Tracy Brown, Dairy NZ

Tracy is a sustainability champion for the dairy industry.  She chairs the DairyNZ Environmental Leaders Forum, where 100 farmers meet annually in Wellington. They are part of a wider network of 350 dairy farmers across New Zealand. She is a founding member of the Piako Catchment Forum and Mangapapa Catchment Care Group. She’s Chair of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards Alumni and is a member of the Dairy Environment Leadership Group which oversees the Water Accord. Her involvement with these various groups allows Tracy to help bring people together from across sectors and communities to collaborate to improve the environment.  

Tracy has inspired farmers to make changes to on-farm practices, protect waterways, enhance biodiversity and work towards lowering their environmental footprint. She is helping farmers understand Maori values and tikanga, and has encouraged them to become more culturally responsible. Much of what she does is carried out for love and the good of the industry. Her farm Tiroroa is an environmental award-winning property where, together with her husband Wynn, she frequently hosts groups and media to share the story of what dairy is doing to be more sustainable.