Media Release: NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2023 Open

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) and Premier Partner NZI announce that entries are now open for this year’s NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards (the Awards).

“The Awards are one of the highlights on our annual calendar of events and we are expecting this year to be no exception,” says National President Gill Naylor.

“Despite the challenges of the last few years, the number of entrants in the Awards has increased every year, as has the diversity of the enterprises represented in their entries.

“This is an excellent indicator of the incredibly dynamic role that entrepreneurial rural women play in building sustainable and resilient rural communities and economies.

“These Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for women who own and operate rural enterprises to showcase their creativity and innovation and for us to celebrate and promote their achievements.

“Once again, these Awards would not be possible without the continued support of our Premier Partner, NZI, which shares RWNZ’s goal to strengthen, support and connect people and communities,” says Mrs Naylor.

NZI’s Executive Manager Agencies and Schemes, Christina Chellew, says: “We are delighted to support the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards as Premier Partner and to recognise and promote innovative and hardworking rural women. Each year, the judges are impressed, and often humbled, by the quality of the entrants and we have no doubt there will be another impressive showing this year.

“The Awards night itself is always a great celebration and reminder that rural women continue to be a formidable force in ensuring our rural communities remain resilient, prosperous and ready for whatever the future brings, and that’s something we are always very proud to be a part of,” says Ms Chellew.

Entries close on Friday, 28 July at 5pm.  

“Each year, we get feedback from the entrants on how much they learn about themselves and their businesses by taking part in these Awards so if you are a rural businesswoman, enter, or if you know a rural businesswoman who should be recognised for her achievements, encourage her to enter,” says Mrs Naylor.



To schedule an interview, please contact:

Gill Naylor

Rural Women New Zealand, National President

027 338 3089

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