Are you a dairy farmer that employs or manages people?

Join us at one of the People Expo symposiums for the opportunity to hear from thought leaders on what’s needed to help tackle the big issues in employing and keeping people on dairy farms. You’ll gain insights from experts, have the opportunity to connect with other farmers facing the same challenges, and come away armed with inspiration and practical tips to put in action for your farm team.

DairyNZ and Dairy Women’s Network have once again partnered to deliver these People Expos across the country, this year coming to Northland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Whanganūi & Southland.

The events are free to attend, but registration is essential. Lunch is provided.

Register below for a People Expo near you!


Tuesday 19 March
9:30am - 2:30pm
Ascot Park, Invercargill

Lower north island

Tuesday 26 March
9:30am - 2:00pm
Bush Multisport Park Pahiatua

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Wednesday 27 March
9:30am - 2:30pm
Millenium Hotel, Rotorua


Shamubeel eaqub

Leading Economist
Shamubeel will speak to global, national, and regional economic and workforce changes and outline why farm businesses must act differently and look in new places to stay successful. The NZ dairy story has been built on productivity and efficiency but how do you keep that up?

Sue & David fish

Westmorland Estate Limited
Owners Westmorland Estate Ltd, Sue and David Fish focus on the ethos of teamwork, how they empower their team to deliver results and efficiencies for the farm through training, and creating a workplace that promotes a work-life balance.

Chris Parsons

Leader in the NZ Defence Force and Chief Commercial Officer of MyFarm
Chris will share his story of teamwork and leadership in the NZ Defence Force. More recently he was CEO of NZ Rural Leaders and in a volunteer capacity part of a small virtual team who successfully helped evacuate 563 Afghans to NZ in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover.

Frequently asked questions

How will this event benefit me and my business?

Finding and keeping people to work in dairy is a challenge. It is a challenge for all sectors. And that challenge is only going to increase as our population ages and people have more choices.

The People Expo is about giving you information to better understand workforce dynamics, ideas on actions you can take right now and inspiration to get you going. Leading people is tough, it is also necessary for good farm business management, and highly rewarding when you get it right. The People Expo can help set you, or get you back, on the right path.

Who should attend?

All dairy farmers and rural professionals who support dairy farmers are welcome.

The people who will benefit most are:

  • Business owners (including those who may not be involved in the day to day running of the farm)
  • Employers of farm staff
  • Managers keen to further their leadership skills to lead their team(s)
  • 2ICs and aspiring/new people managers
  • Employees who consider themselves future leaders
How is the day structured?

The day is designed to challenge, inspire and inform. It is fast paced because your time is valuable. Registration is from 9.30am and the day will finish at 2.15pm.

Each speaker will present followed by a workshop component. The workshops are to dig deeper into what the learnings are for you, your business and the dairy community.

Is it free to attend?

Yes, the People Expo is hosted by DairyNZ and Dairy Women’s Network and is free to attend. Lunch is provided.

Why are DairyNZ and Dairy Women's Network running these People Expos?

The People Expos support initiatives outlined in the Great Futures in Dairying plan which is a cross sector plan developed to build a resilient workforce for the future.

The plan launched in June 2022 and calls for cultural change and a shift in focus, from attracting new talent to the sector to supporting the productivity of our people, looking after the capable and skilled workforce we already have, and radically improving workforce retention.

NZ’s workforce trends mean the dairy sector needs to be forward-thinking and develop fresh ideas to be competitive and attract and keep the right people. So DairyNZ and Dairy Women’s Network have partnered to offer dairy farmers an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, experts to help tackle the big issues in employing and keeping people on dairy farms.