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27 August 1999
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Women's Affairs have
again combined to offer awards for the newspaper article and the photo (published since 1
October 1998) which best portray the real work of rural women.
There are two annual awards – one for a writer/journalist and one for a
The awards are to mark International Rural Women's Day on October 15. However,
this year the awards will be presented a day early, on October 14, to coincide with the
launch of the new name of WDFF (Women's Division of Federated Farmers).
The aim of the Rural Women's Day Photo and Journalism Awards is to encourage
positive stories and photos of rural women and the work they do, such as running farms and
managing rural businesses.
The image of rural women as portrayed in the media does not always accurately reflect
the contribution they make either to farms or to rural communities. For example, more than
half of the farms in New Zealand have at least one female owner, yet their efforts remain
Each winner will receive an Air New Zealand Great Mystery Break weekend travel and
accommodation package for two within New Zealand, kindly donated by Air New Zealand
Entries close on 1 October.
Debbie Gee, Director, Corporate Communications, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
(04) 474 4258
Entry forms from:
Jessie Goffin, PA to Director Corporate Communications, Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry (04) 474 4187, PO Box 2526, Wellington