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Growing more than grass : clever, creative rural kiwi women

Author: Heather Kidd
Publisher: Auckland : Bateman, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It used to be that behind every chisel-jawed, No 8-wired Kiwi farmer stood a good woman. But how those times have changed. The New Zealand rural landscape of the 21 century now features many enterprising women engaged in making a living off the land in their own right. Growing More Than Grass showcases 20 of these interesting individuals. There's Monique Neeson, city born and bred, a former hairdresser now living at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Kidd
ISBN: 9781869539733 1869539737
OCLC Number: 1002884928
Notes: Across rural New Zealand, business is booming in more ways than you can imagine and it is women who are leading the change. For some, a rural life is a chance to explore their artistic side, for others it's about creating business opportunities ... profiles 20 Kiwi women- energetic entrepreneurs, farmers and artisans--Back cover.
Description: 255 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. A heart-warming tale / Monique Neeson --
2. Girl power in the shearing shed / Sarah Higgins --
3. A spirited success story / Desiree Whitaker --
4. Peony business blooming / Dot Kettle and Georgia Richards --
5. Helping rural women find their voice / Lindy Nelson --
6. Stitching together her story / Jacquie Haselden --
7. Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year / Hannah Wallace --
8. An unexpected journey / Suzie Denize --
9. Championing dairy women / Cathy Brown --
10. Artisan cheesemaker / Karen Trafford --
11. Living the good life / Ginni Alexander --
12. When opportunity knocks / Vanessa McAlister --
13. Leading a life that is farm-based, fast-paced / Caroline Kirk --
14. A passion for publishing / Joanne Taylor --
15. From small beginnings / Liz Barnes and Cheryl Hughson --
16. A lifestyle revolution / Kate Belcher --
17. Crafting a future / Karen Petch --
18. A clever creative / Sam Laugesen.
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It used to be that behind every chisel-jawed, No 8-wired Kiwi farmer stood a good woman. But how those times have changed. The New Zealand rural landscape of the 21 century now features many enterprising women engaged in making a living off the land in their own right. Growing More Than Grass showcases 20 of these interesting individuals. There's Monique Neeson, city born and bred, a former hairdresser now living at Tokirima in the King Country heartland. Poor wool prices encouraged Monique and her mother-in-law Lyn to look at how they could make things better for themselves, ShearWarmth, a business making and sell 100 per cent natural wool blankets, the fleece sourced from their own farm, their answer. University graduate Sarah Higgins is a fulltime shearer who operates her own shearing gang in the Marlborough region. The thwarted artistic ambitions of Jacquie Haseldene's female ancestors is the inspiration behind this Waikato artist's haunting installations. Peter Jackson's location scout turning up at a farm seeking permission to film scenes for the movie 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has resulted in Suzie Denise running Hairy Feet Tours on her family's Piopio property. Successful businesswomen Georgia Richards and Dot Kettle quit their fast-paced life in Wellington and bought a hundred acres in the Dove Valley near Nelson, some of which they planted in peonies. Having discovered the amazing healing properties of the peony root, this resourceful couple are now creating a range of natural products. Further chapters tell the stories of a cheese-maker, the founder of the Agri-Women's Development Trust, a Young Maori Farmer of theYear, whisky maker, publisher, lavender farmer, cycle tour operator and more ... Growing More Than Grass is a book about wonderfully talented, vivacious women who are proud to be rural.

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