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It’s all about YOU

It's all about YOU (formerly known as First Steps) is a two-day purposeful development programme for women who live and work in the primary sector or rural communities.

You’ll discover your true value, refocus on what is important, explore possibilities and create new networks.

Each programme is limited to just 14 participants so our professional facilitators can ensure individual attention in a supportive and trusting environment.

Thanks to CRS Software and DairyNZ subsidising the full $1,000 cost of the programme, the cost to you is just $195+GST for two full days dedicated entirely to YOU!

Download the programme flyer here.

Locations Dates    
Gore September - Thurs 20 & Fri 21  
Masterton  October - Thurs 18 & Fri 19   


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Her Story

  • Cathie Cotter
  • Eloise Neeley
  • Emma Hammond
  • Margaret Hore
  • Sue Rhynd
  • Cathie Cotter

    Understanding own potential benefits others
    When newly-appointed Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) South Island Convenor Coordinator, Cathie Cotter, went along to First Steps to see if it was a suitable course for her convenors she got much more than she expected – the start of her own personal development journey.

    “I had talked to other women about the programme, but hadn’t thought about it from my own perspective. First Steps not only gave me a new awareness of my skills, but permission to start my own personal journey as a respected industry professional, as well as a dairy farmer, wife and mother.” Click here to read more. 

  • Eloise Neeley

    Life-changing new pathway

    Timing was everything for Eloise Neeley when her life turned on its head and she returned to Whangarei after farming in the South Island for 20 years.

    “The move north was a catalyst for reinventing myself as I’d been away from Northland for so long I didn’t know many people. I had heard about First Steps and had it in the back of my mind so it was perfect timing when it came to Northland.” Click here to read more.

  • Emma Hammond

    Course identifies leadership strength

    Winton farmer, wife and mother of three, Emma Hammond, has moved into representation roles in Fonterra and education after reconfirming her skills, identifying new ones and gaining newfound confidence through First Steps.

    “I’d had a successful career prior to leaving my job after the birth of my second child and had become a bit lost and disillusioned that I’d lost my identity. I did the farm books but needed more mental stimulation, while still being there for my family. Click here to read more.

  • Margaret Hore

    Recognising the value of skills learned ‘by default’

    When Maniototo farmer Margaret Hore took part in First Steps in March 2013 it helped her realise the value of the skills and opportunities she had gained from being part of a family, farming business, rural community and as a former Plunket nurse.

    “Our First Steps group was an amazing group of ladies and facilitators and it was a time of encouragement and empowering the positive. This has been extended as we continue to meet and support each other. Click here to read more.

  • Sue Rhynd

    Rekindled interest & renewed confidence extends contribution

    She Rhynd has a business management and accounting background, and her family runs a dairy farm and a beef operation in central Northland. She always had a nagging feeling that she should be doing something else but wasn’t sure just what that was.

    “First Steps really changed the way I operate internally – but not as I expected. It made me realise what is most important for now - our farming business, our teenage daughters, daily life and my roles in the Rural Support Trust and Vet Club. It’s like I have new lenses.” Click here to read more. 

Programme Content

  • Discover the true value your skills, strengths and experiences
  • Refocus, re-prioritise – no matter what stage of life you’re at
  • Explore new possibilities and opportunities
  • Build your confidence
  • Create lasting connections and become part of powerful support networks with other women and AWDT

Programme Details

  • Two days: 8.30am- 5pm both days
  • Cost: $195 + GST 
    AWDT and our programme partners, CRS Software and DairyNZ, invest in you by subsidising the $1,000 cost of the programme.
  • Option to add a professional coaching session post-programme $50.00 + GST
    This is a tax-deductible personal development expense.

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