SOLD OUT: B+LNZ Southern South Ladies' Long Lunch

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Empowering and celebrating women in the rural sector – connect and inspire women in our farming communities.

Join us for a delicious lunch and wine, hear from inspirational rural women and connect with farming ladies from throughout the Southern South Island Region.  

Beef and Lamb New Zealand recognises the importance of women in our agricultural industry. This day has been designed to help bring rural women from across the region together to be inspired and make wider network connections.  

On the day you will:

  • Hear from a range of innovative, local rural women adding value to their farming businesses and wider farming communities. 
  • Network and meet like-minded women. 
  • Be inspired by local women doing great things in our rural communities. 

Sponsored by Rural Women New Zealand.

Guest speakers

Kate Acland

Kate Acland is chair of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, founder and owner of Sugar Loaf Wines and owner of Mt Somers Station alongside her husband David. 

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Diversification is embedded in Mt Somers Station’s business vision – to be a highly diversified, values-led, multi-generational, agri-food business that their family and staff are proud to be part of. The couple also own the 148-year-old Staveley Store and the local Mt Somers Store, which sells the farm’s popular honey and lambswool blankets. 

Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology and a master’s degree in Applied Science, majoring in Farm Management Consultancy at Lincoln University. 

Before moving to her husband David’s family farm, she developed her own vineyard and winery, Sugar Loaf Wines, in Marlborough. 

The couple have three children and employ 25 staff over a diverse group of businesses, including Mt Somers Station. They run 30,000 stock units in a mixture of sheep and beef as well as a 900 cow dairy unit. 

The Mt Somers Station property also includes a standalone honey operation with 500 hectares of native vegetation and beech forest supporting 400 hives that produce Manuka, Honeydew and Clover honeys. 

Brodie Kane

When Brodie Kane enters a room, you can be sure she'll make a lasting impression. With her distinctive blend of no-nonsense professionalism and down-to-earth charm, Brodie is a standout talent in the media industry.

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Her remarkable career spans 15 years and encompasses a diverse array of roles, from award-winning journalist and presenter to accomplished broadcaster, MC, public speaker, and sought-after brand ambassador. Beyond her traditional work in the media work, Brodie dazzled audiences as a finalist on Dancing with the Stars (2022) as well as the hit reality show, Traitors (2023). 

As a true storyteller at heart, Brodie's unwavering passion lies in connecting with people throughout New Zealand. Leveraging her wealth of industry experience, she has embarked on an entrepreneurial journey, pioneering her own media powerhouse, Brodie Kane Media. Here, she spearheads a wide range of projects, from producing captivating weekly podcasts to taking the helm as a host on hit shows like "The Girls Uninterrupted" and "Kiwi Yarns." 

Ladies' Panel – women making things happen!

Kate Cocks and Latisha McMuray

The creators and designers behind the Merino brand "Mt Nicholas Merino.”

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Kate Cocks and Latisha McMurray farm in an equity partnership together with their husbands Jack and Phil at Mt Nicholas Station on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.  

Kate has a rural banking background and now runs the business and compliance responsibilities of the station while Latisha has a hospitality background and manages the station's tourism and events business. Together they run Mt Nicholas Merino. 

They wanted to extend and diversify their existing business and after years of growing beautiful merino wool the logical next step was to create a timeless range of merino goods. So began the journey and a steep learning curve about wool processing, design, marketing, logistics and growing a business from scratch. Almost 2 years on the product range includes, hats, scarves, jerseys, throws and baby blankets with more products in the design phase." 

Kristy McGregor

Shepherdess is a more than a women’s magazine. It captures everyday life and extraordinary stories and is documenting the things that matter to communities across provincial Aotearoa. 

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Kristy started the Shepherdess magazine around a kitchen table on a dairy and beef farm in the Horowhenua in 2019 and now holds the position of Publisher and Editor-in Chief. 

Kristy McGregor is the founder of the acclaimed Channel Country Ladies Day, established in 2012, and a food producer’s festival in Horowhenua. McGregor was finalist in the 2021 Stuff Women of Influence Awards – Primary Industries category. She lives on a sixth-generation family farm in Horowhenua, with her dairy-farmer partner and their young son and daughter.  

Elizabeth Hayes

Elizabeth Hayes is the founder of Nest Treehouses luxury accommodation in the Hakataramea Valley, near Kurow in the middle of the South Island. 

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Growing up in Christchurch with a career in broadcast journalism country living wasn’t on the cards for Liz, until she met her husband Andy, a 6th generation sheep and beef turned dairy farmer.  

The desire to diversify and create something outside the box led to the arrival of two Treehouses, set high in the forest overlooking the stunning valley below. With, hot tubs, swing bridges and a panoramic barrel sauna, Liz is proud to welcome guests from New Zealand and around the globe to their little piece of paradise.  

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