Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) recognises the importance of sharing stories about the innovative women living and working in rural Aotearoa New Zealand.
“It is an absolute pleasure to showcase and promote the incredible creativity of rural women in Aotearoa New Zealand, especially our NZI Rural Women NZ Business Award Winners,” National President Gill Naylor says.
“Our Rural Champion Award holds a very special place in these Awards as it is given to a person who goes above and beyond in their support of the rural sector.”
Harriet Bremner of Gurt & Pops was the 2021 Rural Champion for her fantastic work promoting farm safety and rural health and wellbeing through her books.
Now Harriet has a new book, Wool’s the Word, which celebrates a very topical subject – our wool industry.
When Harriet approached The Merino New Zealand Company with her idea, they were keen to be involved in another innovative way tell the story of New Zealand wool and educate people about it at the same time.
“My partner and I farm on Jericho Station in Southland and we know it has been a tough few years for wool producers but wool is increasingly the word on peoples lips,” Harriet says.
“It is so great to be able to write about this fantastic sustainable, renewable and incredibly versatile resource and encourage conversations about the wonders of wool from the fleece off the sheep’s back to wool’s extraordinary natural properties and the range of items that can be made from it.
“Wool has been such a huge part of our national journey and it is a privilege to be part of our wool story,” Harriet says.
“In addition to being an engaging story that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, Harriet has drawn on her experience as a teacher and Wool’s the Word includes some excellent educational resources to start learning about wool,” Gill says.
Wool’s the Word will be available from 7pm on 8 November from the Gurt & Pop website, with a formal launch hosted by the Merino New Zealand Company in Christchurch on November 9.