Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) new chief executive says the organisation’s ability to provide opportunities to women sold her on the job.
RWNZ national president Gill Naylor says the awards are an opportunity to showcase the creativity and innovation of rural women entrepreneurs and the support they provide rural communities.
"Many small businesses have faced significant challenges as a result of the pandemic. This makes the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the resilience of women-owned and operated rural businesses all the more important.
"Rural business owners employ local people and support their local businesses and suppliers - this creates more opportunities in these local communities and economies," Naylor says.
"We want to encourage women living in rural New Zealand, and that includes small towns who own and/or operate rural businesses to enter the Awards this year so that we can support and promote them."
The awards have been held annually for more than ten years.
NZI executive manager commercial underwriting Christina Chellew says the insurer is 'delighted' to support the awards.
"The awards night itself is always a great celebration of the powerful impact women have on the industries that underpin New Zealand's economy - and we are always very proud to be a part of it."
Entries close on Friday 30 July at 5pm.