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Rural Recharge event planned in Thames

A free Rural Recharge event for farmers is to be held in Thames on July 6 for a rural catch up after a “tough season”.
The event, held by the Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Rural Support Trust, will include a complementary dinner at the Thames War Memorial Civic centre, followed by a Q&A session with sports leaders and a guest speaker.
The DairyNZ team will also be available to answer questions and offer any advice for the new season.
Trust spokesperson Wanda Leadbeater said the evening was a relaxed dinner, a great chance to come together and catch up with friends, neighbours and colleagues.
“We know it has been tough in the Hauraki-Coromandel area and the relentless wet weather did not help, so we wanted to run a free event to show support for our farmers and growers and rural folk,” she said.
Guest speaker and MC Julia Jones is Head of Analytics at NZX, a former KPMG farm enterprise specialist, and the chair of Meat the Need, a food security charity. Wanda said Julia had a passion for global trends and their impact on New Zealand’s prosperity.
“Change is inevitable and Julia works hard to help others have confidence in navigating an uncertain future,” she said.
The panel of guests for the event also included Waikato Ranfurly Shield winning captain and former Waikato Chiefs player Alex Bradley, and Waikato Tainui Men’s and mixed New Zealand netball team coach Tania Anderson.
Tania has been involved in men’s and mixed netball for 25 years and was awarded a service award for her commitment in 2021.
The Waikato Hauraki Coromandel Rural Support Trust was a not for profit organisation that offered one on one, free, confidential support to those who work on the land, Wanda said.
“We also try to promote wellbeing and build resilience by offering rural-focused events to get people off farm and connect, and hopefully have some fun too.
“Dinner is complimentary, but to help with catering we would be most grateful if people could register via Humanitix to help with an indication of numbers.”
DETAILS: Register for the Rural Recharge – post flood/pre calving dinner online at: For more information about the trust, go to: