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Wendy McGowan RWNZ National President and Penelope England Chief Executive Officer attended a Patronage Reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae at Government House on 7 July 2016.

Below are excerpts from Lady Janine Mateparae's speech at the Patronage Reception:

"Jerry and I chose organisations we had an interest in, and those we thought were meaningful to New Zealanders. In my case, I have an interest in health and well-being, which I wanted to reflect in my patronages. I also wanted to continue the relationships forged by my predecessors. I’m happy that I was able to find a good balance between them.

As Patron, I have appreciated the insights I have gained about your operations and your people. I have enjoyed opportunities to attend your events, your meetings or to host you here at Government House. It hasn’t been possible to attend everything I’ve been invited to. In those instances, I’ve really appreciated the updates you’ve sent me.

I’ve also appreciated the support you and your organisations have given to me, particularly early on in our term. Your kindness was most welcoming and encouraging.

One of the things that’s impressed me most is the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers who support your organisations. It’s the people I’ve met who have made being a Patron special for me.

Rural Women New Zealand’s annual reports were a yearly highlight, and kept me up to date with what was happening. On my first event with them I was horrified to learn that I was on the same speaking card as the Prime Minister – no pressure!

Once again, thank you all for your contribution, your service and the work you do. The opportunity to be part of your world over the last five years has been important for me in contributing to Jerry’s and my community leadership role. I wish you, your people and your organisations all the best in your future endeavours."

Sir Jerry Mataparae and Lady Janine have now finished their term at Government House, we wish to thank Lady Janine for her patronage.


Patronage Reception at Government House

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wendy McGowan RWNZ National President and Penelope England Chief Executive Officer attended a Patronage Reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae at Government House on 7 July 2016.  Read More

From November 1st, New Zealand Post is making changes to rural deliveries in some regions.

Changes to the Deed of Understanding with the Government in 2013 allowed New Zealand Post to move to five day delivery in rural areas. From 1 November, more delivery runs will move from six to five days a week. Currently about 15% of rural customers are on five day delivery and this will increase to about 25%.

“We’ve been able to maintain a six day service for three quarters of our rural customers nationwide, but in some places, we don’t have enough items coming through the network for a six day service to be sustainable,” says Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Service Delivery.

“We’ll be notifying rural delivery customers affected by this change in the next few weeks,” says Mark Stewart. “They’ll continue to be able to send and receive parcels and letters Monday to Friday.”

“We’re working hard to give our rural customers the best possible service at the same time as maintaining a commercially sound rural delivery network,” says Mark Stewart.

“With the growth in online shopping, we’re also improving sending, delivering and tracking options for our rural customers,” says Mark Stewart. “The majority of rural contractors are now equipped with scanners, providing customers with better tracking information and the convenience of being able to know when parcels will arrive.”

New Zealand Post is in the process of talking to its rural contractors about the changes. The runs affected are mainly in Southland and Otago as well as parts of Tasman, Nelson, the West Coast, North Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.




NZ Post announce changes to rural deliveries

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

From November 1st, New Zealand Post is making changes to rural deliveries in some regions. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand would like to remind members and the rural community that there are agencies such as the Rural Support Trust, whose representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance.

The Rural Support Trust organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services. Farmers also have access to IRD flexibility for tax payments during the drought.

“We encourage our members to be there for each other, please keep a close eye on your neighbours, as together we can cope with adverse weather conditions and unpredictable markets,” says Wendy McGowan, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

Support can be accessed through agencies such as

 The Rural Support Trust http://www.rural-support.org.nz Ph: 0800 787 254.

DairyNZ: Sharemilkers support http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/tactics/support-for-sharemilkers/

Federated Farmers http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 327 646 or drought feedline 0800 376 844.

Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer http://www.resilientfarmer.co.nz/

Farmstrong http://www.farmstrong.co.nz

If you just want to talk, or know someone who is at risk, there are a range of support options available, including counselling services:

 Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling

Youthline: 0800 376 633 or free text 234 - Provides 24 hour telephone and text counselling services for young people

Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling.

It's Not OK 0800 456 450 provide advice and information to stop violence in your family or assist a person experiencing family violence.

Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.

Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (noon to 11pm)

Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (4pm - 6pm weekdays)

The Lowdown: thelowdown.co.nz - website for young people ages 12 to 19.

National Depression Initiative - depression.org.nz (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service

For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .

If it is an emergency or you feel you or someone you know is at risk, please call 111.

Rural community support services

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand would like to remind members and the rural community that there are agencies such as the Rural Support Trust, whose representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance. Read More

Six rural businesses are competing to win one of three categories this year and the supreme award. Each category winner receives $1,000 in prize money and a trophy, with a further $1,000 being awarded to the supreme winner who is judged as an outstanding rural businesswomen.

Barbara Faulls: Smiths Farm Holiday Camp, Picton
Smiths Farm in proud to offer a quality holiday with space, peace and the clean country air and has been rated as 4+STAR and Enviro Silver by Qualmark. Situated on a working beef farm, the park is a base from which to relax, explore the Marlborough Sounds.

Bernadette Jackson: LaValla Estate, Tuakau
A function and event centre with accommodation and a theatre. The venue recently hosted the Fieldays Bachelor Breakfast with Rural Women New Zealand. The key deliverables for the venue are rest, feast, play and focus.

Marian Hirst: Bay Blueberries, Hastings
Passionate about producing quality apples and blueberries in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Recipient of the 2016 Balance Farm Environmental Supreme Award for the East Coast Region.

Monique Neeson and Lyn Neeson: Shear Warmth, Taumarunui
Shear Warmth produce top quality wool blankets, made in New Zealand and can be traced back to wool grown on the family farm. The sheep and beef farm Awarima recently featured on Country Calendar.

Helen Slattery: Slattery Contracting Limited, Matamata
The Slattery Family has been involved in Ag Contracting since the mid 1950’s, starting hay making and cultivating land. The business has grown from harvesting conventional hay bales, ploughing and undersowing to a wide range of services.

Amy Dibley: Physio Direct, Rotorua
Amy started Physio Direct when she realised that many small rural areas do not have adequate physiotherapy services. Amy grew up on a dairy farm in Ngongotaha on the outskirts of Rotorua. She understands the physical demands of a rural life and believes everyone should have the right to health services which is why she offers physiotherapy to small communities.

The winners will be announced at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony on Saturday 12 November in Wellington. 





Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Each year classrooms teach health to children throughout New Zealand. This year they expect to teach more than 260,000 children from 1,500 schools.

In rural areas approximately 80% of children aged 6-13 years will participate in lessons with Harold the Giraffe this year, learning about what it means to be a good friend, how to have a healthy diet and how to keep themselves safe, to name just a few topics.

“We’re absolutely thrilled Rural Women New Zealand have chosen to support Life Education Trust as their national project this year. Rural Women New Zealand have been an important part of our history, spanning back 28 years, and the challenges for children growing up today are certainly no less than in 1988,” says John O’Connell, Chief Executive of Life Education Trust (NZ).

“We’re really looking forward to working together with Rural Women New Zealand and getting out to meet as many of you as possible, working together in partnership for the children of New Zealand.”


Rural Women New Zealand request all branches and groups fundraise for the Life Education Trust and send their monies to National Office of Rural Women New Zealand. The total raised will be given to Life Education Trust to share among their community trusts around New Zealand. 

National Project: Life Education Trust

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Each year classrooms teach health to children throughout New Zealand. This year they expect to teach more than 260,000 children from 1,500 schools. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand Conference competitions are open.  

ACWW Cora Wilding Competition: An English Rose

An English Rose - must be red, using any medium, for example felted, knitted, icing, ceramic, painting, or on something like a cushion, wall hanger etc. Can make a bud leaves to go with it.

To be sold at Conference by silent auction for Pennies for Friendship.


Wool Competition:

Four pictorial Peggy Squares. Can be knitted or crocheted 40 stitches and 80 rows of garter stitch. Double knitting wool on number 8 or 4mm knitting needles. Square to be 20cm.

Either 4 individual then stitched together as a block, or knitted or crocheted all four at once to make a block.


Marlborough Short Story and Olive Burdekin advanced writers:

Must start with “It all began when….” You can use your own topic and title 1000-1500 words for Marlborough Short Story and 1500- 2000 for Olive Burdekin. Please send your stories to Helen Godsiff Ferndale, RD2 Picton 7372 by the 31st August 2016.


Val Tarrant Bell open to all entrants.

Tutaenui Bell for first time participants.

Topic is “I may be gone for some time….” Time is 3-5 minutes.


Lady Blundell Trophy:

This year the award will be presented for a branch project.

What type of projects are eligible?

  • Your project may be a one-day event, or a project or ongoing activity that is in addition to your usual RWNZ branch/group activities.
  • The project must have taken place during the past two years.
  • Examples include: doing social work in the community, making district improvements, running seminars or promotional events for Rural Women New Zealand, for instance.

How does our branch enter?

  • A description of the project must be clearly handwritten or typed.
  • Display and other supporting material such as photos, presentations or press clippings may be submitted.
  • Please include the number of members in your branch/group.
  • Entries should be posted to: “Lady Blundell Competition” Rural Women New Zealand,  PO Box 12-021 Thorndon, Wellington
  • Entries must be sent to National Office by Friday 7 October 2016. Entries will be returned to the branch after judging.





Conference competitions 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand Conference competitions are open.   Read More


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