Dinah Cox's passion for the land and animals has always been part of her life. She grew up on an isolated, high country sheep and beef run called The Teme, over an hour from Blenheim at the top of the Avon Valley, Marlborough. Here, she grew up truly immersed in rural life.
When Dinah left school, she worked in shearing sheds, learning to shear at Pohuenui Island Shearing school. Vet Nursing was her first passion career wise but due to distance from education facilities, she decided to go Human Nursing. After 4 years in the hospital Dinah missed the outdoors too much, and she went casual mustering using her own horse and dogs.
While Dinah has brought up a family of 4 children, she has been fully involved in farm life, and the rural community. Of the farms they have been involved in, Dinah remembers all having stories to tell and providing their own challenges and excitements. Whether it was general farm work, running a 4-acre cherry orchard, catering within the farming community or on the Boards of Trustee's for rural schools, Dinah has always fully involved herself within the farm or community. In 2004, Dinah won the Mayoralty Outstanding Adult Leaners Award from REAP for being a learner and motivator, devoting her overall dedication to the Rangitaiki rural community.
When Dinah's youngest child started school, she decided to pursue a career off the farm, going back to her first passion, vet nursing. After four years by correspondence and part-time nursing Dinah completed her Diploma in Vet Nursing, through Otago Polytechnic, working in the Hawkes bay and the Wairarapa. Dinah is still dedicated to vet nursing and is now, Support Staff Manager working full time for South Wairarapa Veterinary Services. “I love my job and working within this industry. Caring for animals, the land and people is rewarding and a great way to give back to our agricultural community."
Dinah, your career in rural life has been varied, just like so many other AgWomen. We are glad to see you have come full circle and are doing so well at your first passion!