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Bulletin Aotearoa

Thank you for your ongoing support of Bulletin Aotearoa, which has been a key Rural Women NZ publication over the past eight years, helping to keep communities well informed.

Unfortunately we have been unable to meet our subscription target, and it is with regret that we have to advise that we will not be producing any further issues of Bulletin Aotearoa. You can find useful information on beehive.govt.nz, and parliament.nz.

Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors who so generously supported us.

   

 

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When Rural Women members heard about the devastating floods in The Solomons, they decided to do something to help.

Through raffles, donations and the sale of plants we raised $11,500 with the idea of replacing lost books for the 40 schools that were washed away or damaged in the floods.

With very helpful assistance from Graeme Morrison of Random House, we were able to purchase over $34,000 worth of suitable school reading books, all packaged into vermin and waterproof plastic boxes. Random House freighted and shipped these to The Solomons where Anna Reid of the NZ High Commission arranged the waiver of Customs Duty and liaison with the local Ministry of Education for distribution.

40 schools will each receive over 100 books in a plastic box.  We eagerly await some photos which the NZ High Commission has promised to send.

School Books for Solomon Islands

Monday, December 08, 2014

When Rural Women members heard about the devastating floods in The Solomons, they decided to do something to help. Read More

A movie premiere was a stylish way to end the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming celebrations, in which Rural Women New Zealand has played a central part. 

Our national president Wendy McGowan was at the Wellington launch on 25 November, along with national office staff.

The movie "Family Farming in New Zealand - Our Stories" uses historic footage showing vignettes of family farming from the 1940s through to today. It was directed by Hugh Macdonald, and we hope to have copies on sale through our website shop as soon as they are available.

At the launch Brendan Hoare, chair of the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming NZ co-ordinating committee that commissioned the film, says his committee is thrilled to have been able to make this original and significant contribution to documenting the history and importance of family farming in New Zealand. He also acknowledged that Rural Women New Zealand was the most committed organisation to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming, "as one would expect."

“Family farming is currently facing threats and challenges right around the world,” said Mr Hoare. “That's why the United Nations agreed it was worth dedicating a whole year to raising its profile, and encouraging governments and civil society organisations to support the valuable contribution family farming has made and can make to economic, social and environmental well-being.”

Rural Women New Zealand also ran its own photo and story competition, in conjunction with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), which will be used to promote the New Zealand farming story in our overseas markets. View the wonderful photos that came in.

We also held a series of roadshows around the country in the first half of the year.

Acknowledging Rural Women New Zealand's lead role in the year, Brendan Hoare says: 

"Big thanks, deep gratitude and sincere appreciation for your contribution to the 2014 UN IYFF. 

We did well given the 100% voluntary contribution of our work. Our performance included: Investigative workshops, a launch at Parliament, multiple engagements over a range of means through conferencing, investigations, presentations, lobbying, media, publications, editorials and attendance at international conferences.

The NZ team celebrated the completed the 2014 UN's International Year of Family Farming with the premier of our commissioned movie 'Family Farming in New Zealand: Our Stories.' This was a tremendous achievement given our budget and time-frame. Some of the footage Hugh Macdonald and his team were able to conjure together is a remarkable and valuable reflection of whom we once were, and how fast times are changing. Sector leaders at the premier commented on how little we know of our past and important it is to document the past and present. Ka pai Hugh."

A Wrap for IYFF

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A movie premiere was a stylish way to end the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming celebrations, in which Rural Women New Zealand has played a central part.  Read More

You never know where our Growing Dynamic Leaders course participants will pop up next.Could this be you in 2015?

Alex Thompson who was part of our class of 2014 recently featured on CTV's Rob's Country show, talking about the value of her agribusiness diploma training in coming up to speed with the farming world in NZ, having emigrated here from the UK.

Watch here at 44.40m

Would you like to be part of our Growing Dynamic Leaders course in April 2015? You'll hear from inspirational speakers, meet political leaders, learn new skills and network with motivated and dynamic members from all around the country. Contact Noeline Holt for more information. This Wellington-based, 3 day leadership programme is open to Rural Women NZ members only, at no cost.

Growing Dynamic Leaders course

Friday, December 05, 2014

You never know where our Growing Dynamic Leaders course participants will pop up next.Could this be you in 2015? Read More

Would you like to re-live your wonderful wedding day, and get dressed up in your beautiful dress one more time?

 

If you were married in the last 12 months, why not enter our Bride of the Year 2015 competition, being held in Winton, Southland on 23 March. Your bridesmaids can enter too!


Entries close Monday 16 March.  Entry form for the Bride. Entry form for Bridesmaids. Click here for full information.

Bride of the Year 2015 - Winton, Southland

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Would you like to re-live your wonderful wedding day, and get dressed up in your beautiful dress one more time?  Read More

Congratulations to Cale Joy of Mulberry Grove School on Great Barrier Island who is this year’s recipient of Awana Rural Women’s $1000 Golden Jubilee Scholarship.

 

Cale was presented with the cheque in front of other Year 8 students at a special lunch at Barleyman Cottage. The three school principals, Ally Gibbs of Mulberry Grove School, Leo de Beurs of Kaitoke School, and Colin Griffiths of Okiwi School also attended, as it is the three Principals who select the recipient. Cale will be attending Mount Albert Grammar School and wants to do a mechanical or engineering qualification.

 

Cale has really earned the scholarship. As well as twice attending the Outdoor Pursuits Centre, participating in the SEA sailing programme and doing the Hunts Course with the local police, Cale has received many other school awards.

 

The members of Awana Rural Women know education is expensive and instigated the Golden Jubilee Scholarship in 2008 to help ease the burden on parents and families. "It gives members great pleasure to see our fine young people achieving in their studies, especially when they often have to cope with living away from home as well," says group president, Gendie Somerville-Ryan.

 

Great Barrier Island Scholarship

Monday, December 15, 2014

Congratulations to Cale Joy of Mulberry Grove School on Great Barrier Island who is this year’s recipient of Awana Rural Women’s $1000 Golden Jubilee Scholarship.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand says the recent accident in Canterbury, when a teen was hit crossing the road after getting off a school bus, may have been avoided if the bus had been fitted with flashing 20K signs.

 


Rural Women New Zealand took part in a trial of new LED signs in Ashburton last year, which included a public education and police enforcement campaign. The trial proved very successful in slowing drivers and Rural Women New Zealand hopes that the signs will be approved for general use on school buses in 2015.

"Rural Women NZ has been advocating for years for public awareness and driver education around school bus safety, especially the 20K speed limit in either direction. Using technology to get the message across to drivers has been a big part of our campaign."

The ‘Either Way It’s 20K’ Ashburton trial saw a marked drop in speeds when the flashing 20K signs were operating.

“The flashing lights and illuminated signs are visible for a considerable distance, alerting drivers to slow down
especially in a 100kph zone.

"Every day motorists speed past school buses, putting children's lives at risk on rural roads and non-urban State highways," Mrs McGowan says.  

The NZ Transport Agency agrees the results of the Ashburton trial are promising, provided they are widely and consistently used on entire school bus fleets, and supported by active and widespread community engagement and publicity.

The Transport Agency is in discussions with the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Education and Police on the possibility of wider use of the signs from next year.

In the meantime, Rural Women New Zealand urges drivers to be more vigilant and slow down to 20kp/h when passing a school bus in either direction.

"Children of all ages can be unpredictable. It only takes a moment of inattention for a child to dart across a road without looking or misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle.”

Since 1987 23 children have been killed in New Zealand when crossing the road to or from school buses. At least 47 more have been seriously injured.

20K signs without delay call

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rural Women New Zealand says the recent accident in Canterbury, when a teen was hit crossing the road after getting off a school bus, may have been avoided if the bus had been fitted with flashing 20K signs. Read More