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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 Convenor, Elaine Sloan
          Opening address from RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower. 

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

          Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter presentation

          MP for Invercargill Hon Sarah Dowie welcome address

          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

          4.45pm End of Day One National Conference Proceedings
          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 Fiona Young 
          Social: Penny Mudford and Amy Bird

          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 End of Day Two National Conference Proceedings
          5:30pm

          Bill Richardson venue for dinner

          Welcome from Shona Richardson 


          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

          11:00am

           

           

          11.45am

          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 to Conference Committee.

          Closing address from RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

          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


         

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Congratulations to the National Competition Winners for 2017

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

Tutaenui Bell and Tarrant Bell

1st Place Alex Thompson, Amuri Dinner Branch, Region 2

2nd Place Leona Trimble, Hampden Branch, Region 1


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

1000-1500 words for Marlborough Short Story – Kerry France, Moa Flat Branch, Region 1 for “Guess what I am.” Dominion Essay Tray and voucher from Region 3

 

1500- 2000 words for Olive Burdekin – Chrissy Sumby, Kenepuru Branch, Region 3 for “Bay Swimming” Voucher from Region 3

 

Cora Wilding- insulated Pot Stand - any medium

Melva Robb – Marlborough Provincial, 1st Place, Region 3


Olive Craig Trophy Member of Excellence (Judged by the National Board) Sue Hall Region 6


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

International Officer - Melva Robb – Marlborough Provincial, 1st Place, Region 3

 

The Honora O’Neill Gong is for the best Provincial, Sandra Curd, Mid Canterbury Region 2

 

Branch or Group President’s Report: Carolyn McLellan, Bainham Branch Region 3

The Lady Blundell Tray Competition

for the most innovative project completed by an individual, Group, Branch, Provincial or Region.

Winner: Amuri Dinner Group.


 

National Competition Winners 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

Congratulations to the National Competition Winners for 2017 Read More

The RWNZ 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.

Grants may be awarded as follows:

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

If you know of someone in need, or are in need yourself of financial support due to an adverse event or natural disaster, please complete our application form by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE for the  RWNZ Adverse Events Relief Fund Application Form 

 

Rural support agencies include:

The Rural Support Trust 

The Rural Support Trust supports people going through a tough time. They are local rural people that know from experience that severe weather, finances, relationships, and work pressures can all mount up. Contact any time 0800 RURAL HELP. Click here for Rural Support Trust information on events and updates on Hurunui-Kaikoura-Marlborough areas.

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

 

Other sources of grants include:

RWNZ Community Fund
A fund to provide help to persons or groups . To assist families in time of natural disaster, to assist the elderly, the young or any family or person for their particular need.

Eligibility criteria: Applications by RWNZ members only, but may be made on behalf of another person or group. Applications Considered: At each RWNZ Council meeting. In matters of urgency the President and Finance Chair in consultation may make an immediate grant. Value: Up to $1,000 per grant. Click here for full criteria and application details. 


Donate to RWNZ's Adverse Events Relief Fund

The funds are used for emergency purposes and will also be available to support people in coming months. To donate directly to the fund please deposit money into:
RWNZ Bank Account: 06 0501-0778590-00 ref. earthquake.

 

Adverse Events Relief Fund

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The RWNZ 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. 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 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

Wellington-based Radio New Zealand rural journalist, Alexa Cook, has won the inaugural Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award at the 2017 awards of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.

The Rural Connectivity Award was initiated by Rural Women New Zealand to recognise the importance of connectivity to rural communities and agri-businesses.

 

Alexa also won the supreme award, the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award, for her excellence in agricultural journalism. Her coverage of a week-long muster in Muzzle Station, the first after the Kāikoura earthquake, won her several awards after her articles featured on Morning Report, Checkpoint, Insight programmes, and on the RNZ website.

Congratulations to Sally Rae of the Otago Daily Times who received the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award for her articles that delivered important messages. The stories about rural women in action in the community were well-written, inspiring and supported by good photography.

At the Beef + Lamb NZ Awards Dinner on Friday 13 October, a total of ten awards were presented, nine for journalism and one for photography.

Other award winners on the night were:

  • The AgResearch Science Writers Award, established to enhance standards of science writing, especially about pastoral agriculture, was won by Alexa Cook and Carol Stiles.
  • The Federated Farmers Broadcast Journalism Award was won jointly by Carol Stiles and Alexa Cook
  • The DairyNZ Dairy Industry Award which recognises the ability to communicate the complexities of the dairy industry, was won by Jackie Harrigan for articles in The Dairy Exporter.
  • The inaugural Zespri Export Journalism Award, which recognises the vital importance of exports to the New Zealand economy, was won by Fairfax Media’s Gerard Hutching.
  • The Alliance Group Ltd Red Meat Industry Journalism Award, which focuses on all aspects of the red meat industry was won by Alexa Cook, of RNZ Rural News
  • The Beef + Lamb New Zealand News Award, which recognises excellence in hard news journalism, focusing on any aspect of the beef and sheep industry, was won by Nigel Stirling for articles in Farmers Weekly and NZX Agri’s Pulse, both on trade talks.
  • The Federated Farmers Rural Photography Award was won by Des Williams, for a photo which appeared in Shearing magazine.
  • The Guild award – the Agricultural Journalism Encouragement Award – is designed to encourage and recognise excellence among journalists with three or less years reporting on agricultural issues. This year, it was won by Brittany Pickett, of Invercargill, for articles which appeared in the NZ Farmer.

For further quotes please contact:
Fiona Gower
National President
Rural Women New Zealand
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 027 428 3884

 

RWNZ Journalism Award winners 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wellington-based Radio New Zealand rural journalist, Alexa Cook, has won the inaugural Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award at the 2017 awards of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators.  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

 Melva Robb and Glenda Robb are sisters who are very active members of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) Marlborough Provincial. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has awarded Civic Honours to the sisters, along with three other Marlborough residents.

Mr Leggett says the honours are an opportunity to recognise members of the community who give outstanding service to others.

“The recipients use their skills and energy and give their time and talents to a myriad of organisations and causes. They are serving us all by contributing to the greater good and each deserves our grateful thanks,” he said.

Severe earthquakes hit on 14 November 2016 affecting rural people in North Canterbury, Kaikōura and South Marlborough. Melva and Glenda spearheaded delivery of relief supplies to remote rural families.They teamed up with the local Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers, to contact as many residents as they could to assess what was needed other than food.

“Melva and Glenda’s personal compassion which comes with a loving dollop of practical help, alleviated the sense of isolation and trauma families were experiencing from the Clarence to South Marlborough and the Awatere Valley,” says RWNZ Marlborough member Barbara Stuart. “They took the crisis seriously and did everything in their power to help.”

Glenda and Melva appealed to RWNZ members and the wider community for donations of crockery and dinner sets. They prepared 100 gift baskets of baking, chocolates and soft toys for children and managed to get supplies onto transport that was headed to isolated areas. They even sent a gift basket via helicopter for a family with a new-born baby, who were isolated at the top of the Awatere Valley.

 

The other honours recipients this year are Ross Beech, a farmer-environmentalist and a member of the South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust; Jim Thomas, a Lions Club member with a record of service to sport and who has a key role in the local Victim Support service, and Henny Vervaart, a Rotary Club member, Red Cross meals-on-wheels volunteer and a valued part of the Alzheimers Marlborough organisation.

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Civic Award for Melva Robb and Glenda Robb

Monday, October 09, 2017

 Melva Robb and Glenda Robb are sisters who are very active members of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) Marlborough Provincial. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has awarded Civic Honours to the sisters, along with three other Marlborough residents. Read More