Tracy lives near Matamata on a 700 cow, 310ha farm ‘Tiroroa’ with husband Wynn and four children. Tracy originates from Northland (Te Rarawa, Ngai Tupoto).
Their farm ‘Tiroroa’ (view to the future) won the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment ‘Supreme Award’ and the Fonterra Farm Source ‘Responsible Dairying’ Award.
Tracy has been leading environmental change for dairy through her roles as Chair of the DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Programme, Chair of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards Alumni, and as farmer representative on the Dairy Environment Leadership Group (DELG) which oversees the Water Accord. She has also recently been appointed by Cabinet to the Essential Freshwater Independent Advisory Panel. Tracy was the winner of the Sustainable Business Network ‘Sustainability Superstar’ Award in 2018.
She has been involved with setting the future direction for dairy on the ‘Dairy Tomorrow’ Working Group, and has worked as an Agricultural Economist in the sheep and beef industry prior to entering dairying. She is both a Kellogg and Escalator Alumni and her strengths are in strategy, collaboration and connectedness.
Tracy has had a number of other community, regional and national leadership and governance roles including maori/iwi governance and Board of Trustees roles in between bringing up four children.
Mat’s report aims to provide a model for generating and capturing ideas to solve the wicked problems of food and agriculture.
The key element to solving this is bringing to bear the focus, passion, practical application and entrepreneurial drive of our farmers and growers. The innovation model needs to put them at the centre and build an innovation consciousness amongst our farmers and growers.
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DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Forum
Ballance Farm Environment Awards
Farming Sustainably for Profit (FSFP) Farmer led MfE/MPI Vision for 2050 Group
Agri-womens Development Trust
University of Waikato
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Hons