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RWNZ training leads to Meat & Wool nomination

4 February 2008
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Rural Women NZ training leads to nomination for Meat & Wool NZ Directorship

Hilary McNab says her decision to accept nomination to stand for a position on the Meat & Wool New Zealand board is a direct result of the leadership experiences she’s had through Rural Women New Zealand.

From Owaka in South Otago, McNab is one of three candidates standing to represent the lower South Island on the Meat & Wool New Zealand board.

McNab attended Rural Women New Zealand’s Wellington Experience leadership course in 2006 and was then chosen to attend the NZ Institute of Directors corporate governance course in 2007. Each year Meat & Wool New Zealand sponsors one Rural Women New Zealand member to further their professional development through the week long course.

“The Wellington Experience showed me how well respected Rural Women New Zealand is in Wellington and gave me a sense of the organisation beyond the grass roots, and the corporate governance course gave me further confidence and extended my knowledge,” says McNab.

McNab’s nomination for the Meat & Wool New Zealand board comes with a solid background in the agriculture sector, having grown up on a sheep and beef property in Te Kuiti and trained in agricultural research at Lincoln. She currently farms a 500 hectare property in the Owaka Valley.

Her experience in governance and management roles includes service on the Telford Rural Polytechnic Farm Board of Management, the Otago Regional Committee of Agriculture ITO and the Coopworth Sheep Society. McNab was also a member of South Otago Monitor Farm management committee for four years and is the current Provincial President of South Otago Rural Women New Zealand.

She says if elected she would continue the drive to restore the profitability of meat and wool producers and sees a vital need to attract young people into the sector.


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