The 2017 Gardiner Dairy Foundation – UDV New Zealand Study Tour Participants met for the first time at Tullamarine this morning ready to fly across the Tasman together. The 2017 Tour group consists of six Tour Participants:
- Alistair Harris, South West Vic
- Denise Jones, Gippsland
- Evan Campbell, Gippsland
- Janelle Fisher, South West Vic
- Lauren Peterson, South West Vic
- Nick Minogue, Northern Vic
and three Tour Leaders:
- Oonagh Kilpatrick, UDV Policy Councillor & Dairy Farmer
- Tony Seymour, NCDE
- Ashlee Hammond, UDV Project & Policy Officer
Similar to last year, the group were amazed to see the going rate of milk powder (not even infant formula) at the airport was $98 AUD for 4.5kg (although they showed their amazement in a different manner this year).
The flight across did not disappoint with some fantastic views of snow capped mountains (in the middle of Summer) and crop circles from center-pivot irrigation scattered across the countryside.
Tour participants were also quick to note that what is typically known as a ‘New Zealand’ fruit was being imported from Italy in local supermarkets.
Tour participants tomorrow will get to visit some New Zealand dairy farms and experience some local culture, the 6th of February being a National Public Holiday – Waitangi Day.