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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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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

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Women Walk the World is an annual event, where women’s groups in many countries organise walks in their communities along local tracks and trails, to raise funds for the Associated Country Women of the World.

It’s a great way to come together, catch up with friends and have some fun and healthy exercise along the way.

The date for the event is Friday 29 April– ACWW Day - though walks can take place at other dates around that time if more convenient.

Here’s What You Do:

1.Decide on a walk for your group. It can range from a stroll around the park, a hike through the bush, an amble around a neighbourhood or along a walkway.
2.Invite others. This is a great way to reach out to new potential members, and include families and friends.
3.Go to the online registration form, fill it in and email enquiries@ruralwomen.org.nz or post to national office before your walk, so we know what walks are taking place and can promote them.
4.We have t shirts and pedometers for groups that register. Initially one set per group on a first-come, first-served basis. These will be sent on receipt of your registration form.
5.The idea is to raise funds. This could be done through sponsorship, a gold coin donation, or perhaps an afternoon tea or sausage sizzle afterwards. Here is a sponsorship form you can use.
6.Tally up the number of people who attend and the distance walked.
7.Take photos and send to national office so we can publicise your walks and use on our website and Facebook pages. Email enquiries@ruralwomen.org.nz.
8.Send your funds raised, and details of kilometres walked to national office.


Photos from Walk the world events to come!



More About The Work Of ACWW

ACWW connects and supports women and communities worldwide by:

• Working in partnership with member societies to offer mutual support
• Connecting at international level through UN representation
• Funding community development projects
• Supporting agricultural initiatives
Find out more about ACWW here.


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Rural Women New Zealand would like to acknowledge that some farmers are experiencing tough times, in particular due to the low milk price in the dairy sector, and the drought conditions in regions throughout New Zealand.

“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.

A reminder that there are support services such as the Rural Support Trust, whose leaders have been working closely with farmers to monitor their well-being and directing them to relief assistance as well as organising community events and one-on-one mentoring.

Farmers also have access to IRD flexibility for tax payments during the drought.

We encourage our members and the wider rural community to connect with each other and also access support through agencies such as:

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.
  • 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

Health and Safety legislation has changed as of 4 April 2016, make sure you are up-to-date with the new rules.

Click here to find out how the changes affect you and what you can do to keep yourself and people around you safe.

WorkSafe New Zealand have issued some guides to working more safely on-farm. In 2015 there were 122 sheep shearing-related injuries serious enough to require funding support from ACC. Leading injuries included back injuries, sprains, strains and muscular stress caused by prolonged bending. Read more about safer farms.

Health and safety on farms is about looking after people – farm workers, contractors, farm visitors, yourself and your family.

20 people were killed in workplace accidents on farms in 2013 – that's more than the number that died in forestry, construction and manufacturing combined – making farming one of the most dangerous occupations in New Zealand. These numbers represent peoples’ fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons or daughters, with the true impact of the deaths and the serious injuries carried by our farming communities and families.

Each of these deaths, and many of the non-fatal injury incidents were preventable. The true cost of not taking health and safety seriously is far too high.



Health and Safety Legislation changes

Friday, April 08, 2016

Health and Safety legislation has changed as of 4 April 2016, make sure you are up-to-date with the new rules.  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.



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