Search on for dairy leader

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Dairy Women’s Net­work is on the hunt for an in­spir­ing in­dus­try leader.

‘‘There is no short­age of po­ten­tial win­ners out there do­ing amaz­ing things in the in­dus­try ev­ery day,’’ said net­work trustee Alison Gibb.

‘‘It’s just that these women of­ten don’t re­alise that what they are do­ing is ex­cep­tional be­cause they are driven by their own be­liefs and pas­sions without know­ing the ef­fect they are hav­ing on the wider in­dus­try at the time and in the fu­ture.’’

Nom­i­na­tions for Di­ary WOman of the Year opened on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Gibb says the 2017 winner, who will be an­nounced at the Net­work’s con­fer­ence in Queen­stown in May, will be some­one who is pas­sion­ate about the in­dus­try, is a leader in her at­ti­tude and who is out there mak­ing things hap­pen be­yond the farm gate and be­yond her com­mu­nity.

‘‘She will be in fab­u­lous com­pany with our five pre­vi­ous win­ners Bar­bara Kuriger, Jus­tine Kidd, Char­maine O’Shea, Katie Milne and Rebecca Keoghan.’’

Kuriger is now the Taranaki-King Coun­try Na­tional MP, Kidd has re­cently stepped down as the net­work’s chair and been ap­pointed as the Milk New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive, O’Shea is the chair of the Agri-Women’s Devel­op­ment Trust and Milne was elected to the West­land Milk Prod­ucts Board last month.

As the most re­cent award re­cip­i­ent, Keoghan fea­tured on Coun­try Cal­en­dar in De­cem­ber.

The judg­ing panel com­prises a trustee rep­re­sen­ta­tive, pre­vi­ous Dairy Women of the Year, a Fon­terra rep­re­sen­ta­tive and one of the net­work’s prime part­ners. Dairy Woman of the Year has been spon­sored by Fon­terra since its in­cep­tion more than five years ago.

‘‘This award is an ex­cel­lent way for us to en­cour­age the ca­pa­bil­ity and suc­cess of women in our dairy in­dus­try, and ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tant role they play,’’ says Fon­terra’s NZ In­dus­try Af­fairs gen­eral man­ager Jo Finer.

‘‘We’re proud of the cal­i­bre of women who have re­ceived the ti­tle so far and con­fi­dent that we will find another in­spir­ing and tal­ented in­dus­try leader in 2017.’’

Jus­tine Kidd is a past winner of the Dairy Woman of the Year and is now Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Milk New Zealand.

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