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Winners of inaugural RWNZ Achievement Award

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16 December 2005
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Winners of inaugural RWNZ Achievement Award announced

Women who have played an outstanding role working for their rural communities have been honoured with a new Achievement Award established to mark the 80th anniversary of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The excellent quality of the nominations received was inspiring,” says RWNZ president, Sherrill Dackers. “Many rural women work quietly behind the scenes, giving years of dedicated voluntary service. With this new award, we want to recognise excellence by RWNZ members in strengthening rural communities.”

Seven regional winners have now been announced. They are:

Lorna Anderson of Otautau, Southland
Amy Jones of Fairlie, Canterbury
Joyce Wyllie of Collingwood, Golden Bay
Jocelyn Fannin, Taihape
Ngaire Ericksen, Tauranga
June Haultain, Hamilton
Rene Martin, Great Barrier Island

The Achievement Awards will be presented by the Governor General the Hon. Dame Silvia Cartwright at Government House, Wellington on 15 March 2006. Meanwhile the women are being honoured in their own communities with a variety of regional events.

The Awards were judged by independent judges, Mary Bourke, Mayor of South Taranaki District Council and Tom Lambie. The Rural Achievement Awards are proudly sponsored by Mainland Minerals.

ENDS

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