Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year Award

The Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year award recognises an outstanding woman who has contributed to the dairy industry with passion, drive, innovation and leadership.

The winner will receive a scholarship 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.

The Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year 2019 title will be awarded at the national conference in Christchurch on 1 May 2019. Finalists will be individually interviewed on 15 April 2019 in Auckland to ascertain a winner followed by media training and filming.

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 Fonterra 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.

  1. She is a strong performer, who is recognised by her peers as a potential leader.
  2. She demonstrates leadership within her community, but has a wider circle of influence than her local community.
  3. The entrant is influential in the dairy industry, holding or having previously held leadership positions on regional or national dairy organisations.
  4. 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.
  5. She is a Dairy Women’s Network member.

2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year – Trish Rankin

Trish balances teaching part time at Opunake Primary School and being on farm full time in South Taranaki with her husband Glen and their four boys. A passionate environmentalist, Trish has undertaken the Kellogg Leadership Programme this year with the main purpose being a research project focused on ‘how can a circular economy model be developed on a NZ dairy farm.’

Trish says she is both a farm assistant and CEO of their farming business, having learnt over the years to milk, drive tractors, feed stock and do fences as well as sort the Health and Safety and human resources out.

An active Dairy Enviro Leader (DEL) and member of the NZ DEL network Trish is also Chair of the Taranaki DEL group. In 2018 she was elected onto the National Executive for the NZ Dairy Awards and last year was selected as a NZ Climate Change Ambassador as part of the Dairy Action for Climate Change.


Kylie Leonard

The Dairy Industry has been part of Kylie’s family for six generations. Farming north of Taupo with her husband Rick and their three daughters Kylie has been involved in a wide range of areas in her community and the dairy industry that includes being a Fonterra Shareholders Councillor, a Dairy Women’s Network Regional Leader and an Ambassador for the Dairy Industry Awards Central.

Currently Kylie is on the REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) Board in Taupo, is an Ambassador for the Dairy Industry Awards, is a member of the Board of Trustees at her children’s school, is the Patron of Taupo Family Playcentre and has recently completed her three year term on the Tongariro Community Organisations Grant Scheme committee.

Kylie enjoys judging calf club calves at Reporoa Primary School and teaches children with dyslexia and supports their parents through processing assessments and advocating for their children.





Julie Pirie

Julie has been involved in the dairy industry all her life, coming from a family that have been dairy farming for many generations. After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree Julie worked as a Consulting Officer for Dairy NZ. Married to Brian, they live in Ngatea with their two children where they own 400 ha.

Julie’s passion is dairy farming and she takes any opportunity to promote the dairy industry and loves sharing farming with young people that has led to many opportunities, most recently as Chair of the Donald Pearson Farm in Brookby, Auckland.

Julie is a member of the Fonterra Shareholders Council, has been a member of all of its committees and chaired the Co-operative Culture committee. She has also been on the NZ Dairy Industry Awards Trust.





Emma Hammond

Before fully committing to dairy farming in East Limehills in Southland with her husband Peter and their three children, Emma was working in the technical, compliance and quality assurance area in the meat industry, while farming sheep with Peter. In 2008 they converted their property to dairy, and now run it as an equity partnership milking 475 cows, while wintering the cows and grazing the dairy farms young stock on their home farm at Winton.

In 2014 she joined the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council representing farmers in Eastern Southland to the Fonterra Board. Over the past four years she has served on the Council’s Representation and Cooperative Culture committees, Budget Team and Leadership Team, and is presently a member of the Performance Committee.

Emma also finds time for some professional development, having recently completed the Institute of Directors’ Governance Development course, and currently participating in the Fonterra Governance Development Programme.


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