By Maureen Bishop
Ngaire Brown has been attending meetings of Rural Women NZ and its predecessors for 46 years.
She has taken a full role in the organisation, spending years as a secretary and president, and 10 years as chairman of its charitable fund committee in Canterbury, a position she still holds.
Her service was recognised on Friday with the presentation of a service award by the national body.
The award was made at the 85th anniversary of the formation of the Mid Canterbury Provincial – the grouping of all the branches in the district.
Tributes to Mrs Brown’s work and support of the organisation were given by current provincial president, Kerry Smith-Maw, and past presidents Bev Bagrie and Sandra Curd.
Mrs Brown joined the Winchmore branch of Women’s Division Federated Farmers on January 1, 1971 and remains a member of the branch.
She has served as secretary and president of the branch and the Mid Canterbury Provincial and is a life member of both.