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RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Awards
Rural school road safety initiatives welcomed
Entries close next Friday (March 15) for the RWNZ
Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2013, and with
new entry categories this year there are even more
opportunities for rural women to be recognised for
"This is the fourth year we've run the awards,
and we encourage all women running small rural
businesses to enter," says Rural Women NZ
national president, Liz Evans.
The supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award
will go to the winner of one of the following entry
'Love of the Land' sponsored by Agrisea Limited
-- covering all land-based businesses, from
animals to agriculture.
'Help! I Need Somebody' sponsored by Telecom
-- for businesses with a service-focus.
'Making it in Rural' -- for women involved in
manufacturing or creative enterprises.
'Stay, Play Rural' sponsored by Access
Homehealth Limited -- covering businesses
engaged in rural tourism and hospitality.
The awards are a real opportunity for women
to boost their media profile and grow their
businesses, says Mrs Evans.
It's been a whirlwind year for Rose Voice of The
Real Dog Equipment Company since she won the
RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award in May
2012. Booked for speaking engagements through
to October, she has also taken on extra staff to
keep up with increased demand for her specialist
Winning the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women
Award 2011 was also a huge confidence boost
for Marlborough cheesemaker Lisa Harper, who
says it was a stepping stone towards her being
awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship at the
end of 2012.
To enter the awards, women have to own and
operate a small business, with less than 10 full
time equivalent staff, based in a rural area. The
business must have been running for at least two
years. If in partnership, women must be an active
partner of 50 percent or more in the business.
• Entry forms are available on
www.ruralwomen.org.nz. The awards will be
presented at the Rural Women NZ national
conference in Christchurch on 23 May 2013.
Each category winner will receive $1,000 in
prize money and a trophy, with a further $1,000
going to the supreme winner.
Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate 'Back to School'
this year as two rural safety initiatives it's been promoting get the
"We have been advocating for safer speeds around rural schools
for several years, and are thrilled that variable speed limits are to
be extended to 23 rural schools, following the success of a trial at
seven rural schools in 2012, says Rural Women New Zealand national
president, Liz Evans.
"We're also delighted that a trial of active, flashing, 20km/h signage is
to go ahead on a fleet of school buses in Ashburton early this year, with
funding approved just before Christmas.
"Our rural children are often placed in very vulnerable situations getting
to and from school, and we welcome both these initiatives to raise
driver awareness and slow down traffic," says Mrs Evans. "We will be
actively promoting both these to our nationwide network of members."
In the first trial, the NZ Transport Agency says the variable speed limits
have resulted in an improvement in driver behaviour and reduction in
speeds around the rural schools that took part, and the trial will be
extended to 23 sites by the end of 2013.
The variable speed limit is set at 70km/h past schools in 100km/h
zones, and 60km/h for schools in 80km/h areas.
The speeds are displayed on electronic signs, which allow the speed
limit to be changed locally at agreed times.
Mrs Evans says it's encouraging to see innovative technological
solutions being used to solve safety concerns.
"Technology is also the answer when it comes to reminding drivers
about the 20km/h speed limit past school buses, and it's exciting that
the Road Safety Trust has approved funding for a trial of active signage
on school buses."
The four stage trial with a bus company in Ashburton is expected to get
underway in the next few weeks.
Bright 20km/h signs with flashing lights will be illuminated to alert
drivers to the speed limit in both directions when passing a school bus
that has stopped for children to get on and off.
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