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  • Amber Carpenter 2

    Amber Carpenter - Chair

    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 6th season as 50:50 sharemilkers in Paparimu.

    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.

  • Carlos Delos Santos 2

    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.

  • Raewyn Hills 2

    Raewyn Hills

    Equity Partnership – Feilding, Manawatu

    Diploma in Agribusiness Management

    Together with Husband Michael and three children Lucy (9), Mitchell (7) and Claire (4) we are Equity Partners of our company milking 850 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.

  • Heather McKay 2

    Heather McKay

    Together with my husband Kelvin, we are equity partners in a dairy farm near Greymouth where we live with our children, Lucy and Ruby.

    I have been involved in the Dairy Industry Awards for a number of years, as an entrant and winners of the Share Farmer of the Year for West Coast/Top of the South in 2015 and then as part of the regional committee for five years. I absolutely love the Dairy Industry Awards programme and all that it stands for, and I'm excited to now be part of the Executive and continue my journey with DIA.

    I have always worked off farm also, broadly in the areas of resource and environmental management with strong links into the farming sector. My involvement in the Dairy Industry Awards has been a key part of my journey both personally as well as having clear benefits for my off farm career.