A Waikato dairy farmer has been announced as the new chair of rural sector group, the Dairy Women's Network.
Karen Forlong will take over from Cathy Brown who has been chair for the past three years.
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Farming near Atiamuri, Forlong has been a member of the network since it was formed in 2000, and had various roles over that time.
"I really appreciate what a great privilege it is to find myself in this position now," she said.
She said the group was as important as ever.
"The industry needs an engaged, full noise voice, one that is consolidated, unified, loud and proud."
Meanwhile, Cathy Brown said it had been a privilege to be the chair for the past three years.
"It's the people that really make a difference as we walk alongside our farmers and I've experienced such tremendous personal growth in the role. It's now time to vacate knowing the talent in the network has us well placed for the future."