Dion Gordon, supported by his wife Kristie, is the pod manager for the Coastal Canterbury Pod between Rangitata and Hinds. Dion graduated from Lincoln University with a degree in Commerce and Agriculture, majoring in Farm Management. Dion began his career in dairy farming as Assistant Herd Manager on a 700 cow unit in Dunsandel, and has advanced through positions of increasing responsibility on a number of large units over the past 14 years. Each of these farms had over 1,000 cows and more than 20 employees. In 2011 Dion entered the NZ dairy sector ‘Farm Manager of the Year’ competition, being placed second overall in Canterbury and first for the management of staff. Now at Craigmore, Dion and Kristie manage the Coastal Canterbury pod, which include Wairepo and Kirikiri dairy farms.