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New leader for NZ dairy awards THE NEW Zealand Dairy Industry Awards has appointed Robin Congdon general manager, succeeding Chris Keeping who served 18 years in the role. Awards board chair Rachel Baker says the 2019 National Awards evening in Wellington last month was a fitting event to farewell Keeping. “It was special having every executive chairman she had worked with present on the night, and many previous winners and volunteers, to acknowledge her care and contribution over the past 18 years,” Baker says. “We look forward to seeing where Robin will take the role and our organisation into the future.” Congdon is a marketing and events specialist with business management experience. Most recently he was the national events manager for Massey University, managing the NZ Food Awards. Congdon is looking forward to the general manager role and believes his background in business, event programmes and communication and information technology will allow him to see new opportunities and efficiencies.



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The conference theme is ‘New season; fresh ideas’. Speakers include Graeme Doole, DairyNZ; clinical psychologist and Smaller Milk and Supply writer Karen Nimmo; and David Chapman, Herds (SMASH) 2019 DairyNZ. Conference, Don Rowlands Cost: $80 for DairyNZ levy payers, $120 Centre, Karapiro, Cambridge. for non levy payers, including morning tea, lunch and end of day nibbles and drinks. More details at

Robin Congdon

“The NZDIA programme has been built from virtually nothing to a substantial national awards programme over the last 18 years,” he said. “It is important the NZDIA stays relevant and delivers value to the entrants, sponsors and the trust. I am also proud to be part of New Zealand primary industry, dairy.” The awards provide a learning and growth platform for young and emerging farmers as they progress in their careers. The national sponsors are Westpac, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda, LIC, Meridian Energy, Ravensdown, DairyNZ and PrimaryITO.

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Run by farmers for farmers, SIDE has industry experts in keynote addresses, networking sessions and practical workshops. Speakers include All Blacks manager Gilbert Enoka and Paralympian Liam Malone. More information:

A summit to advance NZ primary industries. Exciting line-up of speakers Primary Industries NZ includes Nestle’s corporate head of Summit and Awards, Te Papa agriculture Hans Johr and OECD’s Museum, Wellington. director trade and agriculture Ken Ash. More information:

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