DairyNZ and Dairy Women’s Network are partnering to deliver four People Expo events in the Northland, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Whanganūi and Southland regions throughout March 2024.

DairyNZ lead advisor for people, Jane Muir, will be MC for the events. She encourages farmers to join the People Expo events to hear about what is needed to tackle the big employment issues on farm.

“Supporting great workplaces and people on farm is critical. We want to support farmers with credible evidence and practical solutions that help them find and keep the staff they want,” explains Jane.

“These People Expos are opportunities to connect with other farmers facing similar challenges, while guest speakers and workshops provide inspiration and practical tips you can apply with your farm team.”

“I encourage farmers to attend, as I think everyone will take something positive away from these events that is directly applicable to their farm.”

A range of guest speakers headline the People Expos including Waikato dairy farm owners Sue and David Fish, focusing on their ethos of teamwork, and Chris Parsons, chief commercial officer of MyFarm, sharing his story of teamwork and leadership, in a varied career including time in the NZ Defence Force.

Guest speaker Shamubeel Eaqub, a leading economist, will discuss global, national, and regional economic and workforce changes and outline why farm businesses must act differently and look in new places to stay successful.

“The global and political backdrop for farmers is increasingly unpredictable, affecting interest rates, dairy price, and the input costs of critical things, like feed and fertiliser,” says Shamubeel.

People Expo guest speaker, Shamubeel Eaqub.

“This makes businesses and farming more unpredictable, and we cannot influence these things. However, we can influence how we lead and manage our businesses.

“Part of this is around our most important resource, our people, who are in short supply but demanded from every sector. I’m looking forward to sharing practical ways for us to think differently as leaders, and to act differently as a sector, along with having insightful discussions with farmers.”

The People Expos are free for dairy farmers and their teams to attend.

People Expo event information

Wednesday 13 March 2024
9:30am – 2:30pm
Barge Park, Whangarei

Tuesday 19 March 2024
9:30am – 2:30pm
Ascot Park, Invercargill

Tuesday 26 March 2024
9.30am – 2.30pm
Bush Multisport Park, Pahiatua

Bay of Plenty
Wednesday 27 March
9.30am – 2.30pm
Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

For more information and registration visit dairynz.co.nz/peopleexpo

Media contacts

Celine Walters-Gray
Media specialist, DairyNZ
p: 027 247 9876
e: celine.walters@dairynz.co.nz

Sarah van Munster
Insights and media manager, Dairy Women's Network
p: 027 266 4796
e: sarah.vanmunster@dwn.org.nz

Page last updated:

21 Feb 2024