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        NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017

        Conference dates: Saturday 18 November to Monday 20 November                                     
        Venue: Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill

        Registration:

        Registrations are now open.
        Click here to download a Word document Registration Form  

        Click here to download a PDF document Registration Form

        Please return completed forms by email to [email protected] or by post to:

        Rural Women New Zealand
        PO Box 12-021, Thorndon,
        Wellington 6144.

         

        Programme 

        Saturday 18 November

          Time Details
          1:00pm Registration desk open (refreshments)
          2:30pm   Opening Ceremony

          Welcome from RWNZ Conference Committee 

          Greeting video from the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, Patron for RWNZ.

          Southland District Mayoral Welcome featuring: His Worship, Mayor Gary Tong

          Mayor Tong was first elected mayor of Southland District in 2013 and is now in his second term. Gary is very community focused and enjoys the challenge, as Mayor advocating for Southland. Gary previously worked for Emergency Management Southland, prior to that he was a police officer for 25 years based mainly in the South Island of New Zealand. He has been heavily involved with search and rescue operations and still has his name on the call out list. Gary comes from a rural background is a keen outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, boating, meeting new people and spending time with friends and family. Gary has a partner, two amazing daughters and three cool grandsons.

          Key Speaker: Professor Paul Spoonley - New Zealand’s Changing Demography: Implications and Challenges

          Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. He has been involved in some major research projects on immigration and diversity in New Zealand, including Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (2014-2020). He is the author or editor of 27 books ranging from political extremism to the nature of work. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

          3:45pm
          Rural Women New Zealand National Awards presentations
          Delegate group photo
          5:00pm Break
          5:30pm Enterprising Rural Women Awards
          7:00pm Ascot Park Hotel Dinner

          Sunday 19 November
          Time Details
          8:30am Reflections
          9:30am

          Guest Speaker: Janice Lee - Koha Kai 

          After years of working in the disability sector, Janice Lee wanted to equip disabled people with life skills they could use in the community. Janice created Koha Kai and began teaching disabled people to cook. The goal was to improve their lives through teaching skills to take care of their own needs. Supporting people to make new friends, giving them a pathway to employment, and doing this through supporting the wider community. Koha Kai brings people of all abilities together in a very positive way. Janice is inspiring a whole community. Her dream was to change society's attitude to disability, by highlighting what people can do, instead of focusing on their limitations.

          10:15am Morning Tea
          10:45am
          RWNZ Speech competitions
          12:00pm Lunch
          1:15pm Southland Forestry block presentation: Patsy Gordon
          1:30pm Guest Speaker Gore Health: Karl Metzler
          Karl Metzler is CEO of Gore Health Ltd, the company responsible for managing the delivery of health services at a rural hospital and integrated health facility in Eastern Southland. The company currently employs approximately 120 people who are committed to serving the local community’s health needs. Gore Health was very proud to receive the 2013 Westpac Not for Profit Southland Business Award, and Karl won the Business Personality of the Year award.
          Karl is very familiar with the challenges of delivering healthcare in a rural community and his innovative approach to healthcare delivery has seen several new technological and workforce initiatives aimed at alleviating some of the many issues facing rural healthcare being piloted at Gore Health.
          2:15pm
          Workshops
          Health: Margaret Pittaway and Karl Metzler
          Education: Sue Higgins and Pam Fleck
          Rural Environment: Janet Williams and Amy Bird
          Social: Penny Mudford and Fiona Young

          3:15pm Afternoon Tea
          3:45pm

          Glowing Sky presentation: Dil Bellworthy - Director

           Dil and Cath Bellworthy started Glowing Sky as a hobby on Stewart Island / Rakiura. Dil was working as a cray-fisherman and Cath started designing and printing tees at their kitchen table.They opened their first store in their basement, and then shifted to the shore front. Despite a tiny Stewart Island population of less than 400 residents, they found visitors loved their stuff, and since then, they have evolved far beyond what they initially imagined. They shifted base 26 km across Foveaux Strait to the South Island, established five retail outlets, and now have their own manufacturing facility.

          4:15pm ACWW New Plymouth Conference report
          5:30pm Bill Richardson venue for dinner Welcome from Shona Richardson Entertainment: Possum Pickers

          Monday 20 November
          AGM (RWNZ Members)
          Time Details
          8:30am
          National President’s Report
          Chief Executive Officer’s Report
          National Finance Chair’s Report
          Remits
          Soap Box
          10:30am Morning Tea
          11:00am11.45am

          Closing Guest Speaker: Julie Woods – ‘That Blind Woman’

           Julie Woods became blind at age 31, a life-altering challenge, and that was followed by Julie becoming a solo parent in 2001. Julie has spoken nationwide about her life as a blind woman and single parent and how as an ordinary person she adapted to her extraordinary change through learning new skills, including braille. Julie went on to gain a prestigious role as Braille Awareness Consultant at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind and is now a life coach and professional speaker. Thank you from Conference Committee.

          12:15pm Lunch

         

         

        Thank you to our Premium Partner

         

        TOURS

        Saturday, 18th November 2017 (Partner's tour)

        Lake Hauroko to the Sea on the Wairaurahiri River Jet, 8am – 5pm

        Full day from Invercargill. Jet boat across Lake Hauroko and then down the Wairaurahiri River that drops 200m in 33kms from the outlet to the sea. The jet boat experience is 92kms. An thrilling day out with lunch provided. This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and maximum 8. $305 per person. For more information check www.wjet.co.nz

        Sunday, 19th November (Partner's tour)

        Farm Tour visiting South East Southland. 8.30am – 5pm

        Day includes a quick look at a large tulip growing operation at Edendale. Visiting a large sheep and beef farm at Waikawa and dairy farm at Waimahaka belonging to families that are active members of Rural Women. Travel in and through part of the Catlins. Lunch at Niagara. and follow back along the Catlins coast via Curio Bay to Fortrose. Various other stops along the way. $60 per person minimum of 7.

        Monday, 20th November (Partner's tour)

        Central Southland 8.30am – 2pm

        Travel to Dipton, Central Southland to view Southland Rural Women production forest and discuss adjoining wetland. Tour of Craigpine, an automated sawmill at Winton processing 1000 tonne of logs a day. Lunch provided. $55 per person, minimum 8.

        Tuesday, 21st November, Post-Conference tour delegates and partners welcome

        Stewart Island, 8.30 – 6pm

        Bus and ferry to Stewart Island. A magic place. Approximately 2 hrs to wander in the town of Oban. Island tour by bus 1 ½ hrs. Lunch on the Island. On return to Bluff a visit to the top of Bluff Hill weather permitting. $250 per person.

         

        Invercargill accommodation options

        Please book your own accommodation. The RWNZ Conference Committee have negotiated delegate rates with two accommodation providers, the Ascot Park Hotel and Balmoral Lodge Motel. Please note that the Ascot Park Hotel is available for delegate bookings from Saturday 18 November onwards.

        A few other accommodation options are also listed below, see the Southland Tourism website for more visitor information: www.southlandnz.com/discover/invercargill

        Ascot Park Hotel
        Cnr Racecourse Road and Tay St, Invercargill www.ascotparkhotel.co.nz
        National Conference venue and the hotel is offering delegate rates for accommodation.
        Motel Unit: 100.00 per night; Hotel Rooms $145.00 per night; Apartment $165.00
        Reservations: Phone 03 219 9076 or 0800 272 687 or email: [email protected]
        Advise the reservations team that you are a delegate at the Rural Women New Zealand Conference.

        Balmoral Lodge Motel
        265 Tay Street, (30 minute walk to Conference venue) www.balmoralmotel.co.nz
        Balmoral Lodge Motel is offering delegate rates for accommodation.
        Studio Units $117.00 per night; One Bedroom Units $125.00 per night; Family/Two Bedroom Units $145.00 (1-2 people, extra person $25.50).
        Reservations: Phone (03) 219 9050 or 0800 225 667; email [email protected] Advise the reservations team that you are a delegate at the Rural Women New Zealand Conference.

        Coachman’s Inn
        702 Tay Street, (4 minute walk to Conference venue) www.coachmans.co.nz
        Enquire for rates: phone 03 217 6046 or 0800 426 224; email [email protected]

        Moana Court Motel

        554 Moana Court, (12 minute walk to Conference venue) www.554moanacourt.co.nzEnquire for rates; phone 03 217 8443 or 0800 821 821; email [email protected]

        Monarch Motel

        633 Tay Street, (8 minute walk to Conference venue) www.monarchmotel.co.nz
        Enquire for rates; phone 03 217 6114 or 0800 287 666, email [email protected]

         

        CONFERENCE COMPETITIONS

        Tarrant Bell & Tutaenui Bell Speech contest topic: “Why Not?”


        Marlborough Short Story & Olive Burdekin short story “ What a Fuss”

        You can use your own topic and title, and the phrase “What a Fuss” can be used in any part of the story.
        1000-1500 words for Marlborough Short Story and 1500- 2000 words for Olive Burdekin.

        Please send your stories to Pam Thomlinson 1091 Kenepuru Road. Mahau Sounds RD2 Picton 7282 by the 31st August 2017.

        Cora Wilding- insulated Pot Stand - any medium
        Please take your entries to the National Conference or give to your regional representative or post to National Office for the staff to take to the National Conference.


        Olive Craig Trophy Member of Excellence (Judged by the National Board)


        Talbot Trophy- best Provincial, Branch or Group International Officer report

        Due 31st August at National Office, post your entries to PO Box 12-021, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 or email [email protected]

        The Honora O’Neill Trophy is for the best Provincial, Branch or Group President’s Report.

        Due 31st August at National Office, post your entries to PO Box 12-021, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 or email [email protected]

        The Lady Blundell Trophy Competition for the most innovative project completed by an individual, Group, Branch, Provincial or Region.

        Due 31st August at National Office, post your entries to PO Box 12-021, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 or email [email protected]

         

        ENTERPRISING RURAL WOMEN AWARDS 2017

        The awards are to encourage a range of applications from emerging business or community leaders, successful entrepreneurs and innovators in technology. There will be four prizes in total, including a Supreme Award. We encourage applications from a range of enterprising rural women and even past winners who have moved to a higher level with their business or service to the rural community.

        Award Name Award Category
        1.Emerging Enterprising Rural Woman Award Inspiring leader in rural business or a community influencer.
        2.Innovative Enterprising Rural Woman Award Use of new technology, and adapting to rural location.
        3.Entrepreneurial Enterprising Rural Woman Award Business success in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or other rural sector. Demonstrates commercial viability from rural enterprise.
        4.Supreme Award: Enterprising Rural Woman Achievement Award Selected from the three category winners (Must have significant achievement or success in rural community/business/technology/social influence).

        Thank you to our partners for the Awards

        2016 National Conference

        AGM Minutes
        Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy Speech Notes
        Billie Jordan presentation
        Caroline Gordon presentation
        Dress for Success
        Jacqueline Rowarth
        Jaqs Wilton
        Jo Pugh
        Martinborough GP Practice
        Sarah von Dadelszen
        Wild Jewels


         

Read All NewsRecent news

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