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Rural Women New Zealand members are proactive when it comes to farm safety, especially regarding quad bike safety. For us it goes much further than wearing helmets.

If the quad bike is not maintained to a safe standard, the risk of injury or worse is increased, no matter how much training someone has had and that they are wearing the correct protective equipment.

It is the responsibility of all involved in the business to ensure that a quad or any machinery is safe to use. Before use, do a quick walk around a machine for a basic check of your quad, car, bike or tractor. This action could prevent an incident and save a lifetime of pain and suffering for the rider, their family and community.

For quads there is a useful check system TCLOC, which should be done regularly, preferably daily:

T Tyres, wheels, wheel nuts:

  • -Are tyres at the correct pressure? Find out the correct pressure.
  • -Do the tyres have sufficient tread? Are they damaged?
  • -Are rims in good condition?
  • -Are wheel nuts tightened correctly?

C Controls:

  • -Do all control levers work e.g. 4WD/2WD, foot brakes and hand brakes?
  • -Do you know what all controls do and how to use them?

L Lights and electrics:

  • -Are all lights and electrics in working order?
  • -Do all the switches do what they are supposed to?
  • -Where are the battery and fuses on the machine?

O Oils and liquids:

  • -Check oil, brake fluid, fuel levels in the machine.
  • -Do you know how to check these? Is there sufficient fuel in the tank?

C Chassis and suspension:

  • -Check the chassis condition - no rust or damaged framework.
  • -Check for suspicious leaks.
  • -Wash the machine regularly so dirt and muck does not build up covering faults.
  • -Do you understand how the suspension system in the machine works?

After a service it’s advisable to check that all work needed has been done. Provide a check list of your requirements to ensure the work is complete if necessary.

Simple checks and maintenance ensure machinery runs more safely and efficiently and helps prevent accident and injury

For more tips see: WorkSafe New Zealand’s quad bike safety information.


For further details please contact:

Fiona Gower

Vice President

Rural Women New Zealand

Ph: 027 428 3884

Email: Fiona.Gower@ruralwomen.org.nz

Quad bike safety

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand members are proactive when it comes to farm safety, especially regarding quad bike safety. For us it goes much further than wearing helmets. Read More

Nomination forms have been posted to the branches. The forms have been emailed to members with email addresses and will soon be available in the member’s section of the website. The forms in the booklet may be copied or torn out and posted back to National Office.

Along with the forms, the following documents have been posted and emailed to branches and are in the members’ section of the website:

- The Area Committee and Leadership Council Terms of Reference

- Statement of Finance and Independent Review

- By-laws and Policy.

The following time frame is applicable:

After May - meeting Call for Nominations

1 August - Nominations close

September - Voting papers prepared

15 September - Voting Papers out

31 October - Voting closes.


Are you passionate about growing rural communities? Improving the lives of women?

Would you like to be involved in setting the future direction of Rural Women New Zealand? This is a valuable opportunity for you to contribute to our goal of building and supporting people in our rural communities.

We are looking for people who have some of the following skills and experience:

  • Strategic expertise: the ability to guide and review strategy through constructive questioning and suggestion
  • Accounting and finance: the ability to read and understand the not-for-profit accounts and financial material presented to the board
  • Managing risk: experience in managing areas of risk for organisations
  • Marketing: experience in marketing and promotions
  • Cyber/digital innovation and expertise: the ability to govern our organisation to navigate successfully in the digital world
  • Legal expertise: legal experience and knowledge
  • Experience: experience in similar not-for-profit organisations, sectors or industries, such as health, education, social services and land issues
  • Common sense: the ability to find pragmatic solutions to issues, and to work constructively with your peers
  • Passion: a genuine passion for the cause.

The Board’s accountability involve:

  • Strategy: providing strategic direction for Rural Women New Zealand 
  • Governance: ensuring Rural Women New Zealand is governed robustly and has appropriate policies to comply with legal requirements 
  • Auditing and Monitoring: appointing auditors and monitoring management of Rural Women New Zealand. 

Each board member must also meet certain standards of conduct:

  • Duty of Care: aboard member must exercise ‘reasonable care’ when he or she makes a decision for Rural Women New Zealand. In this case, ‘reasonable’ is what a prudent person in a similar situation might do.
  • Duty of Integrity: a board member must never use information gained through his or her position for personal gain, but must always act in the best interests of Rural Women New Zealand.
  • Duty of Loyalty: a board member must be faithful to the Rural Women New Zealand’s mission, and cannot act in a way that is inconsistent with our goals.

Being a board member also involves meeting legal obligations, including the following:

  • Health and Safety: a board member must exercise due diligence to ensure Rural Women New Zealand complies with its health and safety duties and obligations
  • Ensuring Solvency: a board member must not allow the Rural Women New Zealand to embark on a path that carries serious risk of non-payment to creditors.


If this sounds like the sort of challenge that would interest you, please apply for this exciting opportunity today using the nomination forms.


Nomination Forms for the Board

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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The government announced its budget on 26 May 2016. Rural Women New Zealand have a budget summary available (click here).

This budget summary was prepared for Rural Women New Zealand by Craig Matthews, freelance writer and editor.


Budget Summary 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016
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Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Award 2016, and there are even more opportunities for women to promote their businesses and gain recognition for their achievements.


This year we have three Award categories and a Supreme Winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Wellington on Saturday 12 November at the James Cook Hotel.

Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2016:
  • Emerging Enterprising Rural Woman Award (Inspiring business or community leader)
  • Innovative Enterprising Rural Woman Award (Use of new technology and adapting to rural location)
  • Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Woman Award (Business success in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or rural sector).
From the winners of these three awards, the Supreme Winner of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2016 will be chosen.

Download entry form here or contact RWNZ National Office (email enquiries@ruralwomen.org.nz or phone 04 473 5524) for an entry form to be emailed or posted to you. Entries close Wednesday 31 August 2016.



Watch what last year's Supreme winner Joanne Taylor speak about receiving the Supreme award and attending the ceremony in Nelson.




Entries open for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Award 2016, and there are even more opportunities for women to promote their businesses and gain recognition for their achievements. Read More

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 - 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- to be confirmed.


Conference competitions 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand Conference competitions are open.   Read More