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More Regional Dairy Industry Awards finalists announced


15 February 2017


The next round of the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards regional finalists have been announced.

Auckland/Hauraki, Waikato and Bay of Plenty announced their finalists this week, after completion of the preliminary judging.

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.

General Manager Chris Keeping says judges have been extremely impressed with the quality of entrants this year.

“The Dairy Industry Awards aren’t just about winning, they are about education, networking and growth. There is a vibrant and positive feel about the dairy industry in New Zealand at the moment, and the high-standard of entrants that we are seeing reflects that attitude.”

Regional winners will be announced at Regional Awards Dinners around New Zealand. Tickets are still available for these dinners and can be purchased online at

Regional Winners progress to the National Final and are judged by a national judging team to determine the national winners and placegetters of each competition. National winners will be announced on Saturday 6 May 2017 at Sky City Auckland.

AUCKLAND/HAURAKI FINALISTS: (Winners announced Awards Dinner 9 March 2017)

Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists:

Luan Ford
Chloe Hawkes
Tracey Johnston
Ethan Maxwell
Hayden Pearson
Alex Voysey

Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Manager of the Year finalists:

Ashley des Landes
Rachael Foy
David Rawnsley
Jacqui Rutherfurd & Robbie Morritt

Auckland/Hauraki Share Farmer of the Year entrants:

Fraser & Amber Carpenter
Holly Martin
Vijay & Dipika Patil
Raelene Williams

WAIKATO FINALISTS: (Winners announced Awards Dinner March 10th 2017)

Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists:

Matthew Ferguson
Tom Kirkbride
Kobus Liebenberg
Hamish McDonald
Zoe Reichardt
Mikayla Welsh

Waikato Dairy Manager of the Year finalists:

Scotty Davison
Euan McLeod
Josh Monks
Kevin Oppert
Greg Sylvester

Waikato Share Farmer of the Year finalists:

John & Kathryn Blythe
Jason & Jessica Brown
Eoin O'Mahony & Sian Cecil
Phillip van Heuven
Glenn van Heuven & Georgie Cameron

BAY OF PLENTY FINALISTS: (Winners announced March 13th 2017)

Bay of Plenty Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists:

Nick Body
Joe Braybrook
Hayden Goodall
Cameron Law
Mason Moij
Lindsay Williams

Bay of Plenty Dairy Manager of the Year finalists:

Jamie Croad
Jessica Judd
Hayden & Linda McCartie
Andre Meier
Bridie Virbickas

Bay of Plenty Share Farmer of the Year entrants:

Cameron and Marg Bierre

Casey Brown and Fran Walker

Josh and Shaz Cozens

Andrew Strawbridge


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