Passion to Profit focus

Day aims to inspire rural women to ‘take the leap’.

Day aims to inspire rural women to ‘take the leap’.

PASSION to PROFIT: Farming Women Tairawhiti’s annual focus day on August 1 will ways and means for rural women to create alternative income streams. FWT education manager Marie Burke (pictured) said the day promises to be inspirational, informative and motivating. File picture

It is that time of year again and the executive committee of Farming Women Tairawhiti (FWT) are full steam ahead in the organisation of their popular annual focus day.

Last year’s Soil to Soul brought together over 100 women from around the Tairawhiti region, with attendees from Wairoa to Ruatoria and many places in between.

“The team are looking to do the same again with ‘Passion to Profit’, creating alternative incomes in rural New Zealand,” said FWT education manager Marie Burke.

The focus day will be held at the Gisborne Showgrounds Event Centre on August 7.

“The day promises to be inspirational, informative and motivating,” she said.

“We have secured an amazing guest speaker this year in Chelsea Millar, the founder of Grass Roots Media.

“She is young, vibrant and successful and brings the women of Tairawhiti the message that isolation is not a barrier to creating a successful business.”

Chelsea Millar is a social media and marketing specialist and in 2016 was a “woman of influence” finalist for the business and rural categories and a top ten semi-finalist for the University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the year.

Rural journalist Kate Taylor will be another guest.

“She completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme in 2017, something she had always aspired to,” Marie Burke said.

“Her research project was on the challenges facing small, rural (non-farming) businesses, and Kate will lead a panel discussion with local rurally connected business women.”

There will be stalls of locally produced goods and creative visions as part of the ficus day.

“Our in-committee brainstorms show what a high and vast calibre of women our region has to approach for an event of this nature.

“It is incredibly positive for regional growth and small business and it is wonderful to have the backing of Activate Tairawhiti for this event.”

FWT executive committee member Kristin Kirkpatrick said they want to inspire the audience to take the leap.

“That burning passion, creative genius, that we all have, with the right skills and support could turn into something very successful and fulfilling.

“This focus day fits the core of our mission as a charitable organisation, to have the women of our community connect and grow through education. That is what Passion to Profit is all about.”

The focus day cost will be $20.

“Registrations are essential and close on August 1. There will be no door sales.”

  • Check out the Farming Women Tairawhiti closed Facebook Group or email admin@fwt.co.nz for more information.

It is that time of year again and the executive committee of Farming Women Tairawhiti (FWT) are full steam ahead in the organisation of their popular annual focus day.

Last year’s Soil to Soul brought together over 100 women from around the Tairawhiti region, with attendees from Wairoa to Ruatoria and many places in between.

“The team are looking to do the same again with ‘Passion to Profit’, creating alternative incomes in rural New Zealand,” said FWT education manager Marie Burke.

The focus day will be held at the Gisborne Showgrounds Event Centre on August 7.

“The day promises to be inspirational, informative and motivating,” she said.

“We have secured an amazing guest speaker this year in Chelsea Millar, the founder of Grass Roots Media.

“She is young, vibrant and successful and brings the women of Tairawhiti the message that isolation is not a barrier to creating a successful business.”

Chelsea Millar is a social media and marketing specialist and in 2016 was a “woman of influence” finalist for the business and rural categories and a top ten semi-finalist for the University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the year.

Rural journalist Kate Taylor will be another guest.

“She completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme in 2017, something she had always aspired to,” Marie Burke said.

“Her research project was on the challenges facing small, rural (non-farming) businesses, and Kate will lead a panel discussion with local rurally connected business women.”

There will be stalls of locally produced goods and creative visions as part of the ficus day.

“Our in-committee brainstorms show what a high and vast calibre of women our region has to approach for an event of this nature.

“It is incredibly positive for regional growth and small business and it is wonderful to have the backing of Activate Tairawhiti for this event.”

FWT executive committee member Kristin Kirkpatrick said they want to inspire the audience to take the leap.

“That burning passion, creative genius, that we all have, with the right skills and support could turn into something very successful and fulfilling.

“This focus day fits the core of our mission as a charitable organisation, to have the women of our community connect and grow through education. That is what Passion to Profit is all about.”

The focus day cost will be $20.

“Registrations are essential and close on August 1. There will be no door sales.”

  • Check out the Farming Women Tairawhiti closed Facebook Group or email admin@fwt.co.nz for more information.

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