A company that has pioneered the use of seaweed products has won the supreme award in this year's NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards.
The annual awards celebrate and showcase entrepreneurship and innovation by rural women.
At a function in the Banquet Hall at Parliament, AgriSea Business Development Manager Clare Bradley accepted the supreme award for the Paeroa-based family business.
AgriSea specialises in the manufacture of macro-algae concentrates and bioactive extractions to add high-value nutrition for soil, plant, animal and human health.
It supplies to all sectors including horticulture, agriculture, apiculture, viticulture and dairy sectors both domestically and to the export market.
"We are often caught up in keeping our heads down, working hard to achieve our goals in our businesses, communities and families," said Bradley.
"The NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards are an opportunity for both me personally, and our whanau at AgriSea, to take a breather and celebrate where we've come from."
Rural Women New Zealand National President Fiona Gower said the AgriSea's business model and products were epitomised in Bradley's passion, expertise and commitment to her family's business.
"The Paeroa-based company's impressive investment in research, development and innovation is a showcase of a successful, intergenerational, rural agri-business," she said.
Seven category winners were announced earlier this year.