My husband and I had a wonderful time at the 2015 Flybuys Mumtrepreneur Award Ceremony held in Wellington on the 22nd July.
138 entries were received for the 2015 competition. The judges whittled this number down to 20 finalists over seven business categories. This in itself made attending a very humbling experience. I’m very proud to announce that the NZ Independent Book Festival won the BEST CREATIVE BUSINESS category. I believe this win shows public acknowledgment for Kiwi authors, their books, writers and of course New Zealand stories in this changing publishing climate.
It was a great opportunity to chat with other mums all striving to make a difference in New Zealand. One lady I found particularly inspirational was Heather Laanbroek who runs a not-for-profit organisation called BARK NZ (Building Awareness aRound K9’s). Their objective is to promote safe and happy dog experiences for pre-school and school age children through education. Their aim is to reduce the national ACC dog bite statistics in children 12 years and under. It was a real pleasure meeting Heather. To find out more about Heather and to donate to BARK NZ go to their website: http://bark.org.nz/ I have a puppy myself and a very young neighbour who is absolutely terrified of dogs. There is a real need to educate the public and owners of dogs to reduce the angst on both sides.
Kerre McIvor, the ceremony’s MC, read out a small piece about why the judges selected each finalist. It was once this part of the ceremony was finished that the real chatter began. I was thrilled by the number of people who came up to me to say they were readers, writers and book lovers and did I know this New Zealand writer or Kiwi written book. Judi Billcliff of Rainbow Poetry, Dee Pigneguy of Feed me Right and Julia Marshall of Gecko Press were all mentioned and I was proud to say I know them all personally.
Just being selected to participate gave me the heart-warming feeling that reading and writing in New Zealand are the real winners.