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Bursaries

Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants are available each year to assist with education, learning and personal development; for community projects and activities; the purchase of resources; and in times of natural disaster, all which benefits the rural community.

Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants are available each year.

 

Adverse Events and Relief Fund 

To provide financial assistance to persons or groups where there is an identified urgent need due the recent earthquakes.

Grants may be awarded as follows:

To assist families in time of natural disaster.
To assist the elderly, the young or any family or person for their particular need.
To assist community groups and organisations in need.

Click here to download the application information.

 

Access & Rural Women New Zealand Scholarship 

A scholarship for a health worker who wishes to further their studies in the health and/or disability fields. Preference will be given to someone pursuing post-graduate study and who has a focus on the rural sector

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens or permanent residents, working in the health care sector 
Applications Close: 1 July
Value:
  $3,000 per year

Click here for application form

Click here for further information.

 

Education Fund

Grants up to $500 are available to people over 25 years of age who wish to further their training or education in order to improve their skills. Applicants will need to indicate the benefit of their study to the wider community in addition to their personal development. Preference will be given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas. The course to be undertaken must be offered by a recognised education provider.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications Close: Ongoing - applications due 1 March and 1 July
Value: Up to $500 - no set amount given

Click here for application form.

 

Audrey Reid Grant 

Grant of $600 for people over 25 years of age who wish to focus on subjects that will benefit rural, for example midwifery or agriculture/horticulture.

Eligibility criteria:  NZ citizens only
Applications Close: 
 30 October
Value:  $600

Click here for application form.

 

Secondary School Boarding Bursary

The bursary is payable for a maximum of four years and may be applied for by children entering either years 9 or 10 (3rd or 4th form) who have to live away from home in order to attend secondary school.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value: $900/yr for up to 4 years (2)

Click here for application form.

 

Year 12 & 13 Boarding Bursaries

A one-year bursary available to Year 12 and 13 students.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value:
  $900 for one year only

Click here for application form.

 

Florence Polson One Year Secondary Bursary

A one-year bursary available to secondary students. 

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value:  
$1,000 for one year

Click here for application form.

 

Diamond Jubilee Agricultural Tertiary Bursary 

A one-year bursary available to students undertaking a full-time course of at least one year in an agricultural subject.  

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
Value:
  $1,000 for one year

Click here for application form.

 

Text Book Grant for Tertiary Students

This is a one off grant available to tertiary students to assist with the purchase of resource materials, including software.

Eligibility Criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
Value:  
$500 for one year (max 5)

Click here for application form.

 

Tertiary Bursary

A one-year bursary available to tertiary students. Financial need, the reasons for the course of study and the intended use of the qualification are considered when awarding the bursary.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
Value:  
$1,000 for one year (max 2)

Click here for application form.

 

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

 

Hawke's Bay Agricultural Tertiary Bursary

A grant for students in the horticultural, agricultural, veterinary, bee-keeping, aqua farming, viticulture or silviculture fields, enrolled in a course of at least one year full-time

The Bursary is to be used for course fees, text books, online resources or other course related costs.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens who are residents of Hawke's Bay (Wairoa District, Napier City, Hastings District and Central Hawkes Bay District).

Applications Close: 1 March
Value:
 Up to $1,500 per year

Click here for application form

 

Ruby Stokes Grant 

A grant for students whose study will benefit the wider community in addition to their personal development.
Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens who reside in smaller or rural areas on the West Coast  (applications from South Island residents preferred)
Applications Close: 1 July
Value:
  $500 Bi-annually

Click here for criteria and application form.

 

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.

 

Hunterville/Ruahine Mobile Kindergarten Grant

Grants are primarily directed towards community based co-operative play groups for vulnerable and remotely located children in rural Hunterville and Ruahine areas, i.e.
•    Children with limited access to regular groups,
•    Groups in the above area that do not have funding for an early childhood educator.
Applicants may be accepted from play groups outside the Hunterville/Ruahine catchment where it can be shown the additional resources will help a child with special needs.

Value:  Two grants of up to $1500 will be made each year. A group may apply more than once. Payments will be made in April.

Click here for full criteria and an application form

Region 5 (Rimanui) RWNZ Norma Evans Second Chance Education Award 

Award to encourage women wishing to advance in the workforce by obtaining qualifications enabling them to obtain improved career opportunities and independence. 

Eligibility

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen to apply for this scholarship.
  • You must be female and over the age of 25 years at the time of application.
  • You must live in the Coromandel, Thames, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne or Central Plateau regions.


Selection Criteria

  • Preference will be given to a woman who will be living and working within rural communities or provincial towns located with the region defined above.
  • The applicant will need to provide a profile outlining their past achievements, proposed study programme, educational goals and their long term objectives.
  • The applicant will be required to list two referees.
  • The applicant may be required to attend an interview.

Click here for an application form

Contact RWNZ National Office for information, email enquiries@ruralwomen.org.nz or phone 04 473 5524.

Closing date is 10 February 2016. 

 

Miss Harris Tertiary Nursing Bursary 

RWNZ wishes to offer people the opportunity to extend their education.  A bursary of $1000 will be awarded biennually in even years from 2014. 

Criteria:

  • Study/course is nursing related
  • Commitment to study
  • Study/course is at approved tertiary institution
  • Application form criteria adhered to with all supporting data
  • Future career prospects in rural health
  • An interest in the rural community
  • Preference will be given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand resident.

Applications:

To apply download an official application form, it also contains eligibility information.

Applications must be made on the official Rural Women New Zealand application form and sent to the National Office of Rural Women New Zealand.

Applications close 1st July 2016.

 

Tararua Provincial Education Grant

Tararua Provincial Rural Women New Zealand offers a one-year Tertiary book or resource grant to assist tertiary students who are New Zealand citizens and resident in the Tararua or Central Hawkes Bay area.             
 

Application form is to be supported by the following: 

  • A letter written by the applicant outlining the course of study, the reasons for requiring financial assistance, and desired vocation at the completion of study.
  • A character reference from someone other than a family member.
  • Copies of the most recent exam grades and qualifications. If not applicable, life skills acquired.
  • A character reference from a responsible member of Rural Women New Zealand concerning the circumstances of the family and the need for assistance for the applicant’s education
 
Download application form.

Applications close 1 March. 

 

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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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