This prestigious award recognises and honours people or groups who have made major contributions to the agricultural sector by communicating relevant and important information to the sector or about the sector. Those nominated do not have to be Guild members (though people nominating them must be), but they must be someone who has done an excellent job communicating with or to the rural sector, or on behalf of the rural sector.
Ravensdown chief executive, Greg Campbell, says, “New Zealand’s primary industry is made up of a diverse bunch of sectors, from scientists to teachers to farmers and everything in-between, all working towards a common goal of being the world’s best and most sustainable producer of food. There are significant challenges and innovations that these people deal with and those stories and learnings need to be told. That’s why Ravensdown wants to champion those talented communicators who do just that.”
Regarded as the premier award for agricultural communicators, this is the thirty-first year an industry champion has been honoured. Ravensdown is proud to be the newly-signed primary sponsor, and provides a $2,500 cash prize, which is presented alongside the large greenstone trophy (pictured above right) at an awards dinner in Hamilton in mid-June.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators who run the awards on making sure every part of the primary sector is acknowledged and honoured," says Campbell.
The 2017 Ravensdown Communicator of the Year was announced on 14 June 2017 in Hamilton as Zespri chief executive Lain Jager. Read more ...
Previous winners have included journalists and newspapers, authors, television producers, lobbyists, vets, consultants, information analysts ... the list goes on. See the Roll of Honour.
Applications for the 2018 award will open in April/May 2018.