Ali and Dion Kilmister This is a business story that started 15 years ago with Dion and Maria Kilmister moving from Ohura, in the Manawatu, where they were in a Stock Managers position, to their first lease farm in the Wairarapa with 70 steers and a $30,000 overdraft to the now 20-million-dollar farming operation.
There were three things Dion wanted to be - a farmer, a truck driver or a butcher. Farming won and he has been a farmer all his working life. Ali on the other hand is a born and bred city slicker. Country Calendar named them a Formidable Pair. Dion and Ali were the winners of the 2018 Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year, and in the same year won the Paddock category for their Homebred and Homegrown Gourmet Lamb Box, which is sold direct to the consumer. Pride of place in the couple’s office is a framed, hand-drawn sketch of a busy farm scene including a woolshed with the words ‘Dream View’ on its roof. This was Dion’s dream. He drew it one day sitting at the kitchen table with a mate, and it was the beginning of something big. Come and hear all about the journey of “TOVIEWADREAM” delivered by Ali, with Dion at her side for questions.
Julia Jones SIDE MC
Julia Jones is passionate about inspiring a new generation of food producers. She believes this will ensure long term economic relevance for our rural communities. Her six years with KPMG fuelled her understanding of global trends and their impact on New Zealand, and this led to her new role as the Head of Analytics with NZX.
Her career highlights include completing the Harvard Agri Seminar in China, winning the emerging leader scholarship from MPI to attend the Te Hono boot camp at Stanford University, graduating the AWDT Escalator Program, a short stint working in Russia, and being appointed to the primary sector council that is tasked with creating a vision for the New Zealand Food and Fibre sector. Julia lives in the Waikato and feels extremely privileged be part of such a supportive rural community.
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