Allflex and DWN2021 Step Up Together Conference – Taupo

Thursday 8 April 2021

This year, we’re bringing our conference to you.  

We’re building greater relationships in the regions and giving you a place to connect with us, with each other, and with yourselves. We’re inviting dairy women around the country to join us for one day packed with plenty of opportunities for growth as we Step Up Together. From workshops and networking sessions, to just taking time out away from the farm, Allflex and DWN2021 is a chance to fill your bucket and celebrate the role that you play in the industry.

It’s a time to prioritise, reset and, through interaction with other like-minded women, to build confidence in yourself. A safe environment for learning offers both personal and professional growth, with access to knowledge to improve your own farming operations or provide the necessary support, depending on your role within the industry.

The aim is to provide a special opportunity for connection so that you can go back to work energised and with the support of a wider network of dairy women.

7.45am Registration
8.30am Conference Open and Welcome
9.25am Workshop – What Success Looks Like For You
10.40am Morning Tea
11.00am Workshop – Clear as Water
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Workshop – Interactive Session
3.00pm Keynote Speaker – Gemma McCaw
4.30pm Conference Closing
6.30pm Networking Function
7.00pm Gala Dinner (Optional to attend)
FRIDAY 9 APRIL – Breakfast and Boat Cruise:
9.15am Delegates make their own way to Chris Jolly mooring at Taupo Boat Harbour
9.50am Tour Departs
12.00pm Tour Concludes



We’re excited to welcome Gemma McCaw as our keynote speaker! As a former Black Stick and three-time Olympian Gemma knows a thing or two about resilience, teamwork, health and wellbeing. Since closing the curtain on her career to be a mother she’s dedicated her time to running talks and keynote sessions on reaching your full potential, backed by qualifications in Sport and Exercise Science and Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. Her career has given her a unique view on the ups and downs of high-performance sport that she transfers into everyday life lessons.

As a busy mother Gemma recognises the challenge that many of us are facing when it comes to balancing home with work, happiness and health. Her focus is on helping us to understand that small steps toward health and wellbeing can go a long way, and how we can build confidence to achieve our very best.


What Success Looks Like For YouLearn about diversification and other ways to climb the ladder. You’ll take home ideas for other ways to invest in your farm and your future, and hear success stories from those who have taken an untraditional path.
Panellists: Ben Speedy, Kelly O’Reilly-Ward, Chloe Walker

Clear as Water – Get a better understanding of the Freshwater Policy. Learn why it’s important, where to find the right information and who to talk to, followed by an interactive panel discussion with local councils on what’s required from the industry.
Panellists: Tony Fransen, Mark Gasquoine, Melissa Slattery, Michael Joyce, Richard Allen, Alison Worth, Ric Balfour

Interactive Session – Get hands-on with hoof health, robotics and a genetics specialist from LIC. Move through this session full of practical activities and explore each area at your own pace.
Presenters: Stuart Rogers, Chloe Walker


Join us for a Party Through the Decades as we celebrate the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year and the Dairy Women’s Network Regional Leader of the Year for 2021. Pick a decade, dress up and dance the night away!
Optional to attend. Cost $99

DAY TWO (Friday 9 April):

Boat Cruise and Breakfast Relax the morning after conference with breakfast and a boat tour. Hosted by Chris Jolly Outdoors, we’ll hear from a guest speaker while visiting the Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupo and taking the time to explore an important piece of the beautiful Taupo region. Breakfast included in ticket price.
Optional to attend. Cost $80


Accommodation is available at Wairakei Resort. Click here to book.

If you are looking to extend your stay, there are a number of leisure activities to choose from in the Taupo region.


Allflex and DWN2021 Step Up Together Conference Terms and Conditions

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  • Taupo Conference
     April 8, 2021
     7:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Gala Dinner
     April 8, 2021
     6:30 pm - 11:55 pm
  • Boat Cruise and Breakfast
     April 9, 2021
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue:  Wairakei Resort


640 Wairakei Road, Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand


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  • April 08, 2021 7:45
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  • 640 Wairakei Road
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