Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2012, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Hawera on Monday evening.
The Supreme Winner of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2012 is Rose Voice of The Real Dog Equipment Company Limited. Rose also won the Fly Buys Online Business Award category.
The Telecom North Island Award 2012 was won by Kylie Gibbard of Emkay Limited, a specialty bra manufacturing business based at Koputaroa, near Levin.
The Access Homehealth South Island Award 2012 winner was Jenny Scott of Livestock Office, a stock agent brokering software company. The business is based at Bannockburn near Cromwell.
“The Real Dog Equipment Company is an example of what can be achieved when you have a passion and are willing to follow your dreams,” says Rural Women New Zealand national president, Liz Evans. “We warmly congratulate Rose on her very deserving win.”
Rose set out on her enterprising journey making harnesses and collars for her sled racing dogs. This has grown into a very successful business producing quality animal equipment designed by Rose and manufactured by her and her husband at the company’s purpose-built premises near Ranfurly. It’s also home to the family and their 13 sled dogs.
“What started as a hobby has grown into an impressive venture producing a wide range of equipment for dogs, alpacas and horses. The Real Dog Equipment Company even exports sled dog equipment to Alaska, the home of sled dog racing!” says Liz.
The judges were impressed by Rose’s innovation and dedication to producing high quality products with good growth potential.
They also appreciated Rose’s community involvement, often repairing sports gear for children in the district, for example.
Most of her company’s sales are conducted through the internet, proving Rose’s point that with a website and a courier service she could build her business anywhere, which allowed her to move from the city back to her roots in Central Otago. She also uses the internet to upload instruction movies on training dogs and using her equipment.
The judges were impressed by the winner of the Telecom North Island Award. Kylie Gibbard’s drive and business acumen guarantee strong growth for Emkay Ltd, which evolved from Kylie’s need to find a comfortable support bra that she could wear all day on the farm.
“Kylie has a strong vision and a can-do attitude that have helped her to take a problem, find a solution and turn the answer into an enterprise with huge potential,” says Liz Evans.
Kylie started out wanting to design a comfortable bra for her own needs, but went well beyond a ‘number eight wire’ solution. Emkay bras are the result of five years’ extensive research and product development, and use the highest quality Spanish lingerie fabric, which is laser cut for precision. Originally designed for the 14DD+ niche market, the bras are now available in an 8B to 40HH sizes.
After launching the Emkay bra just two years ago, the company has already broken into the Australian market and is rapidly building its stockist base in New Zealand. The Emkay bra is sold solely through stores, following retailer training. This personal approach is an important part of the Emkay philosophy and one that translates into an impressive nine-six percent try on to purchase ratio.
The Access Homehealth South Island winner, Jenny Scott, has over 20 years experience in the market, a solid client base and a proven product,” says Liz Evans. “The judges were also impressed with the fact that Livestock Office hasn’t stood still, and is meeting today’s market using e-sales and mobile phone technology.”
Livestock Office is used by livestock and grazing brokering firms throughout the country and is the only specialised livestock brokering software developed in New Zealand for local conditions. It also has potential to be used internationally, which is the company’s focus for the immediate future. The package includes debtors, creditors, cashbook and general ledger and can handle all types of sales including private, grazing and auction.
“We agree with Judge Neil MacLean that coroners’ recommendations need to be considered and acted upon in order to save lives,” says RWNZ national president, Liz Evans.
“As an example, for the last five years Rural Women New Zealand has been advocating for more to be done to remind drivers of the 20km/h speed limit when passing a stationary school bus.
“At least two coroners’ reports have recommended improved signage on buses as a way of reminding drivers of the need to slow down, as well as alerting drivers that a school bus has stopped ahead.”
In March Transport Engineering Research New Zealand conducted a trial of active 20km/h signs which showed encouraging results. However the signs are still not approved for use on school buses.
“The technology is now available and Rural Women New Zealand has evidence of a huge public support for such signs. It’s time for action,” says Mrs Evans.
Many school communities have indicated they would consider fundraising to cover the cost of the active 20km/h signs, but first they must be approved for use.
In the 23 years since 1987, twenty-three children have been killed in New Zealand when crossing the road to or from school buses, while 47 have been seriously injured and 92 have received minor injuries.
Last year 35 children and the bus driver were injured when a logging truck hit the rear of a school bus near Ruatoki in the Bay of Plenty.
For the report on the 20km/h school bus signs trial Click HERE.
Rural Women New Zealand’s innovative aftersocks™ fundraiser for Canterbury earthquake victims has achieved the highest accolade at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand’s (FINZ) annual awards.
At the ceremony held in Auckland on Friday evening, aftersocks™ was first announced as the winner of the FINZ Online Campaign category.
But the highlight of the evening came with the announcement of the night’s top award.
Aftersocks™ was named as the joint winner, along with Ronald McDonald House, South Island, of the Premier Fundraising Award for Excellence 2012.
FINZ CEO, James Austin, said the Premier award is only made if in the opinion of the judges it is truly merited.
He said, “[aftersocks™] was one of those rare campaigns – and award entries – that has ‘winner’ written all over it from go-to-whoa.”
The inventiveness and ability to think laterally were winning aspects of both aftersocks™ and the Ronald McDonald ‘Supper Club @ Home’ event.
“Both organisations are thoroughly deserving of jointly receiving the Premier Award for Fundraising Excellence for two extraordinary but very different campaigns.”
Rural Women NZ’s national president, Liz Evans, says she is thrilled with the wins, which recognise the efforts of Rural Women NZ members and office staff in marketing and selling the socks.
The reach of social media played a large part in the sales success of the funky red and black striped socks, which incorporate the seismograph graphic of the 22nd February 2010 quake.
“Our national office was transformed into a packaging and dispatch centre, with thousands of courier bags sent out all over the world.
“We aimed to sell 1,000 pairs, but through social networking aftersocks™ caught people’s imaginations and sales rocketed. We’ve now sold close to 19,000 pairs.”
The socks are manufactured in Ashburton by the NZ Sock Company, and are made from a New Zealand merino wool blend.
Over $110,000 has so far been raised for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund, with a final wash up payment to be made once remaining stocks are sold.
Socks can be purchased at www.aftersocks.co.nz
Photo: Belinda Coyle and Emma Barker from RWNZ's national office with the FINZ Awards. Belinda is RWNZ's office administrator who packaged and couriered the 19,000 pairs of aftersocks. Emma Barker is RWNZ's marketing officer, who promoted the socks through social media and other promotional events.
Rural Women New Zealand’s innovative aftersocks™ fundraiser for Canterbury earthquake victims has achieved the highest accolade at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand’s (FINZ) annual awards. Read More
The collective effort was part of the global Women Walk the World challenge to raise funds to help women in developing countries step up out of poverty.
“The day was a huge success,” says Liz Evans. “Our members held 26 events around the country from Southland to Franklin.”
“Our local challenge was to walk the length of New Zealand, or approximately 1600 kilometres. Our members did that and more!”
Some four hundred walkers clocked up a total of 2,856 kilometers to raise funds for Associated Country Women of the World projects.
The challenge saw several generations taking part, from babies in prams to at least two women in their mid-80s who walked more than five kilometres each, with the oldest walker aged 87!
The distances covered were tallied up on pedometers supplied by the NZ Walking Access Commission.
It’s Chief Executive, Mark Neeson, said the Commission was proud to be part of the the event.
“Women Walk the World is an outstanding idea. Not only does it raise money for a worthy cause, but it also promotes healthy lifestyles, greater awareness of walking opportunities in rural settings and better understanding of life outside urban centres.”
Money was raised through gold coin entry fees, sponsorship and raffles.
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Rural Women New Zealand members and friends walked the length of New Zealand yesterday, then turned round and walked halfway back again! Read More
Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Christchurch yesterday evening.
Liz Evans says “These awards, now in their fifth year, offer an opportunity for rural businesswomen to shine. Our aim is to showcase and celebrate rural enterprise, and this year the judges had 20 strong entries to choose from.”
The Supreme Winner of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013 is Diane Coleman of Treeline Native Nursery, based at Ngongotaha, near Rotorua. Diane also won the Love of the Land category, sponsored by Agrisea Limited. (www.treelinenursery.co.nz).
Treeline Native Nursery, which Diane started 17 years ago, grows and supplies NZ native trees, shrubs and grasses for revegetation and ornamental purposes, growing 300,000 plants a year that are sold to councils, farmers, landscapers, developers and the home gardener.
Rural Women NZ national president, Liz Evans, said Diane Coleman was chosen as the Supreme Winner out of a strong field of contenders, saying she displayed “skill, calm confidence in the progress of her business and a clear awareness of her market.”
“When demand for products slowed with the 2010 economic downturn, Diane adapted to conditions, made some innovative decisions and was able to maintain production levels.
“Added to this, the business is rural-based, employs several rural women and gives back to the community with fund-raising support.”
Other winners on the night were Jan Harper, of Bluespur Butchery in Lawrence, who won the Telecom-sponsored Help! I Need Somebody category.
As one of New Zealand’s first female butchers, Jan, who’s been in the industry since 1977, said it was a ‘dream come true’ when she opened her own business, Bluespur Butchery, in 2009. As well as selling meat to the public, a big part of the business is processing for farmers and hunters.
A very successful exporter of animal by-products from Waipukurau took away the Making it in Rural category, sponsored by Fly Buys Ltd. Angela Payne runs Agri-lab Co-Products Ltd (www.agri-lab.com). Utilising animal parts that previously may have ended up in the offal-pit, the company specialises in placenta, glands, membranes, tendons and glandulars, with 90 percent of the product exported. This is shipped all over the world as raw products for the pharmaceutical and dietary supplements markets.
Kylie Stewart of Rangitikei Farmstay was announced as the winner of the Stay, Play, Rural Award, sponsored by Access Homehealth Ltd. Her 1500 acre farm has been in the family since 1901 and Kylie has breathed new life into many of the old buildings to create attractive accommodation for up to 19 guests at a time who come from all over the world to get a taste of New Zealand rural life with farm tours, horse treks, clay bird shooting and shearing and mustering demonstrations on offer. (www.rangitikeifarmstay.co.nz).
The judging panel also decided this year to give a special Rural Women NZ Encourgement Award. This went to Lee Lamb, a young farming woman who lives in Waikaia, Southland.
As her children grew, and unable to find New Zealand farm-themed books to read to them, Lee decided to write and illustrate her own. A self-taught writer and painter, Lee was also determined to have her books printed in New Zealand. She now has four titles: On the Farm Shearing, On the Farm Autumn Muster, On the Farm Milking Time and On the Farm Harvest.
In congratulating all the winners, Liz Evans said, “Running a successful business anywhere in today’s competitive economy is not easy. It takes time, commitment, money and a passion to succeed. And, of course, you have to have the initial idea to get started.
“And, in the rural context, the start-up and ability to keep going can produce even more challenges. The logisitics of running a business away from a centralised urban area can throw up hurdles such as access to prompt transport and communication – not to mention extra costs of freight and postage. All our winners have jumped those hurdles.”
Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Christchurch yesterday evening. Read More
Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Matauranga is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) initiative supported by the Tertiary Education, adult and community education providers at a local level and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.
This year, Adult Learners' Week will take place 2 - 8 September. Currently, there is funding available for programmes offered to adults who are looking to improve skills such as literacy (including digital) and numeracy, and for strengthening social cohesion. All event ideas will be considered for Adult Learners' Week, however, so all are encouraged to submit an application form. Past events range from teaching English to an immigrant in a private home, a programme at the local library, a community support group, and a private training organisation.
Adult Learners' Week is put on bythe Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa, the lead body for adult and community educators and a voice for adult learners. To learn more about ACE and Adult Learners' Week, visit the website.
If you'd like a copy of the application form for funding an event, click here. Applications are due by 30 May and will be processed by 8 June.
Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Matauranga is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) initiative supported by the Tertiary Education, adult and community education providers at a local level and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Read More
Rural Women New Zealand National Conference – Christchurch 23-26 May 2013
The Student Volunteer Army’s Sam Johnson and Helen Heddell, Farmy Army catering co-ordinator extraordinaire, will give a unique perspective on the Canterbury earthquakes as guest speakers at the Rural Women New Zealand national conference being held at The Chateau on the Park in Christchurch from 23 to 26 May.
It will be an opportunity for 200 Rural Women NZ members from around the country to look ahead as they focus on the conference theme ‘The Future’s Bright – Inspire a Generation’.“We are looking forward to coming to Christchurch, and are starting off with a bus tour to get a better perspective of the issues the city is facing,” says national president Liz Evans.
Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘Back to School’ this year as two rural safety initiatives it’s been promoting get the green light.
We have been advocating for safer speeds around rural schools for several years, and are thrilled that variable speed limits are to be extended to 23 rural schools, following the success of a trial at seven rural schools in 2012, says Rural Women New Zealand national president, Liz Evans.
“We’re also delighted that a trial of active, flashing, 20km/h signage is to go ahead on a fleet of school buses in Ashburton early this year, with funding approved just before Christmas.
“Our rural children are often placed in very vulnerable situations getting to and from school, and we welcome both these initiatives to raise driver awareness and slow down traffic,” says Mrs Evans. “We will be actively promoting both these to our nationwide network of members.”
In the first trial, the NZ Transport Agency says the variable speed limits have resulted in an improvement in driver behaviour and reduction in speeds around the rural schools that took part, and the trial will be extended to 23 sites by the end of 2013.
The variable speed limit is set at 70km/h past schools in 100km/h zones, and 60km/h for schools in 80km/h areas.
The speeds are displayed on electronic signs, which allow the speed limit to be changed locally at agreed times.
Mrs Evans says it’s encouraging to see innovative technological solutions being used to solve safety concerns.
“Technology is also the answer when it comes to reminding drivers about the 20km/h speed limit past school buses, and it’s exciting that the Road Safety Trust has approved funding for a trial of active signage on school buses.”
The four stage trial with a bus company in Ashburton is expected to get underway in the next few weeks.
Bright 20km/h signs with flashing lights will be illuminated to alert drivers to the speed limit in both directions when passing a school bus that has stopped for children to get on and off.
Long Island, with Rural Women New Zealand, is searching for the next plus size model. Whether blonde, brunette, tall, short, size 14 or 30, send your head shot to email@example.com by 20 May 2013 to be entered to be the next top Plus Size Model for Long Island.
The winner will be flown to a Long Island photoshoot in Christchurch. She will have professional hair and makeup done by a stylist and be featured on the cover of the next catalogue. Winner will also receive a $400 Long Island wardrobe!
The winner will be announced at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference on Saturday 25 May 2013. Good luck!
Long Island, with Rural Women New Zealand, is searching for the next plus size model. Whether blonde, brunette, tall, short, size 14 or 30, send your head shot to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 May 2013 to be entered to be the next top Plus Size Model for Long Island. Read More
Rural Women New Zealand held a very popular cheese making demonstration at Tamahere Community Centre in the Waikato on Monday 12 November, with 45 women learning to make ricotta, mozzarella and halloumi cheeses.
“There is a growing interest in learning traditional skills such as cheese making, and we were thrilled with the success of the evening,” said Rural Women NZ member Janet Williams, who organised the demonstration with the new Tamahere Rural Women NZ group.
Sue and Neil and also brought along a selection of top-shelf gourmet cheeses to taste. These were complemented with wine tastings of four different wines from The Hamilton Wine Company.
Rural Women New Zealand had their book “A Good Harvest” on sale, with samples of pickles made from the book.
Following the success of the event, more cheese making classes are planned for next year, beginning with three demonstrations in Taranaki in February.