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Rural Women New Zealand is proud to announce the category winners and finalists for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Awards 2018.

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards are an opportunity to showcase the innovation and entrepreneurial excellence of women who own small rural businesses while also supporting their local communities.

On Saturday, 20 October National President, Fiona Gower announced the winners of the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards. Please read below this years category winners, who will all now compete for the Supreme Award announced at the Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 20 November. 

 

The Awards are being held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November and will be a fantastic evening, showcasing and celebrating women in business. 

 

Download the registration form to attend the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards here.

 

Creative Arts Award – Sponsored by Shear Warmth Wool Blankets

Awarded to Sophie Siers of Millwood Press Ltd

The Creative Arts Award recognises a business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.

 

"One of the changing aspects of rural life is the growing amount of industry and secondary businesses run from the farm to try and support smaller family farms. Many of these are run by women and it’s fantastic to see Rural Women New Zealand offering this award to showcase these sometimes amazing businesses from rural New Zealand," says Sophie. 

 

Emerging Business – Sponsored by Treadwells Barristers and Solicitors

Awarded to Hannah O'Brien of Hunt and Gather Bee Co

The Emerging Business Award recognises a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. 


"Being involved in the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards has been a really wonderful experience for me. It has given me a chance to look at our business and identify all of our strengths and achievements so far, and to re-evaluate our future goals. It has reminded me of what is really important to us as a company and what we value in our business," says Hannah. 

 

Innovation – Sponsored by Hynds

Awarded to Bridget Canning of WIZwireless

The Innovation Award recognises an enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.

 

"I wanted to work from home and found the lack of decent internet very frustrating, we decided to do something about it ourselves and WIZwireless was born. That was 2005. 13 years on, the company has a strong subscriber base and it’s growing every day. Winning the Innovation section of the NZI Rural Women Business Awards 2018 is amazing. I thank NZI, the other sponsors and supporters of this competition for making this achievement possible," says Bridget. 

 

 

Rural Champion – Sponsored by FNZC

Awarded to Robyn McKenzie of Fly My Sky. 

The Rural Champion is a person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise – an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise.

"Over many years of working in rural areas, I have been fortunate to meet women working exceptionally hard in diverse businesses, often in difficult circumstances, with little readily available peer support and little time for themselves. I believe the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards offer women encouragement, support and excellent networking opportunities," says Robyn.  

 

Love of the Land – Sponsored by Agrisea

Awarded to Marie Taylor of Plant Hawke's Bay.

 

The Love of the Land Award recognises a business harnessing the potential of New Zealand’s land, environment or products of the land, to create a successful business enterprise.

 

 

"Being a part of the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards is a tremendous opportunity for me and my business, Plant Hawke’s Bay. It is a wonderful way to showcase my business and build its profile, enabling me to tell my native plant story to a national audience. It is also great to meet other inspiring rural women and hear of their stories of business success," says Marie.

 

Thank you to Premier Partner NZI; sponsors Dove River Peonies, FNZC, Hynds, ShearWarmth, and Treadwells; and supporters Access Community Health, Agrisea and SWAZI.

 

 

 

 

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards Winners Announced

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand is proud to announce the category winners and finalists for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Awards 2018.
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Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the NZI Supreme winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017, Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines.

“A truly inspiring story” is how the awards judges captured Debra’s business success. RWNZ’s National President, Fiona Gower was on the judging panel and said, “We were impressed with Debra’s demonstration of a love for what she does and a focus on family, heritage and her roots.

“Debra displays a superb work ethic, skill and innovative thinking, which has provided a great foundation from which to leverage and grow the Tannacrieff Wines brand.”

Over 180 people attended the awards event with friends, family and colleagues supporting the four finalists vying for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award. The announcement was made during the RWNZ National Conference at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill.

Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter attended the awards ceremony and said, “rural women have always led the way for New Zealand, and today is no different. Congratulations to the winner, Debra Cruickshank, the finalists, and all entrants to the NZI Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award.”

The awards are supported by industry partners: Agrisea New Zealand, NZI, SWAZI New Zealand and Homeopathic Farm Support.

RWNZ National Conference connects rural women from around New Zealand

The annual conference has been a successful event showcasing inspirational rural women and their dedication to build dynamic communities through communication, connections and collaboration.

The conference began with a video greeting from the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, who is the Patron of RWNZ.

Guest speakers included Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter who spoke about the importance of what rural women do, and the challenges for the new government.

Speeches were also presented by MP for Invercargill Sarah Dowie and Mayor for Southland District Gary Tong. Key speaker Professor Paul Spoonley spoke about New Zealand’s changing demography, the implications and challenges.

Special guests attended the conference sessions and delegates participated in workshops covering health, rural environment, education and social issues.

Congratulations to the category winners for the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards:

AgriSea New Zealand Love of the Land winner: Kiri Elworthy and Jenny Bargh - Tora Coastal Walk, Martinborough www.toracoastalwalk.nz

NZI Innovative Enterprising Rural Women Award winner: Kylie Davidson and Emma Hammond - Hammond and Davidson Accountants, Riversdale  www.hammonddavidson.co.nz

Homeopathic Farm Support Emerging Enterprising Rural Women Award winner: Jo Kempton - Happy Belly Ferments, Greytown   www.happybellyferments.com 

Swazi New Zealand Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Women Award winner and NZI Supreme Award winner:
Debra Cruikshank - Tannacrieff Wines, Cromwell www.tannacrieff.co.nz 

 

Click here to download a high res image of Debra Cruickshank.

 

Debra Cruickshank wins NZI Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the NZI Supreme winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017, Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines. Read More


Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) invites entries from innovative and successful rural businesswomen, in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or any other rural sectors for this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

The Awards is a showcase for the success of women operating businesses in rural locations and contributing to their local economy and community. The competition has evolved over the years to promote entrepreneurship and encourage innovation in the use of technology in remote locations. Winners of the Awards have included women lifestyle publishers, honey producers, native nursery operators, physiotherapists and adventure-tourism providers.

Marian Hirst of Bay Blueberries from Hastings, won the Love of the Land Award in 2016, sponsored by Agrisea Ltd. Marian is passionate about producing quality apples and blueberries in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner. Bay Blueberries won the 2016 Ballance Farm Environmental Supreme Award for the East Coast Region.

“Being acknowledged with a 'Love of the Land' award in the Enterprising Rural Women Awards has given me the opportunity to connect with inspirational business women throughout New Zealand,” says Marian Hirst.

“I have made friends, been inspired, challenged and encouraged by a strong and supportive local network of Rural Women New Zealand members, who truly understand what it means for me to be a woman in the business of horticulture.”


The four Awards for 2017: 

1.Emerging Enterprising Rural Woman Award

2.Innovative Enterprising Rural Woman Award

3.Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Woman Award

4.Supreme Award: Enterprising Rural Woman Achievement Award for standout business success in the rural sector.

Entry forms can be downloaded here. Entries close 31 August 2017.

Pictured above is ANZ Private's Associate Director Grant Rae with Amy Dibley, who won the Innovative Enterprising Rural Women Award and the Supreme Award for her business Physio Direct. 

Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) invites entries from innovative and successful rural businesswomen, in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or any other rural sectors for this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

The Awards is a showcase for the success of women operating businesses in rural locations and contributing to their local economy and community. The competition has evolved over the years to promote entrepreneurship and encourage innovation in the use of technology in remote locations. Winners of the Awards have included women lifestyle publishers, honey producers, native nursery operators, physiotherapists and adventure-tourism providers.

Marian Hirst of Bay Blueberries from Hastings, won the Love of the Land Award in 2016, sponsored by Agrisea Ltd. Marian is passionate about producing quality apples and blueberries in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner. Bay Blueberries won the 2016 Ballance Farm Environmental Supreme Award for the East Coast Region.

“Being acknowledged with a 'Love of the Land' award in the Enterprising Rural Women Awards has given me the opportunity to connect with inspirational business women throughout New Zealand,” says Marian Hirst.

“I have made friends, been inspired, challenged and encouraged by a strong and supportive local network of Rural Women New Zealand members, who truly understand what it means for me to be a woman in the business of horticulture.”


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Amy Dibley of Physio Direct Ltd has been named the supreme winner of the annual Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Amy is from Rotorua and started up her business to meet a gap in the market. She offers physiotherapy and other allied health services in rural service towns in the Central North Island, and in Canterbury in the South Island. She was very surprised to win the supreme title, she enthusiastically encouraged people to "live your dream."

"Amy was a stand out finalist in the awards. The judges appreciated her innovative approach and business planning skills which have grown the Physio Direct franchise. Her team offer a health service that meets the needs of rural residents, who often struggle to access services such as physiotherapy in remote towns. Well done Amy, we wish her every success for the future," says Wendy McGowan, Awards judge and National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

The judging panel included Grant Rae, ANZ Private's Associate Director, and SWAZI New Zealand's Sales Manager, Warwick Bean and HP New Zealand's Sales Specialist, David Farquhar. They joined Wendy McGowan, of RWNZ in interviewing the four finalists and reviewing their financial information and also their business plans. They were very impressed with the high standard of entries.

The four winners in the 2016 Enterprising Rural Women Awards are as follows:

    • Love of the Land Award, sponsored by Agrisea New Zealand: Marian Hirst: Bay Blueberries, Hastings:www.bayblueberries.co.nz
      Bay Blueberries is passionate about producing quality apples and blueberries in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. It won the 2016 Ballance Farm Environmental Supreme Award for the East Coast Region.
    • Emerging Enterprising Rural Women Award, sponsored by SWAZI New Zealand: Monique and Lyn Neeson: Shear Warmth, Taumarunui: www.shearwarmth.co.nz Shear Warmth produce top quality wool blankets, made in New Zealand and can be traced back to wool grown on the family farm.
    • Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Women Award, sponsored by Agri-Women's Development Trust: Helen Slattery: Slattery Contracting Limited, Matamata: www.slatterycontracting.co.nz
      The Slattery Family has been involved in agricultural contracting since the mid-1950s, starting hay making and cultivating land. The business has grown from harvesting conventional hay bales, ploughing and undersowing to a wide range of services.
    • Innovative Enterprising Rural Women Award, sponsored by HP New Zealand: Amy Dibley: Physio Direct, Rotorua:www.physiodirectnz.com Amy started Physio Direct when she realised that many small rural areas do not have adequate physiotherapy services.
 
Click here to download an image of the winners with Wendy McGowan.
Caption: Winners from left, Helen Slattery of Slattery Contracting, Monique Neeson of ShearWarmth, RWNZ President Wendy McGowan, Lyn Neeson of ShearWarmth, Amy Dibley of Physio Direct, and Marian Hirst of Bay Blueberries.

Rural physiotherapist Amy Dibley wins supreme award

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Amy Dibley of Physio Direct Ltd has been named the supreme winner of the annual Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Read More

The awards have been refreshed for this year to encourage a range of applications from emerging business or community leaders, successful entrepreneurs and innovators in technology. There will be four prizes in total, including a Supreme Award. We encourage applications from a range of enterprising rural women and even past winners who have moved to a higher level with their business or service to the rural community.

Award Name Award Category
1.Emerging Enterprising Rural Woman Award Inspiring leader in rural business or a community influencer.
2.Innovative Enterprising Rural Woman Award Use of new technology, and adapting to rural location.
3.Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Woman Award Business success in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or other rural sector. Demonstrates commercial viability from rural enterprise.
4.Supreme Award: Enterprising Rural Woman Achievement Award Selected from the three category winners (Must have significant achievement or success in rural community/business/technology/social influence).

Thank you to our partners for the Awards

    


 

Six rural businesses are competing to win one of three categories this year and the supreme award. Each category winner receives $1,000 in prize money and a trophy, with a further $1,000 being awarded to the supreme winner who is judged as an outstanding rural businesswomen.

Barbara Faulls: Smiths Farm Holiday Camp, Picton
Smiths Farm in proud to offer a quality holiday with space, peace and the clean country air and has been rated as 4+STAR and Enviro Silver by Qualmark. Situated on a working beef farm, the park is a base from which to relax, explore the Marlborough Sounds.

Bernadette Jackson: LaValla Estate, Tuakau
A function and event centre with accommodation and a theatre. The venue recently hosted the Fieldays Bachelor Breakfast with Rural Women New Zealand. The key deliverables for the venue are rest, feast, play and focus.

Marian Hirst: Bay Blueberries, Hastings
Passionate about producing quality apples and blueberries in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Recipient of the 2016 Balance Farm Environmental Supreme Award for the East Coast Region.

Monique Neeson and Lyn Neeson: Shear Warmth, Taumarunui
Shear Warmth produce top quality wool blankets, made in New Zealand and can be traced back to wool grown on the family farm. The sheep and beef farm Awarima recently featured on Country Calendar.

Helen Slattery: Slattery Contracting Limited, Matamata
The Slattery Family has been involved in Ag Contracting since the mid 1950’s, starting hay making and cultivating land. The business has grown from harvesting conventional hay bales, ploughing and undersowing to a wide range of services.

Amy Dibley: Physio Direct, Rotorua
Amy started Physio Direct when she realised that many small rural areas do not have adequate physiotherapy services. Amy grew up on a dairy farm in Ngongotaha on the outskirts of Rotorua. She understands the physical demands of a rural life and believes everyone should have the right to health services which is why she offers physiotherapy to small communities.

The winners will be announced at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony on Saturday 12 November in Wellington. 

 

 

 

 

Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Winning the Love of the Land competition has been a "real buzz " for Marie Taylor.

"The award has already had a huge impact on me and my business, it has reinforced that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and given me a huge boost in confidence. It was great to be part of the competition, and to meet the other entrants, and to listen to their stories and hear the way they talked about their businesses. "

Marie said there's been an increase in her business. People have read about the competition in the local papers, and have been in contact about plants for next year. She says that it’s been wonderful to get such positive feedback from people.

Marie is keen to get involved in promoting Rural Women NZ, "I’m really keen to meet the Rural Women branches in Hawke’s Bay and talk to them about the competition (and my business) and to encourage other women in rural business to enter the competition. "

 

Marie Taylor - Love of the Land winner

Friday, December 18, 2015

Winning the Love of the Land competition has been a "real buzz " for Marie Taylor. Read More

Joanne Taylor’s rural lifestyle magazine Latitude has won the supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards held in Nelson on Saturday 21 November.

“In the seven years of this competition we have seen vibrant rural businesses increasingly appeal to urban residents, tourists and the rural community. This has been reflected in the winning rural business woman Joanne Taylor, who has succeeded in pursuing her publishing dream, while also supporting New Zealand’s rural communities,” says Wendy McGowan, National President, Rural Women New Zealand.


Joanne Taylor was the NZ Post sponsored ‘Making it in Rural’ category winner (watch Joanne's video here); however, there were three other exceptional category winners:

 

  • Help, I Need Somebody category winner (Sponsored by Irricon Resource Solutions): Bronwyn Muir for providing farmers health and safety advice through OnFarmSafety NZ. Watch Bronwyn's Video here.

  • Love of the Land category winner (sponsored by Agrisea): Marie Taylor for her restoration of native plants through her nursery Plant Hawkes Bay Limited. Watch Marie's Video here.

  • Stay, Play Rural category winner (sponsored by Rural Women NZ): Kate Belcher for her Glenorchy outdoor adventure bike tour company, Revolution Tours. Watch Kate's Video here. 

“This year the judges have awarded additional certificates of special recognition for two dynamic rural women who are contributing to their local community through their entrepreneurial spirit,” says Wendy McGowan.

“Chanelle Purser owner of Carvin Streetwear in Gore impressed us with her retail success and commitment to youth in rural communities. The judges awarded her a Certificate for Emerging Enterprising Young Rural Woman at the awards ceremony. Watch Chanelle's Video here.

We also recognised another outstanding businesswoman Bridget Canning of WizWireless Limited, for her contribution to rural telecommunications services for Wairarapa residents. The judges admired her dedication and ingenuity, and awarded her a Certificate of Special Recognition as an Enterprising Rural Woman." Watch Bridget's Video here

Photo caption, left to right: Chanelle Purser, Marie Taylor, Joanne Taylor, RWNZ National President Wendy McGowan, Kate Belcher, Bronwyn Muir and  Bridget Canning. 

For award winners profile information click here.

For further quotes contact:

Wendy McGowan, National President, Rural Women NZ

Ph: (07) 332 3586 or 027 222 7015


Eleven dynamic and innovative businesses have entered the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015.

“This is the seventh year we’ve held the Enterprising Rural Women Awards,” says Rural Women National President, Wendy McGowan. “We’re starting to see an emerging trend of dynamic rural businesses being run by women to meet the needs of the rural community but with wider appeal to urban residents and tourists.”

Register now for our Conference to see the finalists and supreme award winners.  

Entry profiles in alphabetical order: 

Kate Belcher - Revolution Tours Ltd
Glenorchy
www.revolutiontours.co.nz

Revolution Tours Ltd is a rural tourism company owned by Kate and Matt Belcher. They run four-day, three-night fully guided and supported cycling and walking tours called ‘The Paradise Trail’ in Glenorchy. They moved to Queenstown several years ago and drove to Glenorchy one day and felt an instant connection. They always wanted to be self-employed and contribute financially to the Glenorchy town and helping it thrive was part of their business plan.

They started the business in 2011 after researching, planning and gaining all the consents and permissions. It is the original guided cycle tour company in Queenstown and the only one operating in Glenorchy. Target market is 50-80 year olds who still enjoy physical activity but want to enjoy a good meal and comfortable night’s sleep after a day of adventure. They often receive the ultimate compliment that they have exceeded their clients’ expectations.


Bridget Canning - 
WIZwireless Limited

Masterton

www.wizbiz.co.nz

Owners Bridget and John Canning have a sheep and beef farm North East of Masterton.

They wanted broadband at home but found it was not available so they approached a local wireless company but it was so costly they decided to set up their own broadband infrastructure to support local residents.

WIZWireless provides coverage throughout Wairarapa and into the lower Tararua area. They get a buzz from installing new subscribers and feel that they are making a real difference to people’s lives. They can reduce phone bills by adding VoIP and extending mobile coverage with a Vodafone Sure Signal connecting over their network. John works at the farm while Bridget manages the broadband business.


Bernadette Jackson   LaValla

Tuakau

www.lavalla.co.nz

LaValla is a function centre specializing in weddings, conferencing, and accommodation set in an historical rural location 1.3km outside of Tuakau in the Waikato. LaValla was purchased in 2011 as a derelict Marist School and have converted it into a function centre that has hosted over 20 weddings and over 20 more are booked for 2015.

LaValla offers accommodation options, corporate functions, team building, clubs and family events including funerals. They offer a high quality product that is diverse enough that most people can afford to use them for one special occasion event in their life. They also support local groups with fundraising opportunities at their public events such as garden concerts.


Adi McMaster-  Martygirl Skinfood

Martinborough

http://www.martygirl.com/

Martygirl is a natural, ethical skinfood range. Adi McMaster’s business has grown from a hobby handmade in the kitchen with homemade labels and assorted jars, to being a branded professional product successfully marketed through local fairs and online sales. Adi also hosts workshops for locals to learn more about ingredients and make their own natural products.

Martygirl is based on the philosophy that you should not put anything on your skin that you would not eat or recognise on the label. Every product is 100 percent handmade with skin softening, soothing, local Martinbrough or nearby ingredients. Locally foraged herbs are researched before they are infused into oils, glycerites or tinctures and every product is named for local Wairarapa places.


Bronwyn Muir -  OnFarm Safety New Zealand

Eltham

www.onfarmsafety.co.nz

OnFarmSafety New Zealand was conceived to assist farm businesses to understand current farm health and safety legislation and prepare the rural community for new legislation. It started from Bronwyn Muir helping out one farmer who said that she explained the legislation well and there is a need for farmers to understand health and safety law.

Three years on, OnFarmSafety NZ has turned into a sustainable business. Bronwyn and staff take time to explain and support each farmer client through education on specific health and safety acts, codes, regulations and technical advice. Bronwyn and her team continue to create new ways and tools to assist the farmer to achieve health and safety compliance.


Chanelle Purser -  Carvin Streetwear

Gore

www.carvinstreetwear.co.nz

Carvin Streetwear is a fashion clothing, footwear and accessories store based in Gore. Chanelle was motivated to start up a fashion clothing store as farm duties did not allow enough time to travel further afield than Gore for shopping trips. After moving from the surfing region of Taranaki she recognised a gap in the market for streetwear fashion in Gore.

Carvin Streetwear opened in 2005 with Chanelle and two part-time staff and has evolved over the years and is now located in a premium retail space with full time staff who have completed retail industry training. In the past year staff have won a retail professional service award and the shop was awarded Top Shop for Otago and Southland and were runners-up for the Supreme Top Shop Award.


Renee Riley -  Bay Fitness

Collingwood

www.bayfitness.co.nz

Renee Riley’s fitness business started nearly four years ago when she moved to Collingwood. Her husband did not need extra help on the farm so she wanted to find a career. She had trained as a personal trainer when she was younger but working in a big gym was not her style. She did some research about Collingwood and realized there were no options for locals to do fitness classes in their community.

Renee started off with a circuit strength training class at a local school hall which grew into several classes a week and personal training sessions. Eventually she leased a bigger hall and converted it into a gym with equipment. She now runs small group classes, including an “Easy Does It” class for older, less mobile people, as well as bootcamps and a women’s retreat.

 

Marie Taylor-  Plant Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay

www.planthawkesbay.co.nz

Plant Hawke’s Bay is a native plant nursery specialising in growing eco-sourced Hawke’s Bay plants. Marie set up the company in 2005 with the objective to see more Hawke’s Bay plants going back into the local landscape. Marie has extensive knowledge of the distribution of native plants throughout the area after working for the QE II Trust for several years.

They grow around 85,000 plants a year on leased land. They sell wholesale plants and contract grow for farmers, lifestyle block owners, landscapers and for conservation projects like the kakabeak restoration. About 95 percent of plants are eco-sourced by collecting the seed and cuttings from natural plants in the wild. Marie’s business aims to be the preferred supplier of native plants, have a profitable and sustainable business and to help save plant species.


Holly Tonkin -  Avocado Contracting

Whangarei

Holly Tonkin has been avocado contracting for five years. Holly grew up in the rural sector but pursued other careers until her mother asked her to help pick avocados. She loved it and enjoyed being outdoors and soon found a job as a picker for avocados in Whangarei.

Holly now owns a business using hydralada’s which are elevated working platforms, and a transport trailer to move between jobs. Her clients include 20 avocado orchards and her main job is harvesting and managing staff to do the picking. Holly also undertakes pruning and general nursery tasks. Her clients have said that she has proved to be careful and respectful of the orchard and strives to avoid breakage and damage to orchard trees.


Marion Williams-  
Marion Williams Counselling

Fairlie

Marion Williams worked on a farm with her family for a decade and the reality hit hard as drought, floods and snow storms affected the farm. After completing a BA degree in applied psychology she applied for a position at a community based rural counselling service. She worked part-time and gained accreditation with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and other industry organisations.

In 2002 Marion sold the farm and now focuses on counselling. The foundation of her services is built on her experience and knowledge of rural culture and the gaps that the culture has created when it comes to acknowledging and talking about emotional health. The economic benefits to rural and urban communities in addressing emotional health through counselling are immeasurable.

 

Joanne Taylor

Latitude Media

Canterbury

www.latitudemagazine.co.nz

Latitude Media was started from home by Joanne Taylor in 2007. She co-owns the business with her husband Deane but is solely responsible for the operational side of the business. They are also arable farmers who produce vegetable seed. The motivation to set up a magazine was to provide upmarket material for local women to read, especially in the rural areas of Canterbury.

Joanne Taylor filled a gap in the market for a high end magazine with inspiring real stories about local people written for a female rural audience. There are regular advertisers who have been with the magazine for over eight years. In every issue they feature a local charity, food producer and stories on art, history and culture. The one constant has to be a connection to Canterbury.


  

Many thanks to our sponsors:

 

A South Canterbury-based environmental consultancy duo are the Supreme Winners of this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards, announced at the Rural Women national conference in Rotorua at the weekend.  

Keri Johnston and Haidee McCabe, principals of Irricon Resource Solutions, have seen strong business growth since they established their joint consultancy in 2010. They now employ nine staff located from Motonau in North Canterbury to Duntroon in North Otago, with expertise ranging from ecology to engineering, and planning to field technicians.

A key feature of their business is Johnston and McCabe’s philosophy of fitting work around family and farming life, wherever that might be.

Keri Johnston, a natural resources engineer, says, “Where we are today was born out of a desire to have professional careers, but on our terms – working from home, around children and farming.” Keri and her husband farm just out of Geraldine in South Canterbury.

Haidee McCabe, an environmental consultant from Albury, explains. “Five of our consultants are women who would not be working professionally if they didn’t work for Irricon.  Working from home means the best of all worlds for these women, and it allows them the opportunity to work, but be wives, mums and farm workers as well.

“Unless we’re in a hearing, we’re not a “suit and tie” type of business – our jeans and gumboots are well worn!  Our clients really appreciate having someone turn up who knows farming. We can talk to them in their language about the issues.

“Because of the expertise we have, we can handle almost any job from start to finish – design, consenting, implementation and compliance.  We have over 500 clients, and this number is still growing.”

The business focuses on improving or maintaining the sustainability of natural resources, such as land, water and waste, and is also involved in irrigation and catchment management. 

Irricon Resource Solutions also won the Help! I Need Somebody category, sponsored by Access Homehealth Ltd.
Other category winners in this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards are Renee De Luca of Putake Honey based out of Blenheim. Renee won the Love of the Land category, sponsored by Agrisea.

The Making it in Rural section sponsored by Spark was hotly contested, with the main award going to Nicola Wright of Wrights Winery and Vineyard in Gisborne, and a special merit award to Dot Kettle and Georgia Richards of Dove River Peonies from Wakefield, near Nelson.

The winner of the Stay, Play Rural Award, sponsored by Xero, was Bobbie Mulgrew of Easyhike, a car relocation service based at Glenorchy, servicing hikers of the  Routeburn and Milford tracks.

In congratulating all the winners, Rural Women New Zealand national president, Wendy McGowan said, “Through the Enterprising Rural Women Awards, we are keen to raise awareness of women’s entrepreneurship and their input into rural communities. Women are not always good at promoting themselves, but we want to raise their profiles and give them credit for the huge amount of effort involved.”

High Resolution copies of images below are available on email request to Rural Women NZ.
1.  Sophie Stanley (sponsor Xero) and Bobbie Mulgrew of Easyhike
2.  Jill Bradley (sponsor Agrisea) and Renee De Luca of Putake Honey
3.  Nicola Wright of Wrights Vineyard & Winery and Lynne Le Gros (sponsor Spark)
4.  Georgia Richards, Wendy McGowan (RWNZ national president) and Dot Kettle of Dove RIver Peonies
5.  Keri Johnston, Trevor Deane (sponsor Access) and Haidee McCabe of Irricon Resource Solutions

          

Get to know the 2014 Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants in the Making it in Rural category, sponsored by Spark.


If you haven't already, you can view a bit on all of the contestants by watching our video.



Elizabeth (Biddy) Fraser

Cwmglyn Farm is a 4.4 ha property with four jersey cows which are milked once a day all year round, with staggered calving so that there are cows always in milk. The milk is processed in Biddy’s licensed cheese room to make traditional renneted hard farmhouse cheese, using the same techniques used centuries ago, but with modern standards of hygiene. It has a wholly natural rind sealed with clarified butter, made from the cream. It is matured over several months.

Biddy milks the cows herself using a single cluster milking plant and the cows are strip milked by hand. Each cheese is made from the milk of a single named cow, so visitors can see and pat the actual cow it came from. Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese won Silver at the World Cheese Awards in 2013 in the UK, one of the largest cheese competitions in the world, with 30 countries competing with 2777 entries. It was the only NZ winner.

Biddy is a strong advocate for food regulations to be tailored in compliance costs to cottage industry sized operations, such as in the UK, when their own milk is used, rather than buying in.


Rachael Chester

Rachael has a passion for rural living, conservation, animal rights, promoting NZ business and products and creating a self-sustainable business from home, having turned her back on a career in graphic communications and computing in the urban corporate world.

Seven months into a course on Medical Herbalism, she came up with the idea of creating an e-commerce retail store selling only NZ made healthy, organic, sustainable and eco-friendly products, called www.ecochi.co.nz.

She then started creating her own line of natural products, beginning with Bee Kind Beeswax Polishes sold through www.beekind.co.nz, using formulas for furniture and leather using old traditional recipes and ingredients such as Carnauba wax, plant oils, essential certified plant oils, eucalyptus and manuka oil. These waxes are now sold throughout NZ and exported to Japan, Australia, UK, America, Sweden and Taiwan.

By mid 2013 Rachael had researched and developed a range of honey-based skin care products and balms with manuka oil and active UMF manuka honey. This chemical free range is sold through www.honeybeekind.co.nz and is exported to Taiwan, USA and Sweden.

She developed a soap called Kaimanawash Soap, to fundraise for the Kaimanawa horses, the SPCA, SAFE and the Kiwi Care team. This has progressed to the development of a commercial non-chemical horse and dog soap named Naturally White, which will be marketed through Bee Kind and Ecochi NZ.


Anne Frost

Anne and Harry Frost began their blueberry venture, Mamaku Blue, in the 1980s when they planted a hectare of land in 2000 blueberry plants, propagating from these and planting another hectare in 1985. By 1997 the couple were producing blueberry wine, winning their first medal at the NZ Fruit Winemakers International Competition in 1998; something they’ve repeated many times since. In 2000 they built a new winery building including a shop, cafe, conference room, reception centre and museum, opened by Prime Minister Helen Clark, the first time an NZ PM had been to Mamaku.

The couple have since developed a range of blueberry products including jams, chutneys, jelly, sauces and others to complement the wine liqueur and juice.

They have continued to expand the orchard and built a purpose built factory including a 35 ton freezer, a blast freezer, cool rooms and fruit grading equipment.

With the economic downturn in 2009 they decided to attend Farmers Markets, each weekend going to Auckland, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Rotorua with fresh produce.

In 2010 they began a research project with Massey on the health properties of their blueberries and juice.

Mamaku Blue have changed their business from export to local sales, from mainly wine making to juice making, reacting to market trends.


Nicola Wright

Nicola Wright is a viticulturist, winemaker, chef, marketing manager and sales representative of Wrights Vineyard and Winery - The Natural Wine Company. In 2004, she and husband Geoff began with 25,000 grape vine cuttings. They now have three vineyards on 18 hectares of land, a straw bale home, a commercial winery and a cafe/cellar door.

Nicola works at every level of this end-to-end business, which is based on organic principles, creating the organic and bio-dynamic preparations. They then developed a winery in three shipping containers, processing 30-35 tonnes a vintage.

In 2013 the couple purchased the former Whitecliffs Vineyard, where Nicola was able to use the commercial kitchen to develop the food to match the wine.

Wrights Vineyard is the first winery in NZ to be approved by the vegetarian society, using natural clay as a fining agent rather than fish, milk or eggs.

In 2011 they introduced a label - The Natural Wine Company, promoting natural or wild ferments, offering everyday, affordable organic wine.

Nicola says she and Geoff are pioneering spirits, willing to give it a go and to create a market for products from the edge (Gisborne).

They have also gone on to develop a tourism experience including live music and a cellar door experience with local steam train passengers. When the local cycle tours company shut down they created their own touring company and they also market to cruise ship visitors.


Georgia Richards and Dot Kettle

In 2008, Georgia and Dot moved from city jobs in Wellington to a 42ha property in Dove Valley in the Tasman region. The hot summers and frosty winters were perfect for growing Peonies. They purchased thousands of tubers and by 2011 were selling cut flowers for the domestic and export market. As complete novices, with no horticultural experience, they'd learned a lot from members of the NZ Peony Society, learning from 'old hands'. From this, the business began to unfold into Dove River Peonies.

They then became keen to diversify by adding natural healthcare products based on the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial property of the peony root, approaching a local handmade soap manufacturer to produce a selection of peony-based handmade luxury soaps for sensitive skin. These are sold at the Nelson market and online.

They then began working with a Nelson complementary medicines manufacturer to develop a 100% natural, hypo-allergenic, peony based cremes range for the relief of eczema, psoriasis and to repair damaged skin. These will be launched in October.

They are the only producer of NZ peony root in natural products, and this year they began planting NZ’s first BioGro organic peony root plantation.

For the health products, they follow British Pharmacopeia harvesting protocols.


Ann-Maree Robinson

Spurred on by the big spring storm of 2010, the worst in a generation, Robinson Raincoats was born out of desperation when Ann-Maree needed to track down plastic lamb covers and found they were like hens teeth. She found an old cellphone number on a box, and tracked down the original supplier, who had gone out of manufacturing. She asked to buy his machinery which he agreed to deliver in a couple of days time. Then followed half an hour of training and Ann-Maree was in business.

By the next day they were being delivered to desperate sheep farmers. Now, son (high school student) Jeffrey does the manufacturing and Ann-Maree does the rest of the business including orders and supplies, marketing, distribution, packaging, invoicing, wages, record keeping etc. They do it as a means of guaranteeing supply for their own farm, and providing a service to fellow sheep farmers. It’s also a way of helping the NZ economy, as the plastic covers protect and promote the growth rates of new born lambs. If each roll of covers saves five lambs from perishing, that’s an extra $2.5 million injected into the NZ economy over the last four seasons.

Enterprising Rural Women Awards Making it in Rural 22-Oct-2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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RURAL WOMAN LEADER ELECTED CHAIR OF LANDCARE TRUST

 

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is delighted that National President Fiona Gower has been elected Chair of the New Zealand Landcare Trust.

RWNZ has been a trustee organisation since the Trust’s inception over twenty years ago and continues to support its work in promoting sustainable land and water quality locally through its Members.

“Fiona is well-suited for the role of Chair of NZ Landcare Trust – she has been RWNZ’s representative on the Trust since 2016, has a deep understanding of farming and is very passionate about sustainable land use and improving water quality,” says National Chair, Penny Mudford.

“RWNZ works to build and support rural leaders and to provide opportunities for leadership development and growth.

“Fiona's experience as RWNZ National President, Board Member, and a former co-ordinator of the rural environment portfolio provides a great foundation for her new role at NZ Landcare Trust.

“We are delighted that Fiona was elected as Chair of New Zealand Landcare Trust and we will continue to support her,” says Ms Mudford.

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For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Penny Mudford ONZM on 027 246 1936

 

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release calling for a review of school bus eligibility criteria. 

 

 

RURAL SCHOOL BUS SERVICE REVIEW NEEDED

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is calling for a review of the school bus eligibility criteria, particularly in the rural areas.

“The safest way for children to get to school in rural New Zealand is by bus, however, the current eligibility criteria for the service means that children are being put in dangerous situations,” says Education Portfolio Convenor and Board Member, Sue Higgins.

“If children live within two kilometres of a rural school they are not eligible for the local bus service where there is one, and are forced to walk or cycle on roads with no shoulders, often used by logging trucks, stock trucks and milk tankers, making it treacherous for our children.

“RWNZ understands that parents are responsible for ensuring their children go to school, however, the rural bus is vital for farming families who have both a busy working life and distance, for those who live further away, to contend with.

“A review of the criteria applied to children’s eligibility for their local rural school bus service is needed – school by school.

“It’s time the Government showed leadership on keeping our rural children safe on their journey to and from school,” says Mrs Higgins.

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For further information, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

 

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 Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement that Lumsden will lose its birthing unit. 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

16 August 2018
For immediate release

 

RURAL MATERNITY CARE IN CRISIS

The downgrading of maternity care in rural Otago and Southland will be catastrophic says Rural Women New Zealand(RWNZ).

“On top of the news that Lumsden’s birthing unit has been downgraded to a pre- and post-natal care unit, RWNZ understands that Wanaka has lost its bid to have a primary birthing unit and this does not bode well for rural communities,” says Board Member and Health Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Whilst RWNZ is somewhat pleased that Lumsden will retain care facilities for any woman with pre- and post-natal needs, women ready to give birth will need to travel at least 50 kilometres to the nearest delivery suite.

“Wanaka is expecting 200 births this coming year and there will be no primary birthing unit, and like Lumsden, will become a hub.

“The Otago-Southland region has a huge hinterland with many young parents who are choosing to have families and raise them in this wonderful part of the world and are at risk due to distance from the maternity care they are entitled to.

"No consideration has been given to those parents who have needed the services provided at Lumsden and already travelling up to two hours, now having an extra 50 kilometres added.

“When assessing maternity needs there is always two lives to consider, the mother and the child, and its outrageous that at the time in their lives when they should be close to their families they are not able to be, due to poor decision-making.

“It is not acceptable that pregnant women in rural areas of the South Island are now miles away from anywhere that can support them to have safe births, something a rural impact analysis would have highlighted.

“It’s time the Government and DHB ensured rural communities have the same access to maternity care as urban communities expect,” says Mrs Pittaway.

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For more information, please contact National Office.

[email protected]

04 473 5524

 

 

 

 

 

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Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

New Zealand's farming women celebrating 125 years on

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

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Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding.

Read the announcement here.  

 

 

ANOTHER SET BACK FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to see that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will cease operating if it does not receive government funding next week.

 

“RWNZ supports the work already done by RHAANZ in bringing together various rural groups and rural health providers to develop initiatives for rural communities,” says RWNZ Board Member and Health Portfolio Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Remarkable work has been done to deliver the Rural Health Road Map which sets out a plan and priorities for achieving healthily rural communities.

“Being geographically isolated, often with significant distance to the nearest town or health centre means that rural communities have an immediate need of affordable and reliable access to all health services.

“The Government has committed to rural proofing government policy, and RHAANZ has a vital part to play in this development – without the continuation of RHAANZ, and the work it does, rural communities will go backwards.

“There is no other place where issues impacting the health and wellbeing of rural communities are considered concurrently, and the loss of achievements met and efforts made by RHAANZ will be detrimental for our rural people.

RWNZ urges the Government to recognise the good work that has been done by RHAANZ and to support its continuation," says Mrs Pittaway.

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NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November 2018 in Wellington in the Banquet Hall at Parliament.

A review of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards has been completed by the RWNZ Board with feedback from members and participants, external advice, and the awards partners.

The awards have been renamed the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards and NZI is the Premier Partner. The categories have been broadened, the application process has been updated and the judging criteria strengthened.

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards give an outstanding opportunity to showcase your business. The event attracts extensive media coverage and promotional opportunities. All winners will receive a membership of Rural Women New Zealand for one year. All category winners will each receive $1000 in prize money and a trophy, and the Supreme Winner will receive a further $1000 in prize money.

 

 

“Winning the Supreme Award was such an amazing result. I am proud of my achievements and honoured to be surrounded by such inspiring, talented and strong women,”

- Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines, Supreme winner 2017.

 

The categories for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 2018 are:

  • Emerging business: Awarded to a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. Open to businesses that have been running from 2 – 5 years.
  • Love of the Land: Harnessing the potential of New Zealand’s land, environment or products of the land, to create a successful business enterprise.
  • Creative Arts: A business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.
  • Innovation: An enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.
  • Rural Champion: A person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise – an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise. Open to anybody.
 

A Supreme winner will be chosen from all category finalists, who has shown excellence and outstanding achievement across all entry criteria.

Please read the media release launching the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards here:

If you are interested in supporting the awards as a category partner, please contact [email protected].

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

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