Agri-Women's Development Trust (AWDT) added 5 new photos.
Proud to share the news that on the eve of International Women’s Day, AWDT’s Patron, entrepreneur and prolific director, Mavis Mullins MNZM, was inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs. Instigated by leading female business organisation, Co.OfWomen, the Hall of Fame celebrates the significant business achievements and generosity of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and creates explicit, diverse examples encouraging women working on their own success. Fashion Week founder, Dame Pieter Stewart and Untouched World founder, Peri Drysdale MBE joined Mavis as the 2018 inductees.
“The commercial drive, matched with a desire to make a difference features strongly in female success and this year’s inductees are eminent examples. Our country and economy are all the better for their endeavours”. Says Founder of Co.OfWomen, Tara Lorigan. Speaking about her co recipients, Mavis commented on the amazing connection between the wool shed, the fashion industry and business, “We have a sector (NZ Primary Industries) who work very hard for New Zealand.” And this connection is driven by the land. “The land is a she. She is part of us, and we are part of her.”
Humble in her acceptance of the award, Mavis said “I accept these things (honours) reluctantly. But I accept them as a woman, I accept them as a Maori woman and I accept them as a woman in the Primary Industries.” Mavis acknowledged that there is still much work to be done for equality. “We have to kick the doors down because this is all about people. We have to strive to make the world a better place”
AWDT ED Lindy Nelson attended the event with Mavis. “It was a fitting celebration for three wonderful women, all intrinsically linked to New Zealand’s primary industries, I was proud to supporting and celebrating my friend and AWDT patron” said Lindy.
"Climate change is here, and so is the future of farming".
Registrations are now open for the Farming for the Future Seminar to be held April 10th in Carterton. Farming for the Future is an annual one-day seminar, designed to help farmers, businesses, and organisations improve their knowledge and understanding of the natural environment, reduce their environmental footprint, and achieve more sustainable outcomes.
Co-founded by #EscalatorAlumni Heather Atkinson in 2012, this year's event boasts a phenomenal line-up of speakers, including #EscalatorAlumni Julia Jones, who will share their future focused plans and success stories, inspiring you to find new ideas and solutions for your farming business.
Congratulations #EscalatorAlumni Anne-Marie Wells for being appointed as one of two associate directors on the DairyNZ Board of Directors.
DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel says associate directors gain valuable experience working with the Board. They contribute to the governance of DairyNZ and participate in the Boards discussions, debates and decision-making processes.
“The roles are a great opportunity for farmer leaders to gain experience and see first-hand how a board operates. It also enables dairy farmers to step into, and influence, the sector’s leadership.” says Jim.
Associate directors are appointed for successive six-month terms and are non-voting positions.
“Part of our Escalator journey is to leave with a specific industry related goal, and mine was an associate directorship with a company I admired. When this opportunity was advertised, it was perfect as I had just been part of the Dairy Environmental Leaders’ Annual Forum and was extremely energised by what DairyNZ is doing in and for our industry” said Anne Marie on her appointment, “ I’m just thrilled! “
Escalator grows primary industry leaders, it equips them with the tools, confidence and support they need to successfully lead and govern in their chosen fields. We are thrilled that Anne Marie, who was part of Escalator’s 2017 cohort, had the confidence, skills and support to achieve her industry goal so quickly. Congratulations!
Day 2 of the AWDT Sustainable Farming Fund project's pilot programme, 'Emerge -Young Women leading in the Primary Industries'. We are in the beautiful Hawke's Bay New Zealand with 14 aspiring primary industry leaders helping them discover how to better engage with markets and stakeholders at local, regional, national and global levels and to better tell their stories to a largely digital and urban-centric world. Thanks to Ministry for Primary Industries and AGMARDT for your support. ... See MoreSee Less