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.
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