Meet the NZ Dairy Careers Team
The New Zealand Dairy Careers Programme is your opportunity to Live, Learn & Earn from the world’s smartest dairy producers - right here in New Zealand.
Key NZ Dairy Careers Personnel
Trina was born and bred in Mid Canterbury and has been an integral part of the NZ Dairy Careers team since its onset. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management) and has a background in Project Management, HR, and administration.
Trina was excited to join us and be given the opportunity to incorporate three of her favourite facets of work into one perfect role; dairy, business, and relationships management. A true Cantabrian through and though, Trina knows the importance of promoting a sustainable dairy model via staff retention and managing staff performance effectively.
Trina is also our international relationships liaison. She is passionate at building lasting relationships with overseas colleges and clients. Trina is the first point of contact for overseas student placement or training and is passionate about assisting candidates to reach their full potential during their stay in New Zealand.
In her spare time, Trina devotes her time to husband; Bruce, and her five grandchildren. She is also a keen photographer and loves to travel.
Tania is from a family dairy farm in the South Waikato (go the Chiefs!). She completed an agricultural exchange at the age of 18 and travelled to Denmark, this was the start of her passion for travel when the 6-month exchange ended up as a 5-year experience across eastern and western Europe and Africa.
Eventually Tania settled back in New Zealand and managed a dairy farm near Tirau, and she became heavily involved in Young Farmers and Dairy Woman’s Network. But the travel bug bit her again and by 2007 she was on another plane having sold her herd and now heading for Canada. Tania didn’t keep her feet in Canada she travelled between here and the US to extend her lifelong passion of farming and travel and even has the title cowboy/girl from the seasons of working on ranches and being a wrangler.
Tania eventually came home and took over the family farm running a 140ha 390 cows for 5 years and then stepped out to go contact milking on my own along with working for Dairy Women’s Network mentoring and running regional groups managing their social media.
Tania has a diverse set of skills having been a teacher and mentor for agricultural students, along with running training and employment opportunities for the unskilled and fulfilling her second passion of being a foodie, Tania also runs cooking classes.
From having travelled the world and experiencing the most diverse types of farming the one thing she has learnt is “To try everything, never count on a second chance” and when traveling “judgement is isolating, it’s not wrong, its different, try it, learn from it and you will grow”.
Jo grew up in a small country town 60km inland from Oamaru. From a young age, Jo displayed a passion and talent for looking after and studying animals. After leaving high school, she began her tertiary journey at Massey University where she completed an MSc, a BSc in Zoology and a postgrad DipSci in Ecology.
Although Jo had always chosen to work with animals, it was when she married a local farmer that her attention was focused specifically on sheep, beef and dairy farming. Twenty years on, and four children later, she is still heavily involved in the farming industry - at home and work.
Jo joined NZ Dairy Careers to inspire and facilitate careers and training in the Canterbury dairy industry to ensure a sustainable future for farming generations to come
Jo’s friendly and helpful demeanor will ensure that you are looked after from the first point of contact through to securing a work or training placement. She will be with you every step of the way and we are confident that you will appreciate her knowledge and positive attitude just as much as we do.