Women’s business showcase

Female entrepreneurs in rural communities target for awards





The Country

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) and Premier Partner NZI are pleased to launch the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2022. “The Awards are a great opportunity to showcase rural women entrepreneurs and the contributions and support their enterprises provide to our rural communities,” says national president Gill Naylor. “We are delighted that NZI will join us for the sixth year as our Premier Partner in presenting the awards. “Last year’s awards had the highest number of entrants since their inception 10 years ago and we were especially pleased with the diversity of the entrants’ enterprises and the range of their locations across the country. “It is now just over two years since many budding entrepreneurs decided to start their own businesses during the Covid-19 lockdowns. “These Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for rural business owners to showcase their creativity, innovation and achievements. “We want to encourage women living in rural and regional New Zealand, who own and/or operate rural enterprises, to enter the Awards this year so that we can celebrate and promote their achievements,” says Gill. NZI’S executive manager agencies and schemes, Christina Chellew, says, “We are delighted to support the Rural Women NZ Business Awards as Premier Partner and to recognise and promote innovative and hardworking rural women. “I have no doubt there will be another impressive showing from our entrants which will make judging especially difficult for the panel. “The awards night itself is always a great celebration and reminder that rural women continue to be a formidable force. “These women help ensure 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 it,” says Christina. “If you are a rural woman in business, enter; if you know a rural woman in business, encourage her to enter,” says Gill.