Woman in a man’s world writes book


Women in the work­place have come a long way in the past 50 years. Just ask Queen­stown woman Dawn An­drews.

An­drews was born and bred in Gore and has pub­lished a book, ‘From High­ways to the High Coun­try’, out­lin­ing the chal­lenges of a work­ing woman in the ru­ral sec­tor.

‘‘It’s a book that I’ve thought about writ­ing for a long time,’’ she said.

The book is an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, spurred on by An­drews’ pas­sion to make sure his­tory was be­ing well doc­u­mented, and pro­vide some­thing for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to look back on.

With ghost writer Deb­o­rah Wal­ton-Derry, she has out­lined the var­i­ous jobs she has had, from work­ing in the fash­ion in­dus­try to tak­ing on a truck­ing busi­ness with her late hus­band, Fred.

In the mid-60s, she and Fred bought Waikaia Trans­port, and later ac­quired an­other trans­port busi­ness, based out of Rivers­dale. Along with the pur­chase of a cou­ple of farms, in­clud­ing Ar­gyle Sta­tion in North­ern South­land, An­drews had her hands full.

In a tragic ac­ci­dent, Fred was killed in 1981 when a truck rolled back­wards, crush­ing him.

As a gov­ern­ing di­rec­tor for the truck­ing com­pany, it was hard at times for men to take her se­ri­ously.

‘‘Men don’t al­ways ac­cept that. Every­thing had to be re­ported through me.’’

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