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Regional Awards Dinner Update

Due to the COVID-19 alert level changes the NZDIA has had to postpone the awards dinners in Central Plateau, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. These dinners have been rescheduled until the end of March, early April. See Regional Pages for new dates. If ticket holders are unable to make the new dates we will refund tickets.


The Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award 

Nominations are now open

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(Nominations close 20th March 2021)


Up for a Challenge in 2021?

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards attracts farmers from across the country, working in all levels of the dairy industry. Our three award categories give entrants the chance to challenge themselves, earn a regional or national title and to share in substantial regional and national prize pools.

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Recognition towards the Diploma in Agribusiness Management

Did you know - as part of entering the Share Farmer of the Year category you could fast-track your way to a New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management?

Share Farmer of the Year entrants have the opportunity to have the body of work they prepare for the awards also count towards modules in the New Zealand Diploma in Agribusiness Management. This process is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click Here to find out more.

Best Career Decision

Many previous winners say entering the Awards was one of the best career decisions they have made.

 "We grew professionally and personally just from entering. You hear that so often from previous entrants, and the truth is, you really do” - Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos 2017 Central Plateau Share Farmers of the Year winners and national runners-up.

“Winning was a bonus. Looking back now, the certificates and articles were a small aspect of the success. The bigger picture is the connections we made and the huge success that we have today.” - 2016 West Coast Top of the South Share Farmers of the Year Jesse Huffman and Renee Mason.

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 Why enter the Dairy Industry Awards?


Through the awards programme, entrants learning and development is accelerated. It is a place to challenge yourself, raise the bar and climb that career ladder. 

Stand out 

Showcase your skills - stand out from the herd! Take your passion and drive, and turn it into something that sets you apart.   

Be rewarded

Improve your career prospects and upgrade your business skills. Be rewarded for your hard work with prize money, recognition and industry exposure. 

 Thank you NZ Dairy Exporter for use of photos

How to enter