The Escalator Alumni is an incorporated society formed in 2012 by the graduates of the Escalator Programme. With 93 members throughout New Zealand, the Alumni is active in supporting each other and activities of the AWDT.
Alumni members are leading in primary industries in every region of New Zealand – as governors, business owners, managers, facilitators and volunteers. Sectors they are leading in include Dairy, Sheep and Beef, Deer, Cropping, Honey, Horticulture, Maori organisations, Central and Local Government, Veterinary, Heath and Rural Support.
If you would like to contact an Escalator Alumni member in your area please contact us and we will put you in touch with them.
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Great work from Beef + Lamb New Zealand, accounting for the carbon offset potential of on-farm trees.
Kiwi farms can have a positive impact in confronting the climate crisis. Research like this shows us how.Today we’ve released a major piece of research that shows NZ sheep and beef farmers are close to being carbon neutral, due to the woody vegetation on their farms offsetting between 63% and 118% of the on-farm agricultural emissions.
This research strengthens our calls for the formal recognition of on-farm sequestration. If farmers are to face a price for agricultural emissions, it’s only fair they get credit for their sequestration.
The study’s findings reinforce that NZ’s red meat is among the most sustainable in the world and it could potentially give our farmers and exporters a real competitive advantage with consumers.
Huge efforts have been made by many farmers to protect and enhance biodiversity on their farms. The report also identifies where to focus on to continue to build the native vegetation and biodiversity on their farms.
For more information and to read the summary or full report visit our website: beeflambnz.com/news-views/new-zealand-sheep-and-beef-farms-close-being-carbon-neutral-new-research ... See MoreSee Less
At just 23, Heather Gee Taylor is choosing to take responsibility for her community.
The youngest-ever Councillor for the Manawatu District Council (and It’s All About You graduate), Heather talked to Shepherdess Magazine about balancing service, farm life and her country passions.
She reflects on how connecting with motivated rural women set her on the path to governance and positive community impact.
As a proud foundation partner, we’re thrilled to see inspiring stories from the AWDT community beautifully presented in this edition – grab your Shepherdess copy today!
www.shepherdess.co.nz ... See MoreSee Less
That’s how many Future Focus graduates tell us that planning alongside their farming partner is good for business.
But let’s put a story behind that number - we asked Marlborough farming partners Locky Taylor & Alley Avery what progress through partnership feels like to them:
“Doing the programme together as a couple was really invaluable. We’d come home both excited about what we’d learnt and discuss and debate how we could utilise it in the business. We’ve got even more of a shared vision after doing the programme.”
Future Focus is our programme supporting sheep, beef & dairy farming partners to grow & plan their future together.
Registrations are now open bit.ly/3i4KrDq
Thanks to the Red Meat Profit Partnership Red Meat NZ, Future Focus is subsidised. ... See MoreSee Less
Nice one Ally Avery 👍
Tania Disher Hi Cuz, AWDT's programme, Future Focus, is coming to Te Awamutu in a couple of weeks. Perhaps you know farming couples/pairs that might enjoy the opportunity to work "on" their business rather than "in" their business for a couple of days. Suggest you share this post to women (and men) in the Te Awamutu area that would appreciate knowing that the course is on and what the key objectives are. It'd be great to raise awareness, raise interest and lift registrations to see a viable group of business partnerships form to learn, grow and have abit of fun together! Thanks for any help you can give. www.awdt.org.nz/programmes/futurefocus/
3 weeks ago
Celebrating 14 more leaders ready to accelerate positive progress and change in the primary sector and rural communities.
Congratulations to our second #2020AWDTNextLevel cohort - Bron Anderson, Nikki Cameron, Amanda Bissett, Anna Harris, Kate Menzies, Yvette Chard, Carmen Foster, Karen Prue, Hannah Blakey, Amelia Wood, Jessica Ruddenklau, Jessica Hollever, Taylor Bailey, Lucie Jopp, with AWDT Founder Lindy Nelson (right) & AWDT General Manager Lisa Sims (left).
Welcome to the AWDT whānau!
Registrations of interest for Next Level 2021 are now open: www.awdt.org.nz/next-level/
Thanks to our partners Ravensdown, FMG, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, Red Meat NZ, ANZ New Zealand, AGMARDT, Ministry for Primary Industries, CRS Software - Cash Manager, Farmers Weekly NZ, KPMG NZ Farming Business ... See MoreSee Less
So proud Jessica Hollever and congratulations to you all, inspiring young women
Emily Harrison, this may be of interest to you.
Awesome ladies. Welcome to the wider AWDT alumni. 😊
Well done ladies 👌
Congratulations Carmen Foster 😃
Wahooooooo Amanda Bisset-Popma your amazing congratulations hun
Well done Ladies
Well done Nikki Cameron 🥰
3 weeks ago
Tracey Collis, Mayor of the Tararua District & AWDT #EscalatorAlumni, is leading from the front.
In the Spring Edition of Shepherdess Magazine Tracey shares her thoughts on the strength & resilience of rural women and reflects on how Escalator helped her connect her values and leadership style together.
As a foundation partner, AWDT is proud to support Shepherdess tell inspiring stories of Kiwi farming women.
Grab your copy and visit www.shepherdess.co.nz for more. ... See MoreSee Less