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Mary McTavish, our national councillor for Bay of Plenty Coromandel, recently presented a cheque for $2000 to Te Ranga school – the first of 10 gardening grants being given to rural schools this year with funds raised from the Farmlands Ladies Nights.

Acting Principal, Janet Blaauw, said, "I would just like to say a HUGE thank you for the gardening grant that our school received from Rural Women NZ. You all do a fabulous job of helping out rural areas!"

Mary told the pupils at a special assembly,  "I am most impressed with what you have already achieved in your school garden.  Clearly there are some expert gardeners among you and I'm very pleased Te Ranga School won this year as you are already demonstrating your keen interest in growing and harvesting your produce.”

The school will purchase new irrigation equipment and gardening tools with its grant.

The gardens will also get a boost thanks to sponsorship from Agrisea, which is contributing a generous quantity of their organic fertiliser product to the winning schools.

There's a real focus in schools on children learning the value of eating fresh food and understanding where it comes from, and we're very pleased to be able to support this, especially as we celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming.

This is the fourth time Rural Women NZ and Farmlands have worked together to distribute the proceeds from the popular Farmlands Ladies Nights.

Other successful schools this year were Swannanoa, Waitahuna, Waihao Downs, Hororata, Mangamuka, Te Ranga, Kimbolton, Ahititi, Tahuna and Papanui, chosen from 58 applicants.

Projects lined up range from building a tunnel house to constructing a hen pen, buying equipment such as rakes, spades, seeds and plants, and building a permaculture edible food forest.

Farmlands' Events and Sponsorship Manager, Helen Shrewsbury says the company is proud to continue its support of Rural Women New Zealand and the rural school garden grants. 

“As a rural co-operative, it just makes sense for us to support the schools that make up the hubs of the rural communities we service.”



Rural Women NZ's letter box sticker competition is helping show our support for violence-free families.

The competition is being run in partnership with the national It’s Not OK Campaign.

People can show they support violence-free families by posting a sticker on their letter box encouraging us all to make our communities safer. 

Then enter our competition by sending in a photo of your letter box with the sticker on it, just like the one sent in here by one of member Wendy Knight.

Did you know ...

In New Zealand 39% of women in rural areas and 33% in urban areas will experience physical or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime
Half of all murders and 58% of violent crime in New Zealand is family violence
Police are called to a family violence incident every six minutes but estimate only 20% of incidents are ever reported.

Family violence can be hard to detect in rural communities where houses are far apart and victims can be more easily isolated from family and friends than in built up areas.

“It can be easy to say ‘It’s not my business’ if we are worried that violence might be happening to someone we know.  But family violence is a crime and should be reported,” says national president, Wendy McGowan.

“As members of Rural Women NZ we can take leadership on this issue.  We can use our profile in our communities to bring this serious social issue out into the open.”

“Friends and family are usually the first people to see the signs of violence in the home and we encourage people to offer help – safely – if they are concerned.

“We say it’s better to be wrong than sorry, so act on your gut instinct.  We don’t recommend intervening in a violent situation, but do recommend asking for help or advice or reaching out at a quiet time.”

Violence is not just physical, it’s psychological, sexual, financial and emotional. Below are some signs that violence is happening in a family relationship.

A victim may be:

fearful, nervous
isolated, doesn't want you coming round
worried about their partner's reaction

A child may be:

fearful
silent and withdrawn
aggressive
unusually well behaved

A perpetrator may be:

controlling their partner and children
making all the decisions
jealous and possessive
controlling finance

The It’s not OK website has more information for family and friends.

The Rural Women NZ letterbox sticker and awareness campaign will run throughout 2014. Contact national office if you'd like a supply of stickers for your community.

Rural Women New Zealand members did a brilliant job last year organising a wide range of activities for Adult Learners' Week.


ACE Aotearoa offers funding for groups supporting this initiative. Applications are now open for 2014.


If you have a learning day in mine you'd like to run in September 2014, please note the applications for funding from ACE Aotearoa close on 30 May. You will be notified of the outcome by 8 June.


This year, grants of $300 are available for one-off events (cooking night or computer learning), or $750 for a full programme of events (taster courses, expo, whanau fun day).


If you have something that fits in with these, you should submit an application. If not, plan away for a fun-filled night where everyone leaves with a new skill.


You could have an I.T made easy night, a cheese making demo, or take a cue from our International Year of Family Farming events and recreate it for your area. You could even look at an MH101 course to help support our Laughter is the Best Medicine campaign.


Adult Learners' Week/ He Tangata Matauranga, runs from 8-14 September 2014 and events should be held within this week, or very close to it. 


For the funding application, visit the ACE Aotearoa website, or contact Mary Gavigan, 04 971 4416.

Adult Learners' Week applications open

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rural Women New Zealand members did a brilliant job last year organising a wide range of activities for Adult Learners' Week. Read More

Doubtless Bay Branch has undertaken a fantastic project helping Peria School in 2014 to help achieve its vision of expanding its sustainable culture to generating its own electricity. This will hopefully free up funds to expand its curriculum to include more science equipment, formal music and art tuition, and heating its pool so it can be used by the whole community year round.

 

On Monday, 23rd June, Peria School in the far north became the very first North Island school to be solar powered. The switch on was officiated by Dr Russell Norman who was most impressed by the communities can-do attitude that facilitated this achievement without government assistance. 

 

Featured in the photo above are Doubtless Bay Branch members Joan Petherick, Pat Shephard, Lois Garton and Gail Garton with Dr. Russell Norman. Featured below right is Dr. Russell Norman addressing the students, staff and guests at the 1872 Peria school with the new solar panels.

 

You can read more on the project from the NZ Herald here.

Doubtless Bay local project 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Doubtless Bay Branch has undertaken a fantastic project helping Peria School in 2014 to help achieve its vision of expanding its sustainable culture to generating its own electricity. This will hopefully free up funds to expand its curriculum to include more science equipment, formal music and art tuition, and heating its pool so it can be used by the whole community year round. Read More

Applications are now open for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship 2014.


“This $3000 scholarship will be awarded to a health professional to help further his or her studies,” says Rural Women New Zealand National President, Wendy McGowan.


We encourage health professionals, especially those studying at a post-graduate level, to apply before the closing date of 1 July.


“Given our rural focus, we are particularly keen to support someone who has an interest in providing health or disability services in rural communities.”


Last year the scholarship went to Otago paramedic, Annabel Taylor, who has furthered her studies with a postgraduate diploma in specialty care.


Click here for more information and applications forms

Rural Women/Access Homehealth Scholarship open

Monday, April 28, 2014

Applications are now open for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship 2014. Read More

With the calving season upon us, we thought this lovely recipe for Cowshed Buns from Lorna Bayly at our Stratford Branch, was a perfect one to share.

 

You might just need another quick and easy recipe to whip up over the weekend! You can find more recipes like this in our new book, A Good Baking Day.

 

Cowshed Buns

Ingredients

250 g butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 dssp golden syrup

2 eggs

1 cup sultanas

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 170 C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Mix all ingredients well and place spoonfuls onto the baking tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

 

*photo is from recipe on baby world uk

Cowshed Buns

Friday, July 04, 2014

With the calving season upon us, we thought this lovely recipe for Cowshed Buns from Lorna Bayly at our Stratford Branch, was a perfect one to share.  Read More