Donna Smit says dairy farming has been good to her and her family – now she wants to support and inspire other New Zealand women to succeed in the industry.
Donna Smit of Edgecumbe is the Dairy Women’s Network’s newest trustee.
This is one of the main drivers for the Edgecumbe dairy farmer and company director to take on a role as Dairy Women’s Network’s newest trustee.
Donna is a director of Corona Farms Ltd, a family farming company owned by herself and husband Corrie that comprises of five farms in Whakatane and Oamaru, milking 2300 cows.
A member of Dairy Women’s Network for several years, Donna’s ambitions as a trustee are to fully support the network in its vision of becoming a world leader for women in dairying.
“I hope I can bring my governance and commercial expertise and financial skills to the table to allow the Dairy Women’s Network to deliver value to the dairy industry – and to support and inspire New Zealand women to succeed in the business of dairying.
“Dairy Women’s Network is very important to the dairy industry and it’s fantastic how it provides a forum to people to learn and grow.”
Donna is looking forward to working with new people, including Dairy Women’s Network chief executive Zelda De Villiers.
“Zelda has some stellar credentials and ideas for the future, so it will be fantastic to be part of the journey to deliver something of real value to New Zealand dairy women.”
Donna and Corrie owned a kiwifruit packhouse and coolstore complex in Edgecumbe, which they sold in 1989.
Shortly after, she began in her role with EastPack – then known as Rangitaiki Fruitpackers – as an accountant, remaining with company for more than 20 years. She spent the last 13 years in a company administration role.
Leaving EastPack full-time in August 2013, Donna has just completed leading an information systems project for the company on a part-time basis.
Donna began her trustee position after the Dairy Women’s Network’s Annual General Meeting in October.