34 episodes

Welcome to the Black Heels and Tractor Wheels Podcast where we are sharing stories from a range of women around New Zealand. Our hosts, Emma and Claire join a whole raft of incredible New Zealand women to discuss topics ranging from starting your own business, navigating career and university changes, building confidence, and getting back to work with young children. If you enjoyed this podcast, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook and website, or even become a member! www.ruralwomennz.nz

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    • Business

Welcome to the Black Heels and Tractor Wheels Podcast where we are sharing stories from a range of women around New Zealand. Our hosts, Emma and Claire join a whole raft of incredible New Zealand women to discuss topics ranging from starting your own business, navigating career and university changes, building confidence, and getting back to work with young children. If you enjoyed this podcast, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook and website, or even become a member! www.ruralwomennz.nz

    Meredith Carpenter

    Meredith Carpenter

    Black Heels and Tractor Wheels is back! Season 4 is kicking off with a bang, with the first episode featuring the lovely Meredith Carpenter. 


    Meredith is behind Ruanui Station products, which are 100% New Zealand made from start to finish. The sheep are farmed and shorn at Ruanui Station near Taihape, just as they have been for three generations, which are then woven into luxuriously soft blankets.


    Meredith has a great chat with us about her isolated upbringing in Taihape, her experience starting her own business and her top tips for anyone else who may be thinking of doing the same thing!

    • 20 min
    Best Bits

    Best Bits

    Today Claire and Emma take a look back at Season 3 and talk about some of their favourite themes that have popped up over throughout each episode. 

    Thank you to everyone who has tuned in over the past couple of months! Season 4 will be kicking off in two weeks, so stay tuned for more incredible rural stories! 


    If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! 

    www.ruralwomennz.nz  

    • 11 min
    Becks Smith

    Becks Smith

    Today we are speaking to Becks Smith, who is based in Ranfurly with her husband and children. Becks is an extremely busy woman, working as a vet, running a social enterprise, farming on a 700ha Sheep, Beef and Deer property, and raising children.

    Becks is the founder of the Whole Story NZ, a Social Enterprise using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for inspiring, facilitiating and articulating conscious, holistic sustainability on farms. 

    We talk to Becks about the Whole Story, her passions, and her experience being a Zanda McDonald Award Finalist (and her love of a bit of drum and bass). 


    If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! 

    www.ruralwomennz.nz 

    • 31 min
    Becks Tosswill

    Becks Tosswill

    Today we are speaking to Becks Tosswill, who is based in the Wairarapa with her three children and husband Richard. 

    She is the founder and owner of Farmers Daughter Design Studio, which is based on the 650-hectare Wairarapa hill country farm that she and her husband own. Their farm is known for its innovation, having won the Supreme Award at the Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards and the 2021 Wairarapa Sheep & Beef Farm Business of the Year. 

    Becks talks to us about following your passions, what makes a good brand, the journey of starting your own business and how Richard and Becks have incorporated innovation into their farming.  

    If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! 

    www.ruralwomennz.nz 

    • 39 min
    Kiri Elworthy

    Kiri Elworthy

    Today we are speaking to Kiri Elworthy, who is based in Martinborough with her husband James. Kiri and her husband own and run Tora Coastal Walk, a three-day, fully catered walk and two 650ha farms, which are where the Coastal Walk is based. 

    Kiri started her journey in Riversdale, eventually heading to Lincoln University. However, at the end of her first year, she got pregnant with her daughter Margot. Kiri discusses her journey so candidly and honestly, discussing her experiences flatting and studying whilst being a single mother, taking over a family business and the conservation efforts herself and James implement on their farm. 

    If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! 

    www.ruralwomennz.nz 

    • 38 min
    Clare Bradley

    Clare Bradley

    Today we are speaking to Clare Bradley, CEO of AgriSea, who is based in Paeroa with her husband Tane and their three children. 

    Clare started her career after studying Biology at Auckland University. She previously lived and worked for 2 years in the Amazon Rainforest, with a remote community helping them to develop enterprises that would conserve their rainforest. 

    AgriSea was founded more than 20 years ago by Clare’s mother and father-in-law. The company produces seaweed-based concentrates used in the agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, and apiculture sectors.

    If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! 

    www.ruralwomennz.nz 

    • 36 min

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