[13 October/ Stuff]

Debra Cruickshank, of Tannacrieff Wines in Cromwell, is one of four finalists for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award to be announced on November 18. Ms Cruickshank has been recognised for her business success, making a niche market for port and offering solutions for fast-growing boutique vineyards wanting to produce wine from their vineyard. Ms Cruickshank became a finalist after winning the SWAZI New Zealand Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Women Award. The three remaining finalists are Kylie Davidson and Emma Hammond, from Hammond and Davidson Accountants; Jo Kempton, from Happy Belly Ferments; and Kiri Elworthy and Jenny Bargh, of Tora Coastal Walk, Martinborough. RWNZ National President Fiona Gower said the awards showcased rural community women’s talent and business skills, and how they could run very successful rural enterprises.