The Golden Shears Society has got its first woman president.
Dannevirke businesswoman Mavis Mullins has been named to lead the society towards its 50th birthday in 2010.
Mrs Mullins and her husband Koro jointly own a shearing company.
She is a past winner the Golden Shears open woolhandling championship in 1987 and 1992.
In 2005 she became the first woman to manage a New Zealand shearing and woolhandling team, bringing back two titles from the world championships in Australia .