Launch events set up for dairy leaders

Winners of the awards Hayden and Linda McCartie of Whakatane, Dairy Managers of the Year, Cameron and Marg Bierre of Whakatane, Share Farmers of the Year and Dairy Trainees of the Year Hayden and Chelsea Goodall of Whakatane. Photo: Elaine Fisher.

With just over a week to go until entries open in the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, organisers of the regional competitions are ready to host launch events.

General Manager Chris Keeping says the launch events provide an opportunity to find out more information about the Awards and which category they are eligible to enter.

Not every region is holding a launch event, with Bay Of Plenty choosing to have a prize for their region’s Early Bird entries instead, says Chris.

“If you enter the Bay Of Plenty regional awards before midnight on October 20, you’re in the draw to win a $300 Bunnings voucher, as well as being eligible for the national Early bird prize.

“The launch events are typically a lot of fun and provide an opportunity to meet other potential entrants, organisers and sponsors and to learn about the awards from past entrants.

“The functions are very social, with no charge, and are at a time that makes it easy for farmers to attend.”

Chris says the first regional launch events will be held in Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa, Manawatu and Southland Otago on Wednesday October 18, while launch events in other regions will be held over the next two weeks.

Once again, there are generous travel voucher prizes up for grabs. An Early bird Share Farmer of the Year entrant who enters the Awards before the Early bird cut-off date of November 10 could win could win a $4,000 travel voucher, with $3,000 and $2,000 travel vouchers for Dairy Manager and Dairy Trainee of the year respectively.

Entries in the New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year categories will be accepted online from Friday October 20.

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Fonterra Farm Source, Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy, Ravensdown, DeLaval and industry partner Primary ITO.

More information on the launch events and Earlybird prizes are available at

Details of NZDIA Regional Launch events:

Auckland/Hauraki, November 2, 11 am, Supp No: 72063 1398 Tahuna Rd, Ohinewai       

Waikato, October 25, 6pm, Farm Source, Cambridge

Bay of Plenty, October 20, 11am, Farm Source, Edgecumbe

Bay of Plenty, October 27, 11am, Farm Source, Opotiki

Bay of Plenty, November 4, 11am, Farm Source, Te Puke

Taranaki, October 20, 11.30am, Farm Source, Inglewood, Kaponga, Waverly

Manawatu, October 18, 7pm, Willowpark Tav, Palmerston North

Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa, October 18, 6.30pm, Farm Source, Dannevirke        

Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa, October 24, 6.30pm, RSA, Carterton

Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa, October 25, 6.30pm, Farm Source, Dannevirke

Southland/Otago, October 18, 12pm, Rosebank Lodge, Balclutha

Southland/Otago, October 19, 6.30pm, Top Pub, Winton

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