Women nom­i­nated in in­flu­ence awards

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Two women de­scribed as “hum­ble and lead­ing from the heart” are among the nom­i­nees for this year's Women of In­flu­ence awards.

Dairy Women's Net­work trus­tees Pamela Storey and Tracy Brown have been nom­i­nated for the Women of In­flu­ence award in the ru­ral cat­e­gory.

Ms Storey is an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer and has ex­ten­sive gov­er­nance ex­pe­ri­ence across a va­ri­ety of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the En­ergy Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand, the Waikato En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­tre, the Coun­cil for Women in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Lead­er­ship, and most re­cently Pri­mary ITO.

Ms Brown, a for­mer econ­o­mist, chairs the Dairy En­vi­ron­ment Lead­ers Pro­gramme and the Bal­lance Farm En­vi­ron­ment Awards Alumni. She is on the work­ing group for the dairy in­dus­try's strat­egy re­fresh and the Dairy En­vi­ron­ment Lead­er­ship Group which over­sees the Sus­tain­able Dairy­ing: Wa­ter Ac­cord ini­tia­tive.

Dairy Women's Net­work chair Cathy Brown says the net­work is proud to see both women nom­i­nated and says they're out­stand­ing am­bas­sadors for dairy women in New Zealand. “Pamela and Tracy are both hum­ble, lead from the heart, and have a ‘roll up their sleeves' at­ti­tude,” she says.

“They give a huge amount of their time to the ru­ral sec­tor and are both do­ing amaz­ing things in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

“I very much see these nom­i­na­tions as wider recog­ni­tion of the hard work dairy women put in to the in­dus­try, work that is so of­ten be­hind the scenes and not im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able.”

Ms Storey said she was ex­cited and hon­oured to be nom­i­nated.

“It's em­pow­er­ing to see dairy women be­ing pro­filed at this level,” she says.

Ms Brown said she too was hon­oured, and hum­bled to be in the pres­ence of so many in­spir­ing women cre­at­ing pos­i­tive change in New Zealand.

“To me it's an op­por­tu­nity to show­case to an ur­ban au­di­ence the mean­ing­ful work, most of it vol­un­tary, that women in the ru­ral sec­tor do so well.”

Ms Storey owns and op­er­ates a 500-cow farm in Te Hoe, in North Waikato, with her hus­band.

She is in­volved in the strate­gic man­age­ment of their op­er­a­tion, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on breed­ing high BW (breed­ing worth) an­i­mals and de­vel­op­ing a flex­i­ble ap­proach to farm­ing sys­tems to al­low for an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse to a chang­ing eco­nomic cli­mate.

Ms Brown owns a 700-cow farm, named Tiro­roa (‘view to the fu­ture') near Mata­mata with her hus­band. The Brown fam­ily won the Waikato Bal­lance Farm En­vi­ron­ment award in 2010.

Dairy Women's Net­work chair Cathy Brown says cur­rent mem­bers of Dairy Women's Net­work have much more in­volve­ment in farm man­age­ment and busi­ness op­er­a­tions than they did when she joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2009.

“In 2009 Dairy Women's Net­work had around 2500 mem­bers, now it's closer to 10,000,” she says. “More and more we're cater­ing our devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to dairy women who are get­ting in­volved in the busi­ness side of farm­ing.

“The Net­work's core driver is to give women work­ing in the dairy in­dus­try un­lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“As the busi­ness of dairy be­comes in­creas­ingly com­plex, our mem­bers are gain­ing valu­able ed­u­ca­tion and in­sights in how to op­er­ate a farm­ing busi­ness in to­day's eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and com­pli­ancedriven cli­mate.”

The West­pac Women of In­flu­ence Awards will be an­nounced on 7 Septem­ber at an awards din­ner in Auck­land. They cel­e­brate women who have built on their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional suc­cesses to help and in­spire oth­ers.

Tracy Brown

Pamela Storey

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