Fi­nal­ist was in good com­pany

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ABBY BROWN

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.

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