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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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Bronwyn Muir won the "Help I need Somebody" category at the recent Enterprising Rural Women Awards for her business OnFarmSafety New Zealand.

The business was conceived after Bronwyn Muir helped out one farmer to understand the current farm health and safety legislation. The farmer said that she explained the legislation clearly and there was 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.

Bronwyn entered the awards as she thought it would be "fantastic for her business to receive the recognition and national business exposure and also may encourage other rural women thinking of developing a business to do so, and enter these awards in the future.”

“Health & safety is currently very rural industry relevant and when I set my business up there was huge demand for health & safety specialists, who understood the rural industry needs, to be able to help farmers with the huge challenge and be compliant with legislation. The award put the spotlight on our business and what we can offer any rural industry based business.”

Bronwyn is currently the President for Taranaki Federated Farmers, a trustee of the Taranaki Rural Support Trust and through these roles have been very involved with Rural Women members in Taranaki and had some exposure to Rural Women nationally through the Taranaki Women In Farming group.

“I see all our rural Taranaki-based organisations working closely together to support each other into a stronger collaborative position of influence, advocacy, and growing dynamic rural communities.”

 

Bronwyn Muir - winner in Enterprising Rural Women Awards

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bronwyn Muir won the "Help I need Somebody" category at the recent Enterprising Rural Women Awards for her business OnFarmSafety New Zealand. Read More

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


Dot Kettle and Georgia Richards of Dove River Peonies gained a Merit Award at last year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Here they explain what’s happened to their business since and why they are encouraging others to enter the awards.

Winning the award was a watershed moment for our company Dove River Peonies. Despite having only launched our 100% natural skin care repair products in October last year, we decided to enter. Thanks to the publicity and credibility we got from the award, our business growth has been 6 fold.

The awards entry process helped us succinctly identify where we wanted to take our business, the challenges we would need to address, and the opportunities we could embrace to get there. It was inspiring and energising to put that on paper and then having the chance to talk that through with the judging panel really challenged us to step up and commit.

Receiving a merit award at the Awards dinner was a humbling experience. We got to hear from the category winners about their inspiring business journeys and share our own. Meeting delegates from all around the country and sharing our story of turning our peony flower farm into a natural skin care cream to treat our son’s eczema was both a fantastic opportunity and an amazing experience.

The awards generated huge interest in our products – and as a direct consequence we were approached by Lifestyle Magazine where editor Nadene Hall showcased our business – with a 12 page colour spread. This led to a big spike in our sales – and was subsequently placed on the Stuff website. The impact was immediate. We went from a best ever website daily hits of 600 to 6000 hits. And the orders started from 6am and continued at an order a minute. We sold out of our stock twice over in that single day. Fortunately we were able to produce more crème quickly with our Nelson based natural products manufacturer and meet the orders within an acceptable time frame.

We wouldn’t have got that publicity without entering the awards. And still to this day we use our entry form as a benchmark for our business progress and a reminder of our values, aspirations and plan for the future.

So thank you Rural Women – and to all the rural women in business wondering if they should enter the Enterprising Rural Women Awards - just do it! We can’t guarantee your experience will be the same as ours but we are 100% confident that it will be good for your business and one of the most worthwhile investments in your business you will make. - Dot Kettle and Georgia Richards    

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

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

Get to know the 2014 Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants in the Help, I Need Somebody category, sponsored by Access Homehealth.




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





Caroline McCarthy

McCarthy Law Ltd is a boutique law firm situated on the outskirts of Blenheim township catering for the population of Blenheim and outlying Marlborough area, including the Marlborough Sounds, Picton and Kaikoura. Caroline seeks to promote women in business and has a philosophy that everyone is entitled to the benefit of legal advice, whatever their financial circumstances. She is a legal aid provider and strives to ensure there is no differentiation between the 'haves' and the 'have nots.' Caroline has been an Outward Bound instructor, and provides pro bono legal advice to a variety of sports clubs.


Keri Johnston and Haidee McCabe

Irricon Resource Solutions Ltd is an environmental consultancy based in Canterbury and North Otago, working throughout the South Island. It services the rural sector offering a wide range of services from resource consents, design of farm dairy effluent systems, Oversee Nutrient Budget modelling, preparing and auditing of Farm Environmental Plans, water quality monitoring, aquifer and irrigation tests, ecological assessments, river catchment plans and resource consent compliance management. Clients range from small to corporate farms, and the company provides the expertise from consenting through to compliance and environmental performance and management on farm.


Keri is a Natural Resources Engineer, specialising in water resources and farm dairy effluent. Along with her husband, she farms at Geraldine. Haidee is an Environmental Consultant, specialising in planning and water resources management. She and her husband have a lifestyle block at Albury. There is a team of nine staff with a diverse range of skills who work within rural communities from Motonau to the Hakataramea Valley and Duntroon. There are two Irricon offices. Farming for many of the staff is also a big part of their livelihoods.


Kylie Davidson and Emma Hammond

Kylie Davidson and Emma Hammond set up a Chartered Accounting business called Hammond Davidson Ltd in March 2011 in Riversdale Southland, beginning with a handful of farming clients. Since then the business has grown substantially. Eighty-percent of the client base are farmers or farming support businesses or contractors. Kylie Davidson has an extensive tax background and years of experience in business structuring and succession planning. Emma Hammond specialises in accounting systems, profitability analysis and also succession planning.

Enterprising Rural Women Awards, Help, I Need Somebody 07-Oct-2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Get to know the 2014 Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants in the Help, I Need Somebody category, sponsored by Access HomehealthRead More

Seventeen exciting and innovative businesses are in the line up for the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014.


"This is the sixth year we’ve run the Enterprising Rural Women Awards," says Rural Women National President, Wendy McGowan. "It’s encouraging to see the diversity of businesses being run by women in rural areas and the significant contribution they make to the wider economy.


"Each year we see an increasing sophistication in the marketing and presentation of rural businesses that enter the awards.


"As broadband slowly rolls out into rural communities it is increasing business opportunities and levelling the playing field for rural enterprises, even when operating from remote locations.


"A web presence is so important for online sales and reservations. However, there are businesses who have entered who still have no cellphone coverage, which means added challenges in communicating with customers, and distance to markets is always going to be a factor."


Through the Enterprising Rural Women Awards, Rural Women NZ raises awareness of women’s entrepreneurship and their input into rural communities, creating local employment and often supplementing on-farm income.


The judges now face the challenging task of choosing finalists in the four entry categories: Love of the Land (sponsored by Agrisea), Help I Need Somebody (sponsored by Access Homehealth), Making it in Rural (sponsored by Spark) and Stay, Play, Rural (sponsored by Xero).


The four category winners will go on to compete for the title of Supreme winner, Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014.


Entries in this year’s Love of the Land category include a plant nursery, a free range pig farm and an apiary.


In the Help I Need Somebody section there is a firm of accountants, a boutique law firm and an environmental consultancy.


Competing in the Making it in Rural section is a manufacturer of lamb coats, a blueberry venture, a traditional hard cheese maker, a bee product manufacturer, an organic winemaker, and a peony-based healthcare and soap producer.


Tourism operators in the Stay, Play Rural section set the bar high with the inclusion of top end accommodation offered in delightful rural settings, and a walking track car relocation service.


The winners will be announced at a special ceremony to be held on the opening night of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Rotorua on Saturday 15 November.

 

An introduction to all entrants can be viewed here. Stay tuned for the entrants full introduction weekly from now until November.

Strong contenders for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014 11-Sep-2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Seventeen exciting and innovative businesses are in the line up for the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014.  Read More

Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014, offering women running small rural businesses the opportunity to boost their profiles and gain recognition for their achievements.


“This is the sixth year we’ve run the awards, and we’re already fielding enquiries from women keen to enter,” says Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan.


Last year’s supreme winner, Diane Coleman of Treeline Native Nursery in Rotorua, says business is booming after the publicity that followed her win.


Though entering the awards may be outside some people’s comfort zone, Diane encourages rural businesswomen to pluck up the courage, as she did.


“Winning this award has been a once in a lifetime opportunity that was challenging, exciting, scary, fun, humbling and has really put my business on the map.”


There are four award categories in 2014:

  • Love of the Land - sponsored by Agrisea – for all land-based business, from animals to agriculture.
  • Help! I need somebody - sponsored by Access Homehealth – for businesses providing any type of service - from retailers to agricultural contractors.
  • Making it in Rural - sponsored by Telecom – for businesses that involve manufacturing or creativity.
  • Stay, Play Rural - sponsored by Xero - for businesses engaged in rural tourism or hospitality.

To enter the awards, women have to own and operate a small business with less than 10 full time equivalent staff, based in a rural area. The business must have been running for at least two years. If in partnership, women must be an active partner of 50 percent or more in the business.


Entries close Friday 5 September. For more on the Enterprising Rural Women Awards, get the information sheet, and download your entry form here.


The awards will be presented at the Rural Women NZ national conference in Rotorua on Saturday 15 November.


Each category winner will receive $1,000 in prize money and a trophy, with a further $1,000 going to the supreme winner.

 

Watch a brief video from last year's ceremony for a better idea of what to expect. 

 

With thanks to our partners:

      

Entries Open for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014 01-Jul-2014

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014, offering women running small rural businesses the opportunity to boost their profiles and gain recognition for their achievements. Read More

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The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington.

RWNZ National Office would like to advise members that since the relocation on 10 July 2017, postal delivery to the new office location has been disrupted.

We have already mailed out Membership invoices to members. We expect that you may be sending your payment and invoice slip back to National Office. We are aware that some mail posted to RWNZ has been returned to senders. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience. We are working with New Zealand Post to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about invoices, please email: [email protected] or phone the National Office: 04 473 5524.

As at Tuesday 18 July, the reception phone line is connected, phone 04 4735524. 

If you have an email enquiry, please email [email protected]

We will keep you updated with progress on the relocation, phone and email services, through the RWNZ website and social media: Facebook (www.facebook.com/ruralwomennz/) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RuralWomenNZ).

 

 

RWNZ National Office has moved

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington. Read More

 Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award

Rural Women New Zealand are offering a new award this year: Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award. The award has been established to recognise the importance of connectivity to rural communities and agri-businesses in rural areas. The award celebrates journalism that helps raise awareness about the issues and benefits of rural connectivity.

Examples of subjects that could be included as entries:

- Online learning and education materials for students

- Farm management programmes / apps

- Farm safety management

- Health management

- Maintaining connections with family, friends and community

- Business capabilities and growth

- Accessing research and development programmes

- Rural broadband initiatives and infrastructure

Entries in the RWNZ Rural Connectivity Award 2017 must be of two articles, radio broadcasts or television programmes broadly based on the theme of rural connectivity.

Entries closed Tuesday 12 September.

Any New Zealand-based journalist or communicator is eligible to enter the award. The winner will receive $750 in prize money. 

Click here to download an entry form.

 

 

Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2017

Entries have closed for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2017, which will be presented at the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists annual awards dinner in Wellington on 13 October.

The Rural Women New Zealand award encourages journalists to report on the achievements of women living and working in rural communities.

Entries in the RWNZ Journalism Award 2017 must be of two articles, radio broadcasts or television programmes broadly based on the theme of “rural women making a difference.” This could be in the sense of community involvement, on farm, or in another rural-based business or activity.

“RWNZ is proud to sponsor this Award for journalism features celebrating the achievements of rural women, through enterprise or volunteering in roles that support their rural community,” says Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

Nadine Porter was the winner of the 2016 Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award. Nadine's winning articles featured research on rural women and isolation, and the role of social media and were published in the Ashburton Guardian Farming.

Entries closed Wednesday 6 September 2017. Any New Zealand-based journalist or communicator is eligible to enter the award. The winner will receive $750 in prize money.

Click here to download an entry form.


 

 

Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events.

The Rural Support Trust advise farmers to ensure stock and domestic animals have food, water, and shelter where necessary, and are secure. Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met.

If your farm or rural property or stock has been affected by an adverse event and you need assistance, contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for help.

The Rural Women New Zealand Adverse Events and Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children. The fund provides financial assistance to persons or groups, where there is an identified urgent need due to recent adverse events such as drought, fires, floods or earthquakes.

Click here to read more about applying for the fund.

Contact details for support agencies:
The Rural Support Trust (RST organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services in emergency situations)  
http://www.rural-support.org.nz Ph: 0800 787 254.

DairyNZ: Sharemilkers support http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/tactics/support-for-sharemilkers/

Federated Farmers http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 327 646 or drought feedline 0800 376 844.

Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer http://www.resilientfarmer.co.nz/

Farmstrong http://www.farmstrong.co.nz


If you just want to talk, or know someone who is at risk, there are a range of support options available, including counselling services:

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling

Youthline: 0800 376 633 or free text 234 - Provides 24 hour telephone and text counselling services for young people

Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling.

Women's Refuge: 0800 REFUGE (733 843) a 24/7 crisis and support line provide advice and information.

Shakti New Zealand 0800SHAKTI (0800 742 584) If you are in a situation of domestic violence call our 24-hour crisis line, and multi-lingual staff will provide information.

Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.

What'sup: 0800 942 8787 (0800 What’s Up) is a counselling helpline for children and young people, aged 5-18. Phone Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm.

Kidsline: 0800 543 754, it is a 24/7 helpline for children and teens, run by specially trained youth volunteers.

Thelowdown.co.nz - Free Text 5626, watch videos or contact for support. 

depression.org.nz National Depression Initiative (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service 

Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki If you're worried about a child or family that you know, there are ways you can help, contact Child, Youth and Family.

For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .

If it is an emergency, or you feel yourself, or someone you know is at risk, please call 111.

Rural community support services

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events. Read More

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework.

Although expresses concern regarding the lack of concrete targets and detailed methods for how any of the initiatives will be implemented. We are especially concerned about the lack of a strategic plan to lead and fund these activities.

The proposed framework aims to address the devastating impact that suicide has on New Zealand’s communities and the unfortunate reality that over 500 people in New Zealand die by suicide every year. RWNZ supports the framework’s focus on supporting positive wellbeing for all ages, increasing awareness of suicidal behaviour and mental health, strengthening systems already in place to support communities, and improving collaboration among those working to prevent suicidal behaviour.

In our submission, we have addressed the fact that the suicide rate is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, as well as the various factors that place rural communities at an increased risk of mental illness. These factors include vulnerability to economic fluctuations and social isolation, which are compounded by the lack of access to services and support, substandard or no access to reliable and affordable internet and mobile coverage, and the history of inequalities that rural communities face often being overlooked.

RWNZ has suggested that in order to improve mental wellbeing in rural areas, rural health research must become a priority to understand and address the needs of rural communities. We have also urged the Ministry of Health to refrain from relying on technological health services, recognising that not all rural communities have access to reliable and affordable internet and mobile coverage.

Rural Women New Zealand strongly supports the framework’s proposal to involve, train and educate community members on suicide prevention. Rural Women New Zealand has expressed that it is essential for rural communities to be provided with the right tools to improve mental wellbeing within the community and reduce social stigma associated with mental illness.

As further information becomes available, this will be distributed to the members.

 

Click here to download the Submission: June 2017 Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission


 

 

Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework. Read More

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to further information.

RWNZ was one of the founding members of ACWW. It is one of the largest international development organisations for rural women.

The ACWW network allows it to engage at the local, national, and international level with the aim of achieving these goals:

- To raise the standard of living for rural women and their families through education, training and community development programmes.

- To provide practical support to our members and help them set up income-generating schemes.

- To support educational opportunities for women and girls, and help eliminate gender discrimination.

- To give rural women a voice at an international level through our links with UN agencies and bodies.

Caption: Delegates from the South Pacific Area Conference in New Plymouth complete the ACWW Walk the World event in April 2017. 

Click here to download an information booklet about ACWW (8MB PDF)

Click here to go to the ACWW website

 

ACWW Study Topic 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to further information.  Read More

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent forced marriages from occurring in New Zealand by requiring minors aged 16 and 17 to gain approval by the Family Court in order to marry.

In our submission, RWNZ cited various international conventions and declarations of which New Zealand is a signatory or party to that do not condone forced marriage. These include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). RWNZ expressed that the proposed amendment to New Zealand’s marriage law upholds New Zealand’s commitment to these documents.

RWNZ also noted that the law as it currently stands, which allows minors aged 16 and 17 to marry with parental consent, is insufficient in preventing forced marriage. The proposed amendment serves as a precaution to prevent parental guardians from attempting to facilitate a forced marriage.

As further information becomes available, this will be distributed to the members.

Click here to download the RWNZ submission.

Marriage Amendment Bill

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent forced marriages from occurring in New Zealand by requiring minors aged 16 and 17 to gain approval by the Family Court in order to marry. Read More