Black Heels and Tractor Wheels - Presented by Rural Women New Zealand

Black Heels and Tractor Wheels - Presented by Rural Women New Zealand

Welcome to the Black Heels and Tractor Wheels Podcast where we are sharing stories from a range of women around New Zealand. Our hosts, Emma and Claire join a whole raft of incredible New Zealand women to discuss topics ranging from starting your own business, navigating career and university changes, building confidence, and getting back to work with young children. If you enjoyed this podcast, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook and website, or even become a member! www.ruralwomennz.nz

Episodes

June 1, 2022 11 min

Today Claire and Emma take a look back at Season 3 and talk about some of their favourite themes that have popped up over throughout each episode. 

Thank you to everyone who has tuned in over the past couple of months! Season 4 will be kicking off in two weeks, so stay tuned for more incredible rural stories! 


If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! 

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Today we are speaking to Becks Smith, who is based in Ranfurly with her husband and children. Becks is an extremely busy woman, working as a vet, running a social enterprise, farming on a 700ha Sheep, Beef and Deer property, and raising children.

Becks is the founder of the Whole Story NZ, a Social Enterprise using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for inspiring, facilitiating ...

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May 18, 2022 39 min

Today we are speaking to Becks Tosswill, who is based in the Wairarapa with her three children and husband Richard. 

She is the founder and owner of Farmers Daughter Design Studio, which is based on the 650-hectare Wairarapa hill country farm that she and her husband own. Their farm is known for its innovation, having won the Supreme Award at the Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards and the 2021 Wairarapa Sheep & ...

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May 11, 2022 38 min

Today we are speaking to Kiri Elworthy, who is based in Martinborough with her husband James. Kiri and her husband own and run Tora Coastal Walk, a three-day, fully catered walk and two 650ha farms, which are where the Coastal Walk is based. 

Kiri started her journey in Riversdale, eventually heading to Lincoln University. However, at the end of her first year, she got pregnant with her daughter Margot. Kiri discusses her journey so...

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May 4, 2022 36 min

Today we are speaking to Clare Bradley, CEO of AgriSea, who is based in Paeroa with her husband Tane and their three children. 

Clare started her career after studying Biology at Auckland University. She previously lived and worked for 2 years in the Amazon Rainforest, with a remote community helping them to develop enterprises that would conserve their rainforest. 

AgriSea was founded more than 20 years ago by Clare’s mother and fat...

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April 27, 2022 43 min

Today we are speaking with Jenny McDonald, currently our star National Finance Chair here at Rural Women. Jenny lives in Canterbury with her husband Mark and has three grown children, Jack, George, and Annie. 

Jenny has always been determined to forge her own career as an accountant as well as supporting her husband on the farm. She talks about the challenges of balancing this with farm life and raising a family in a new island wher...

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April 20, 2022 34 min

Today, we speak to Raewyn van Vugt who operates a dairy farming business with her husband Rob in Otago. 

Raewyn grew up on the West Coast of the South Island, as a  coal miners’ daughter in a small town called Reefton.  In 1991 she moved to Inch Clutha with her husband Rob, where their farming enterprise started. 

Raewyn has been heavily involved in her community, being a member and Treasurer of Plunket, Playcentre, PTA, and involved...

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April 13, 2022 40 min

Today we are speaking to the incredible, 'limb-it-less' Shaz Dagg. She is New Zealand's first elite para-triathlete and Parafed Manawatū's sport development adviser. 

In 2016, Shaz's left arm was crushed by a gate while she was working on a goat farm. After multiple complications, and nine surgeries, the arm was amputated above her elbow. 

Prior to her farm accident, Shaz represented New Zealand at the 2014 ITU wo...

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April 6, 2022 34 min

Today we are speaking with Maria Kuster, a rural businesswoman with a twist, who along with her partner Sean runs the incredible Pure Salt boat charter business in Tamatea/Dusky Sound. 

Originally hailing from Germany,  Maria stepped on a plane as a young woman arriving in the South Island and found that Aotearoa was where her future and heart lay. 

Since then Maria and Sean have created their business to embrace conservation, right ...

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March 30, 2022 28 min

Today Sophie Hurley joins us on the podcast, who is one half of the duo behind Honest Wolf. Sophie is based in the Turakina Valley in the North Island, where she lives with her husband Sam and son Harry.  

Sophie Sam launched Honest Wolf, a line of accessories made from wool from the family farm, in 2020. Honest Wolf’s goal is to make wool the sustainable go-to fiber in the luggage and accessories industry.

With another baby on the w...

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March 23, 2022 33 min

Today, Sarah Martelli joins us on the podcast, who amongst many other things is the incredible woman behind Strong Woman. Sarah is a mum to three young children and lives with her husband Mathew, her kids, a spoodle puppy, pet pig and chickens, on a 400 cow dairy farm in Reporoa, New Zealand.  

Life is pretty hectic with juggling kids' activities, helping on the farm, the household, and being actively involved on the PTA committ...

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March 2, 2022 22 min

Today’s guest is our 2021 Supreme Winner at the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards, Amber Forrest. Amber is based in Wairoa and provides the only full-time beauty therapy clinic with fully qualified staff in the region, a salon called Beauty Antix. 

Amber has built an award-winning business which is immersed in the diversity of its clientele and community. It provides a wide range of expert, professional treatments and provides a ca...

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February 23, 2022 27 min

Today we are very lucky to speak to Tia Potae, the winner of the inaugural Primary Industries award at the 2021 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards. Tia is based in the sunny Coromandel, but hails from Milton at the bottom of the South Island. 

The Potae name is extremely well known in shearing circles, with her grandfather’s brother George Potae winning the Golden Shears in 1969. Tia herself has been in the shearing industry all ...

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February 16, 2022 39 min

We speak with Tyler Langford, a city gal turned farmer, supermum to three boys, and one half of the YOLO team. 

YOLO (You Only Live Once) was the project that Tyler and her husband embarked on when Wayne was battling depression in 2017. 

Tyler tells us that challenges with mental health in the farming community are far more common than we think and she generously shares with us her experiences with how she managed through that partic...

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February 2, 2022 34 min

Today we speak to Olivia Caldwell, a journalist based in beautiful Central Otago. Olivia shares with us her career journey from rural life to urban and then bouncing back again to her rural roots. 

We have a really great yarn about the single life, the challenges younger women face today as the dating game changes, and Olivia's tips for having fun along the way. 

If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Face...

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January 26, 2022 44 min

Today on the podcast we talk with Loshni Manikam, originally hailing from Durban in South Africa, and now residing in sunny Southland. 

Loshni speaks to us about the courage it takes to move halfway around the world and then move cross country, with a one-year-old and a three-year-old in tow. 

Loshni discusses both the fulfilling and frustrating aspects of motherhood, as well as finding your own identity. Her passion is now bringing ...

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January 19, 2022 44 min

Ele Ludemann’s journey has been a challenging one, but her incredible resilience, coupled with her dedication to helping others in similar situations, has been nothing short of inspiring.

Ele speaks of the importance of naming and taming feelings as part of the grief cycle, strategies for everyone to help deal with grief, and shares her interesting farming journey with her husband Grant, from the “ag sag” of the eighties through to ...

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January 12, 2022 32 min

Today we’re speaking to Emily Welch, a trailblazer in women’s shearing here in New Zealand, who lives in northern Waikato with her four children and husband Sam.

Emily is a super competitive, inspiring lady who has a proven track record for success, winning the innagural women’s final at the Golden Shears and also claiming second place in the open category, the first woman to do so.

Since then, she’s built up a successful shearing bu...

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December 22, 2021 48 min

Sharron Davie-Martin is one of our board members here at Rural Women New Zealand, a community champion and along with her husband Allen, has won several excellence in farming awards over a long farming career.

 Her journey over the past 20 years is one of twists and turns, and in typical Sharron fashion, her infectious laughter and ability to tell a fantastic story, shines through amidst some very challenging times.

 As a result, Sha...

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December 15, 2021 26 min

Today we’re talking to Abbe Hoare, a woman of many talents, who is farming and snapping pics in the Manawatu.

With a lifelong passion for photography, Abbe has spent some time supporting rural women in the health space, before making the journey to farming life with her Good Keen Man.

In this podcast, we delve into the importance of backing yourself, how to create and establish an identity in a changing environment, and her amazing a...

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