Susan Murray is top agricultural communicator for 2019

Susan Murray, Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year
A treasured rural voice on New Zealand radio, Susan Murray.

Long-time Radio NZ Country Life presenter, Susan Murray, is this year’s Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year.  This was announced at a dinner in Hamilton last night, when she was presented with a trophy and a cash prize.

This is the thirty-third year the Agricultural Communicator of the Year title has been awarded, by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators, and is the third year of involvement by sponsor Ravensdown.  This year six people from around the country and across a wide sector of agriculture and agribusiness were nominated and the decision was reached by a panel of 10 judges from around the country.

This year is, Murray thinks, the thirty-first time she has covered National Fieldays and it will be her last.  She recently resigned from Radio New Zealand, and she is looking forward to spending more time with her Mt Maunganui-based husband (a senior manager at Zespri).  And she wants to be able to give time to their orchard and keeping her large garden under control.

However, she hopes to be able to go back and do the odd news/rural shift if ever they need it, but for now she really wants a break.

Susan is a life member of the New Zealand Guild, was secretary/treasurer for about ten years, has won many national journalism awards, and won the IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcast Journalism, an international award, several years ago.  She was part of the planning team for the successful 2015 World Congress of international agricultural journalists, hosted by the NZ Guild held in Hamilton.

The Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year award is administered by the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators, and recognises excellence in communicating agricultural issues, events or information. Guild president Elaine Fisher said the Guild is delighted to partner with Ravensdown in offering this long-standing award, which recognises excellence in communicating agricultural issues events or information.

Elaine congratulated Murray who she said was a clear winner ahead of a very strong nomination field.

Regarded as the premier award for agricultural communicators, the Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year is also the most valuable prize the Guild offers. Ravensdown provides a prize of $2,500 for the winner, part of a sponsorship package of nearly $6,000 for the Guild. The additional funding assists with administration costs for the award, including the awards dinner in Hamilton.

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