Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand Inc. (FDWNZ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide services and cater the needs of the Filipino dairy farmers in New Zealand, especially in Canterbury.
FDWNZ is based in the town of Ashburton and is composed of 300 members and their families. The group has implemented several trainings such as the Food Safety Handling Course, Workflow System Management Course, First Aid Course and Driving Course through funding from Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) and the Lottery NZ. The group also conducts free seminar on employment rights, free immigration consultation, and a seminar on progression in the dairy industry. FDWNZ organized a school holiday programs for kids funded by the Ashburton Council in 2010. In 2011, the Philippine Embassy – New Zealand, with the assistance of FDWNZ, conducted the first ever mobile consular services in the South Island. In 2013, FDWNZ held the Ash Jam Sessions, the first ever talent show that showcases Filipino talents in Ashburton. The group, in collaboration with the United Filipinos of Mid-Canterbury, has staged productions, Not Another Christmas Party in 2012 and Bayanihan in 2013, to raise funds for the Filipinos affected by typhoon Pablo and typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, respectively.
Every year, FDWNZ holds the annual Christmas Party which aims to strengthen the bond amongst the members and the rapidly growing Filipino community in Canterbury. The FDWNZ Basketball League is an annual event most looked forward to by the Filipino Community in Ashburton and neighbouring towns. From what started as a 3 on 3 Basketball in 2008, the league has attracted more participants over the years. In 2014, the tournament, sponsored by Morrison Car Company, was participated by 13 teams of 15 players each, of which mostly are Filipino dairy farmers. The organization has also been working with dairy research groups for the betterment of working conditions in the dairy sector. The group’s facebook page has served as a medium for people seeking dairying jobs, as well as for the dairy farm employers seeking employees. With the continuous growth of the Filipino community and demand for good dairy workers, FDWNZ will keep on upholding the welfare of the Filipino dairy workers in New Zealand through the years.