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When Rural Women members heard about the devastating floods in The Solomons, they decided to do something to help.

Through raffles, donations and the sale of plants we raised $11,500 with the idea of replacing lost books for the 40 schools that were washed away or damaged in the floods.

With very helpful assistance from Graeme Morrison of Random House, we were able to purchase over $34,000 worth of suitable school reading books, all packaged into vermin and waterproof plastic boxes. Random House freighted and shipped these to The Solomons where Anna Reid of the NZ High Commission arranged the waiver of Customs Duty and liaison with the local Ministry of Education for distribution.

40 schools will each receive over 100 books in a plastic box.  We eagerly await some photos which the NZ High Commission has promised to send.

School Books for Solomon Islands 09-Dec-2014

Monday, December 08, 2014

When Rural Women members heard about the devastating floods in The Solomons, they decided to do something to help. Read More

Now's time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions! Register for the free REVEAL course being held at the Whangarei Showgrounds on 10 March 2015.


REVEAL is a one day course that will inspire and challenge you to reach your potential, designed by 2013 NEXT Businesswoman of the Year and executive director of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, Lindy Nelson.  
Lindy Nelson is being brought to Northland by Rural Women New Zealand at the instigation of Dargaville member and CEO of the Kaipara Community Health Trust, Debbie Evans. 

Debbie says, “In 2014 I attended the Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders course in Wellington, which Lindy Nelson helped facilitate. I came away from Lindy’s presentation challenged and re-energised, thinking ‘I need to bring this fabulous woman to Northland to inspire others.’

“We have so many volunteers putting in hours of effort to enhance our communities, schools, service and sports clubs, emergency services etc, but many rural people don’t get the opportunity for facilitated personal development.”

The REVEAL course will help women recognise their unique skills and strengths, build confidence and help them reach their full potential.

“You’ll learn new tips that help recharge your batteries and receive confirmation and acknowledgement of the skills you already have and regularly use,” says Debbie.

The Whangarei REVEAL course is free to participants, thanks to funding from the Lottery Grants Board and Community Organisations Grants Scheme and is limited to 150 attendees.

Debbie urges, “Arrange a day’s annual leave, find a baby sitter, bring your mother, neighbour, sister along - everyone over the age of 16 is welcome. You don’t need to be a Rural Women® member to attend”.

Women from the Far North to Franklin Districts are encouraged to register by 28 February by emailing Kath on kargill@farmside.co.nz or phone/texting Debbie on 027 558 6272.

Details: Whangarei Showgrounds, 10 March, 10am-4pm

Northland REVEAL Leadership Programme 10 March 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Now's time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions! Register for the free REVEAL course being held at the Whangarei Showgrounds on 10 March 2015. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand is concerned for the mental well-being of farmers as they struggle with the current drought.

“However, the overriding concern for Rural Women™ is women, who are often at the sharp end when mental illness strikes,” says president Wendy McGowan. “While they are seen as carers and nurturers they are not immune to stress and depression, but are most likely to put their own mental wellbeing on hold and ‘keep calm and carry on’.”


It is well recognised that family violence spikes after an adverse event with increased reports continuing for up to two years following the event. Rural women are especially vulnerable, given their distance from neighbours, health care, child care, family, friends and services. The insidiousness of a drought when there is no end in sight further compounds the problem.


The uniqueness of the farm/home environment and joint nature of agribusiness is a further challenge if a woman wishes to leave an abusive relationship. The economic and emotional ties make it very difficult to walk away from those responsibilities.


“Women play a major role in achieving resilience in rural communities. A quiet word may be all that it takes to initiate help and support and prevent a tragedy,” says Mrs McGowan, “Rural Women™ is well placed and committed to supporting women and families in rural communities.”


Link to Drought Resource 2015 document




Drought sparks Domestic Violence and Stress Concerns - 13 Jan 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rural Women New Zealand is concerned for the mental well-being of farmers as they struggle with the current drought. Read More

Doubtless Bay members are sharing the love on Valentines Day hosting a great Community Safety Show Day at Taipa.

The day will be off to a fiery start, as the Fire Brigade sets light to their mobile kitchen and demonstrates techniques for fighting cooking fires.

There will be blood pressure and diabetes health checks - a great chance to see if you need to tweak your lifestyle or eating habits, or get further information or treatment from your doctor.

We all know mental well being is a big issue in rural, and DHB Kaitaia will be there to guide people on when you need help and where to go to get it.

Rural Women NZ members have information about one of the biggest areas of claims for ACC - hearing loss - with their Dangerous Decibels programme.

Electricity safety and power tools will be covered by Solar King and Far North ITM.

WorkSafe will have hot tips available on quad bike safety and your obligations as a quad bike user and as an employer or employee.

We haven't forgotten the little ones either - Plunket will be on hand to talk about home safety and car seats, which will also be reinforced by REAP on the road safety issue generally.

The day will end with the Coastguard demonstrating safe boat launching techniques and will go out with 'bang' and a flares display.

So come along and enjoy this wonderful programme. Bring the family.

For further information, contact Caron Little - 09 408 5805 or 021 521 140.'

Our thanks to sponsors and supporters - ITM Far North, Solar King, Plunket, Northland DHB, Dangerous Decibels, Far North REAP, WorkSafe New Zealand, Coastguard New Zealand.

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Doubtless Bay Community Safety Show Day

Monday, January 12, 2015

Doubtless Bay members are sharing the love on Valentines Day hosting a great Community Safety Show Day at Taipa. Read More

Congratulations to Cale Joy of Mulberry Grove School on Great Barrier Island who is this year’s recipient of Awana Rural Women’s $1000 Golden Jubilee Scholarship.

 

Cale was presented with the cheque in front of other Year 8 students at a special lunch at Barleyman Cottage. The three school principals, Ally Gibbs of Mulberry Grove School, Leo de Beurs of Kaitoke School, and Colin Griffiths of Okiwi School also attended, as it is the three Principals who select the recipient. Cale will be attending Mount Albert Grammar School and wants to do a mechanical or engineering qualification.

 

Cale has really earned the scholarship. As well as twice attending the Outdoor Pursuits Centre, participating in the SEA sailing programme and doing the Hunts Course with the local police, Cale has received many other school awards.

 

The members of Awana Rural Women know education is expensive and instigated the Golden Jubilee Scholarship in 2008 to help ease the burden on parents and families. "It gives members great pleasure to see our fine young people achieving in their studies, especially when they often have to cope with living away from home as well," says group president, Gendie Somerville-Ryan.

 

Great Barrier Island Scholarship

Monday, December 15, 2014

Congratulations to Cale Joy of Mulberry Grove School on Great Barrier Island who is this year’s recipient of Awana Rural Women’s $1000 Golden Jubilee Scholarship.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand says the recent accident in Canterbury, when a teen was hit crossing the road after getting off a school bus, may have been avoided if the bus had been fitted with flashing 20K signs.

 


Rural Women New Zealand took part in a trial of new LED signs in Ashburton last year, which included a public education and police enforcement campaign. The trial proved very successful in slowing drivers and Rural Women New Zealand hopes that the signs will be approved for general use on school buses in 2015.

"Rural Women NZ has been advocating for years for public awareness and driver education around school bus safety, especially the 20K speed limit in either direction. Using technology to get the message across to drivers has been a big part of our campaign."

The ‘Either Way It’s 20K’ Ashburton trial saw a marked drop in speeds when the flashing 20K signs were operating.

“The flashing lights and illuminated signs are visible for a considerable distance, alerting drivers to slow down
especially in a 100kph zone.

"Every day motorists speed past school buses, putting children's lives at risk on rural roads and non-urban State highways," Mrs McGowan says.  

The NZ Transport Agency agrees the results of the Ashburton trial are promising, provided they are widely and consistently used on entire school bus fleets, and supported by active and widespread community engagement and publicity.

The Transport Agency is in discussions with the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Education and Police on the possibility of wider use of the signs from next year.

In the meantime, Rural Women New Zealand urges drivers to be more vigilant and slow down to 20kp/h when passing a school bus in either direction.

"Children of all ages can be unpredictable. It only takes a moment of inattention for a child to dart across a road without looking or misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle.”

Since 1987 23 children have been killed in New Zealand when crossing the road to or from school buses. At least 47 more have been seriously injured.

20K signs without delay call 15-Dec-2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rural Women New Zealand says the recent accident in Canterbury, when a teen was hit crossing the road after getting off a school bus, may have been avoided if the bus had been fitted with flashing 20K signs. Read More

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