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        NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016

        Conference dates: Friday, 11 November to Sunday, 13 November 2016
        Venue: James Cook Hotel, Wellington


        Programme Outline
         

        Friday 11 November: Conference Day One

        10am: Registrations open

        12:30pm Opening Ceremony

        • Opening address from RWNZ National Councillor for Region Four and Conference Convenor, Liz Hancock
        • Welcome from RWNZ National President, Wendy McGowan
        • Speech by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy
        • Speech by MP for Rongotai, Deputy Leader of Opposition, Hon Annette King
        • Speech by His Worship the Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester
        • Speech by Commissioner, Office of Electricity and Gas Commissioner, Nanette Moreau

        1:30pm National Awards presentation with ACWW World President, Ruth Shanks

        2:15pm Guest Speaker: Jacqs Wilton, English Language Partners, click here to download a summary of her presentation.

        3:00pm Afternoon Tea

        3:30pm Keynote speaker: Sarah Von Dadelszen, click here to download a summary of her presentation
         

        4:30pm Speech Competition

        5:30pm Competition winners announced by ACWW South Pacific Area President, Gail Commens,

        6:00pm End of day one conference proceedings. Delegates self-cater for dinner. National Council host National Life Members.

        Saturday 12 November: Conference Day Two

        8:30am Address from RWNZ National President, Wendy McGowan

        8:45am Dalton Kelly, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network discusses rural health now and in future.

        9:15am National Rural GP Practice Award winners discuss changes in health delivery in the community.

        9:45am Caroline Gordon of Green Prescription

        10:10am WorkSafe NZ

        10:30am Morning Tea

        11:00am Talent Central - bridging the gap between talent and opportunities.

        11:45am Jacqueline Rowarth, Chief Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency discusses Education for New Zealand's future.  Click here to download a summary of her presentation.

        12:30pm Lunch

        1:30pm Rural Connectivity Panel discussion on broadband access and technology in the rural sector (Panel Chair: Craig Young, Chief Executive TUANZ)

        2:30pm Afternoon Tea

        3:00pm Parallel Sessions (select one session):

        - Learning in schools today: presentation from education expert, Regan Orr, Principal of Fairfield School, Levin

        - Dress for Success charity discusses empowering women through support networks, professional dress and career development tools. Diana Watson and Patricia Farrow

        - MPI Biosecurity incursions: discussion about the issues and upcoming industry agreement. Julie Collins, Director of Biosecurity and Animal Welfare

        4:00pm End of day one conference proceedings

        5:30pm Enterprising Rural Women Awards

        7:00pm Pre-dinner break

        7:30pm Celebration dinner.

        Sunday 13 November: Annual General Meeting

        8:30am AGM begins

        8:45am Reflections with retired Archdeacon May Croft

        9:15am National President's Report, Wendy McGowan

        National Finance Chair Report, Rachael Dean

        Geoff Potter, Audit Partner BDO

        10:30am Morning tea

        11:00am Dr Ann Pomeroy speaks to Remit 8. Adoption of the Bylaws

        11:45 Guest Speaker, Billie Jordan, Hip Op-eration Crew

        12:30pm Lunch

        1:30pm Hon Louise Upston, MP for Taupo and Minister for Women

        1:40pm RWNZ Business Session

        2:30pm Conference concludes.

         

        CONFERENCE COMPETITIONS
        Competitions are open for 2016, these include the Short Story, Wool, Cora Wilding, and Speeches.


        Thank you to our Premium Partner for National Conference 2016

        Thank you to our supporters for National Conference 2016


        ENTERPRISING RURAL WOMEN AWARDS 2016

         

        The awards have been refreshed for this year to encourage a range of applications from emerging business or community leaders, successful entrepreneurs and innovators in technology. There will be four prizes in total, including a Supreme Award. We encourage applications from a range of enterprising rural women and even past winners who have moved to a higher level with their business or service to the rural community.

        Award Name Award Category
        1.Emerging Enterprising Rural Woman Award Inspiring leader in rural business or a community influencer.
        2.Innovative Enterprising Rural Woman Award Use of new technology, and adapting to rural location.
        3.Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Woman Award Business success in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or other rural sector. Demonstrates commercial viability from rural enterprise.
        4.Supreme Award: Enterprising Rural Woman Achievement Award Selected from the three category winners (Must have significant achievement or success in rural community/business/technology/social influence).
         

        Thank you to our partners for the Awards

         


         

         

         

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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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