The NZI team at the 2018 NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards
Meet New Zealand’s rural business game changers
From a beekeeper to a children’s author, this year’s NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards winners were as diverse as they were successful.
Held in Parliament’s banquet hall, the awards showcased the innovation and entrepreneurial excellence of women who own rural businesses, while also supporting their local communities.
Jon Watson, Rural Manager at NZI, the Premier Partner of the awards, says it was a privilege to be one of the judges this year. “It was inspiring to see how committed and passionate our entrants are about their businesses and the rural sector. All entrants were deserving of an award and judges found it difficult to make the final choice.”
Marie Taylor of Plant Hawke’s Bay was announced as the Supreme Winner on the night. She grows rare and uncommon naturally-occurring Hawke's Bay plants for re-establishment throughout the region.
Marie was delighted to have won. “Being a part of the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards is a tremendous opportunity for me and a wonderful way to showcase Plant Hawke’s Bay and build its profile, enabling me to tell my native plant story,” she says. “It was also great to meet other inspiring rural women and hear of their stories of business success.”
Jon Watson says rural women provide lifeblood to the rural sector. “These awards recognise the sheer hard work, dedication and entrepreneurship that goes into developing rural enterprises, while often also juggling multiple priorities on the farm and at home.”
For Nearly 160 years, NZI has played a vital role in providing security for farms and rural families and businesses. “We’re constantly reinvigorating our farm and rural offerings by partnering with valued local brokers who understand farming and rural needs. This enables us to develop solutions to meet the changing, complex needs of New Zealand farming and rural communities,” adds Watson.
“We know rural inside out and that’s why we are proud to play a part in recognising rural businesses that are thriving in this changing world.”
The winners are…
Sophie Siers – Millwood Press Ltd, Hawke's Bay
Hannah O'Brien – Hunt and Gather Bee Co, Waikato
Bridget Canning – WIZwireless, Wairarapa
Love of the Land:
Marie Taylor – Plant Hawke's Bay, Hawke's Bay