Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to exhibit and network with likeminded women in the dairy industry at the Dairy Women’s Network Conference in Christchurch.



Dairy Women’s Network is a not-for-profit organisation that holds events and workshops around the country to empower its rural communities. Earlier this month Patricia De’Ath (The Regions Founder and Operations Manager), Michelle Wilson (Key Account Manager for Northland, Central and Eastern Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau) and Gina Lopena (Pastoral Care Coordinator for Waikato), were fortunate to attend and exhibit at the Network’s “Invest In You” Conference” in Christchurch.

The two-day conference included workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to witness the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year Award ceremony. Among discussion topics was a key note address on mental health and nutrition by Professor Julia Rucklidge, professor of Clinical Psychology.

We gained further insight into the varied roles women play in New Zealand’s dairy sector. Patricia says the event was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about women in the industry, not just dairy farmers but women from many different backgrounds who are passionate and committed to this industry’s growth and their contribution to the betterment of it.

“We met with finalists of the Dairy Women of the Year award, who have shown so much contribution, love and commitment to the New Zealand dairy sector. These are inspiring and passionate women who juggle family, life and their career. They’re a model of great values to their peers.”

Our stand at the Conference was well received, with several visitors stopping by to find out more about what we do. “It was a great opportunity to really showcase the holistic service of recruitment, immigration and pastoral care that The Regions provides,” says Patricia. “People were genuinely interested about the role we play in supporting New Zealand farmers and rural communities, filling that labour shortage with loyal, hardworking farmworkers and their families who are moving here for a better life.”

However, the highlight for Patricia, Gina and Michelle was being able to put their dancing shoes on for a fun-filled night at the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year Award ceremony. Needless to say, they won’t be donning heels at the next event they’re attending – New Zealand National Fieldays at Mystery Creek in June!

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