Entries for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards close tomorrow.

Rural Women New Zealand national president Fiona Gower says the awards showcase the talent and achievements by women in rural business.

"We are proud to recognise their significant contribution to their communities and the rural economy."

Fiona says previous winners' businesses have flourished following their recognition at the awards.


All category winners will each receive $1000 and a trophy, and the supreme winner will receive a further $1000.

The categories for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 2018 are:
— Emerging business: Awarded to a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. Open to businesses that have been running from 2-5 years.
— Love of the Land: Harnessing the potential of New Zealand's land, environment or products of the land to create a successful business enterprise.
— Creative Arts: A business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.
— Innovation: An enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.
— Rural Champion: A person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise — an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise. Open to anybody.
A supreme winner will be chosen from all category finalists.
The awards night is on Tuesday, November 20 in the Banquet Hall at Parliament.
* Entry forms and further information at www.ruralwomen.org.nz/businessawards. Entries close tomorrow.