Power company Meridian has renewed its sponsorship of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) for another three years.
Jeff Bolstad, a Morrinsville farmer, was presented with a Lifetime Contribution Award by the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trust Chair Natasha Tere, in recognition for his long service and contribution to the agriculture sector.
"This is the first time this award has been presented," says Tere.
"It's a prestigious honour that is awarded to an individual that has provided exceptional service to the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. We have chosen Jeff as he had been a bonding strength behind our organisation. He is a quiet achiever who has guided and mentored many entrants over the years.
"He has been a guiding light, a father figure and confidante to many while on their Awards journey.
"Jeff has no egom just a pure love and passion for aspiring dairy farmers."