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Meet our Executive

  • Woody

    Michael Woodward - Chair

    Farm Owner - Otorohanga

    My wife and I are prime examples of what the awards programme can do for anyone. I really enjoy helping others succeed in the industry that has given us so much.

    My aim to ensure the awards stay relevant with our every changing industry and will endeavour to make sure that it is a positive experience for all those who enter.

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    Brian Power

    Dairy Farm Owner – Whakatane, Bay of Plenty.

    I have thirty-six years’ experience in a number of dairy industry related committees as well as networking with many dairy industry organisations. I have experienced the highs and lows of our industry and the many changes made.

    I am very passionate about the progression of our younger dairy farmers and believe in helping develop future leadership qualities in individuals which in turn helps secure a vibrant and successful dairy industry for the future.

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    Rachel Short

    Equity Partner in two certified organic family farms, plus Sharemilker on one of the properties alongside husband Kenneth - Opunake, Taranaki.

    I am a born and bred dairy farmer with huge passion for the industry, especially developing excellent farm systems and future sustainability.

    Being a second generation regional winner, NZDIA has been the platform for many years to the success of our dairy farming business today.

    Through NZDIA, entrants are given the ability to grow and learn within their dairying career, the reason I have so much enthusiasm for the awards programme.

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    Jade Millner

    50% Sharemilker - Orini, Waikato

    Bobby and I are in our 7th year 50/50 sharemilking. We have been able to successfully grow our business and our personal development by being involved in the NZDIA.

    We won the Waikato SFOTY in 2016 and convened the Waikato Awards Programme in 2017 and 2018. I now feel privileged to be part of the NZDIA Executive which gives me another platform to give back to our exciting industry and to support our future industry leaders.

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    Trish Rankin

    HOSM on 460 cows, South Taranaki with Husband Glen and 4 Boys - Charlie, Harry, Tom and Paddy.

    We entered the awards over a number of years to help us grow our capability, knowledge and networks in order to help us reach our goals. We won the Northland Share Farmer Title in 2016. The Awards programme has been of great value to our own business and it is such a privilege to be able to serve on the Executive keeping the NZDIA the premier Dairy Sector programme for our farmers.

    I bring energy, passion and commitment, as well as my passion for the environment (NZ Climate Change Ambassador) to this fun, talented, well run Executive and Management Team.

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    Jono Bavin

    50/50 Sharemilker - Invercargill

    From the concrete jungle to the green meadows of Southland, together with my wife Kelly and 2 children Brooklynn 11 and Jacob 8, we 50/50 sharemilk 500 cows and also have an interest in a 700 cow 50/50 sharemilking company.

    I was the 2007 Lower South Island Dairy Trainee and we were crowned the 2015 Southland/Otago Share Farmer of the Year. I have enjoyed the experience, gained valuable skills and meet some amazing people along the way. I’m passionate about developing people and the agriculture industry. I hold governance roles including Vice-Chair Telford Farm Board, and a Trustee of the Southern Dairy Development Trust.

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    Carlos Delos Santos Jr

    50/50 Sharemilker - Rerewhakaaitu, Rotorua

    Diploma in Agribusiness Management

    I am very passionate about the Dairy Awards. I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with NZDIA, from being an Entrant to Regional Manager and now feel privileged to serve you as your Executive. My wife and I have learned so much through our involvement and grown both personally and professionally.

    Having won the East Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year in 2007 and 2017 Central Plateau Sharefarmer of the Year, I bring plenty of knowledge in the Dairy awards that has done so much for me and I am keen to see the others succeed and help you get there.

  • Amber

    Amber Carpenter

    50:50 Sharemilker - Papakura

    Born and breed in the city I grew up on the beaches of Urban East Auckland. Now along with my husband Fraser and son Oliver (2) we are in our 5th season as 50:50 sharemilkers.

    We entered the awards programme to help us better understand our business, help achieve our goals and network with some incredible people within the industry. We won 2017 Share Farmer of the Year for the Auckland/Hauraki region and were involved in the regional committee in 2018 and 2019.

    Helping to develop others and assisting them in achieving their goals is something I am passionate about. I feel very privileged to be on the NZDIA Executive team with an amazing group of people to help give back to a fantastic programme that has done so much for myself and my family

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    Raewyn Hills

    Equity Partnership – Feilding, Manawatu

    Diploma in Agribusiness Management

    Together with Husband Michael and three children Lucy (8), Mitchell (6) and Claire (3) we are Equity Partners of our company milking 830 cows plus dry stock. Both of us are hands on in the day to day operational of our farms.

    We have been involved with the Awards Programme as Dairy Manager’s, Share Farmers and in between years I have been Dairy Trainee Team Leader, Sponsorship Manager, and most recently Regional Manager.

    I love how the awards programme offers so much to entrants, unique to their stage of Dairy Career.