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Meet our Executive

  • Rachel B

    Rachel Baker - Chair

    50% Sharemilker – Takapau, Central Hawkes Bay.

    Part-time Dairy Consultant, Non-practicing Veterinarian.

    I bring a variety of skills from all aspects of my life; knowledge of the Awards as an entrant and Regional Manager, experience as an employer, strategic planning, critical thinking, collaboration and delivery to stakeholders.

    The Awards are a much needed public platform to showcase excellence and best practice in our industry.

  • Woody

    Michael Woodward - Vice Chair

    50/50 Sharemilker and Operations Manager, Dunsandel Canterbury

    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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    Sally Bosch

    50% Sharemilker – Martinborough, Wairarapa.

    I’m an organised ‘get things done’ sort of person, with the ability to meet timelines. Entering the NZDIA helped with business progression, assisted in reaching goals much quicker and encouraged personal growth.

    I’m passionate about new dairy farmers getting a good start in our industry so they can enjoy a successful and rewarding career in dairying.

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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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    Kirsten Watson

    Dairy Farm Owner – Helensville, Auckland

    Non-practicing Veterinarian.

    I am passionate about the Dairy Industry and the promotion of progression within it. My involvement with the Awards has enabled both business and personal growth, making it that much easier to reach my goals.

    It is really satisfying to be able to pay it forward while still developing skills which enable my continued personal and business growth.

  • Rachel Short 2

    Rachel Short

    Dairy Farm Equity Partner and Sharemilker – Opunake, Taranaki.

    Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

    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 competition.

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    Jade Millner

    50% Sharemilker - Orini, Waikato

    In my final year of study for my degree in Business Management (Accounting).

    Bobby and I are in our 6th 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.