Rural Women’s National Council and members warmly congratulate Liz Evans, our former national president, who has been recognised for her services to rural women in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2015, and been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
Liz Evans served as our national president from 2011 to 2013, and was Marlborough provincial secretary for 10 years. She was also the administrator for the Marlborough Provincial Federated Farmers from 2003 to 2011. Liz was introduced to rural life when she married Geoff in 1974, after having worked at the Marlborough Express as a reporter. Since then she has lived, farmed and raised a family at the head of the Waihopai Valley out of Blenheim. She was introduced to Rural Women New Zealand through her mother-in-law and credits our organisation for giving her many opportunities she otherwise wouldn’t have had. She has graciously said that while being recognised in the New Year’s Honours is a personal achievement, it is also significant as it acknowledges the work done by our organisation as a voice for rural communities and people. A highlight amongst her many achievements and leadership has been her role in setting up the Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Liz describes Rural Women NZ as a confidence building organisation for women. “It’s a wonderful organisation that sometimes doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.” We are thankful that Liz Evans has had the recognition she deserves as a champion and voice for rural women with the awarding of this honour.
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