Finalist was in good company
Helen Slattery was honoured to be nominated in the rural section of the New Zealand Women of Influence 2015.
She knew many of her fellow nominees, including the winner Katie Milne who is a national board member of Federated Farmers, at the ceremony.
She was also impressed by nominee Brownwyn Muir, who runs on-farm health and safety courses, and Michelle Thompson who is the chief executive of Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ.
‘‘It was amazing to be nominated among all these amazing woman who do so much in their community,’’ she said.
Slattery said she thought she was nominated because of her involvement as zonal representative of the Rural Contractors New Zealand national board, which attends the Federated Farmers’ national committee meetings.
She also thought she might have been nominated because of Slattery Contracting’s involvement in the Plasback scheme where the Matamata company picks up used silage wraps from farms and sends them off to be recycled.
‘‘We were first or second in the area to get involved when it started, which we are very proud of.’’
Slattery is the director and office manager of Slattery Contracting.
Helen Slattery, pictured with her husband Roger.