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Rural Women New Zealand National Board

Rural Women New Zealand National Board 2016-2017

 

Rural Women New Zealand is an Incorporated Society and is registered with the Charities Commission. The elected National Board consists of the National President, National Finance Chair and four Board members. Its role as the governance body of the organisation is to establish and monitor the long-term direction of the organisation.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing the day to day affairs of the organisation, the achievement of board-approved strategic goals, annual plans and objectives.


Fiona Gower – National President

Fiona is a graduate of the Agri-Women's Development Trust Escalator programme and has served on our National Council since 2013.

Fiona was a Kellogg's rural leadership scholar in 2009, and holds a diploma from Lincoln in wool technology. She is presently on the Onewhero-Tuakau Community Board and Waikato Conservation Board, as well as secretary of the Onewhero Swimming Club and a member of the Port Waikato BeachCare committee.

Fiona and her family live on a farm at Port Waikato and when not fulfilling her community commitments and running after her school aged children, she is a casual worker on the farm.

Email: fiona.gower@ruralwomen.org.nz


 

Rachael Dean – National Finance Chair

Rachael Dean, BCom.; C.I.A.; C.A.; has held multiple roles including Provincial President, in Rural Women New Zealand since returning to New Zealand in 2004. In these roles, she has successfully combined her experience in rural communities - which began in the South Island High Country - with senior corporate financial and governance roles both in New Zealand and overseas.

Rachael has served on numerous public bodies, including Southland Area Health Board, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Sport Waikato, Invercargill City Council, Diving New Zealand, Northamptonshire County Health Partnership, and Wellingborough Borough Council, England; and has chaired several committees.

Rachael maintains her interest in international affairs and in the past two years took a study trip to the UAE to learn more about their culture, education, business, law, and finance; and in 2015 attended a symposium in Brussels on Lead in Ammunition.

Rachael is the author of a New Zealand history book, From the Other End of the World. She is also a keen shooter, shooting FTR, Service rifle and pistol, and is a member of several of her local clubs.

Email:rachael.dean@ruralwomen.org.nz

 

 

Janet Williams – Board Member, North Island

Email: janet.wiliams@ruralwomen.org.nz


 

Penny Mudford – Board Member, North Island

Email: penny.mudford@ruralwomen.org.nz

 

Margaret Pittaway – Board member, South Island 

Margaret joined Rural Women New Zealand in 1996 and was elected to the National Council in 2011. She was the founding member of the Central Otago Women in Agribusiness Group, past President of the Cromwell Branch and Central Otago Provincial.

As a retired nurse her key specialties are in rural health and social issues. 

Email: margaret.pittaway@ruralwomen.org.nz


Sue Higgins, Board Member, South island 

Email: sue.higgins@ruralwomen.org.nz

 

 

Penelope England, Chief Executive Officer

Penelope joined RWNZ from the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Scheme Inc. where she set up the role as the Participant Liaison Manager after the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008.

Prior to that role, Penelope worked as the Communications, Marketing and Membership Manager of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning.

For the past few years, she has worked in the not for profit (NFP) sector and for membership-based organisations. Each NFP role held has required effective communication with stakeholders at all levels, from members and practitioners to professional industry bodies and government officials.

Penelope is a current appointed board member of the Wellington SPCA and is an advocate for animal welfare. She is passionate about the arts, including visual arts, classical music and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Email: penelope.england@ruralwomen.org.nz


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Ph: 04 473 5524  


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The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms.

“Rural Women New Zealand have an authoritative rural voice and are pleased to be included on this Council” says Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

RWNZ are represented on the Firearms Community Advisory Forum and are also members of the Police and Rural Stakeholder’s Partnership.

Rachael Dean, RWNZ’s Finance Chair and representative on the Firearms Safety Council, is looking forward to collaborating with other groups to reduce accidents involving firearms. “RWNZ want to work with associations to improve safety, and encourage firearms' owners to learn more about the safe use of firearms.”

RWNZ has made several submissions to government regarding rural policing, safety and emergency services. In August last year, RWNZ presented a submission at the Law and Order Select Committee on illegal possession of firearms. The submission stated concerns about the shortage of police in rural areas, and the impact of organised and firearm-related crime on community safety.

RWNZ has also expressed concerns about changes to firearms’ licensing, training and testing. RWNZ believed there needed to be further consultation with stakeholders and rural firearms’ owners.

Interim Chair of the Firearms Safety Council, retired Police Inspector Mr Joe Green, says “one of the key objectives of the Council is to provide advice to government agencies and other organisations, such as the media, on firearms safety related matters.”

The membership of the Firearms Safety Council includes the NZ Deerstalkers Association, Pistol NZ, NZ Shooting Federation, NZ Pig Hunters Association, Sporting Shooters Association of NZ, NZ Sporting Industry Association, Antique and Historical Arms Association, Federated Mountain Clubs, Target Shooting NZ, Firearms Safety Specialists NZ Ltd, NZ Black Powder Shooting Federation, NZ Service Rifle Association, Rural Women NZ and Safari Club International (NZ).

 

RWNZ joins Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Friday, February 17, 2017

The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms.  Read More

Central Southland Provincial's competition is open to Brides and Bridesmaids with wedding dates between February 2016 and March 2017.

Entries close on Monday 13th March. There is no entry fee.

Click here to download the Bride of the Year Entry Form.
Click here to download the Bridesmaid of the Year Entry Form.

Venue: Winton Memorial Hall
Monday 20th March 2017, 7:30pm.

Door sales only, Adults $15 and under 15 year olds $5.

Contacts; Karen White Email; whites4@farmside.co.nz or phone 03 2258509 Lyn Lindsay Email: moth.lyn@xtra.co.nz

Central Southland Provincial Bride of the Year 2017 Competition

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Central Southland Provincial's competition is open to Brides and Bridesmaids with wedding dates between February 2016 and March 2017. 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.

Women's Refuge: 0800 REFUGE (733 843) a 24/7 crisis and support line provide advice and information.

Shakti New Zealand 0800SHAKTI (0800 742 584) If you are in a situation of domestic violence call our 24-hour crisis line, and multi-lingual staff will provide information.

Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.

What'sup: 0800 942 8787 (0800 What’s Up) is a counselling helpline for children and young people, aged 5-18. Phone Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm.

Kidsline: 0800 543 754, it is a 24/7 helpline for children and teens, run by specially trained youth volunteers.

Thelowdown.co.nz - Free Text 5626, watch videos or contact for support. 

National Depression Initiative - depression.org.nz (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service

Child, Youth and Family If you're worried about a child or family that you know, there are ways you can help, contact Child, Youth and Family.

For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .

If it is an emergency, or you feel yourself, 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

This 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 Saturday 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.Fundraise through sponsorship, a gold coin donation, or perhaps an afternoon tea or sausage sizzle afterwards.
5.Tally up the number of people who attend and the distance walked.
6.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.
7.Send your funds raised, and details of kilometres walked to national office.

 

Join a Walk 

Region 6: Waikato Area Committee Event 
Saturday 29th April
Meet 10am Lake Ngaroto, Te Awamutu
Bring your own morning tea and drink and lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided at St John's Church Lounge, Te Awamutu.
Gold coin donation.
Contact: Judy Board judy.board@xtra.co.nz


 

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.

Women Walk the World 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This 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. Read More

The sole Remit at the RWNZ AGM in 2016 was about dog safety, and proposed that dog safety education be a requirement for kindergarten and primary school children.

The issue was discussed at conference and South Canterbury Provincial RWNZ have already ordered 30 books about dog safety to go to all South Canterbury kindergartens and pre-schools.
The book illustrates nine important lessons to help keep children safe around dogs. The story outlines what happens when characters Sam and Susan get a dog, and the basic rules of canine behaviour. After reading the book children will quickly understand why dogs react the way they do and what to do to stay safe.
The book is interactive and fun for young children and can be ordered direct from author Pauline Blomfield
E-mail: enquiries@bluejandal.com Cost $15 plus postage.
Please mention you are with RWNZ and Pauline will keep track of which regions have books.
A pamphlet also available for 50 cents and has a good summary of what is in book and can be ordered direct from
author Pauline Blomfield. E-mail: enquiries@bluejandal.com For more information go to: www.dogsafety.govt.nz

 

Dog Safety

Friday, January 13, 2017

The sole Remit at the RWNZ AGM in 2016 was about dog safety, and proposed that dog safety education be a requirement for kindergarten and primary school children.  Read More

The ACWW South Pacific Area Conference will be in New Plymouth from Sunday 30th April to Wednesday 3rd May, 2017.

Get a group together and share transport and have a day out at the conference.

 Sign up for a daily registration here: http://www.spaconference2017.org.

The conference is the perfect opportunity for RWNZ members to learn more about ACWW and meet delegates from around the world. The programme features business sessions, speakers, sightseeing and socialising time.

The Sunday programme begins with a church service and is followed by a walk in Pukekura Park for the annual Women Walk the World event. The conference opening ceremony is on Monday followed by business sessions and the day concludes with a Welcome Dinner. Tuesday’s sessions are focused on ACWW business and reports. On Wednesday field trips by bus have been organised for sightseeing around the Taranaki region and the conference finishes with a final dinner.

Register at http://www.spaconference2017.org/

RWNZ is a member of ACWW so you do not need to be an individual member of ACWW to attend.


ACWW South Pacific Area Conference

Monday, December 05, 2016

The ACWW South Pacific Area Conference will be in New Plymouth from Sunday 30th April to Wednesday 3rd May, 2017.

Get a group together and share transport and have a day out at the conference.

 Sign up for a daily registration here: http://www.spaconference2017.org.

The conference is the perfect opportunity for RWNZ members to learn more about ACWW and meet delegates from around the world. The programme features business sessions, speakers, sightseeing and socialising time.

The Sunday programme begins with a church service and is followed by a walk in Pukekura Park for the annual Women Walk the World event. The conference opening ceremony is on Monday followed by business sessions and the day concludes with a Welcome Dinner. Tuesday’s sessions are focused on ACWW business and reports. On Wednesday field trips by bus have been organised for sightseeing around the Taranaki region and the conference finishes with a final dinner.

Register at http://www.spaconference2017.org/

RWNZ is a member of ACWW so you do not need to be an individual member of ACWW to attend.


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