10 Jun 2013

Tasman and Nelson join Milk for Schools – nearly 500 schools signed up.

  • West Coast
  • Tasman
  • Programme Rollout
  • Press Releases
  • Nelson
  • Marlborough

Fonterra Milk for Schools has reached the Tasman region, making the rollout to the South Island nearly complete.

With the recent rollout to 54 schools at the top of the South Island – joining 423 schools in Northland, Southland, Otago and Canterbury already signed up – the tally of schools drinking their daily milk now sits at almost 500.

To help launch the programme into the Tasman region, Fonterra farmers in the area are hanging up their milking aprons and getting out the gardening gloves to teach local kids about life on a dairy farm during the winter months.

Farmers David and Pauline Marshall are hosting students from 12 local schools this morning. And while daily milking is important, the children will learn that it’s not the only job that takes priority on farm says Mr Marshall.

It’s fantastic to have the students join us. They were excited about getting stuck in to help make a difference to our farm and the environment.

“At this time of the year, our 450 cows have dried off and are about to start calving. We taught the children about the New Zealand milk production season and what this means for farmers.”

Mrs Marshall says having so many additional pairs of hands made for quick planting.

“Making real and positive changes in the community is achieved when we all work together. That’s what Fonterra Milk for Schools is all about – Fonterra farmers and

Gerald Baldwin, Principal of Brightwater School, says the kids have been looking forward to visiting the farm.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to learn about where the milk they’ll be drinking every day comes from, as well as the importance of caring for the environment.

“We’re really excited to start the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme in our school and today’s event was an added bonus that presented an excellent educational experience,” says Mr Baldwin.

Carly Robinson, Group General Manager Global Co-operative Social Responsibility, who joined the group on farm, says the Co-op is proud to have almost rolled out Fonterra Milk for Schools to the whole of the South Island.

“After piloting the programme in Northland last year, we began rolling it out nationwide last month, starting in Invercargill and working our way north. Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and the West Coast are the final four regions to get the programme in the South Island, so we’re heading to the North Island next,” Ms Robinson says.

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28 May 2013

Richie McCaw helps launch Milk for Schools in Canterbury Programme Rollout Press Releases Canterbury

Programme Rollout Press Releases Canterbury

As Fonterra’s Brand Ambassador, Richie McCaw has lent Fonterra a hand by delivering chilled milk packs to Burnside Primary School, where more than 200 Year 1 – 6 primary-aged school children will receive a daily dose of dairy goodness from today.

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