The Dairy Woman of the Year award recognises an outstanding woman who has significantly contributed to the dairy industry with passion, drive, innovation and leadership.
The Dairy Woman of the Year 2017 title will be awarded at the national DWN 17 Connect held in Queenstown on 11 & 12 May 2017. Finalists will be individually interviewed on 30 March 2016 in Auckland to ascertain a winner followed by Media training and filming on the 31st March in Auckland. The selection panel consists of five judges including representatives from Dairy Women’s Network, Fonterra, Global Women, Ballance Agri-Nutrients and a previous Dairy Woman of the Year Winner.
The judging panel will give consideration to the following qualities when awarding the Dairy Woman of the Year title:
The entrant has a commitment, drive and passion for the dairy industry as a whole and is a positive role model for women in dairying.
- She is a strong performer, who is recognised by her peers as a potential leader.
- She demonstrates leadership within her community, but has a wider circle of influence than her local community.
- The entrant is influential in the dairy industry, holding or having previously held leadership positions on regional or national dairy organisations.
- She may also hold/have held a governance role in relevant organisations, or have future aspirations in governance in the dairy industry. The entrant has a vision to add value to the dairy industry’s future and is actively working towards achieving that in her current professional and personal journey.
- She is a Dairy Women’s Network member.
Nominations are now closed.
Katie owns a farm at Rotomanu along with her partner which milks 200 Jersey cows. She is currently chair of her local TB-Free Committee and president of West Coast Federated Farmers and has helped establish numerous groups such as the Lake Brunner Community Catchment Care Group and West Coast Focus Farm. Read More…
Charmaine is a chartered accountant specialising in farm accounting, and an equity partner in a dairy farm with her brother Shayne. She is supportive of the industry when it comes to training and education on the business aspects of dairy farming at a national, regional and local level. Read More…
A bursary of up to $20,000 for an approved development programme, professional/business coaching and/or learning experience (or combination of these) chosen by the recipient.