New leader ready for change

                                                          Northland Regional Team (from left): Myra Connell (admin and events coordinator), Tareen Ellis (team leader) and Denise Knop (consulting officer).


14 November 2018


Northland dairy farmers will notice a new face at DairyNZ discussion groups and events over the coming months with the arrival of new regional leader Tareen Ellis.

Tareen is looking forward to being part of the vibrant local farming community.

“I’m excited about getting out to meet farmers, including those involved in and leading a number of great projects in the region.”

Tareen comes from a strong commercial and strategic planning background, having worked for Ballance Agri-Nutrients in Southland since 2014. While there, Tareen became regional sales manager for the Lower South Island, and growing a strong team in that role was one of her highlights.

“I enjoy helping businesses respond to change, which is why I’m excited about my new role at DairyNZ. Dairy farming is a sector that faces a great amount of change, ranging from new legislation to biosecurity threats and shifts in markets.

“I’m looking forward to working with our consulting officers to help farmers respond to these challenges and meet their goals.”

DairyNZ has three consulting officers in Northland, with a fourth currently being recruited for.

Tareen is no stranger to change herself. Originally from South Africa, she came to New Zealand in 2011 with her husband Jarred. They settled in Invercargill, where she worked for Venture Southland as a marketing manager before joining Ballance.

The couple now live in Whangarei with their three-year-old son Arthur.

“What appealed to us about New Zealand was the outdoors, the beauty of the country and the sporting spirit,” says Tareen. “Northland has plenty of that, plus a climate that is closer to what we came from in South Africa.”

Northland activity 

DairyNZ is involved in a variety of initiatives in Northland. Here are some examples.

Extension 350

Extension 350 was launched in 2016 to help local farmers share knowledge and gain access to specialist advice. The project’s aim is to improve the profitability, wellbeing and environmental outcomes of Northland farmers. It is supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Northland Regional Council, DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ and Northland Inc (Northland’s regional economic development agency.) Learn more at


The Northland Dairy Development Trust (NDDT) was formed in 2006 to help farmers secure quality dairy research relevant to Northland. The Trust is a joint initiative between Northland Agricultural Research Farm (NARF) and Fonterra, with support from DairyNZ. NDDT’s research is largely carried out at Northland Agricultural Research Farm. Research is farmer-driven, with results and progress reports available at

Regional support

Like in other regions, DairyNZ’s Northland consulting officers (COs) provide farmers with the latest knowledge from our research and development teams. The COs ensure farmers are armed with information relevant to local needs. They also help farmers share their knowledge and experience through peer-to-peer learning; offer support when farmers are facing challenges; and ensure DairyNZ’s work meets farmers’ needs. For information, visit

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