Family is at the heart of everything we do
As a co-operative, we share a focus to deliver a world leading infant formula to families around the world. Our commitment to families begins in the hearts, homes and farms of the people who generate our premium dairy goat milk – our shareholders.
The Dairy Goat Co-operative’s 72 shareholders farm in some of New Zealand’s premium farming regions – Northland, Waikato and Taranaki. Their ability to do what they do, is enabled by the strength and resilience of the communities which they support, and which support them.
Family is the lifeblood of our communities
Investing in the long-term sustainability of our shareholder communities is the reason the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust was formed.
The Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust was established in 2017 with the aim of strengthening shareholder communities through charitable donations which nourish and care for current and future generations.
The Trust’s primary source of funding is its farmer shareholders, supplemented by contributions from fund raising events involving Dairy Goat Co-operative staff, shareholders and goods/services providers. Funding is focused on organisations in shareholder regions (Northland, Taranaki and Waikato) which aim to improve the health, education and welfare of children and families. Trust grant recipients are identified by the Trustees and applications for future funding are not open at this time.
At the heart of Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust is our desire to nurture our communities and its people. Our aim is to make a difference at grass roots level, which will in time, like the ripples in a pond, become much further reaching.
A message from our Chairperson
I felt very privileged and honoured in 2017 to be chosen as chair for the newly formed Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust, as the ideals and philosophies of the Trust align closely with my personal beliefs.
I am excited about the future, building on what we have already achieved in the past year. Being able to provide long-term sustainable financial assistance to our local communities, and to support and work alongside those who have needs is a key goal that I am deeply committed to.
I am currently a shareholder in a dairy goat farm and hold company directorships. I believe that I have the experience and skillset to contribute positively to the activities and success of the Trust.
My fellow trustees are Louise Tolenaars (Dairy Goat Co-operative staff), Phil Harris (lawyer), Gwen Bonnar (shareholder), Andrew Erb (shareholder and Dairy Goat Co-operative director). Together we look forward to reporting back regularly on our success and progress.
The Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust is privileged to work with, and provide funding, to support the ethos of organisations who work tirelessly to promote the health, education and welfare of families and children.
People helping people
“People helping people” aptly describes the work of St Vincent de Paul – or Vinnies as it’s known to friends – working alongside the community to help and support those in need.
The Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust began supporting Vinnies in 2018 through charitable donations to, and staff volunteering with, the Hamilton branch.
Nicola Locke, Chair of the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust says volunteering was initiated as DGC staff wanted to commit their own time towards doing something practical to help their local community.
“Each month, members of the DGC team devote several hours of their personal time to working on the Vinnies’ FullFill van delivering food and nourishing drinks to people in need around Hamilton. It’s an incredibly rewarding exercise and one which the team enthusiastically supports,” Nicola Locke said.
The General Manager of St Vincent de Paul, Mark Rolton, said “the financial support given to Vinnie’s by the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust has enabled us to provide a cooked breakfast to the homeless and hungry two mornings per week. Feedback we are getting from local food outlets is that, since we started the breakfasts, shop lifting has reduced which is yet another positive outcome for the community”.
“The Trust’s donations have also helped Vinnie’s reduce our fuel cost”.
“Having the Dairy Goat Co-operative staff go out on our night van is one way for the Co-operative to give back to the community in a positive manner, it also hopefully opens the eyes of the people on the van to the daily struggles many people experience,” Mark Rolton said.
Taranaki parents now have access to a course which has strengthened whānau around the country, thanks to a donation from the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust.
The Trust’s support has helped enable Parenting Place’s Building Awesome Whānau to be launched in Taranaki and has also enabled the course’s extension in Northland and Waikato along with Parenting Place’s Toolbox Baby and Toddler Years course in Northland and Waikato.
The Building Awesome Whānau course is a six-session small group parenting course designed to support and empower vulnerable families to raise resilient whānau. The Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox Course is also a six week small group parenting course designed specifically for parents of children from birth to six years.
Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust Chair Nicola Locke said ensuring parents have the tools and support to be great parents is at the heart of the Trust’s philosophy that family is the lifeblood of communities.
“The small part we are able to play in launching and extending these vital support networks reinforces and enables our mission to nurture and strengthen families across our shareholder regions,” Nicola Locke said.
Greg Fleming Parenting Place CEO said every child deserves the chance to thrive, belong and achieve – and a healthy, loving whānau makes this a reality.
“Our programmes and resources are designed to engage, encourage, and equip all families right where they are, offering inspiration, not simply information. The Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust’s support enables us to achieve those aims,” Greg Fleming said.
Photo courtesy of Parenting Place
Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust donation benefits babies at Waikato Hospital
Waikato Hospital’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) has an additional Giraffe Warmer unit for pre-term babies thanks to a donation from the Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust.
Giraffe warmers are used for pre-term or late pre-term babies. They provide a high tech healing environment that is warm and comfortable, with easy access and visibility for parents and staff.
Women’s & Child Health service manager Christine Woolerton said “the donation of $23,100 will benefit one hundred of the sickest children in NICU over the next 12 months”.
“The new Giraffe warmer is highly portable and easier to move around than previous models, enabling NICU to transport babies to the operating theatre or collect babies from the emergency department, which is a distance from NICU.”
Dairy Goat Co-operative Trust chairperson Nicola Locke said the Trust and the Dairy Goat Co-operative are committed to nourishing and caring for families and future generations. “This donation fits well with our purpose and will deliver real benefits to the local and wider community.”