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April 28, 2017
FROM TARARUA TO QUEENSTOWN: DWN17 IS NOT TO BE MISSED
Tararua farmer Charlotte Heald is excited about attending the annual Dairy Women’s Network conference next month in Queenstown.
The mother-of-three attended her first Dairy Women’s Network conference in Hamilton last year, and said that for rural women, it’s an annual event not to be missed.
“Last year I was wowed by the calibre of speakers, the brilliant workshop line-up and the professional and well-organised nature of the whole event,” says Heald, who is the Dairy Women’s Network convenor for the Tararua region. “The conference has a lively energy and it’s always great to meet and connect with like-minded and inspiring women from around New Zealand.”
Dubbed DWN17, this year’s conference will be held over two days, from Thursday May 11 to Friday May 12 at Rydges Lakeland Resort at Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. The theme is ‘Connect’ and sets the tone for two full days of inspiring key note speakers and workshops.
Heald has been part of the Dairy Women’s Network in her region for around six years, and says connection is an important part of why she joined and took a leadership role in the organisation.
She and her husband Russell have an equity share in their family’s dairy operation at Norsewood in the Tararua region. They milk 380 cows and also raise and finish wagyu beef. It’s a busy life – but one they love – spending time working and being with their children, Isabelle, seven, Henry, five and William, three.
However, time off the farm – to upskill and network with other farming women – was valuable too, Heald says.
A big part of the conference’s appeal was having fun. Attending the Dairy Women of the Year and Dairy Leadership awards dinner last year was a highlight. “It was a beautifully presented and run evening with every detail taken care of,” says Heald. “They even had a fabulous band who kept the dance floor abuzz. I attended the conference with a group of local women and we had a fantastic time to say the least.”
Dairy Women’s Network CEO Zelda de Villiers says attendees at this year’s Queenstown event are guaranteed an informative, fun and interesting two days. “Our members are really looking forward to getting away, reconnecting with friends, networking and learning more about the industry,” said de Villiers. “Our workshops and speakers are fantastic, and will both inspire and educate.”
She said the Queenstown location was a drawcard for members, and the autumn scenery will be a beautiful backdrop for two days of fun, friendship and conference activities. “As we know, the dairy industry has its ups and downs,” said de Villiers. “So the conference is a great opportunity to have some time away from the farm and come away feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another season.”
Conference-goers will be inspired by this year’s keynote speakers, who include All Blacks manager Gilbert Enoka, entrepreneur Helen Robinson and MP Louise Upston.
Workshops will focus on leadership and resilience, practical mastitis control, environmental management, financial management, health and wellness, communication skills, an open discussion on mental wellbeing, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the wine and tourism industry in Queenstown.
Registrations for DWN17 are still open. For the conference programme and to register, head to www.dwn.co.nz/dwn17-connect/
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Zelda de Villiers | DWN Chief Executive | Phone: 07 974 4852 | Mobile: 021 221 6670
About Dairy Women’s Network
Dairy Women’s Network was established in 1998 by several of New Zealand’s leading dairying women to develop and educate women to add value to the business of dairying. Members have access to professional and in-person support through a mix of face-to-face events and web-based contact, which includes dairy modules, regional meetings, internet forums and the annual conference.
DWN17 Keynote speakers
Gilbert Enoka is internationally renowned for his 16-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as their manager. His expertise isn’t just limited to the sports field – he also spent 12 years as general manager of New Zealand’s largest real estate firm, Harcourts International.
Helen Robinson is co-founder, Executive Director and CEO of Organic Initiative (Oi) and the 2016 Supreme Winner of the NZ Women of Influence Awards. She is director of ATEED (Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development), the NZ Defence Force, Fulbright NZ and a trustee of Aktive Sport & Recreation.
Hon Louise Upston
Louise Upston is the MP for Taupo, a seat she has held since 2008. She is currently the Minister for Corrections and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Associate Minister for Primary Industries.