Former Rural Women NZ National President Liz Evans has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to rural women.
Liz was among 22 other New Zealanders who received awards from Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony in Wellington on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.
When she received her award the Governor-General personally extended his apologies to her for the absence of his wife Lady Janine Mateparae, who is the patron of Rural Women but could not attend the ceremony, Evans said.
Liz has been a champion for Rural Women since she was introduced to the organisation when she married farmer Geoff Evans in 1974. Life on a farm was a huge change from her work as a reporter at the Marlborough Express. Highlights of her many achievements include her role in establishing the Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Liz was Provincial Secretary of Marlborough Rural Women for 10 years and served as National President from 2010-2013.
Liz is now a life member and a voice for all rural women and communities. The honour is well-earned!
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