Rural Women New Zealand is proud to be a sponsor of the film She Shears, which premiered at the Regent Theatre in Masterton last Wednesday night," says national board chair Penny Mudford.
The film follows the journey of five women in the New Zealand shearing industry who were either experienced shearers or who are working their way up to become top women shearers.
The shearers Emily Welsh, Jills Angus Burney, Pagan Karauria, Hazel Wood, and Catherine Mullooly, all come from different parts of New Zealand with a range of backgrounds and life goals, yet all share a passion for shearing.
"RWNZ supported the film because it is important to shine a light on the women who live and work in rural New Zealand, often invisibly," says Penny.
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"Women work hard.
"They are talented and skilled at what they do and for rural, this is in dairy sheds, growing sheds, sorting and packing sheds, garden sheds, and woolsheds.
"The film is an honest depiction of strong and capable women who are iconic role models for other women and girls.
"She Shears Director, Jack Nicol has done an incredible job at capturing the essence of rural life as many of us know it.
"She Shears has now been released to the general public and we encourage everyone to watch this inspiring, moving story," says Penny.
* She Shears is screening at The Regent Theatre — check our entertainment pages for sessions.