10 May 2018
The gumboots have been put away and the shoes have been shined in anticipation of the dairy industry’s most prestigious awards event, happening this Saturday in Invercargill.
The National winners of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will be announced at a glittering event at the ILC Stadium, with the who’s who of the dairy industry making the trip south to hear the winner’s announced.
The National Awards will be hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Newshub anchor Mike McRoberts, who loves the awards and the pride and passion shown by the finalists. “From the bottom of the country to the top they're there because they're the best in the business and very much the future of the industry,” says Mike.
Previous years have seen Mike ride in on a horse and dress up as a transformer, however he’s not giving any clues as to this year’s event theme. “No other awards have pushed me out of my comfort zone the way the Dairy Industry Awards do. I blame the event organiser Chris Keeping who should really be working on Broadway!”
“One thing that has never changed though is the quality of the finalists, they are consistently outstanding. And when the three supreme awards for 2018 are announced I know we'll be celebrating another incredible group of dairy farmers.”
General Manager Chris Keeping says the event is the culmination of months of hard work by the entrants, judges and committee volunteers from 11 different regions through-out New Zealand.
“Our judges have commented on the high calibre of this year’s entrants, and we are looking forward to celebrating with the winners on the night.”
“It’s always wonderful to see the support given to all the entrants from their family, friends, work colleagues and farm owners. We are also grateful for the support of our national sponsors and the evening is a way of saying thank you to them also.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra Farm Source, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy, and Ravensdown, along with industry partner Primary ITO.