up to governance
    Sponsored by: Institute of Directors
     12.20pm Lunch
     1.05pm Workshop Session 2 W1: Recruiting great people
    Sponsored by: Crowe Horwath
    W2: Taking your business to the next level
    Sponsored by: ASB
    W3: Pen to platform – optimising animal health
    Sponsored by: MSD Animal Health
    W4: Stepping up to governance
    Sponsored by: Institute of Directors
     2.05pm Break
     2.15pm Workshop Session 3 W1: Recruiting great people
    Sponsored by: Crowe Horwath
    W2: Taking your business to the next level
    Sponsored by: ASB
    W3: Pen to platform – optimising animal health
    Sponsored by: MSD Animal Health
    W4: Stepping up to governance
    Sponsored by: Institute of Directors
     3.15pm Afternoon Tea
     3.40pm Day One Closing Keynote Lisa King, Founder of Eat my Lunch
     4.15pm Day One wrap-up
     
     4.30pm Free Time  
     6.00pm Networking hour
    Sponsored by: Fonterra
    DWOTY dinner attendees only
     7.15pm Fonterra DWOTY Awards Evening
    Sponsored by: Fonterra
    Theme: Kiwiana!
    Optional to attend. Cost $120

    DAY TWO- 23rd March

     7.30am Masterclass Breakfasts
    Optional to attend. Cost $25
    MB1: Leaders Made Here – Playing your Part panel session
    Sponsored by: Fonterra
    MB2: Making Healthy Happen
    Sponsored by: SealesWinslow
     8.00am Exhibitions Open  
     9.10am Workshop session 4 W5: Shaping performance through team engagement
    Sponsored by: Ballance Agri-Nutrients
    W6: Tech trends in farming – are you ready?

    W7: Riparian 101
     10.40am Morning Tea 
     
     11.10am Workshop session 5 W5: Shaping performance through team engagement
    Sponsored by: Ballance Agri-Nutrients
    W6: Tech trends in farming – are you ready?

    W7: Riparian 101
     12.40pm Lunch
     1.20pm Round Table Discussion
     1.50pm Closing Keynote
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     2.35pm DWN18 close and wrap-up
     

    • Opening keynote: Announcement coming soon!

    • Day one closing keynote: Lisa King

      Award winning social entrepreneur Lisa King is on a mission to ensure no children go to school hungry. Lisa is the founder of Eat My Lunch, a social enterprise business launched in 2015 with the belief that clever business solutions can solve big social issues. For every lunch you Buy, Eat My lunch Gives a lunch to a Kiwi kid in need.

      Lisa demonstrates a unique combination of generous spirit and exceptional business acumen. After 15 years working in large FMCGs, marketing some of the country’s biggest food brands, Lisa decided to put her corporate experience towards doing something that would make a positive impact in the community. As a mother of young children, she couldn’t fathom that in a country like New Zealand, 28% of children live in poverty and thousands go to school every day without lunch.

      Through Lisa’s story:

      • Share her dairy insights and connections through previous roles at the NZ Dairy Board and Fonterra
      • Her personal journey establishing not-for-profit Eat my Lunch and key learnings personally and professionally
      • Reveal some stories about the special people she’s met as part of her Eat my Lunch experience and how she personally has got the best out of people.
      • Create motivation and inspiration for our audience – being a woman in business, how to think like an entrepreneur, ways to stretch thinking in your own business, where to start when you have a big idea and the pitfalls to avoid.

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    • Closing keynote: Cam Calkoen

       

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      Cam Calkoen dreams of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace their opportunity and our physical being is no barrier to succeeding in our dreams and aspirations. No one can walk and talk at birth. Some people like Cam, are presented with this likelihood for the rest of their lives. He chose to defy the odds, and now showcases what can be achieved when we identify a challenge, leverage our opportunities and uniqueness, and indeed live for awesome! Born with Cerebral Palsy Cam was told that his biggest challenges would be the way he walks and talks, he dreamed big becoming an athletic gold medalist, highly effective charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur and now a globally renowned inspirational speaker who ignites a connection and clarity between inspiration, dreams and people.

      Through strength of human attitude and potential Cam chose to embrace the challenges he was born with, and harnesses his gifts to live in the pursuit of excellence and make life as awesome as it can be. He is a living example that life is what we make it, and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple – we need to believe! Through charisma, stories and artistic flair Cams presence sees people identify the unturned stones on the path, he ignites, inspires, enlightens and delights others by modeling what it looks like to dream big and achieve more!

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  • DAY ONE: Thursday 22nd March 2018

    This year we are holding four workshop sessions on day one of conference.  The workshops will be repeated with the opportunity to attend three workshops throughout day one.

    • Ballance Agri-Nutrients Welcome Function

    • W1: Understanding the steps to recruiting great people

      The war for attracting talent into the dairy industry, both against director competitors, and other industries often seen as offering more attractive career prospects has never been more challenging.  Recruiting and retaining the best people is essential for any business.  Poor hiring decisions can be really expensive in terms of the effort and money that is paid and lost, the time that is wasted that could have been invested with a better candidate, as well as the affect on the team when there is high employee turnover.  This workshop will outline the key steps to recruiting and attracting great people.

      Learning outcomes:
      Understand the steps in recruiting staff:  position description, advertising, interviewing, pitfalls, legal obligations
      and offering positions.
      Post recruitment and integrating staff
      Take home list of recruitment resources

      Presenters: Eve Steenson and Melissa Vining

      Eve has over 13 years’ experience, and throughout her human resource career has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

      A true generalist, Eve is able to turn her hand across the breadth of the employee life cycle including HR strategy, recruitment, employment agreements, onboarding, employee development, retention, reward and recognition, change management, performance management and developing high performance teams.

      In recent years Eve has been working in the dairy industry with a key focus on health and safety.

      Melissa is an experienced human resources consultant with over 20 years working in management, human resources and as a health and safety specialist.

      Currently managing Progressive Consulting, Melissa has held key management roles with reputable New Zealand companies which lead her to specialise in human resources and health and safety across all levels.

       

      Proudly sponsored by: Crowe Horwath’s HR division Progressive Consulting

    • W2: Taking your business budgeting to the next level

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      For delegates with some budgeting knowledge looking to further develop and reinforce financial skills required to create a profitable dairy business, this is the workshop for you. Building on your existing skills, ASB is creating a session around budgeting tips and techniques based on different personas, learnings on financial agility and using budgets as strategic tools and how best to respond to changes in your key drivers/opportunity costs. Attendees may be required to complete some pre-work to personalise your workshop experience.

      Learning outcomes
      How budgeting can help you achieve your goals and ambitions
      Understanding key drivers of profit e.g. interest rates, costs, pay-out, production
      How to be agile in your budget and respond to changes in your key drivers/opportunity costs
      Understand how to implement the budget into your own business

      Presenters: Wayne Nelson ASB

      Proudly sponsored by: ASB

    • W3: Pen to platform – Optimising Animal Health

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      Understand the diseases affecting the young stock on your farm and how we control them. Discover the science behind the diseases and treatments and why it is important to get it right.  Then walk away with your own personalised plan to create healthy, well grown young stock.

      Learning outcomes
      Appreciate the economics of optimising young-stock health
      Understand the diseases affecting young-stock and how to prevent them
      Learn the science behind animal health inputs in young-stock
      Walk away with a personalised health and wellbeing programme for your young-stock from “pen to platform”.

      Presenter: Rosemary Reyneke

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      Rosie is originally from Scotland.  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 settled in Pukekohe and spent the 4 years working in predominantly dairy practice, developing a passion for herd health and client education.  She joined MSD Animal Health in 2015 as a Veterinary Technical Advisor. Through this role Rosie provides technical support for MSD’s wide portfolio, assists in new product development and is invested in spending time in the field working with farmers and vets on key production animal health issues.

      Proudly sponsored by: MSD Animal Health

    • W4: Stepping up to governance

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      Learn about the importance of Governance. How to create a successful board and  taking the next step in your governance journey.

      Learning outcomes
      Understand what is governance and why it is important for our farming businesses
      How to construct a board, the roles and getting the right people
      Learn the importance of setting your vision and strategy to be successful
      Moving up the governance ladder and gaining governance roles off farm.

      Presenter: Susan Huria CFInstD, ONZM

      Susan HuriaSusan Huria is an experienced director including chairman of the large nationwide rural vet practice Veterinary Enterprises Group, Marsden Maritime Holdings Ngai Tahu Property and Connexis. She is also independent chair of the Remuneration Committee of Māori Television. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee where she runs the Next Generation Director workshops in Auckland.

      Proudly sponsored by: The Institute of Directors


    DAY TWO: Friday 23rd March 2018

    This year there will be three workshop sessions on day two of conference. The workshops will be repeated with the opportunity to attend two workshops throughout day two. CHECK OUT THE MASTERCLASS BREAKFASTS  TAKING PLACE AT 7.30AM!

    • W5: Shaping Performance Through Team Engagement

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      Learning outcomes

      Recognise the role you play in team engagement – understanding a leader’s role in creating a productive environment
      Understanding the working styles and motivators of your employees
      Recognise the levers you can use to develop the farm culture you want
      Gain some practical ideas around how to create your desired culture.

       

      Presenters: Rochelle Spillane and Edith Sykes

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      Rochelle 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.

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

       

      Edith 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.

      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.

      Proudly sponsored by: Ballance Agri-Nutrients

    • W6: Tech trends in farming: are you ready?

      Technology is evolving every part of our lives – how will it impact our dairy farming businesses? Join us to understand the technology trends that will tangibly impact the future of farming like precision agriculture, sensors and drones. Also get alongside forward-thinking farmers and learn what are making their lives easier and boosting performance. Watch this space for more details!

    • W7: Riparian 101

      Gain a better understanding of how to put a riparian plan in place and the great benefits on land and water quality.  Joining us for this workshop is an award-winning nursery Cambrilea Riparian Planting, who’ll be providing delegates with plants to investigate, different scenarios for different areas and some real hands-on practical learning. Come away with tools and resources to help put your plan in place and gain some knowledge on how to plant different types of waterways.

      Learning outcomes
      Understand the ease of riparian planting, the benefits and the tools/resources available to you
      Learn what plants work best in different environments
      Realise that it’s easy to put a riparian planting plan in place.

      Presenter: Dr. Tom Stephens

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      Tom 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.

       

      Cambrilea Riparian Planting

      Helen and Charlie own and manage Ratanui Partnership, a 225Ha sheep and beef breeding and finishing unit in the Waikato which also won the 2017 BFEA Waikato Regional Supreme Award.  They diversified their business from just dairy to set up Cambrilea Riparian Planting (part of Cambrilea Weed Spraying) which originally was to service riparian planting on their own farm but now offers a service of growing, supplying and planting a native re-vegetation mix complete with a pre spot spray or release as required. The nursery grows 50,000 native plants annually and they a mix of 16 species that are native to the Waikato and are predominantly “trees for bees” species along with suitable trees for carbon credits.

    • Pre Conference Farm Tour – $40 to attend

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      Tour date: Wednesday March 21st 2018 (the day before DWN18 commences)
      Tour timing: 1pm – 6.30pm (approx.)

      Explore the Rotorua region while visiting two dairy farms that have applied technology to make their lives easier and improve their businesses. Learn first-hand from the farmers on their experiences, as well as from technology experts. This trip is more than just educational! Take the opportunity to get to know some of your fellow attendees before the conference begins and have a bit of fun along the way.

      Learning outcomes
      Visit two progressive farms in the region and explore their journeys.
      Learn how technology can make your life easier – and your business more efficient.
      Get hands-on with on-farm technology pick the brains of the experts.
      Build closer relationships with women from across the country on this half day bus tour.

      Delegates must be able to get to the Energy Events Centre for 1pm for coach transfers to the farm visits. Your tour includes lunch and transfers to two farm visits. Additional option to visit Wai-o-tapu as part of the tour ($72.50 total cost).
      PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 50 DELEGATES

      Proudly sponsored by: Allflex

    • Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year awards evening and networking hour- $120 to attend

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      Join us at the Fonterra DWOTY Awards Evening on Day One of conference. The evening is a great opportunity to pull out your best frock, enjoy a lovely meal and great entertainment while connecting with fellow DWN members.

      Features the announcement of the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year Award for 2018 and Dairy Community Leadership Award 2018.

      When: 6:00pm to 12:00am Thursday 22 March 2018
      Where: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
      Cost: $120 per ticket – purchase your ticket now!
      Dinner theme: DWN is turning 20 and it’s only fitting as a kiwi not-for-profit that we celebrate all things kiwiana! So get out those Red Bands, 4Square aprons, Jean Batten goggles and silver ferns for a fun night out!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • Masterclass Breakfasts – $25 to attend

      This year we are holding two Masterclass Breakfasts in the morning of Friday 23rd March. Delegates can choose to attend one of the breakfasts.

      MB1: Leaders Made Here – Playing your Part panel sessionFonterra

      Be inspired by some of our most empowering women leaders on how they got to where they are today. Facilitated by Jo Fair, Fonterra Managing Director People & Culture, our panelists will share some insights about their journeys in the dairy industry, as well as personal challenges they’ve faced around self belief, seeking advice and sacrifices. We’ll also open up to the floor for some Q&A time.

      This is a must attend session is you’re looking for ideas and encouragement on how to best lead your business at home, get involved in your communities and the industry to ensure we have plenty of strong women being influential and heard.

      Panelists:

      Jessie Chan-Dorman 2017Jessie Chan Dorman
      Jessie and her family are dairy business owners leasing 420ha near Rakaia milking 950 cows. She has a first class Honours degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional roles over the past 15 years in policy, research and development and sustainable farming.

      Jessie has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme and received the Canterbury Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award in 2014. She is currently on the Fonterra Shareholders Council, the Federated Farmers National Dairy Executive, Director of Ashburton Trading Society, and a member of NZ Asian Leaders. Jessie
      was the deserving winner of the 2017 Fonterra Dairy Women of the Year award.

      Donna Smit

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      Donna Smit comes from a rural background in the Bay of Plenty where she lives with her family on their dairy farm. Donna studied to become a Chartered Accountant while working at a local accounting practice in Whakatane. Upon qualifying Donna accepted a position as Company Administrator for EastPack, a position she held for 24 years.

      With a passion for the dairy industry and wanting to contribute to the dairy sectors succession needs, Donna completed the Fonterra Governance Development Program in 2009-2010. Donna is a Director of Kiwifruit Equities a company set up to link investor’s capital with high quality kiwifruit orchards and management to deliver quality returns, Director of Corona Farms Ltd, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, and Fonterra Co-operative and a DWN Board trustee.

      Barbara Kuriger
      Barbara is the current MP for Taranaki-King Country, and a shareholder in 2 family owned farming businesses.In 2014 Barbara was elected as the MP for Taranaki-King Country, and in 2017 elected the Junior Whip for the National Caucus.

      With a lengthy career of dairy farming behind her, focused succession planning has created the opportunity for Barbara to transition from full time farming, to follow her passion for the Agribusiness industry into the roles of governance, coaching and leadership.

      She was named the 2012 Dairy Woman of the Year and has been a member of the Boards of DairyNZ, Primary ITO Board, Taratahi, Dairy Women’s Network, and NZ Young Farmers. Barbara has completed an Institute for Strategic Leadership MBA and is a past scholarship recipient of the Food & Agribusiness Market Experience (FAME). In 2014 she became a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

      Proudly sponsored by: Fonterra


      MB2: Making Healthy Happen

      Learning outcomes
      Learn more about the four key pillars to healthy living, sleep, exercise, eat and wellbeing
      How to out-smart the age-old problem of work/life balanceSEALESWINSLOW Logo Update Sep 2014
      How to boost your energy to get you fit for the farm and family
      We dissolve some common myths to create a healthier and happier you
      Tips and tricks to ‘upgrade’ habits
      Take away your next steps to a healthier you.

      Presenter: Lee-Anne Wann

      Back by popular demand for DWN18! Lee-Anne is a thought leader in the field of health and fitness with a passion for being a trailblazer. She relentlessly cultivates her knowledge through constant education and scientific research, yet her approach is down-to-earth. She recognises that our lives are demanding enough and offers her clients attainable custom built solutions that support their goals of achieving optimal health, wellness and vitality. Check out Lee-Anne’s website for exciting career highlights.

      Proudly sponsored by: SealesWinslow

  • Registration Fees

    All prices include GST.

    2 Day Early Bird Registration – Register Before 22nd December 2017 $320
    2 Day Registration – Register After 22nd December 2017 $380
    1 day Registration $210
    Pre Conference Farm Tour
    Pre Conference Farm Tour with Wai-o-Tapu add-on
    $40
    $72.50
    Awards Evening & Dinner Ticket $120
    Masterclass Breakfast $25

    Terms and Conditions:
    Refunds – 80% of registration fees are refundable if cancellation is before 23 February 2018. There is no refund available after this date.

  • EEC2Energy Events Centre
    Queens Drive, Rotorua

    Visit the Energy Events Centre website
    Positioned at the edge of Lake Rotorua, the Energy Events Centre’s unique location within the picturesque Government Gardens provides extensive complimentary car parking.

    The Energy Events Centre will be home to DWN18: our land our people across March 22 – 23, as well as the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year.

  • Rotorua has a number of accommodation properties in the central city, close by to the Energy Events Centre.
    We’ve provided you with a couple of recommendations to assist with your planning.

    • Millennium Hotel Rotorua & Spa
      • Millennium Hotel are offering DWN18 delegates a special accommodation rate for the duration of conference, including Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights
      • Go to Millennium Hotel Rotorua website https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/rotorua/millennium-hotel-rotorua/
      • Click straight on “ Check Availability” to move to the next screen
      • Enter stay dates, and DWNC18 under the group code field, then click on update results
      • Choose your room type and continue to finalise the booking

  • Thank you to our Network Partners for their continued support of
    Dairy Women’s Network and DWN18 Our land Our people


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