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Eleven women from around New Zealand arrive in Wellington today for the start of a three day leadership course co-ordinated by Rural Women NZ and sponsored by Landcorp.

The women, all Rural Women NZ members, are active in their communities and are now looking to grow their communications skills, enhance their networks, and learn more of th

e work of our organisation at a national level.

“The women will explore what makes an effective leader, how to influence others and the importance of networks both within the organisation and in the broader rural sector,” says Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan.

Leading this first section of the programme will be Agri-Women’s Development Trust founder, Lindy Nelson, who is also the 2013 Next Business Woman of the Year.

“The women all bring strong skills to the table, and we hope this leadership programme will give them a greater understanding of the role Rural Women NZ plays at national level for the good of rural communities, and how they can be part of that,” says Mrs McGowan.

On the second day, participants will meet members of both the Labour and National parties’ Women’s Caucus, and will have the opportunity to observe Parliament in action.

Vanisa Dhiru, chief executive of Volunteering New Zealand will share her insights into ways to inspire volunteers, while David Chrisp, general manager North Island for Access Homehealth Ltd, will be encouraging the participants to take an active role in the community through the home healthcare sector.

During 2014 Rural Women NZ is partnering with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to bring the It’s OK to Ask for Help campaign to rural communities with a letterbox sticker campaign.  Wellington-based MSD staff, Sheryl Hann and Stephanie Edmond, will present on the need to change the way New Zealanders act and think about family violence.

As broadband becomes more widely available in rural communities, online communications and connectivity are becoming increasingly accessible. David Farrar, Kiwiblog founder, will talk about the possibilities social media presents for rural.

Landcorp will kindly host the group for lunch on the final day of the leadership course, with the opportunity for the women to network with the new CEO, Steven Carden, and other staff.


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Dr Judy McGregor, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission, will be speaking on worker discrimination in the aged care sector at a breakfast meeting in Dunedin on 30 November, and members of the public are warmly invited to come along.

Earlier this year, Dr McGregor worked ‘under cover’ as a trainee carer in a residential aged care facility to gain insight into the many aspects of aged care.
The result was her in-depth report “Caring Counts”, which is a call to action over the injustices and inequalities faced by workers in the aged care sector.
She says, “The value we place on older people in New Zealand is linked to the value we place on those who care for them.
“The sense of crisis that surrounds aged care is partly a reflection of our collective knowledge that we are not being fair and that a large group of workers is being discriminated against.
“Inaction on pay equality and inadequate compensation are breaches of fundamental human rights. Given their significance, these breaches cannot be justified by affordability arguments.”
Dr McGregor will be speaking in the William Cargill Room, Cargills Hotel, George Street, Dunedin at 7.45am on Friday 30 November.
Rural Women NZ national councillor, Margaret Pittaway, says “This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Dr McGregor speak, and all are welcome.”
Coffee and muffins will be served and there is no entry charge.
Enquiries to Margaret Pittaway, National Councillor, Rural Women New Zealand.  Email:   margaret.pittaway@ruralwomen.org.nz or call (03) 445 1201. 

Dunedin invitation to hear Dr Judy McGregor speak on aged care injustices 16-Nov-2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dr Judy McGregor, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission, will be speaking on worker discrimination in the aged care sector at a breakfast meeting in Dunedin on 30 November, and members of the public are warmly invited to come along.  Read More

Rosemary The Sheep had triplets! “Hi, I'm Rosemary, on 28 July 2011 I had triplet lambs. My owners thought I was pretty clever! Farmer Anne's friends have named my lambs Sage, Thyme and Mint. You will be surprised to see how much they have grown!


Follow me on Facebook to see what my life is like on the farm in the hill country of the Tararua District in New Zealand.”

www.facebook.com/rosemarythesheep

Rosemary the Sheep is a new project designed to tell the story of what life is like in rural New Zealand.

Triplet lambs Sage, Thyme and Mint

We will follow Rosemary through lambing, weaning, docking, shearing, drenching, dipping and more. The aim is to get urban children and adults excited about what rural New Zealand has to offer and to teach everyone something new about the life of a sheep in New Zealand.

New! Introducing Rosemary 25-Aug-2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rosemary The Sheep had triplets! “Hi, I'm Rosemary, on 28 July 2011 I had triplet lambs. My owners thought I was pretty clever! Farmer Anne's friends have named my lambs Sage, Thyme and Mint. You will be surprised to see how much they have grown!


Follow me on Facebook to see what my life is like on the farm in the hill country of the Tararua District in New Zealand.” Read More

Wow!  In the first week since our launch, 100,000 people visited our aftersocks™ website and thousands of comments were posted on our aftersocks™ Facebook page, congratulating us on this wonderful fundraiser to support the Christchurch Mayoral Fund.  We increased our sock order with the NZ Sock Company in Ashburton several times over, and still we’ll be struggling to meet demand as aftersocks™ goes global.

When you get your pair of aftersocks™ don’t forget to send in photos of the awesome places you’ve worn them by for our ‘Quaking in Your aftersocks™’ photo competition.  Upload your photos and tag yourself on Facebook, to be in to win one of several photographic prize packs that have been donated by photographers across the country.  aftersocks™ can be purchased through www.aftersocks.co.nz.

On a more sobering note, feedback from Christchurch is that with the ongoing earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks, stress levels are now very high leading to abuse, depression, violence and bullying.

After the September 3rd earthquake members raised $10,000 to support people affected by the earthquake.  Following the February 22 earthquake this amount swelled to $20,000 with a generous donation from the Queensland Country Women’s Association of $8469.  The South Australia Country Women’s Association International Committee also gifted $1,000 for knitting wool for garments to be sent to Christchurch.  We thank both groups for their fantastic support.  We are working through the process of how this funding will be put to best use.

Rock Those Socks 03-Aug-2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Wow!  In the first week since our launch, 100,000 people visited our aftersocks™ website and thousands of comments were posted on our aftersocks™ Facebook page, congratulating us on this wonderful fundraiser to support the Christchurch Mayoral Fund.  We increased our sock order with the NZ Sock Company in Ashburton several times over, and still we’ll be struggling to meet demand as aftersocks™ goes global. Read More



When ‘Farmy Army’ members rolled up their sleeves to clean up the liquefaction in Christchurch after the June earthquake, RWNZ member Helen Heddell also launched into action to organise the catering crews to ensure no-one was working on an empty stomach.

By the end of the week she’d co-ordinated the cooking of 1200 hot dinners, been up at dawn to cook breakfast for the volunteers and arranged packed lunches for the hundreds of workers as they left for another long day shovelling silt.

Helen says ‘don’t ask how my feet are!’ but otherwise she’s very happy with the support she and caterer Nicki Geddes have had for the huge logistical exercise.

She says lessons learnt from the clean up in February helped.  “We have simplified it right down,”

For a week Helen’s day began at 7am at the Canterbury Showgrounds cooking omelettes, bacon and muffins for those who camped overnight.

20 women then turned up each day to help with whatever was required.  They began by making packed lunches for the Student Volunteers and the Farmy Army, who set out with wheelbarrows, diggers and bobcats to clean up the grey liquefaction that covered many of the city’s streets and gardens.

“Rural women have been very supportive,” says Helen, with many city folk pitching in as well. “We had 12 women from Oamaru and a group from Hawke’s Bay turned up out of the woodwork.”

The amount of baking that came in was ‘phenomenal’.  “It is amazing, we have four wheel drives turning up every half hour full of it.”  Two transport companies and one stock firm collected baking from as far afield as Southland. 

Mid-afternoon, preparation for the evening meal began, with hearty food on the menu. 

Helen arranged sponsorship of the meat from the meat companies and processors, as she did for the February clean up.  “They have been fantastic.  People have just been so good.”

Cooking up a storm to feed the Farmy Army 03-Aug-2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011



When ‘Farmy Army’ members rolled up their sleeves to clean up the liquefaction in Christchurch after the June earthquake, RWNZ member Helen Heddell also launched into action to organise the catering crews to ensure no-one was working on an empty stomach. Read More

There has been a heart-warming response to our Communities Knitting Together project to support Cantabrians after the earthquakes, with donations pouring in from members and friends all over the country. 

Thousands of warm knitted items have been distributed to those in need.

Canterbury councillor, Kerry Maw, has delivered several mini-van loads of beautifully-knitted warm items to community, church and school contacts who’ve been giving them out as quickly as they’ve arrived.

“Some of the women had tears in their eyes, they were so overwhelmed,” says Kerry.

Groups who’ve helped distribute the knitting include Birthright, the Salvation Army, the Aranui Community Trust and the Dallington Hub Community Group.  “They have been blown away by the support,” says Kerry.

The mountains of knitting included hats, scarves, jerseys, booties and slippers, as well as knee rugs and peggy square blankets.

The project has united communities, just as Kerry hoped it would.

“I knew there would be a really good response, but I was surprised at just how much people got into it!” 

Alongside Rural Women New Zealand knitters, items have been received from spinners and weavers clubs, Lions and community craft groups.

Cathy from the Aranui Community Trust says the items have been given directly to families in need through their nurses and earthquake co-ordinators, as well as through church groups that the Trust links in with.

“Families are over the moon because it’s really cold here.”

All the items Aranui’s received from our Communities Knitting Together project have been given out, and more can still be used says Cathy.  She says hundreds of beanies and babies bonnets have been distributed.  “Jerseys go as fast as they come in.”

While our Communities Knitting Together project has now finished, if anyone would like to continue knitting for those in need in Christchurch, we have a list of community groups where items can be sent directly.  Please contact national office for details.

[In a box]  Margaret Townsend of Piako-Waikato East provincial promoted the Communities Knitting Together project by word of mouth and through her local community newspaper and was amazed at the number of items she received.

A mammoth one hundred and eight boxes were filled with knitting, blankets and warm clothing that arrived from neighbours, friends, family and the wider community.  A local carrier transported the knitting and clothing to Canterbury free of charge.  Many of the donations simply arrived on Margaret’s doorstep, but she also drove to places she’s never been before to pick up knitting, she says.  “I am sure [the great response] was because we were Rural Women.  It was absolutely brilliant.”

[In a box]  In Tauranga, members decided to support Glassons’ project to sell black and red scarves as a Canterbury earthquake fundraiser.  “We have so far knitted 25 red and black scarves,” says Mary McTavish.  “As well as this we have been busy knitting supporting the “Communities Knitting Together” campaign.  We delivered to the local Red Cross offices in Tauranga 280 items of hand knitting including teddy bears, beanies, hats, scarves, slippers and children’s jumpers.”  Great work Tauranga members!


Knitting Communities Together 03-Aug-2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

There has been a heart-warming response to our Communities Knitting Together project to support Cantabrians after the earthquakes, with donations pouring in from members and friends all over the country.   Read More



Making cheese is something the Harper women have done for generations, originally bringing their skills to New Zealand from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, the home of English stilton cheese. 

It’s been a recipe for success, which culminated in Lisa Harper taking away the Supreme Winner trophy at the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2011 during our national conference in Auckland in May.

Lisa learned cheese making from her grandmother and mother.  Growing up it was just another regular household task, "It's like vacuuming.  Cheese and I have grown up together!”

Lisa spent her childhood on the family farm at the head of the Mahau Sounds in Marlborough, and received her education through The Correspondence School, before setting off to Wellington to do a science degree. 

She began her working life travelling the country as a research scientist, but returned to the farm eight years ago to help out ‘for a few months’.  It became a labour of love, and Lisa has transformed the flagging fortunes of the sheep farm by developing cheese making into a business to compliment the farm stay accommodation she and her mother run.

Lisa says she loves feeding people, and her farm guests were often fascinated by the cheeses she served at dinner and wanted to see how it was made.  Quick to see a new business opportunity, Lisa now runs cheese making classes that even-out the seasonal cash flow, attracting guests to Sherrington Grange all year round.

Lisa’s also a regular at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market, where people are treated to tastings of her cheese.  “I get to feed people for three hours. It's like a weekly date."

Lisa describes her range of cheeses as mild, medium, and "deadly", depending on how long they age for.

“I consider myself a cheese ager, not a cheese maker, because my job is to make sure the cheese ages properly and develops to what it's supposed to."

Back on the farm the cheese making process continues through the week. “We lovingly coax fresh milk into cheese in our tiny farm dairy from recipes more than two centuries old,” says Lisa.  “Each cheese is hand-crafted using traditional methods which have been discarded by modern dairy factories in the quest for efficiency.

“We choose to make only limited quantities of cheese, using the old ways, because we believe it creates a better product - this is the way cheese was before mechanisation and standardisation became the norm. Sherrington cheeses look, smell and taste the way they were meant to.”

Like many of our entrants this year, Lisa was encouraged to enter the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award by one of our members, and giving recognition to rural women entrepreneurs achieving extraordinary things is a key reason for our running the Award.

Lisa’s win has received extensive publicity on TV, in provincial and farming newspapers and trade journals, as well as from overseas publications such as the USA goat industry magazine, and is an excellent way of promoting our organisation.

Runners up in the Award were North Island winners Nestling Limited, run by sisters Bernadine Guilleux and Maria-Fe Rohrlach.  Their Rotorua-based business makes baby slings and pouches from merino wool and organic cotton.  The judges were particularly impressed with the business’ use of New Zealand raw materials, as well as their online marketing strategies which connect them in a very personal way with their customers.

We thank our Award co-sponsors, Access Homehealth Ltd and Telecom for their support.

For more information on our winners go to www.sherringtongrange.co.nz and www.nestling.co.nz

The Taste of Success 02-Aug-2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011



Making cheese is something the Harper women have done for generations, originally bringing their skills to New Zealand from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, the home of English stilton cheese.   Read More

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Past National President Wendy McGowan has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rural women in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Wendy has been a member of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) since 1975 and has held offices with the Kaharoa Branch, Provincial and Inter-Provincial Committees. 

She said she felt excited about the honour and very thankful to the people who had nominated her.

In 2005 Mrs McGowan became National Councillor for the Region Five area covering Coromandel to Gisborne.

She was vice president for two years, convened the Social Issues Committee and the Land Use Committee.

Wendy represented RWNZ on the New Zealand Food Safety Consumer Forum for four years.

She was appointed National President of RWNZ from 2013 to 2016, during which time she led the delegation to the 2014 South Pacific Area Conference and the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) Triennial World Conference.

Wendy oversaw the implementation of changes to the structure of the governing body and rules of RWNZ and negotiated the sale of Access Homehealth Ltd during her term as National President.

She has been an individual member of the ACWW and was part of the RWNZ delegation to the South Pacific Area Conference in Tonga in 2011. She has served on the Rural Community Trust as the RWNZ representative.

Wendy is a member of the Kaimai-Mamaku Catchment Forum and Federated Farmers Rotorua/Taupo Province, and has been president and chairperson of Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre section for the province.

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Congratulations to Rebecca Keoghan

Rebecca Keoghan has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, particularly the dairy industry.

Rebecca Keoghan is a RWNZ member and has contributed to the Westland region for the past 10 years. In addition to her role as co-director of a 250 cow, 300 hectare farm Mrs Keoghan was Operations Manager of Westport's Holcim Cement Ltd, controlling the quality production of 500,000 tonnes of clinker and 550,000 tonnes of cement per annum. She led the growth of a 'zero harm' culture for her staff at Holcim.

Currently as Business Manager of Landcorp Farming Ltd she is responsible for the strategic development and management of five large dairy farms in the region, as well as a dairy support farm and a machinery syndicate spanning the Cape Foulwind and Grey Valley areas.

She is a director of Westland Milk Products Ltd and of Buller Holdings, which has responsibility for Buller District Council's commercial assets.

She was formerly Area President of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society's West Coast Board.
She was a member of the Northern South Island committee of OSPRI, the organisation managing the National Animal Identification and Tracing programme to eliminate bovine tuberculosis from New Zealand.

Rebecca was previously Team Leader and is currently a judge for the Dairy Manager of the Year Award programme for the Dairy Industry Awards. She was the Dairy Women's Network Dairy Woman of the Year in 2016.

 

 

Congratulations to Wendy McGowan

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Past National President Wendy McGowan has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rural women in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Read More

Applications closing on 1st July for the 2017 Rural Women New Zealand and Access Community Health scholarship programme.
$39,000 has been awarded to rural health professionals in scholarship funds over the past 12 years. 

The $3000 scholarship is aimed at applicants who are working in a professional health field with rural connections, and who wish to further their studies in health or disability studies.

"Access Community Health is proud of its 90 year heritage providing home care to New Zealand communities. We are very pleased to support the progression and ongoing development of health professionals and services in New Zealand's rural communities." says Simon Lipscombe, Access Chief Executive.

The scholarship represents the ongoing special relationship between Access, now a member of the Green Cross Health group, and its founding organisation, Rural Women New Zealand.

“Since 2004, scholarship recipients have ranged from paramedics through to nurse practitioners,” says Fiona Gower, Rural Women New Zealand National President. “They have a common aspiration to undertake further training and develop their professional knowledge, so they can continue to provide quality health services in rural communities.”

Applications for the Rural Women New Zealand and Access Community Health Scholarship close on 1 July 2017. Preference will be given to applicants who are studying at post-graduate level. For further information and to download application forms visit www.ruralwomen.org.nz 

 

Applications closing soon for RWNZ and Access Scholarship 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Applications closing on 1st July for the 2017 Rural Women New Zealand and Access Community Health scholarship programme.
$39,000 has been awarded to rural health professionals in scholarship funds over the past 12 years. 

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Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events.

The Rural Support Trust advise farmers to ensure stock and domestic animals have food, water, and shelter where necessary, and are secure. Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met.

If your farm or rural property or stock has been affected by an adverse event and you need assistance, contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for help.

The Rural Women New Zealand Adverse Events and Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children. The fund provides financial assistance to persons or groups, where there is an identified urgent need due to recent adverse events such as drought, fires, floods or earthquakes.

Click here to read more about applying for the fund.

Contact details for support agencies:
The Rural Support Trust (RST organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services in emergency situations)  
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. 

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

Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki 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

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events. Read More

RWNZ recently sent out a survey on Boarding Bursaries, asking members a series of questions, to enable us to provide evidence-based data around the key issues on how the costs of boarding students and the associated issues impact on our rural families.

The information provided formed the report to the Ministry of Education in response to the review on access and the multiple barriers allowances offered by the Ministry of Education’s Boarding Allowance Scheme. 

Eighty survey responses were received, and while each had its own individual comments, there were some common themes.

Question one asked whether or not people believed the value of access barriers and multiple allowance barriers is sufficient. A minority believe the value is sufficient because it is only an assistance, however the majority believe it falls short of the ever-increasing costs of boarding school and fails to take into account certain family circumstances, such as a one parent household, multiple children or a low income household.

As a result of not attending boarding school, children can face disadvantages such as a limited range of extra-curricular activities, or attending a local school which “may not provide a very high standard of education, holding bright children back from achieving their potential.”

Respondents were also asked whether they believed there were families who are eligible to receive allowances but do not apply. Surprisingly, a majority said that they do know of families in this position. Some parents have had issues in the past, and find the process stressful. Other parents have simply not been aware the allowances exist, and it was suggested schools should have an obligation to advise families about allowances. Some stated the opposite, that in their communities almost everyone applies because the majority are low to middle income earners, and need all financial assistance available.

When asked whether they believed the eligibility criteria are set at the right level, most people disagreed. Those who disagreed believe the distance criteria are too high, and fail to take into account rural areas with rough terrain and narrow windy roads. It can be difficult for families living in isolated areas traveling on gravel roads that are slower to negotiate. However, those who agreed also mentioned there probably needs to be some flexibility for unique cases.

There are many consequences for families who cannot board due to financial reasons. For the child, common consequences include isolation, lack of social contact, lack of friendships and the ability to build new relationships, and a lack of participation in cultural, sporting and other activities. The effect on the whole family includes the cost and stress of relocating, and in some cases dividing the family.

From the survey, the proposed solution is that all children should be given the option to go to boarding school if they wish. They should also have the ability to return back home after their studies as a fulfilled citizen, passionate and influential, with a desire to give back to the community they originated from. The access barriers facing families today that wish to send a child to boarding school are perceived to be a lot harder than in previous years.

Great Barrier Island

There were a large number of responses from Great Barrier Island where the issue of boarding allowances is a “hot topic”, and because they are a small and close-knit community, families regularly engage in open and frank discussions. While correspondence is an option, there were many issues, and are still, with the Correspondence School: Te Kura. Also, correspondence does not fit with every child’s learning needs.

These children take correspondence due to lack of money, and it is felt on the island that they are not receiving a proper education. To make matters worse, this increases their chance of gravitating towards and becoming involved in social activities with negative outcomes.

Great Barrier Island believe that the allowances should also be area-based, and not subject to distance criteria.

 

 

 

Boarding Allowance Scheme Survey

Monday, June 19, 2017

RWNZ recently sent out a survey on Boarding Bursaries, asking members a series of questions, to enable us to provide evidence-based data around the key issues on how the costs of boarding students and the associated issues impact on our rural families. Read More

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to further information.

RWNZ was one of the founding members of ACWW. It is one of the largest international development organisations for rural women.

The ACWW network allows it to engage at the local, national, and international level with the aim of achieving these goals:

- To raise the standard of living for rural women and their families through education, training and community development programmes.

- To provide practical support to our members and help them set up income-generating schemes.

- To support educational opportunities for women and girls, and help eliminate gender discrimination.

- To give rural women a voice at an international level through our links with UN agencies and bodies.

Caption: Delegates from the South Pacific Area Conference in New Plymouth complete the ACWW Walk the World event in April 2017. 

Click here to download an information booklet about ACWW (8MB PDF)

Click here to go to the ACWW website

 

ACWW Study Topic 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to further information.  Read More

Gore designer Viv Tamblyn won the Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Award at the Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion event in Alexandra on Saturday night.

Viv won the award along with the Nu Dax Streetwear Award with her entry A Touch of Copper, a five-piece 100 per cent wool ensemble. 

It featured an oversized vest, bralette, high-waisted pants, an over-the-shoulder jersey and a beanie.

Tamblyn said she was "absolutely overwhelmed" and thrilled to be awarded the top placing.

Rural Women New Zealand national president Fiona Gower said the organisation was pleased to partner with the WoolOn Creative Fashion event was was part of encouraging rural women to achieve excellence.

"This partnership is a perfect fit for our commitment to growing dynamic communities. In addition, it will create a strong visual link between grassroots farming and production of quality wool fibre that excels in the world of fashion."

Started in Alexandra 1959 as part of Fleece to Fashion, WoolOn became its own event in 2006 as part of the Alexandra Blossom Festival. The WoolOn Creative and Fashion Society Incorporated became a registered charity last year.

The event focuses on excellence in creativity and design with wool and includes an educational aspect where people can learn and become inspired by the wool fibre and its use in fashion.

Category winners:

Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Winner: Viv Tamblyn – A Touch of Copper

Alexandra New World Under-23 Emerging Designer: Kimberly Ramsey – End of the Beginning

Nu Dax Street Wear: Viv Tamblyn – A Touch of Copper

Judge Rock Handcrafted: Daphne Randle – Tyla Pearl

Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted: Heather Kerr – Just Alice

Breen Construction Collections: Daphne Randle – Patterns in Paua

Design Windows Avant Garde: Laurel Judd – Hanging Gardens

The Courthouse Special Occasion: Maureen McKenzie – Natural Beauty

Highly Commended awards:

Nu Dax Street Wear: Erana Kaa – Hine Ukaipo

Judge Rock Handcrafted: Louise Cook – Don't Tassel Me

Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted: Lia Martinez - Metamorphosis

Design Windows Avant Garde: Debbie Leung – Viva Pompoms

The Courthouse Special Occasion: Debbie Leung – Rosy Romance


Caption: Margaret Pittaway, RWNZ Board Member (left) with Clair Higginson, WoolOn Committee Chair next to garments of previous events. Photographer: Carmen Hancock
 

 

RWNZ WoolOn Creative and Fashion Event

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Gore designer Viv Tamblyn won the Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Award at the Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion event in Alexandra on Saturday night. Read More