Past National President Wendy McGowan has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rural women in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Wendy has been a member of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) since 1975 and has held offices with the Kaharoa Branch, Provincial and Inter-Provincial Committees.
She said she felt excited about the honour and very thankful to the people who had nominated her.
In 2005 Mrs McGowan became National Councillor for the Region Five area covering Coromandel to Gisborne.
She was vice president for two years, convened the Social Issues Committee and the Land Use Committee.
Wendy represented RWNZ on the New Zealand Food Safety Consumer Forum for four years.
She was appointed National President of RWNZ from 2013 to 2016, during which time she led the delegation to the 2014 South Pacific Area Conference and the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) Triennial World Conference.
Wendy oversaw the implementation of changes to the structure of the governing body and rules of RWNZ and negotiated the sale of Access Homehealth Ltd during her term as National President.
She has been an individual member of the ACWW and was part of the RWNZ delegation to the South Pacific Area Conference in Tonga in 2011. She has served on the Rural Community Trust as the RWNZ representative.
Wendy is a member of the Kaimai-Mamaku Catchment Forum and Federated Farmers Rotorua/Taupo Province, and has been president and chairperson of Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre section for the province.
Congratulations to Rebecca Keoghan
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