Meet the team

The Dairy Women’s Network conference is a chance for women to make connections, upskill with the latest industry information, and work together towards a brighter future for our industry.

Meet the DWN 2024 Conference Committee. Overseen by the Chair and supported by the core Dairy Women’s Network team, each event is planned and delivered by women on the ground who know the needs of their regions. These women are dairy farmers and rural professionals, heavily ingrained in their communities.

KIELEE MATHIS

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Kielee’s dairy farming career began when she met her husband in Reporoa in 1995. Living in the country was a big adventure new way of life. Originally sharemilking together, they went on to become farm owners and have been milking 320 cows on a farm in Galatea for the past 18 years.  Outside her roles on the farm, Kielee enjoys using her innate ability to plan, organize, gather resources, and create events and projects and has had many roles drawing on these skills. 

Now, Kielee is a DWN Hub Leader for the Bay of Plenty & Central Plateau and loves the ability that DWN gives her and others “to keep growing and giving back to their communities and the industry.

ROBYN HALLAM-REID

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Robyn was born and raised on a dairy farm, initially in Northland and then in the Waikato. The family had a pedigree jersey herd, and they were involved in showing, and her Father was a Show Judge.

She is now a rural professional; passionate about helping those in the industry achieve, and she sees her involvement in DWN as an extension of this. Robyn feels privileged to be involved at a Regional Level to help, assist and promote others in this industry.

She lives on a lifestyle block with her husband and donkey. She has 2 adult daughters and a granddaughter.

LAURA WEST

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Laura’s farming career started when she met her husband. Originally from the UK she had never been on a farm before moving to New Zealand, starting on her husbands family farm as lower order sharemilkers they quickly progressed to 50/50 sharemilkers then onto farm owners in 2021 milking 210 cows in Taranaki as well as bringing up their 2 children.

Outside of farming Laura enjoys her role as a DWN regional leader making connections with other likeminded women in the community and ultimately learning more about the industry.

AIMEE WILSON

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Aimee was born and bred into the dairy industry and is now lower-order sharemilking on a 500 cow dairy farm on the outskirts of Te Awamutu with her partner and four children between them. She has a strong interest in the grass roots of farming, the cows, the pastures and the people.

Aimee enjoys being part of DWN as a Waipa Regional Leader and loves the connections she has made with other like-minded women, “a tribe of beautiful and powerful women who enjoy helping others to learn and grow within our industry.