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About RWNZ


Rural Women New Zealand is a charitable, membership-based organisation which supports people in rural communities through opportunities, advocacy and connections.

Our members are diverse, but all of us share rural interests that connect and energise us.We are the leading representative body promoting and advocating on rural health, education, land and social issues. We provide information, support, practical learning and leadership opportunities.

Our members

We have groups throughout New Zealand. Some groups meet for networking and friendship, often supporting their local communities through events or fundraising. Others are focused on education and learning, and facilitate training days and workshops.

If you can’t make regular meetings, but still want to have your say and stay connected, then individual membership might be an option for you.

RWNZ VALUES

  • Charitable: We continue our traditional role of supporting rural communities.
  • Forward Thinking: We lead the development of strong rural environments for today and the future.
  • Flexible: We are creative, proactive and innovative.
  • Professional: We are reputable and use best practice.
  • Inclusive: We welcome diversity in all its forms.

RWNZ History

RWNZ was established in 1925 by women who wanted better social and economic conditions for rural people. For over 80 years we have been at the forefront of rural issues, working to grow dynamic communities in New Zealand.

RWNZ MISSION

Strong, Enduring Rural Environments

 


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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 New Zealand members have organised some great events for Adult Learners Week in September.

Tamahere (Waikato) - chainsaw day

Awana (Great Barrier) - prostate and health issues day

Moa Flat (Otago) - workshop on Iriens

Beaumont-Tuapeka (Southland) - whanau fun day of workshops

Central Taranaki - education changes in primary schools; how parents and grandparents can help

Southland Interprovincial - IT skills day

Rukuhia (Waikato) - IT skills day

Onewhero (Auckland) - communications and leadership day

Pakawau - first aid refresher course

For more information contact Mary Gavigan, ACE Aotearoa



Adult Learners' Week events

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rural Women New Zealand members have organised some great events for Adult Learners Week in September. Read More

NZ Future Farms ConferenceThe way farms are managed is changing.  Today’s farms require more capital, expertise, and governance to remain competitive into the future.  

Join us at the NZ Future Farms Conference, being held at Te Papa Wellington from 20-21 October to focus on the many ways of boosting farm performance and improving farm management.

Delegates are expected from corporate farming, legal, financial, farms services, and small hold farming backgrounds.

Bex WarburtonSouthland Rural Women NZ member, Becs Warburton, (left) will represent Rural Women NZ as a panellist at the Future Farms conference on 21 October. Becs was one of our Growing Dynamic Leaders course participants earlier this year, and runs her own business helping farmers to develop their financial and business literacy skills. Before moving to Southland earlier this year she was a member of our Rangitikei Women in Farming Group.

Free conference places available for smallholding (family) farmers - here's how to apply:

Please make your applications in writing to reception@conferenz.co.nz by 5pm, 24 September 2014.  All applicants will be notified in writing by 1 October 2014.  Please note that the offer is valid for the conference only.

Link to conference brochure

Link to Future Farms Conference website

Future Farms Conference - Te Papa - 20-21 October

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NZ Future Farms ConferenceThe way farms are managed is changing.  Today’s farms require more capital, expertise, and governance to remain competitive into the future.    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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SQUARE

Wendy Knowler, Clifden Branch

From page 127 of A Good Baking Day.

 

BASE

125 G butter

¾ cup sugar

1 egg white

1 tbsp golden syrup

1¼ cups flour

½ tsp flour

1 tbsp cocoa

 

CARAMEL

 2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp sugar

½ can sweetened condensed milk

 

CHOCOLATE ICING

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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