Boost your career progression and network with dairy leaders attending SIDE.

BrightSIDE is all about inspiring you to create your own future within our Dairy Sector!

BrightSIDE delegates will join the conference to listen to keynote speaker, Logan Williams, then hear from sector experts on the opportunities available within dairy, how attitude, performance and planning are keys to success as well as the importance of personal budgeting.

If you’re looking to be inspired, challenged and supported to make a difference, BrightSIDE is for you.



Tangaroa Walker

Tangaroa Walker

I am a dairy farmer and I love what I do

I want to share with you what i do, how i do it and why i do it. You will get a 360 degree view of farming and I will show you how i was able to achieve 6 figures by the time i was 21 years old. Never read a book in my life, and only went to school to play rugby.

Life is not about what you know so you can answer any question or solve any task, its about having the ability and the support networks to excel in all tasks and answer all questions.

Networking has been the key to my success. You do not get anywh ere fast by yourself. But with the support of others you will have a firm knowledge base to make good decisions and choices. I am a builder, plumber, electrician, engineer, truck driver, vet, accountant, sportsman, employer, employee, Primary ITO trainee, farmer, family man and have also graduated from the school of hard knocks.

Support this amazing industry and we will support you! We need skilled young professionals! Get along to BrightSIDE so you can learn to be successful too.

Logan Williams

Logan Williams

Entrepreneur and innovator

Logan’s story of traversing unknown territory at the forefront of innovation will leave you inspired and motivated to change the world yourself.

Logan is credited with inventing the polarized contact lens as a preventative treatment for photosensitive epilepsy. This technology has empowered sufferers worldwide to live a normal life, free of the ongoing fear of a life-threatening epileptic fit. Logan is also credited with inventing the novel method to turn Didymo ‘Rock Snot’, the pest algae destroying New Zealand’s rivers, into materials. This inv ention was successfully sold in 2018.

In collaboration with Brendan Cook and Nelson Hartley, Logan ha s also developed a medical nebulizer which can convert any liquid medication to vapour. Better yet, the vapouriser has no moving parts or batteries, and is made of PLA bioplastic so is completely biodegradable. This is currently being developed with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Following these inventions, Logan joined Fonterra’s Head Resear ch & Development Centre where he worked on the sustainability portfolio, producing an i nvention to significantly reduce methane on-farm.

Tom Hartmann

Tom Hartmann

 Managing Editor at Sorted

Tom’s focus is dialing up people’s long-term wellbeing and help ing them get ahead financially, primarily by developing the Sorted ecosystem of websites, calculators, seminars and publishing.

His background in journalism and finance dovetails to support th e Retirement Commissioner and CFFC in its work to lift the financial capability of all New Zealanders.

Sarah How

Erin Christian

Erin Christian is 50:50 sharemilking with her husband Nathan, on a 700 cow farm in Mid Canterbury for the New Zealand Rural Property Trust. Having previously worked as a Consulting Officer for DairyNZ, she is now doing contract work in the DairyNZ Selwyn/Hinds project, and caring for their two children. Erin has seen a large range of pathways that people have taken through the industry, and has been involved in delivering Biz Start and Grow courses in her time at DairyNZ.

SIDE Coordinator
Tammy Johnson

027 886 4628

PO Box 85066
Lincoln University 7647