Ranfurly businesswoman Rose Voice has continued to grow her
dog equipment business. Photo by ODT.
Since winning the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award
last year, Rose Voice's dog equipment business has gone from
strength to strength.
Mrs Voice, who with her husband Nigel runs the Real Dog
Equipment Company in Ranfurly, has taken on a part-time
machinist to cope with demand and she has speaking
engagements booked through to the end of the year.
She is now urging other women with small rural businesses to
enter this year's awards, saying it was ''absolutely'' worth
Entries close on March 15 for the awards, which are open to
small businesses with 10 or fewer full-time staff, that have
been operating for at least two years.
The categories are Love of the Land, for all animal and
land-based businesses, Help I Need Someone, for enterprises
providing a service, Making it Rural, for manufacturing and
creative businesses, and Stay, Play, Rural, for tourism and
Each category winner will receive $1000 and a trophy and go
on to compete for the supreme award, which will be announced
at the Rural Women New Zealand national conference, in
Christchurch on May 23.
Mrs Voice, who was encouraged to enter by friends, believed
it was ''a typical Kiwi trait'', and perhaps more for women,
''to think what they do is not good enough''. But she urged
women to ''go for it'' and not have any doubts.
On the way home from Wellington last year, after facing the
judging panel, she was ''absolutely buzzing'' and did not
care if she did not win anything, as the exercise had been so
worthwhile, she said. The publicity garnered from the awards
had also been ''huge'', she said.
While Mrs Voice initially found talking to people about her
business a little daunting, she now quite enjoyed it.
The ''other side'' of her business, which was the tourism
aspect, was now also starting to grow. That included taking
people for sled-rides with the dogs and kennel tours.