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Supreme winner announced for the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards 

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the NZI Supreme winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017, Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines. Debra is pictured with Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

“A truly inspiring story” is how the Awards judges captured Debra’s business success. RWNZ’s National President Fiona Gower was on the judging panel, she said “We were impressed with Debra’s demonstration of a love for what she does and a focus on family, heritage and her roots.

“Debra displays a superb work ethic, skill and innovative thinking, which has provided a great foundation from which to leverage and grow the Tannacrieff Wines brand.”

Over 180 people attended the Awards ceremony with friends, family and colleagues supporting the four finalists vying for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award. The announcement was made during the RWNZ National Conference at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill.

Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter attended the Awards ceremony and said, “Rural women have always led the way for New Zealand, and today is no different. Congratulations to the winner, Debra Cruickshank, and all the finalists for the NZI Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award.”

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 category winners for the 2017 Enterprising Rural Women Awards:

Agrisea New Zealand Love of the Land winner:

Kiri Elworthy and Jenny Bargh - Tora Coastal Walk, Martinborough

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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

 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.”

 

Homeopathic Farm Support Emerging Enterprising Rural Women Award winner:

Jo Kempton - Happy Belly Ferments, Greytown 

 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 and NZI Supreme award winner:

Debra Cruickshank - Tannacrieff Wines, Cromwell

 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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Rural Women New Zealand are conducting a survey after receiving concerns from members who experienced difficulty when completing their 2018 Census. We would like to thank those members who contacted National Office and provided feedback on what to include in the survey. The survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Please take note that this survey is anonymous.

 

Complete the survey here.

 

Survey deadline - Friday, 25 May 2018


 

Census Data Collection Survey

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand are conducting a survey after receiving concerns from members who experienced difficulty when completing their 2018 Census. We would like to thank those members who contacted National Office and provided feedback on what to include in the survey. The survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Please take note that this survey is anonymous.
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Thursday, 8 March marked this year's International Women's Day. As this year also celebrates 125 years since women in New Zealand won the the right to vote, the day was marked with significance.

Wednesday, 7 March was the launch of the Suffrage125 celebrations which was held at Government House and was attended by RWNZ Board Chair, Penny Mudford, Chief Executive Officer, Penelope England and Office Manager, Felicity Bunny. The launch was hosted by the Governor General, and RWNZ Patron Dame Patsy Reddy. The event was MC'd by journalist, Mihingarangi Forbes, and guest speakers included Minister for Women, Hon Julie Anne Genter and 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year, Rez Gardi.

The following day, Thursday, 8 March marked International Women's Day celebrations. RWNZ attended a breakfast at Parliament hosted by Zonta Wellington and the UN Women. RWNZ Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, and Communications, Marketing & Events Assistant, Catherine Stabb both attended the event.

Discussion topics at the event included recognition of the milestones made by women in New Zealand and the challenges that we still face. Rt Hon Helen Clark spoke of her successes, the obstacles she has faced and the how her rural background contributed to her personal strength, saying "rural people have to be very resilient".

Watch Rt Hon Helen Clark's Q&A with National Council of Women CEO Dr Gill Greer at the breakfast through the link here.

 

(Pictured below: Executive Officer Women’s Institute - Colleen Dryden, National Board Chair - Penny Mudford ONZM, National President Women’s Institute – Kay Hart, RWNZ Chief Executive Officer – Penelope England at the Suffrage125 launch at Government House.)

 


 

 

International Womens Day & Suffrage125

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thursday, 8 March marked this year's International Women's Day. As this year also celebrates 125 years since women in New Zealand won the the right to vote, the day was marked with significance.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement this morning that the Government are giving a funding boost to help improve child and family wellbeing. 

 

Read the relevant media here.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND BACKS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING FAMILIES

The announcement this morning that the Government will be giving family violence services a boost of $76.2 million is a step in the right direction for our women and families, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“New Zealand’s rate of violence against women and children is unacceptable – it is great to see the Government increasing support services for women, families, and communities in need," says RWNZ National Chair, Penny Mudford.

The Government also announced that additional funding in 2019/2020 would enable services to expand into areas where there is currently no support.

“Women and children living in rural New Zealand have particular challenges and can be vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse due to their geographic and social isolation.

“For some, living rurally means they are some distance from their families and whānau and do not have the support that the wider family can provide.

“Family violence victims in rural New Zealand do not have the same level of access to psychological and legal support as urban women and children do, due to living rurally.

“RWNZ hope that this boost announced by the Government will be used to empower our rural communities by giving women and children who are victims of violence the help and support they so badly need,” says Ms Mudford.

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Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census.

Please read the media release below.

CENSUS DATA COLLECTION INTEGRITY QUESTIONED

This year’s census is in danger of not providing the data needed to make good decisions, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“Whilst we understand and support the excitement of capturing our census data online, our concern is that many people still do not have access to internet while others might not have the capability or capacity to do so,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“The timing of the delivery of access code letters, which indicate that New Zealanders can opt for paper forms presents challenges for our rural communities, given that delivery of mail is taking longer and might only be delivered three days a week.

“The chances of a rural household without internet or with unreliable internet, receiving census paper forms in time for Tuesday, 6 March is slim, and that is concerning.

“RWNZ is doing everything possible to ensure our networks are aware of the new way of doing the Census although surely more thought should have gone in to how the valuable information about the lives and status of New Zealanders would be collected.

“Maybe this year, there could have been a concerted effort to use both electronic collection and paper collection to ensure integrity of the data,” says Ms Gower.

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Please contact the National Office for more information.

 

 

National Office

Rural Women New Zealand

 

[email protected]

04 473 5524


 

 

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Census Data Collection Integrity Questioned

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding.

Read the announcement here.  

 

 

ANOTHER SET BACK FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to see that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will cease operating if it does not receive government funding next week.

 

“RWNZ supports the work already done by RHAANZ in bringing together various rural groups and rural health providers to develop initiatives for rural communities,” says RWNZ Board Member and Health Portfolio Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Remarkable work has been done to deliver the Rural Health Road Map which sets out a plan and priorities for achieving healthily rural communities.

“Being geographically isolated, often with significant distance to the nearest town or health centre means that rural communities have an immediate need of affordable and reliable access to all health services.

“The Government has committed to rural proofing government policy, and RHAANZ has a vital part to play in this development – without the continuation of RHAANZ, and the work it does, rural communities will go backwards.

“There is no other place where issues impacting the health and wellbeing of rural communities are considered concurrently, and the loss of achievements met and efforts made by RHAANZ will be detrimental for our rural people.

RWNZ urges the Government to recognise the good work that has been done by RHAANZ and to support its continuation," says Mrs Pittaway.

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Another setback for health and wellbeing of rural communities.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to hear of the death of a nine-year-old boy whilst riding a quad bike in rural Waikato last night and our thoughts are extended to friends and family.

 

“It is very sad, but it need not have occurred. We need to prevent families and friends from the heartbreak of losing a loved one in such tragic circumstances,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

 

“RWNZ are concerned on two levels, one is children riding age appropriate quad bikes unsupervised and the other is children under the age of 16 riding adult-sized quad bikes.

 

“Last nights’ incident is an unfortunate but timely reminder of manufacturers recommendations that children under the age of 16 should not be riding adult-sized quad bikes.

 

“Children do not have the weight, strength or judgement to be operating these vehicles.

 

“Or if young children are riding age appropriate quad bikes, they need to be wearing a helmet and be supervised at all times.

 

“RWNZ encourage that anyone planning to use any form of machinery on farms receive training, and learn safe practices.

 

“It is heart breaking to receive news like this,” says Ms. Gower.

 

To find the media to which we have responded, follow the link here

 

 

 

Please contact us for further information

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Another Preventable Rural Tragedy

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to hear of the death of a nine-year-old boy whilst riding a quad bike in rural Waikato last night and our thoughts are extended to friends and family. Read More