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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 90 years we have been at the forefront of rural issues, working to grow dynamic communities in New Zealand.

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND'S MISSION

Strong, Enduring Rural Environments

STRATEGIC INTENT

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Wendy McGowan RWNZ National President and Penelope England Chief Executive Officer attended a Patronage Reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae at Government House on 7 July 2016.

Below are excerpts from Lady Janine Mateparae's speech at the Patronage Reception:

"Jerry and I chose organisations we had an interest in, and those we thought were meaningful to New Zealanders. In my case, I have an interest in health and well-being, which I wanted to reflect in my patronages. I also wanted to continue the relationships forged by my predecessors. I’m happy that I was able to find a good balance between them.

As Patron, I have appreciated the insights I have gained about your operations and your people. I have enjoyed opportunities to attend your events, your meetings or to host you here at Government House. It hasn’t been possible to attend everything I’ve been invited to. In those instances, I’ve really appreciated the updates you’ve sent me.

I’ve also appreciated the support you and your organisations have given to me, particularly early on in our term. Your kindness was most welcoming and encouraging.

One of the things that’s impressed me most is the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers who support your organisations. It’s the people I’ve met who have made being a Patron special for me.

Rural Women New Zealand’s annual reports were a yearly highlight, and kept me up to date with what was happening. On my first event with them I was horrified to learn that I was on the same speaking card as the Prime Minister – no pressure!

Once again, thank you all for your contribution, your service and the work you do. The opportunity to be part of your world over the last five years has been important for me in contributing to Jerry’s and my community leadership role. I wish you, your people and your organisations all the best in your future endeavours."

Sir Jerry Mataparae and Lady Janine have now finished their term at Government House, we wish to thank Lady Janine for her patronage.

 

Patronage Reception at Government House

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wendy McGowan RWNZ National President and Penelope England Chief Executive Officer attended a Patronage Reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae at Government House on 7 July 2016.  Read More

From November 1st, New Zealand Post is making changes to rural deliveries in some regions.

Changes to the Deed of Understanding with the Government in 2013 allowed New Zealand Post to move to five day delivery in rural areas. From 1 November, more delivery runs will move from six to five days a week. Currently about 15% of rural customers are on five day delivery and this will increase to about 25%.

“We’ve been able to maintain a six day service for three quarters of our rural customers nationwide, but in some places, we don’t have enough items coming through the network for a six day service to be sustainable,” says Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Service Delivery.

“We’ll be notifying rural delivery customers affected by this change in the next few weeks,” says Mark Stewart. “They’ll continue to be able to send and receive parcels and letters Monday to Friday.”

“We’re working hard to give our rural customers the best possible service at the same time as maintaining a commercially sound rural delivery network,” says Mark Stewart.

“With the growth in online shopping, we’re also improving sending, delivering and tracking options for our rural customers,” says Mark Stewart. “The majority of rural contractors are now equipped with scanners, providing customers with better tracking information and the convenience of being able to know when parcels will arrive.”

New Zealand Post is in the process of talking to its rural contractors about the changes. The runs affected are mainly in Southland and Otago as well as parts of Tasman, Nelson, the West Coast, North Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.

 


 

 

NZ Post announce changes to rural deliveries

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

From November 1st, New Zealand Post is making changes to rural deliveries in some regions. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand would like to remind members and the rural community that there are agencies such as the Rural Support Trust, whose representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance.

The Rural Support Trust organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services. Farmers also have access to IRD flexibility for tax payments during the drought.

“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.

Support can be accessed through agencies such as

 The Rural Support Trust http://www.rural-support.org.nz Ph: 0800 787 254.

DairyNZ: Sharemilkers support http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/tactics/support-for-sharemilkers/

Federated Farmers http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 327 646 or drought feedline 0800 376 844.

Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer http://www.resilientfarmer.co.nz/

Farmstrong http://www.farmstrong.co.nz

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.

It's Not OK 0800 456 450 provide advice and information to stop violence in your family or assist a person experiencing family violence.

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.

Rural community support services

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand would like to remind members and the rural community that there are agencies such as the Rural Support Trust, whose representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance. Read More

“More resources for front line policing, targeting resources at criminal activities and not adding onerous burdens on law abiding rural firearms’ licence holders.”

Rachael Dean, RWNZ’s National Finance Chair, spoke at the Law and Order Select Committee on the illegal possession of firearms, on Wednesday 17 August to voice the concerns of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) members.

The illegal possession of firearms is an issue of immense importance to RWNZ members, many of whom are responsible licensed firearm owners and live in communities where firearms are an essential and everyday part of rural life.

“The ability to own a firearm in rural New Zealand is vital for farming purposes and for a range of other popular sporting and recreational pursuits including hunting, shooting and collecting,” said Rachael.

RWNZ feel strongly that better police enforcement of existing licencing controls, along with increased frontline police would be more effective in dealing with the issues of illegal possession of firearms. RWNZ think that at present there is a serious shortage of police in rural areas and believe this should be viewed as a primary cause of firearm thefts in rural communities. The focus should be on improving community safety and on the prevention of organised and firearm-related crime.

“New Zealand has a ratio of one constabulary police officer to every 515 people. Queensland which has a similar total population and rural-urban population split to New Zealand, has one to 423 people and would be a good ratio to aim for,” said Rachael.

The Law and Order Select Committee are considering a number of proposals including the introduction of a database to monitor all new firearms,and microchipping new firearms

RWNZ believe that in the case of microchipping, criminals would simply remove or damage the microchips. The main effect would be to redirect police resources away from front line policing, to developing a system that would increase costs to rural firearms’ owners, and is likely to be an ineffective barrier to firearm-related crime.

Photo back L to R: John Bryce (Council of Licenced Firearms Owners) Andrew Edgecombe (New Zealand Antique and Historical Arms Association).
Front L to R: Deborah Wakker (Pistol New Zealand) RWNZ's Vanessa Goodman and Rachael Dean, National Finance Chair RWNZ

RWNZ at the Law and Order Select Committee

Friday, August 19, 2016

“More resources for front line policing, targeting resources at criminal activities and not adding onerous burdens on law abiding rural firearms’ licence holders.”  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.”

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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 - must be red, 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.
 

Speech:

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:

This year the award will be presented for a branch project.

What type of projects are eligible?

  • Your project may be a one-day event, or a project or ongoing activity that is in addition to your usual RWNZ branch/group activities.
  • The project must have taken place during the past two years.
  • Examples include: doing social work in the community, making district improvements, running seminars or promotional events for Rural Women New Zealand, for instance.

How does our branch enter?

  • A description of the project must be clearly handwritten or typed.
  • Display and other supporting material such as photos, presentations or press clippings may be submitted.
  • Please include the number of members in your branch/group.
  • Entries should be posted to: “Lady Blundell Competition” Rural Women New Zealand,  PO Box 12-021 Thorndon, Wellington
  • Entries must be sent to National Office by Friday 7 October 2016. Entries will be returned to the branch after judging.

 

 


 

 

Conference competitions 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand Conference competitions are open.   Read More