Rural Women

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Riding the long paddock

Alice Mabin, from high country shepherd to entrepreneur of the year.

It's quite the journey … from high country shepherd to winner of a national business award.

Women's organic businesses grow

Bev Swanson mixes oils with calendula flowers in a crock pot.

Growth of organics benefits Manawatu businesswomen who sell fruit and vegetables, as well as soap and cosmetics, to name just a few items.

The cow whisperer

Amy Lowe with her prize cow, North Island champion  2015,  "Fairview Gibson R Raquel EX".

Amy Lowe seems to have the ability to calm even the stroppiest cow with a few soothing words and a scratch.

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

Last year's supreme winner of the Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur Awards Bridgit Hawkins started her company six years ago while raising two young children.

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Sandra Cordell spent years sharemilking with husband Stuart at Dannevirke before taking a seat on the Fonterra Shareholders Council.

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

'Timely' dairy workshop

Dairy Women's Network Invercargill regional group convenor Katrina Thomas on her Wreys Bush farm.

Southland's female dairy farmers will meet tomorrow to discuss how to plan for the future.

West Coast dairy farmer wins big

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Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

Dairy Woman of the Year award winner Katie Milne is preparing to rub shoulders with some of the best minds in business.

Dairy awards winners named

Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

Dairy women's conference shaping up as 'best yet'

Dame Jenny Shipley is one of the high profile guest speakers at the Dairy Women's Network's annual conference.

With a dynamic line-up of first-class speakers, the 2015 Dairy Women's Network conference promises to be "incredible."

Alliance steps up its links with rural women

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster says farming women are big decision-makers.

Half of Alliance Group's 5000 shareholders are women and the meat company is strengthening its links with them.

Elaine Cook's drive for success

Southland Demonstration Farm director Elaine Cook checking on stock at the farm near Wallacetown.

Elaine Cook's journey to Dairy Woman of the Year nominee hasn't been easy, but she's never needed any extra motivation.

Dairy women look to future

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

Environment plan template gets big tick

Keri Johnston is a supreme winner of the Enterprising New Zealand Rural Women Awards with business partner Haidee McCabe.

Meeting tighter environmental regulations has just got easier for Canterbury farmers.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

Rural women's champion honoured

Liz Evans awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

Ballance-ing act

Central Hawke's Bay farmer and Ballance Agri-Nutrients director, Sarah von Dadelszen.

Catching a farming mum like Sarah von Dadelszen sitting still is a hard ask.

Small steps reach lofty goals

TAKING OPPORTUNITIES: Dr Alison Watters has spent her career grasping opportunities - making the impossible possible by juggling her family with farming, studying, working and governance roles.

After years of juggling family, farming, studying and working, Dr Alison Watters now enjoys a slower pace of life.

Forum inspires green ambitions

FARMING TALK: Taranaki's Ruth Prankerd, left, talks dairy farming and the environment with fellow farmer Nicki Webster, of Canterbury, during the visit to Parliament by the DairyNZ environmental leaders forum.

Attending an environmental forum has set a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Links with women strengthened

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Helping with leadership

CHALLENGED: Agri-Women’s Development Trust escalator programme graduate Andrea Murray, of New Plymouth.

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Rural Southland woman Melanie McKenzie, a farmers wife and mother of three, in her little shop where she sells her crafts under the name The Penny Drops, at her home near Edendale.

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

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