Regional Leaders

Our Regional Leaders are energetic go-getters who have put up their hands to help other people in their farming business and personal endeavours – whatever they may be. Get in touch with your region’s Leader today.
We are always keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming more involved in their Regional Group and becoming a volunteer Regional Leader
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Hi I'm Aimee. I've always had a love for farming, which has led me into sharemilking with my partner and three children just out of Te Awamutu. I became a regional leader to learn new skills, to experience new opportunities, and to meet some inspiring women within the industry.

Aimee Wilson


Hi I'm Alexa and along with my husband Brad, and our two children, we contract milk near Mossburn. Previously I worked in events but now help on the farm and I am interested in business side, how people work efficiently together and the best way to create an environment that promotes the best in people! Personally I am a sports fan and love to play sports and get out hiking or on the water.

Alexa Smith

Northern Southland

Ashleigh Fenwick

North Otago

Hey! I’m Daisy Higgs. I am currently sole manager of a 180-cow farm near Rotoorangi. I’ve always had a love for animals and the outdoors making farming the perfect lifestyle for me. I’m looking forward to helping other women who share a passion for dairy farming with confidence building, and networking with other like-minded women.

Daisy Higgs


Hello I’m Dianne and along with my husband Michael we 50/50 share milk 530 cows in Matakohe, Northland. I joined DWN to meet new people in my area and have become a Regional Leader to help people with their journey in the industry.

Dianne Wright


Hi, I'm Emily and I farm in hedgehope with my husband and 3 girls. I’m originally from Australia. I am the main calf rearer in spring. Some of my hobbies I like todo are baking and reading, spending time with family and friends. Looking forward to meeting new farmers and building connections in the industry.

Emily Rauber

Central Southland

Hi, I'm Emily and I currently work as a Dairy Farm assistant in Oxford. I grew up on a pig farm which was surrounded by Dairy farming and from a young age I had a keen interest in Dairy. I became a Regional Leader to gain confidence and broaden my knowledge within the industry. I enjoy networking with likeminded woman and look forward to gaining life long friendships. I am really passionate about woman’s involvement within the dairy sector.

Emily Williams

Selwyn-North Canterbury

Emma is a contract milker from the Waikato, farming in Taupiri with her partner. Born and raised on a dairy farm she spent her time in the far North and down on the West Coast of the South Island, before her family settled in the Waikato. Emma has graduated from University with a bachelors of Social Sciences with a major in Sociology, she Trekked to Mount Everest Base camp, and started a business with her partner to go into farming. Emma hopes to work towards sharemilking, and eventually farm ownership.

Emma Walton

North Waikato

I am Gabby, and have been a rural professional in the agri-business sector for 5 years. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm just out of Auckland. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running and competing in fashion in the field competitions at racedays. I am delighted to be part of the DWN and meet women doing awesome things in the dairy world.

Gabby Cashmore

North Waikato

Hazel Baquita

Northern Southland

Hi, I'm Ilyse and live with my husband and two children in Ngatea. I am a local vet and I enjoy working closely with farmers to help them to achieve their goals. My strengths are organisation, determination and listening, and as a Regional Leader I hope to contribute to the local community and to help to maintain the strong dairy womens' connections!

Ilyse Jennens

Hauraki Plains

Hi, I’m Johannah and I live near Rangiora where I am contract milking with my husband. I became a Regional Leader to contribute to my community as well with a goal of personal growth and extending my network.

Johannah Jagger

Selwyn-North Canterbury

Hi I’m Karen, I’ve been in the dairy industry for over 25 years and love it. I have been a 50/50 Sharemilker in Coastal Taranaki. I’m currently a Agri manager for LIC on the South Taranaki / Wanganui area. Really looking forward to the Regional Leaders role in Wanganui area.

Karen McNamara


I’m looking forward to my new role within the Dairy Woman’s Network with being the Horowhenua regional leader. Life is always full on working full time between a 800 and 550 cow farm as well as being a mum plus part time study thrown in the juggle too! I really enjoy the business and education aspect of dairy farming. I’m keen in my role to engage the younger generation to progress through the levels as well as supporting current farmers through our ever changing industry.

Kelly Rowe


Hi, I'm Kirstie! Along with my husband Rob & two small humans we sharemilk a large scale dairy farm in Mid Canterbury. I'm extremely passionate about our industry, our people and our animals. I love to get involved with the community and love to meet new people. When I'm not on farm you'll find me pottering in the vege garden, boating and fishing with the kids and going on local hikes with my black Labrador Walter.

Kirstie Hornblow

Mid-South Canterbury

Hi my name is Kylie, I moved to New Zealand from Australia 10 years ago with my husband to his family farm. We currently are 50/50 share milking and are working our way to farm ownership. As a mum who now has 3 girls at school I joined DWN to hopefully give other women the support that I received at DWN events when I first started farming.

Kylie Beatty