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Young Businesswoman To Watch Sarah Tredray with Ella Hayes, Raine McStabby and Nicole Lively. PHOTO/JASON IRELAND

Training Ventures owner Jeanette Hall won the Wairarapa Times-Age Remarkable Woman in Business Award, the supreme winner of this year’s inaugural Awards.

Hall has had a huge impact on the Wairarapa business community in the past 21 years, mentoring hundreds of small business owners from a diverse range of enterprises across the region.

Funded by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, with no cost to business owners, her courses have helped to ensure Wairarapa’s businesses thrive.

The judges were particularly impressed with the selfless way in which Hall supports her students, both past and present.

Many of the women who attended the awards evening have benefited from Hall’s wisdom and expertise, something she continues to share long after her mentees complete their courses.

“It’s such an honour. What a wonderful place Wairarapa is, I loved hearing all the stories of the heroic women in the room. I’m in awe.” Hall said.

“Congratulations to all the nominees. I can hardly believe how powerful the room of women was. Inspiration enough to last for a while yet.

“Thank you to all my students past and present for letting me share your business journey. What a privilege.”

The Saturday night event was the finale of the two-day celebration of Wairarapa’s women in business.

The Trade Hall at the Solway Showgrounds was transformed from a bustling expo showcasing more than 35 businesses to a glittering awards venue for 150 guests.

“Thanks to the vision of Catherine Rossiter-Stead from SPLASH, the Trade Hall looked absolutely amazing,” Wairarapa Women in Business founder Nikki King said.

“You wouldn’t believe that four and half hours before it was full of display stands and trade stalls,

“The dinner was such a fabulous excuse for the Wairarapa community to hear the incredible stories from all the women in the room. All the nominees and winners – you are all remarkable.

“Thank you to everyone who showed their wares at the expo, came to the expo, did a talk, came to a talk, and showed up for the dinner.”

Special guest at the dinner was inspirational MP for Mana, Barb Edmonds, who made a special trip over the hill to join in the evening and answer questions from Master of Ceremonies, Lucy Cooper, who quizzed her about her extraordinary journey to Parliament while bringing up eight children.

King and the rest of the Remarkable Women in Business team would like to thank the event’s supporters Solway Showgrounds, Masterton District Council, Wairarapa Times-Age, More FM, Lamb Peters Print, Johner Wine, Crescendo Cuisine, Harcourts Hamill Realty, Happy Belly Ferments, Wingate Lane, Fuzz Box Designs and SPLASH.

Remarkable Women in Business Awards

Winners for 2021

Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Anna Nielsen

Innovation: Sara Orsborn

Contribution to Wairarapa’s Community: Karen Williams

Exceptional Marketing: Jo Kempton

Contribution to Conservation and Environmental Protection: Joanna Hehir

Young Businesswoman to Watch: Sarah Tredray

Masterton District Council Outstanding Wisdom and Guidance: Toni Kennerley

Promotion of Tikanga Maori: Amber Craig

More FM Remarkable Inspiration: Jeanette Hall

Wairarapa Times-Age Remarkable Woman in Business: Jeanette Hall

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