Rachel Baker, Tracey Collis and Loshni Manikam are in the running for the award, which is organised by the Dairy Women's Network (DWN). The winner will be announced at the DWN conference in Rotorua on 22 March.
Dairy Women’s Network CEO Zelda de Villiers says the three finalists highlight the wide scope of skills and expertise evident among women in New Zealand’s dairy industry.
“The role of women in this industry is unique and unparalleled, and we’re proud to recognise and celebrate their success,” says Zelda
“The skills and experience Rachel, Tracey and Loshni bring to the dairy industry range from local government and leadership development through to board and governance expertise.
“These women show an unwavering commitment to progressing the dairy industry internationally, yet still retain their links and involvement at a grassroots level in their home regions and communities.”
Jo Finer, Fonterra’s General Manager NZ Industry Affairs, says Fonterra is once again proud to support the Dairy Woman of the Year programme as it enters its eighth year of sponsorship.
“No other award in New Zealand specifically recognises and encourages the capability and success of women in the dairy industry,” says Jo.
“On behalf of Fonterra, my congratulations to Rachel, Tracey, and Loshni. I have no doubt they will continue to excel in their leadership careers, and I look forward to seeing their successes in the years to come.”
The 2018 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year receives a scholarship prize of up to $20,000 to undertake a professional/business development programme. Fonterra Shareholders' Councillor Jessie Chan-Dorman won the award in 2017.