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DAIRY Women's Network general
manager Nita Harding says a major
funding boost and new board
appointments have set the organisation on
a path for growth in the new year.
"We are excited to announce that
DairyNZ has doubled our funding, which
means we'll be able to carry out twice as
many Dairy Days educational workshops
over the coming year.
"Last year we held 20 Dairy Days across
the country, with 650 women participat-
ing," Mrs Harding said.
"With this huge boost in funding, we are
confident we can exponentially increase
the positive influence our organisation is making in the professional
lives of dairying women."
The 20 additional Dairy Days the Network holds next year will
relate solely to the topic of financial capability".
The network was established in 1999 and its purpose is to provide
professional development opportunities for dairying women in New
Zealand. It administers 21 regional groups throughout the country
and has 500 members active on website discussion groups.
"Participation in our online discussion groups is stronger than ever
and continues to grow. There is also a lot of interest in establishing
new regional groups, and enabling this to happen is one of our goals
for the current year," Mrs Harding said.
In line with the goal of expanding regional groups, the network has
appointed dairy farmer Fiona Heberley of Masterton, as its new
regional convenor, national support. The network's goal is to add
three more regional groups by May.
Mrs Harding said staff and the board had worked together over the
past few months on a strategic plan for the organisation.
"The plans we've put in place are focused on actions we can take
to expand our network and increase our impact in the dairy industry.
Women working in our industry are eager to improve their profes-
sional knowledge of dairying as a business and our role is to bring
these women new learning opportunities."
At its recent annual meeting, the network announced the retire-
ment of Robyn Clements as chair as well as founding trustee Sue Van
Long-time trustee and deputy chair Michelle Wilson, of Tuatapere,
has been elected as the new chairwoman. A new trustee, Marie
Marshall, also joins the board. Marie lives with her husband on a
dairy run-off near Balclutha.
Mrs Wilson said she was excited about leading the network into its
next phase of development.
"Going forward, I would like to see the Dairy Women's Network
take the lead in encouraging more awareness of the contribution that
dairy women make to the industry and the New Zealand economy.
"Women's involvement and influence in our industry - whether it
is labouring on the farm, taking care of administration and/or sup-
porting the family -- is huge and we need to ensure they get the recog-
nition they deserve.
"Additionally, I'd like the network to work on further initiatives to
help bridge the urban/rural divide. The dairy industry impacts the
lives of just about everyone in New Zealand, whether you're living in
Auckland or Invercargill. It's important for our industry to raise this
awareness," Mrs Wilson said.
Funding boost and new
board appointments for
Dairy Women's Network
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