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Finalists announced for the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards 
12 October 2017

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the category winners and finalists for the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017.

The four finalists are vying for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award, which will be revealed on Saturday 18 November at the RWNZ National Conference at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill.

This year’s awards are supported by industry partners: Agrisea New Zealand, NZI and SWAZI New Zealand. The judging panel for the awards is Fiona Gower, RWNZ National President, Donna Williams, NZI GM Customer Experience and Marketing, Jill Bradley, Director Agrisea New Zealand and Warwick Bean, Sales Manager SWAZI New Zealand.

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards:

Agrisea New Zealand Love of the Land winner:

Kiri Elworthy and Jenny Bargh - Tora Coastal Walk, Martinborough

Ph: (06) 307 8115
Email: [email protected] www.toracoastalwalk.nz
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Download a photo of Jenny Bargh

Set in Wairarapa, the three-day, fully catered walk has earned rave reviews from walkers of all ages and from all over the world. Walkers experience the stunning natural landscape – hill-country farms, native bush, flowing streams and hilltop ridges offering 360-degree views, including the rugged Tora Coast.

Tora won the inaugural Enterprising Rural Women Awards Supreme prize in 2009, and RWNZ is pleased to see them back in the running for the Supreme award after eight years.

Award partner and judge Jill Bradley, Director of Agrisea New Zealand says, “It has been a privilege to be involved in the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards supporting sustainability and business excellence in rural areas. We congratulate all of the finalists as each one demonstrated courage, creativity and determination.’’


NZI Innovative Enterprising Rural Women Award winner:

Kylie Davidson and Emma Hammond - Hammond and Davidson Accountants, Riversdale

Ph: (03) 202 7508
Email: [email protected] www.hammonddavidson.co.nz

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Kylie Davidson and Emma Hammond set up a Chartered Accounting business called Hammond Davidson Ltd in March 2011 in Riversdale.  Starting with only a handful of farming clients, the business has now grown substantially. The majority of their client base are farmers/farming support businesses or are contractors to the farming sector.

Hammond Davidson have a family-friendly workplace for staff, all of whom are female, and they offer a flexible working environment, which they say is valuable to everyone, as they are all working mothers.

Award partner and judge Donna Williams, GM Customer Experience and Marketing, NZI says: “We know that women are a primary force in the rural community and play a vital role in the financial management of farms. That’s why we’re delighted to be a partner of this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards. It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know the finalists and hear their inspiring stories. All have outstanding leadership skills, creative flair and business acumen and we are looking forward to seeing what these fantastic women do next.”

 

RWNZ Emerging Enterprising Rural Women Award winner:

Jo Kempton - Happy Belly Ferments, Greytown 

Ph: 021 151 0914
Email: [email protected] www.happybellyferments.com

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Happy Belly Ferments is a beverage company based out of the small rural town of Greytown in the Wairarapa. The business is run by sole trader owner/operator Jo Kempton. The business produces two products; Water Kefir and Kombucha. Both are fermented probiotic drinks which appeal to a wide range of customers.

The business has been in operation for two years, beginning as an interest in making a healthy immune boosting tonic for family and friends. Jo has recently boosted production facilities and began selling direct to retail outlets including Farro Fresh in Auckland and Moore Wilson's in the Wellington and Wairarapa region.

Award partner and judge Fiona Gower, RWNZ National President says, “The diverse range of these business is incredible, with the finalists showing true enterprise, solid work ethic, and sound business knowledge to get their businesses off the ground and making a real success of them.”

 

SWAZI New Zealand Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Women Award winner:

Debra Cruikshank - Tannacrieff Wines, Cromwell

Ph: 027 270 5518
Email: [email protected] www.tannacrieff.co.nz

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At DC Wines, Debra has created Central Otago’s niche market for not only port but also provided a solution for the fast-growing boutique vineyards wanting to create wine from their very own vineyard.

Debra’s wine journey started at Bannockburn winemaker, Akarua. Debra worked in the vineyard and winery for eight years, learning the ropes with practical on-job training and completing formal qualifications.

Debra went on to manage a wine lab in Australia before returning to Bannockburn to start her own wine business, DC Wines. The Tannacrieff Wines brand is 100% female owned and operated. Debra has the support of family who help at harvest or during bottling, however, it’s mostly a solo operation.

Award partner and judge Warwick Bean, Sales Manager of SWAZI says, “The finalists demonstrate how they can develop from concept to instigation to successful business model. They illustrate the Kiwi ethos of the ‘No8 wire’ philosophy, in finding an opportunity and then a way to make everything work successfully.”

The judges would also like to highly commend two applicants for the awards:

Marion Day, author, for her publications Cuzzie and Bro, Cor Blimey Mate and her upcoming series of children’s books.

Sophie Siers, author, for her series of illustrated children books, Allis the Little Tractor.

 

Picture caption (left to right) Judging Panel 2017: Donna Williams - GM Customer Experience and Marketing, Fiona Gower - RWNZ National President, Jill Bradley - Director at Agrisea NZ and Warwick Bean - Sales Manager, SWAZI NZ.

 

Many thanks to our 2017 partners:

 

         

 


 

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The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington.

RWNZ National Office would like to advise members that since the relocation on 10 July 2017, postal delivery to the new office location has been disrupted.

We have already mailed out Membership invoices to members. We expect that you may be sending your payment and invoice slip back to National Office. We are aware that some mail posted to RWNZ has been returned to senders. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience. We are working with New Zealand Post to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about invoices, please email: [email protected] or phone the National Office: 04 473 5524.

As at Tuesday 18 July, the reception phone line is connected, phone 04 4735524. 

If you have an email enquiry, please email [email protected]

We will keep you updated with progress on the relocation, phone and email services, through the RWNZ website and social media: Facebook (www.facebook.com/ruralwomennz/) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RuralWomenNZ).

 

 

RWNZ National Office has moved

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington. Read More

The Government has announced that an extra $270 million will be spent on improving rural broadband and bridging cellphone blackspots in regions throughout New Zealand.

$130m will be spent on expanding fibre-optic ultrafast broadband (UFB) to another 60,000 homes and businesses in 190 towns.

$140m will extend the number of subsidised wireless broadband services to another 74,000 homes and businesses, as well as deliver mobile coverage to approximately 1000km of rural highways and more than 100 tourist areas.

Once completed, UFB will be available to 87 per cent of the population and 99 per cent will have access to high speed internet by 2022.

“The benefits of extra spending to expand connectivity for rural communities are immense. The services will lead to greater economic growth and better access to online education, social services and health information,” says Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

“Rural residents will feel safer with better mobile coverage, and the connectivity will reduce the feeling of isolation for those living in remote areas.”

In the past few years, RWNZ has been involved in discussions with nationwide broadband and mobile service providers and government agencies to ensure that rural connectivity remains a top priority. RWNZ is a member of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) and has provided feedback to Crown Fibre Holdings on the social and economic benefits of improved rural connectivity.

RWNZ policy work includes submissions on the RBI 2 and mobile black spots programmes, the draft Digital Technologies education curriculum and the Review of the Telecommunications Act 2001.

While the majority of the roll out contract has been won by Chorus and a joint venture between Spark, Vodafone and 2 Degrees; smaller wireless internet providers (WISPs) will receive work worth $13m.

Click here to read more about the roll out.


We spoke to Bridget Canning who is the operator of Wizwireless which is a provider of high speed wireless internet broadband for the Wairarapa region. 

“WIZwireless supports the Government in addressing the need to improve the broadband services that remote kiwis rely on and we will provide more and better services throughout the Wairarapa Region," says Bridget.

“WIZwireless is delighted that the Government has recognised the vital role that Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) already play in getting reliable and effective broadband to many rural and remote New Zealanders.

“WISPs all over New Zealand are going to deliver fast, modern broadband, that will meet or exceed the Government's target rural broadband specifications by using the latest fixed wireless technologies, this is how tens of thousands of rural kiwi's already get their broadband internet connections including WIZwireless.

“WISP's have proven themselves to be reliable, robust and resilient, during last year's Kaikoura earthquake Amuri Net was the only telecommunications network to come through intact and provided the community with vital connectivity in the days following the earthquake.

“This additional investment by the Government will allow us, the WISPs to upgrade our existing networks and build new sites that will expand our coverage to even more rural and remote internet users who are desperately in need of modern broadband connectivity.

“Individual WISPs who are participating in RBI2 will release their own plans for their local RBI2 programs, we are local businesses who know our communities very well and we are excited by the opportunities that will be created by improved broadband in our communities.”

Bridget received a Certificate of Special Recognition as an Enterprising Rural Woman, at the 2015 RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Awards for her business success to date.


 

Faster rollout of broadband and mobile will improve connectivity to rural homes

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Government has announced that an extra $270 million will be spent on improving rural broadband and bridging cellphone blackspots in regions throughout New Zealand. Read More

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

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework.

Although expresses concern regarding the lack of concrete targets and detailed methods for how any of the initiatives will be implemented. We are especially concerned about the lack of a strategic plan to lead and fund these activities.

The proposed framework aims to address the devastating impact that suicide has on New Zealand’s communities and the unfortunate reality that over 500 people in New Zealand die by suicide every year. RWNZ supports the framework’s focus on supporting positive wellbeing for all ages, increasing awareness of suicidal behaviour and mental health, strengthening systems already in place to support communities, and improving collaboration among those working to prevent suicidal behaviour.

In our submission, we have addressed the fact that the suicide rate is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, as well as the various factors that place rural communities at an increased risk of mental illness. These factors include vulnerability to economic fluctuations and social isolation, which are compounded by the lack of access to services and support, substandard or no access to reliable and affordable internet and mobile coverage, and the history of inequalities that rural communities face often being overlooked.

RWNZ has suggested that in order to improve mental wellbeing in rural areas, rural health research must become a priority to understand and address the needs of rural communities. We have also urged the Ministry of Health to refrain from relying on technological health services, recognising that not all rural communities have access to reliable and affordable internet and mobile coverage.

Rural Women New Zealand strongly supports the framework’s proposal to involve, train and educate community members on suicide prevention. Rural Women New Zealand has expressed that it is essential for rural communities to be provided with the right tools to improve mental wellbeing within the community and reduce social stigma associated with mental illness.

As further information becomes available, this will be distributed to the members.

 

Click here to download the Submission: June 2017 Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission


 

 

Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework. 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

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent forced marriages from occurring in New Zealand by requiring minors aged 16 and 17 to gain approval by the Family Court in order to marry.

In our submission, RWNZ cited various international conventions and declarations of which New Zealand is a signatory or party to that do not condone forced marriage. These include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). RWNZ expressed that the proposed amendment to New Zealand’s marriage law upholds New Zealand’s commitment to these documents.

RWNZ also noted that the law as it currently stands, which allows minors aged 16 and 17 to marry with parental consent, is insufficient in preventing forced marriage. The proposed amendment serves as a precaution to prevent parental guardians from attempting to facilitate a forced marriage.

As further information becomes available, this will be distributed to the members.

Click here to download the RWNZ submission.

Marriage Amendment Bill

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent forced marriages from occurring in New Zealand by requiring minors aged 16 and 17 to gain approval by the Family Court in order to marry. Read More