Dairy farmers attending upcoming People Expo events will get advice on team culture from the best in the business - rugby coaches and managers.

The DairyNZ People Expo events are getting underway this month in Dunsandel (Thursday, March 22) - followed by Waikato (Tuesday, April 10), Stratford (Wednesday, April 11), Rotorua (Tuesday, May 1) and Invercargill (Wednesday, May 9).

Among the line-up of speakers is All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, Canterbury Crusaders personal development manager Virginia Le Bas, Team New Zealand cyclor Joseph Sullivan, human resource specialist Tani Hansen and Fonterra manager of social responsibility Matt Trent.

Farmers will also hear from fellow dairy farmer Stuart Taylor on how he changed his team culture.


DairyNZ people team leader Jane Muir says the People Expo events are designed to help farmers build a successful farm team, be excellent employers, and to attract and retain the best people.

"For many farmers, having a successful and cohesive team is really important and they're keen to find out what they can do as employers to develop their own farm team," says Jane.

"Hearing from team building experts on what they can do to build a great farm team, how they lift performance and find solutions can be really valuable - no matter what industry it's from."

Each region's People Expo provides farmers with an opportunity to ask the experts questions and share their own ideas with other farmers around what works and what doesn't, along with any new and novel ideas and practical tips.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster will give his perspective on what it takes to build a great team culture at the Waikato event.

Also speaking at Waikato will be Fonterra manager of social responsibility Matt Trent, on international trends on working hours, and Tani Hansen from Everest Consultants, on giving your business the best chance to hire and retain the best people.

Venue details will be given to registered attendees. To register and for more details visit dairynz.co.nz/peopleexpo