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October 18, 2018

Transforming a ‘nasty little wet farm’ into an award winner

When you talk to Matamata dairy farmers Rod and Sandra McKinnon about environmental sustainability it’s easy to understand why the couple won the 2017/18 Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

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October 17, 2018

The low down on Probiotics

These days probiotics have become somewhat of a buzz word. From boosting immunity to improving digestion, probiotics have been touted as the “superhero” of the gut bacteria underworld. And yet, there’s a lot we still don’t know about probiotics because the research is just heating up.

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October 15, 2018

Kudos for a scientific star

Dr Brendon Gill is a Senior Research Scientist in the Nutrition Lab at our Waitoa site and recently received the Emerging Scientist Award at Waikato’s Kudos Science Awards.

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October 15, 2018

Building a Co-op that Kiwis can be proud of

I took the job of CEO of Fonterra because I believe in the Co-op’s potential and the positive difference it makes to New Zealand and consumers around the world.

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October 09, 2018

Grabbing life by the horns

October 8th- 14th marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Co-op farmer Wayne Langford knows what it’s like to suffer from mental illness. He’s the man behind the YOLO (You Only Live Once) farmer blog. He shares his story about owning up to his illness and how the YOLO project helped him cope with depression.  

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October 08, 2018

A Good Reason for a ‘GoodYarn’

One of the hardest things is when you know someone is struggling but you’re not sure how to help. That was the issue Fonterra wanted to tackle when we rolled out the “GoodYarn” mental health workshops. Two years on nearly 2000 of our staff have taken part and the conversations are growing. 

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October 05, 2018

3 trends changing the way we work 

There are a growing number of people who don’t imagine their career following traditional paths which poses challenges and opportunities for organisations, writes Fonterra’s acting head of people & culture, Mark van Zon. 

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September 27, 2018

Collaboration will deliver better outcome than one size fits all regulation

Ian Proudfoot, KPMG’s International's Global Head of Agribusiness based in Auckland, New Zealand, discusses the challenges and opportunities for NZ’s ‘producers’.

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September 27, 2018

From truck driver to life saver

Our tanker drivers see some incredible and sometimes confronting things when they’re on the road. When Phil Newton, saw a young woman on the edge of a cliff he knew had to do something.

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