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31-Mar-2012 07:40 p.m.


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I attended the Region 7 (Northland/Auckland) Conference during this week, at which I met a couple of other individual members.  We have an idea we will pursue with Emma, to create a forum area which acts in some way as a meeting place/Branch for those of us who are not affiliated with particular geographical Branches within RWNZ.

I am an Individual Member partly because there is no group which meets near me, and also because time restrictions prevent me committing to more meetings than are currently in my schedule.  But I could participate in an on-line meeting place and believe it could enhance my enjoyment of RWNZ membership. Would this suit you too?


03-Apr-2012 03:04 p.m.


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Hi Ruth - this sounds like a fantastic idea! Great work Rural Women.


24-Apr-2012 10:49 p.m.


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Hi. I agree. It would be great to be able to talk with others, especially people who can't make it to meetings regularly.

26-Apr-2012 11:23 a.m.


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I'd like to declare this meeting open!

Ruth Renner www.diggersvalley.co.nz

02-May-2012 09:19 a.m.


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Im an individual member too and I'd be up for some discussion cause I have a heap of things that Id love for people to get involved in and to support what you are doing too.


15-May-2012 06:11 p.m.


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An online forum - maybe facebook or something similar would be a great way for individual members to keep in touch and gain support from the wider community.

We are a new group and have a few members who are far afield and so getting to meetings is sometimes an issue - maybe a facebook page per branch (for the facebook savvy branches).

We would love to be able to support other individual members but can honestly say - from experience - that a branch format is great for the background support you get.  So get your mates to join and become the newest RWNZ branch!!  I really don't know if it is that easy but think that we can match the UK trend of growing rural support and interest groups and making RWNZ a force to be reckoned with in the local communities (insert battle cry of Bodecia or something similar)


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'Why not?' is ‘That Blind Woman’, Julie Woods’ standard reply to most things these days, so she has agreed to be our special guest on the Triple F Challenge 2015.

This is the fifth assault of the world famous Otago Central Rail Trail by Rural Women NZ members and friends, which participants will bike or walk between 17 April and 19 April 2015.

Convenor, Pat Macaulay, says "Julie will ride a tandem with her husband for the Challenge, sponsored by Trail Journeys, and we can assure all participants of an amazing time of Fitness, Fun and Friendship over the three days. This is a great way to introduce Rural Women NZ to the public and boost membership, which all helps to strengthen our rural communities."

Julie Woods will be the dinner speaker at the Friday night dinner in Becks; where she will talk about her life’s journey of dealing with sudden blindness.

During the Challenge the Planning Committee will be raising funds for the Blind Foundation and their work within our rural communities. The biking group will complete the whole trail over three days, while the walking group will cover around 12 kilometres each day.

Along with the magnificent autumn colours that Central Otago is known for internationally, there are many interesting places to visit on the way, such as the historic Hayes Engineering Works at Oturehua.

The group will also visit Naseby’s International Curling Complex on the Saturday night where they’ll enjoy a “hot time on the ice” (kindly sponsored by Farmlands) and a well earned dinner.

Route details – commencing at Clyde on Friday 17 April, with the Central Otago District Council Mayor welcoming all to the area. At 11.00am the group will set off either by bike or walking on the first stage to Galloway for lunch, then on to Omakau/Becks area for their 1st overnight stay. Then it’s off to Ranfurly for day two where they will stay overnight and will finish at Middlemarch on Sunday afternoon 19th April where a finishing photo will be taken and welcome/farewell refreshments will be at the Middlemarch Swimming Pool and served by the local Swimming Pool Committee.

Registrations close on the 30th November 2014, so now is the time to get yourself or a group together and register with Pat Macaulay (contact details below) to be part of this great challenge. Download the registration form here.

Pat Macaulay

Convener for RWNZ Planning Committee of the Triple F Challenge 2015

Email – macaulay.p@xtra.co.nz , Phone – 03 484 7006 or Mobile – 027 201 6921

Postal – 106 Tirohanga Road North Taieri R D 2 MOSGIEL 9092

Triple F Challenge 2015

Friday, September 26, 2014

'Why not?' is ‘That Blind Woman’, Julie Woods’ standard reply to most things these days, so she has agreed to be our special guest on the Triple F Challenge 2015. Read More

Te Kura O Hata Maria School has been awarded $10,000 worth of HP products and support for their entry in the inaugural HP Rural Schools Competition.

Earlier this year HP New Zealand (Printing and Personal Systems Group) teamed up with Rural Women New Zealand to give rural primary schools the chance to win a share of $20,000 worth of HP products and support. To enter, rural schools were asked to submit an entry explaining why they needed a technology boost and how it would benefit the students.

Te Kura O Hata Maria’s entry was one of more than 60 creative submissions from schools across the country. A panel of judges, including a Rural Women NZ representative, had the tough job of narrowing down the entries to five winning schools, including Te Kura o Hata Maria, which received the largest share of the $20,000 prize.

Members of the judging panel visited Te Kura O Hata Maria in September to interview the principal, meet with students and understand the technology needs of the school. HP and principal, Maraea Herbert-Pickering, are now working together to select the technology the school will receive and educate the teaching staff on how to use it as an effective classroom tool.

"We're thrilled to be the winners of the HP Rural Schools Competition. We're a small school with limited resources so having new technology will make a huge difference to the digital literacy of our students," says Herbert-Pickering.

HP Category Manager Victoria Mahan says HP gained real insight into the need for technology in New Zealand's rural schools through the competition.

"It was humbling to see the effort schools made to enter the competition and to see the real need for technology in rural schools. Every school deserves access to technology to inspire students and support teachers," Victoria says.

"No matter what career path these students want to follow in years to come, students will need strong technology skills in an increasingly digitally driven world and we hope these HP products will get them off to a great start," adds Victoria.

Rural Women education spokesperson, Kerry Maw, says "We are delighted to be a part of this initiative. The HP technology boost is going to make a real difference to the winning schools."

Other winning schools included:

  • Ruahine School
  • Kopuarahi School
  • Tuturumuri School
  • Pokeno School

Each school that entered the HP Rural Schools competition was also gifted an HP Action Camera.

Schools that missed out on major prizes this year will have the opportunity to enter the HP Rural Schools competition again next year. Details about next year’s competition will be released mid-2015.

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The one who partakes of the flora and fauna, that will be their domain. The one who engages in education, opportunities are boundless.

In picture above: Celeste Wakeland-Heta, Huia Leau, Anyah Tito, Tangaroa Herbert, Ruth Renner (Rural Women New Zealand), Maraea Herbert-Pickering (school principal), Antony Watts (HP)

Te Kura O Hata Maria School wins HP competition

Monday, September 15, 2014

Te Kura O Hata Maria School has been awarded $10,000 worth of HP products and support for their entry in the inaugural HP Rural Schools Competition. Read More

Rural Women groups around the country received funding from ACE Aotearoa to organise events for Adult Learners' Week 8 to 14 September 2014. 

Forty participants from Winton, Heriot and Dunedin along with locals and four members from Henley branch took part in a day of learning, fun and lots of concentration for Adult Learners Week hosted by Beaumont-Tuapeka on 13 September (pictured left).

A full programme of classes saw people learning to make delicious feta and halloumi cheese; some learned to felt, producing cellphone covers and flowers; others took part in foot and shoulder massage, learn-to-crochet, scrapbooking and card-making sessions (pictured below right).

Margaret Healy says, "Participants brought their own lunch and our Beaumont-Tuapeka branch supplied morning and afternoon tea. We had a multi-draw raffle with a great assortment of prizes."

At the end of the day the verdict was a ‘fantastic’ and ‘excellent’ day, with participants already brimming with ideas for what they’d like to learn next year for Adult Learners Week: bread, candle, jewellery, soap and sausage making, photography, square dancing, dry stone walling and repeating things they learned this time.

"So plenty of scope for another day, and many thanks to ACE Aotearoa for their help," says Margaret.

Following on from last year’s successful Adult Learners Week event, Rai Valley members repeated the winning format, putting on a meal for migrant workers in the area with a local doctor giving a talk on men’s health, followed by a Civil Defence update. The group also held an IT upskilling course, learning to use Facebook, YouTube and Skype. (pictured below)

Rukuhia members and friends held a two hour IT session with two tutors at Melville intermediate.

Janet Williams said, "National MP’s Tim Macindoe and David Bennett popped in at our request to see how Adult Learners Week funding was being spent. I gave them an apron each and information on Rural Women."

One of the participants said, "I have been struggling with my online early childhood studies. I am so grateful to the principal David Cook and his computer technician Richard. They both warmly welcomed me and Richard taught me some basics that I was unaware of, as well as a couple of things to do efficiently. It was very worthwhile my time to attend. Thanks so much. Nga mihi nui kia koe, a class well done!" (pictured below)

In Southland six inter-provincial members gathered at Senior Net to hear Bruce Smart share some computer insights. Mary Earwaker says members learnt about Drop Box, where minutes and any other documents relevant to a group can be stored, and members can retrieve them, which saves emailing everyone.

"He showed us some of the amazing things that you can see and hear on the internet."

Members were encouraged to attend Senior Net classes, and Mary’s already enrolled for a one week course.

Gendie Somerville-Ryan president of Awana branch says they were thrilled with the turnout of around 50 people to their 'Man up to prostate cancer' Adult Learners' Week event, with nearly 65 percent of the audience being males. "Not bad out of a population of 885 - over 5% of the total!"

Ralf Golobovsky and David Snow spoke openly – and movingly – about their experience of being diagnosed and treated for the cancer. Dr Lilian van Alphen then explained the structure and function of the prostate, and talked about the problems with current tests and treatments. Monitoring is really important and Aotea Health is encouraging monitoring for those with a family history of prostate cancer from 40 years of age and those with no family history from 50 years of age. These ages are based on medical statistical evidence.

Gendie says the surprise of the night was the number of men who asked questions and shared experiences. This ranged from how men can do pelvic floor exercises to keep muscles around the urethra strong (yes, men can do this too!) to whether sex is a protection against prostate cancer (unfortunately there is no evidence this is so).

"Prostate cancer affects the whole family and our men are precious – Rural Women know men in isolated communities often need to be encouraged, and reminded, to be monitored. If you haven’t been tested yet, call in to your doctors, because the only thing you have to be afraid of is doing nothing."

Didn't have time to plan an event this year? Check out the ACE Aotearoa website for event ideas, or get in touch with us at National Office. There will be funding available next year for Adult Learners' Week and we'll be sure you're the first to know!

Adult Learners Week Events a Success

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Rural Women groups around the country received funding from ACE Aotearoa to organise events for Adult Learners' Week 8 to 14 September 2014.  Read More

The Landcare Trust's recent 'Communities for Clean Water' campaign successfully mobilised people all around the country in support of a 'weekend-of-action'. 

The campaign attracted  plenty of attention, particularly from Rural Women New Zealand members, as highlighted by Barbara Stuart at our recent National Conference in Rotorua. 

Barbara is NZ Landcare Trust's Regional Coordinator for Nelson/Marlborough. After giving members a run down of the regional events that took place, she highlighted key aspects of the campaign which aimed to increase awareness of the practical opportunities people have to get involved in sustainability projects and also highlighted the real benefits this approach brings to improve waterways in New Zealand. 

Barbara took the opportunity to link the campaign to the Trust's project work, reinforcing our leadership role in community driven rural catchment management initiatives. Barbara has a great deal of experience working with farmers and landowners in the 'Top of the South', where a number of projects such as the Starborough/Flaxbourne, Sherry River and Aorere have gained national and international acclaim.

Speaking after the conference Barbara said "It was great to have a number of conference delegates approach me, congratulating me on the Trust's work. Many people were already aware of what we are doing in their specific region but did not appreciate our national presence. "

Communities for Clean Water campaign

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Landcare Trust's recent 'Communities for Clean Water' campaign successfully mobilised people all around the country in support of a 'weekend-of-action'.  Read More

Northland has been dealt a severe blow from adverse weather over the last couple of weeks and we know some of you wish to help those who've suffered losses, even from afar.

As we know from past events, it isn’t just now that assistance will be needed and appreciated.  It is later once the clean-up is finished that the effect of the stress may show itself.  It’s well documented that such adverse events lead to a spike in family violence, while some people may suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder later.

Northland is an area with a large number of lower socio-economic communities that are less well-resourced financially to cope when disaster strikes.

We aim to assist people under stress in the region now, and to help reduce the impacts further down the track, by:

• sharing information about support available, including the “It’s OK to Ask for Help” campaign
• promoting and supporting Mental Health 101 courses (or similar) being specifically organised for the region
• working with other agencies to find out where help is needed
• organising community get-togethers, morning teas, bbqs etc to de-stress and share information
• raising funds to distribute to those with specific needs

Northland appeal:  If you’d like to donate to our Rural Women NZ Northland Appeal, please deposit funds into Bank Account 06 0493 0317603 00 (Kaurilands RWNZ) or post cheques to Rural Women NZ, PO Box 12-021, Thorndon, Wellington (donations are tax deductible). 

Our Regional Management Team will work with local agencies and support groups in the area to identify where the funds are needed most.

If any members are in need of help, or you know of somebody in need of support, please get in touch with our Top of the North regional councillor, Fiona Gower









Wendy Knowler, Clifden Branch

From page 127 of A Good Baking Day.



125 G butter

¾ cup sugar

1 egg white

1 tbsp golden syrup

1¼ cups flour

½ tsp flour

1 tbsp cocoa



 2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp sugar

½ can sweetened condensed milk



Preheat oven to 180°C.

Base: Cream butter and sugar. Add egg white, then golden syrup and dry ingredients. Bake in a Swiss roll tin for 15 minutes. Cool.

Caramel: Cook all ingredients for 5 minutes and spread on cooked base. Cool.

Ice with chocolate icing.


What a nice, easy recipe to try for the weekend! You probably have these ingredients at home and can whip up a nice batch now. Want to see more? You can purchase A Good Baking Day in our shop.

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Friday, April 11, 2014

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