Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | June 16, 2016

Communication winner

Tim Mackle
The 2016 Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year is DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.
This is the 30th year the Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year title has been awarded. It is administered by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators and recognises excellence in communicating agricultural issues, events or information.
From the press release:
 In his time as DairyNZ CEO, Tim’s excellence as a communicator has enabled him to provide an extraordinary level of leadership for the dairy sector. This has been particularly evident over the past 12 months when the industry has faced a difficult period in the media with low milk prices, issues with animal welfare and environmental standards. He has spoken out, challenged opinions and most importantly, used his position to educate and change views of the sector. His has been a prevailing voice for his industry and he has regularly featured on television news and in daily regional and national publications.
His reach has extended beyond rural publications to mainstream media, the general public and decision makers. Hailing from farming roots, Tim is able to build rapport with farmers and relate to their communities. His communications are regular and he is a visible face for the industry, giving him mana and prestige as a communicator.
His career has taken him through various roles and he continues to look to the next generation, working with DairyNZ to increase the number of graduates entering the dairy industry.
Tim is generously gifting his $2500 prize money to the Rural Support Trust…. a charitable organisation to work with people and families in the rural community when times are tough on the farm.
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