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FWT celebrates 5 years in style

Farming Women Tairawhiti (FWT) with their members, supporters, and friends came together on Friday night last week at the Bushmere Arms to celebrate five years since FWT was established, in 2015.

A crowd of over 100 people enjoyed celebrating the contribution FWT has made to the rural community, through greater connections and education.

The audience was treated to a humorous and informative presentation from guest speaker Julia Jones, head of NZX Analytics, who spoke about the international and domestic state of Agri-business.

A key message for New Zealand farmers was New Zealand cannot feed the world, but is in a strong position to feed those who value high quality, grass fed protein, and other Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) free products.

Reflecting on the evening, Julia mentioned how impressed she was that the evening was a celebration of partnerships, which has been built upon FWT values' of working together for the benefit of the region and the local agri-community.

The FWT Executive Committee thanked Lyall Evans and Mark Harris, who have both been instrumental in supporting their success in connecting women in the region and ensuring the longevity of the organisation.

A special Contribution Award was presented to Nancie Barclay, who, as a founding member, has been a tireless worker contributing to the smooth running behind the scenes at events organised by FWT.

GREAT NIGHT: Farming Women Tairawhiti marked five years of existence with a celebratory get together at the Bushmere Arms last week and a good time was had by one and all. (From left at rear) Fleur Gardiner, Deidre Tomalin, Mary Hope and Marie Burke, and in front from left Kristin Kirkpatrick, Sandra Faulkner and Sandra Matthews. Picture by Rebecca Williams