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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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Community Post applications open 1st August 2016. New Zealand Post donate postage-included envelopes and other NZ Post services to not-for-profit organisations for use with projects and activities that align with their community investment theme.

 

If you or someone you know is a part of a group, dedicated to doing good work throughout New Zealand, apply from 1 August to 31 August 2016 at  nzpost.co.nz/communitypost.


 

 

Apply for Community Post

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Community Post applications open 1st August 2016. New Zealand Post donate postage-included envelopes and other NZ Post services to not-for-profit organisations for use with projects and activities that align with their community investment theme.  Read More

Applications are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award.

This award has been secured by Rural Women New Zealand in a partnership with the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.  

The award has been established to recognise the important contribution women make in the rural community, either through their role in the farming sector or to the general rural environment, in its broadest interpretation.

In the past the award category has been very popular as it encourages journalists to report on the achievements of women living and working in rural communities. The award recipient will demonstrate excellent understanding of issues and effectively communicate women’s responses to farming, family and business challenges, in way which both inspires and informs readers.

Entry details:

  • Entries must be of TWO articles /programmes based on the theme of “rural women making a difference”. This could be in the sense of community involvement, on farm or in another rural-based business or activity.
  • Any New Zealand-based journalist or communicator is eligible to enter the award. You can only put in one entry per person, unless part of another shared entry.
  • Entries must have been published, broadcast or delivered in the 12 months to August 31, 2016. Entries must not be advertising or advertorial. The Award can be made to a group or team. If a team wins the Award, it is to be shared between those named on the entry form.
  • The Award will be judged on the overall quality of writing or scripting, how interest is captured and complexity explained, and also on the choice and relevance of any supporting information. In particular, readers/listeners/viewers have to be informed, and develop an understanding of the contributions made by the woman / women in their particular field.
  • The judges will not consider aspects out of control of the entrants e.g. layout, headlines and other display problems. Entrants must however make clear on the entry form which aspects of the submission were beyond their control.
  • The winner will receive $750. Judging will be in September and the prize awarded at the Guild Awards Dinner in Wellington on 14 October 2016. Where necessary, the costs for the winner to travel to the dinner will be paid
  • Entries close 6 September 2016.

Click here to download the entry form or click here for the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators website

 

 

Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Applications are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award.  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

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.”

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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