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In the member's section you will find the latest issue of the Express. This is published quarterly.

 

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Registration date extended until Thursday 8 December, join the Triple F Challenge on 28, 29 & 30 April 2017. The theme is “Fitness, Fun and Friendship"
 "Ride it – walk it – experience it” 152kms, the world renowned Otago Central Rail Trail.

Day One

  • Cycle Group 37 kms Clyde to Omakau
  • Walking Group - Clyde - a short walk, then Galloway to Chatto Creek 13 kms
  • Registration & Morning Tea (Dunstan RWNZ) at Clyde from 10.15am for 11.00 departure
  • Lunch at Galloway (Cromwell RWNZ) from Noon,  Dinner at the Becks Community Hall, Harold and a team from Life Education will join us,
  • Guest Speaker: Linda Taylor on the recently launched ‘Empower’ programme, which teaches kids about food and nutrition; how to grow, harvest, prepare & share good food. Empower is a collaborative effort between Life Education and Garden to Table. Linda is Executive Officer of Garden to Table. 

Accommodation Omakau/Lauder & Becks:
  • Omakau Accommodation – 15 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $73.50 p/p average 
  • Wilson’s House & Killarney Cottage Can sleep up to 6 people at each venue. A variety of room configurations available $72.50 p/p 
  • Tiger Hill Lodge – 8 people A variety of room configurations available $85.00 p/p Reserved
  • Lauder Store Accommodation – can sleep up to 14 people, A variety of room configurations available $70.00 p/p 
  • Lauder School B & B – 20 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $70.00 p/p average 
  • Becks Hotel – 4 people, Two double rooms $50.00 p/p 

 

Day Two 

  • 9.30am Leaving Omakau - Cycle 55 kms to Ranfurly - Walk 11 kms Lauder to Auripo
  • Lunch at Oturehua Hall – (Cambrian/St Bathans RWNZ)
  • Dinner & Curling at International Curling Rink Naseby at 6.00pm with Farmlands Co-operative.
 
Accommodation Ranfurly:
 
  • Ranfurly Hotel – 28 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $70.00 p/p average 
  • Hawkdun Lodge – 26 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $75.00 p/p 
  • Ranfurly Holiday Park – 22 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $52.00 p/p average 
  • Ranfurly Motels – 18 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $59.00 p/p average 

 

Day Three
  • 9.00am Departure - Cycle 60 kms Ranfurly to Middlemarch
  • Walk 11 kms Daisybank to Hyde
  • Lunch at Hyde Hall – (Maniototo RWNZ)
  • Farewell ‘Pool Party’ – the Afternoon Cuppa & Nibbles at end of Trail will be at the Middlemarch Swimming Pool hosted by local Swimming Club.
  • Non Members, Husbands, Partners & Families - ALL WELCOME
 

Note: All accommodation includes continental breakfast.

The bus will be returning to Clyde at 3.30pm on Sunday.
20 Seats will be available $30 per person
Seats will be allocated on first in, first served basis. 

 

Click here for the Trail Journeys website for more information about the rail trail.

 

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Cost:
Cost of all meals and incidentals $235.00
Deposit for accommodation $140.00
TOTAL TO DATE = $375.00
### PLUS RETURN BUS TO CLYDE PAYMENT $30.00
Fill in the Registration Form and post your completed Registration Form with payment to date, or please name & state date you paid by direct credit
by the 30th November 2016 to:-
Pat Macaulay
Convener for RWNZ Triple F Challenge 2017
106 Tirohanga Road North Taieri R D 2 MOSGIEL 9092
(Pat can be contacted at either 03 484 7006 or 027 201 6921
or email:- pat.macaulay@outlook.com) Cancellation Policy Please let us know immediately if you are unable to join us. NO REFUNDS AFTER 28th MARCH
Please note that we cannot hold this accommodation after 30th November & all accommodation must be booked by the Planning Committee. Numbers limited to 90/92
 
Additional Information
 
  • Funds will be raised throughout the Event for the Life Education Trust (NZ)
  • Please note that you are personally responsible for hiring of bike and getting to Clyde by 10.15 am on 28th April & away from Middlemarch on 30th April.
  • There will be limited luggage facilities available for transportation between places of accommodation with the “back up crew”. Luggage must be well named & destination clearly marked for each stop over. However, we appreciate those who are able to make their own arrangements.

Triple F Challenge 2017 Register Now

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Registration date extended until Thursday 8 December, join the Triple F Challenge on 28, 29 & 30 April 2017. The theme is “Fitness, Fun and Friendship"
 "Ride it – walk it – experience it” 152kms, the world renowned Otago Central Rail Trail. Read More

RWNZ has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission (the Commission) expressing concern about the equity impacts of its proposed reforms to the Tertiary education system.

In its draft report ‘‘New models of tertiary education’ the Commission proposes a number of changes to the current funding and delivery of Tertiary education, including suggesting that the Government reintroduce interest on student loans and scrap University Entrance requirements. “On the whole, we are disappointed that the Commissions report approaches the issue of Tertiary education from a purely market based and individualistic perspective. The important public benefits of an inclusive and equitable tertiary education system appear to have been ignored ” says National President, Fiona Gower.

RWNZ’s submission voices particularly strong opposition to the proposal to reintroduce interest on student loans stating that this would make tertiary education financially unachievable for many New Zealanders, particularly those from lower socio-economic groups. “An interest bearing scheme is also unfair for women, who may face higher repayments because they continue to earn less than men” says Fiona Gower.

“Students from rural areas are also unfairly affected by this change. Many end up borrowing much more than those from urban areas, because they have to fund the costs of moving out of the family home to access Tertiary education”.

In its submission RWNZ also voice concerns about the proposal for ‘Individual Student Education Accounts’, which the Commission recommends, would be capped at the equivalent of three years study. It points out that this could exclude less well off students from studying in more highly skilled areas like law and medicine, which involve longer periods of study. This proposal also suggests that students that get it wrong first time miss out on the opportunity for further government assistance for future study. RWNZ say its also thinks that Universal Entrance should continue to be based on National Secondary School Curriculum Standards.

One positive aspect of the report is the recommendation that the Government open up the market to a wider range of education providers. In its submission RWNZ, suggest that allowing Agricultural degrees to be delivered by more industry-based providers could assist in overcoming the low number of students graduating with degrees in this field.

Click here to download the submission.

 

Submission on Tertiary education

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RWNZ has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission (the Commission) expressing concern about the equity impacts of its proposed reforms to the Tertiary education system. 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

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has issued a submission to the Government expressing concerns about the impact of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill for rural schools.

The Bill proposes some significant changes to the Act, including allowing for the accreditation of private online charter schools. Under this proposal children as young as five years old will have the ability to elect to receive some or all of their education online. “The risk of online charter schools diverting both students and much needed government funding away from rural schools is something we are concerned about.” says former National President, Wendy McGowan. “Rural schools perform a vital role in their communities, yet many are struggling to cope with the unique challenges of providing education in isolated areas. The Government’s first priority should be in further supporting these schools, rather than seeking out alternative providers, which could challenge their viability” says Wendy McGowan.

In its submission RWNZ says that it doesn’t think that online schools are an acceptable substitute to traditional schools. “In general, we think most children benefit from being able to learn within a traditional school setting where they have the opportunity to socialize and interact with their peers. This is particularly true in rural communities where isolation is a major concern” says Wendy McGowan. “A further limiting factor of online schools is their reliance on a decent level of internet connectivity, something that is lacking in many remote parts of the country” says Wendy McGowan. RWNZ’s submission also outlines concerns that taking children out of the school environment could increase their vulnerability to abuse, neglect in the home and missing out on important primary health interventions, like vaccinations. Research from the United States showing that the academic performance of students at online charter schools is lagging behind those in traditional schools is also referenced in its submission.

RWNZ’S submission also addresses the Bill’s proposal to shift Career Services into the Tertiary Education Commission. “We support the Government in wanting to improve career services to students, but we’re not sure how creating another unit within government will achieve this”, says Wendy McGowan. Changes which RWNZ do support include the introduction of a Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities and changes in the Bill to clarify government expectations around boards of trustees. “These changes will hopefully provide more certainty for schools, as well as consistency for students,” says Wendy McGowan.

Click here to download the submission


Submission on the Education (Update) Amendment Bill

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has issued a submission to the Government expressing concerns about the impact of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill for rural schools. Read More

RWNZ are selling aftersocks™ as a fundraiser for people affected by earthquake. They make a fantastic Christmas present, and all funds raised will be donated to those in affected areas.

 

In 2010, Rural Women New Zealand launched aftersocks™ as a fundraising initiative to support rebuilding Christchurch. New Zealand and the world showed tremendous support through this project, raising $130,000 for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund.

RWNZ think there's a need to continue to help NZ communities after an adverse event, such as earthquakes, flooding and drought, so we brought back a limited stock of our original aftersocks.

 

Donate to RWNZ's Adverse Events Funds
The funds are used for emergency purposes and will also be available to support people in coming months. To donate to the fund please deposit money into:
RWNZ Bank Account: 06 0501-0778590-00 ref. earthquake. To access the fund contact us.

RWNZ Community Fund A fund to provide help to persons or groups . To assist families in time of nature disaster, to assist the elderly, the young or any family or person for their particular need.

Eligibility criteria: Applications by RWNZ members only, but may be made on behalf of another person or group. Applications Considered: At each RWNZ Council meeting. In matters of urgency the President and Finance Chair in consultation may make an immediate grant. Value: Up to $1,000 per grant. Click here for full criteria and application details.

Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Grant
Grants are primarily directed towards individuals, groups and organisations in country areas and rural towns. Grants are made for projects and activities in the following categories: children, care, elderly, community, conservation, counselling, education, up to a maximum grant of $1,500. Applications close: 18 December. Value: $1,500. Click here for application form.

 


Federated Farmers NZ
Federated Farmers has reopened its Adverse Events Trust Fund to take donations to be spent on immediate emergency support for farms, including emergency supplies, farm equipment, essential tools and materials. Anyone who wants to make a donation can phone 0800 FARMING or bank online:
Bank: 06-0594-0028181-00, Reference: Earthquake.

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust
Donations to the RST will get to the farmers most in need.
Doug Archbold - RST Chairman, Bank Westpac:03-0830- 0259556-00 50


Givealittle - Earthquake Relief Fund Kaikoura & Surrounding Areas
 Online donations: www.givealittle.co.nz/donate/cause/kaikourarelief


New Zealand Red Cross
Online donations: www.redcross.org.nz/donate/november-2016-earthquake-appeal

 

Ways to help after the earthquake, floods and other adverse events

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RWNZ are selling aftersocks™ as a fundraiser for people affected by earthquake. They make a fantastic Christmas present, and all funds raised will be donated to those in affected areas. Read More

Here is a list of the winners of the National Conference Competitions for 2016. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the entrants.

Best Provincial President Report: Sandra Curd, Mid Canterbury.

Best Branch President Report: Gendie Somerville-Ryan, Awana Branch.

International Officer Report Award (Talbot Trophy) Judged by Val Tarrant OBE Winner: Colleen Tiller, Thames Valley Provincial Region 5. Commended: Melva Robb, Marlbrough Provincial, Region 3.

ACWW Cora Wilding Competition: An English Rose

First prize: Jennie Purdon, South Taranaki
Second prize: Thelma Luxton, Motinui
Third prize: Helen Jones, Toko.

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.

Sold at Conference by silent auction for Pennies for Friendship.

 

Wool Competition:

First prize: Gwen Nicol, Skinner Road
Second prize: Margaret Vickers, Midhurst
Third prize: Diane Higgins, Brightwater

 

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:

Winner: Jennifer Gravatt for her story 'The Wireless' judged by Marion Day.

Olive Burdekin Prize
Winner: Kate Rivett Taylor for 'Twist in Time' judged by Joy Cowley.

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:

Winner: Jenny Malcolm
Second prize: Alex Thompson
Third: Peggy Lawton

 

Val Tarrant Bell open to all entrants.

Tutaenui Bell for first time participants.

Topic “I may be gone for some time….” Time 3-5 minutes.

 

Lady Blundell Trophy:

First place: Mid Canterbury Provincial, Region 2
Commended: Awana Branch, Region 7


 

 

 

 


 

 

Conference competition winners 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Here is a list of the winners of the National Conference Competitions for 2016. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the entrants. Read More