Awards target entrepreneurial women

Seven categories provide ideal showcase for rural businesses





Rural Women New Zealand is looking for entrepreneurial rural women in the Te Puke area to enter the 2022 Business Awards. “The NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards provide an outstanding opportunity to showcase small rurally based enterprises owned and operated by women,” says regional leader, Mary Mctavish. “Our region has not had a category winner for over five years, so we would like to encourage local rural women to enter the competition.” Rotorua based Amy Cram (Dibley) of Physio Direct won the Innovation category and the Supreme Winner award in 2016. The enterprise started as a ‘physio for farmers’, a mobile health service for Rotorua’s rural residents, and was so successful, it became a nationwide franchise. “The RWNZ Awards attracted extensive media coverage and provided amazing promotional opportunities for the business,” says Amy. Diane Coleman won the Love of the Land category in 2013 with Kaharoa company Treeline Native Nursery. She also went on to be awarded the Supreme Winner prize. Treeline provides native plants grown from locally sourced seeds to farmers, lifestyle block owners and councils for revegetation projects. Diane says the NZI RWNZ Business Awards are a great place “to celebrate the multiple hats we all wear as rural women”. All NZI Rural Women NZ Business awards winners receive a trophy, $1000 prize money, travel costs to the award ceremony in Wellington in November, and free membership to RWNZ-NGA¯ Wa¯hine Taiwhenua o Aotearoa. The Supreme Winner of NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards receives a further $1000 prize money. The RWNZ Business Awards were first instigated in 2008. RWNZ president at the time, Margaret Chapman, said rural women were “not very good at blowing their own trumpets“but just got on with the job. She said RWNZ established the awards to celebrate the creativity and innovation of rural women entrepreneurs. The awards categories: Emerging Business: For an enterprise operating for less than five years, achieving exceptional results. Love of the Land: For a business utilising New Zealand’s land or environment to create a product or service. Creative Arts: For an enterprise using rural materials, or working in a rural environment, in the field of creative arts. Rural Champion: For a rural person or business that goes above and beyond with their support for the rural sector either as a champion or by providing a service. Innovation: For an enterprise that has challenged the status quo to produce an original product or utilise rural resources in an innovative way. Bountiful Table: For a rural business that has used New Zealand resources to deliver exceptional food or beverage. Rural Health and Wellness Excellence: For an enterprise that has made an outstanding contribution to the health and wellness of our rural communities. Entries close on July 29. For more information and the entry form, visit the RWNZ website. comprise seven