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A new scholarship is being offered for 2017 by North Canterbury RWNZ member Beverley Forrester. Royalties from sales of Beverley's book The Farm at Black Hills are funding the scholarship.

The Farm at Black Hills was published by Beverley in 2015 and it has sold very well in New Zealand. The book is about Beverley's farm located in a rural North Canterbury area. Beverley developed a successful fashion brand using wool produced by the corriedale and romney sheep bred on the hill country farm. Her fashion garments have featured on the catwalk in New Zealand and overseas.

There are three $1000 scholarships available and they are open to applicants who are aged between 18 and 25 with a diagnosed physical disability who is currently pursuing, or wishing to pursue, a course or career in agriculture or a rural-based industry; or a rural person who wishes to undertake further studies in the health and/or disability fields.

Applications close 30 July 2017.

Click here to download an application form .

Beverley Forrester Scholarship

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new scholarship is being offered for 2017 by North Canterbury RWNZ member Beverley Forrester. Royalties from sales of Beverley's book The Farm at Black Hills are funding the scholarship. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Applications closing soon for RWNZ and Access Scholarship 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

 Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Barrier Island

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

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

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

 

 

 

Boarding Allowance Scheme Survey

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to go to the ACWW website

 

ACWW Study Topic 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Rural Women New Zealand is reassured that the Minister of Police, Paula Bennett, has heard the concerns of our members through our response to the Select Committee report into the illegal possession of firearms.

Minister Bennett has rejected 12 of the 20 report recommendations made by the Select Committee. Those recommendations would have significantly impacted on licensed firearms owners but done little to stop firearms getting into the hands of criminals.

The Select Committee’s terms of reference were to focus on how widespread firearms possession is among criminals, how those people who do not have a firearms licence come into possession of firearms, and what changes, if any, would restrict the flow of firearms to criminals, gangs and people who do not hold a licence.

“This is a positive change for hunters, farmers and shooters,” says Rachael Dean, RWNZ Finance Chair and RWNZ representative on Firearm’s Safety Council and Firearm’s Community Advisory Forum. “Instead of adding to the burdens of licensed firearms’ owners in rural areas, the Minister has placed the focus firmly back on the non-law abiding firearms users.”

Minister Bennett says the policy changes needed to “strike the right balance between public safety and the rights of legal firearms owners. Nobody wants firearms getting into the hands of violent gang members but we also don’t want over the top rules and restrictions to be placed on hunters and shooters who manage their firearms responsibly.”

Click here to read the full recommendations from the Minister of Police .

Firearms policy recommendations sensible for rural sector

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rural Women New Zealand is reassured that the Minister of Police, Paula Bennett, has heard the concerns of our members through our response to the Select Committee report into the illegal possession of firearms. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand is a strong supporter for education programmes in schools on all matter of safety in rural environments which includes firearm use. The aim is to increase student and teacher awareness of how to use firearms safely.

In past years, RWNZ has delivered workshops with primary schools on risks in the rural environment, such as animal safety, ATVs, poisons, water safety, civil defence, road safety, rural fires and home security. This included sessions on firearms safety. 

“Research shows that teaching children at a young age how to handle firearms safely, decreases non-intentional firearms incidents, resulting in lives being saved,” says Rachael Dean, RWNZ Finance Chair and RWNZ representative on Firearm’s Safety Council and Firearm’s Community Advisory Forum.

“Towards the end of the 1960’s, statistics show that on average, children were involved in an incident a month from a non-intentional discharge of a firearm. Once education around firearms was introduced, the statistics dropped dramatically.”

Firearms are part of the rural environment and the first concern in educating children in firearms use is safety. Learning to shoot under suitable supervision teaches self-discipline, self-control, hand-eye coordination and concentration. The benefit of firearms’ training in schools is to educate students and adults to help create a better safety culture on farms and lifestyle blocks.

Firearms education programmes in schools

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rural Women New Zealand is a strong supporter for education programmes in schools on all matter of safety in rural environments which includes firearm use. The aim is to increase student and teacher awareness of how to use firearms safely. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Rebecca Keoghan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Congratulations to Wendy McGowan

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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

Green Party MP Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Bill is before Parliament and RWNZ asks Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse and his fellow MPs to support the Bill.

The Bill seeks to address harms experienced by victims, by focusing on how workplaces can be made a safer and more accommodating place for victims. It would extend leave provisions to include domestic violence leave, as when women leave a violent situation it can be very hard for them to manage court proceedings, counselling, housing and the needs of their children without extra leave. 

Work at a regular time and place can make work a target for the abuser, but with employer support through flexible working arrangements, that can be adjusted to support the employee.

“RWNZ believe that the Bill will have an impact on people who are victims of domestic violence and help support them when they need to leave the relationship,” says Fiona Gower, RWNZ National President.

“Rural women often have to travel long distances between home and work and it can be very difficult for them to move away from a violent relationship.

“The services for helping victims of domestic violence are mostly located in urban areas. Enabling rural women to take time off work to access services, is a step toward helping them to move away from a violent home, and setting a plan in place to rebuild their lives.”

RWNZ recently made a submission on the Government’s family violence law changes, in support of adding protection of animals to legislation. Violence to animals is often part of the package of abuse. Comments were also made about the lack of near-neighbours and isolation in general, also a woman’s support is often from friends and family of the perpetrator.

RWNZ have worked closely with the Ministry of Social Development on the campaign: ‘It’s Not OK‘. RWNZ have held several workshops with the Sophie Elliott Foundation spreading the message of how to recognise healthy relationships, and how to assist someone who is not in a healthy relationship.

Read the Domestic Violence submission here

 

Response to Supplementary Order Paper 

On 1 May, the Justice and Electoral Committee published a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP), which proposes changes to the Domestic Violence-Victims’ Protection Bill.

These changes include allowing employees who have experienced domestic violence to request flexible arrangements no matter how long they have been an employee, requiring employers to respond to requests within a period of five working days once received, and allowing employees who have had their requests denied to seek urgent mediation.

Rural Women New Zealand has submitted on the SOP, believing that the proposed changes will be costly and onerous for rural employers. RWNZ has proposed that the government provide funding or reimbursement for employers for domestic violence paid leave; a recognition that the burden of compliance is greater for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially for those in rural and small towns; a timeframe for employers’ to provide flexible working arrangements that is reasonable and reflective of the nature of the business; and a stand down period should apply before any entitlement can apply.

Read the Supplementary Order Paper here

 

Submission on Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill

Friday, June 02, 2017

Green Party MP Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Bill is before Parliament and RWNZ asks Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse and his fellow MPs to support the Bill. Read More

June 1st is Gypsy Day, when new dairy contacts come into action around the country. Many farmers, their family and staff will be moving around the country to their next farms.

Farmers and their families will be packing up houses and sheds, including pets and stock. People will need to take extra care when travelling as there will be numerous removal trucks, utes and trailer-loads of equipment and stock on the road. 

Farmers may be leaving family and friends behind when they move to new areas. They will need to build support networks and find out about local schools and other community services. This can be challenging as many farms are located in isolated areas, which makes it harder to meet neighbours and get involved in the community.

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) can assist with social connections and contacts for local support agencies. RWNZ branches are located throughout the country and regularly organise get-togethers for women and their families to meet and build social networks through activities and events in their community.

Come meet us at Fieldays 14-17 June at Mystery Creek. The RWNZ stand will be inside the health hub alongside support agencies and health services. Board representatives and members will be on the stand to answer queries about RWNZ and branches in your area.

Coming up in Otorohanga on Tuesday 13 June, a free Women's Wellbeing workshop features speakers from RWNZ and local support agencies. Learn how to recognise the signs of a healthy relationship and develop strategies to support friends and families who may be experiencing difficulties.

In Te Awamutu on Tuesday 20 June, Te Rahu RWNZ Branch are hosting a Comedy Cup event. People are invited to attend wearing fun or fabulous race-day outfits, and participate in quizzes and activities, including a competition for best fascinator.

Join in the activities of a RWNZ branch near you, events are listed on our website www.ruralwomen.org.nz or follow us on Facebook/ruralwomennz or Twitter @ruralwomennz or freephone 0800 256 467 for RWNZ contacts in your region.

 

Gypsy Day

Thursday, June 01, 2017

June 1st is Gypsy Day, when new dairy contacts come into action around the country. Many farmers, their family and staff will be moving around the country to their next farms. Read More

Maternity services have come under the spotlight with the announcement that an anonymous group of midwives has sent a complaint alleging that midwifery is at a crisis point to the Health and Disability Commissioner.

The letter is now being handled by the Ministry of Health (as confirmed to the Otago Daily Times newspaper). While the contents of the 33-page letter are not known to the public, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has concerns in two areas. 

This letter comes at a time when smaller maternity units are being threatened by closure, meaning that women living in rural areas will no longer have a choice in where they give birth and will have to go to larger urban areas away from home and family.

RWNZ can name maternity hospitals in Te Anau, Lumsden and Tutatapere in the South Island and Te Kuiti in the North that are currently under threat of closure. Government and DHB’s will claim that the services are being under-used, but the reality for newly pregnant women when they must make a choice about where they will give birth, is that the uncertainty of a smaller hospital’s future leaves them with no choice than to go to an urban area.

Rural women are already at a disadvantage with their maternity care. During the first three months of pregnancy, the midwife and the mother must come to an agreement over the number of visits made at home once the baby has been born. It is appreciated that distance and time for midwives to travel to rural areas is an issue and that the seven, or more home visits are unlikely to happen with the current level of recompense that midwives receive. Most will agree to one visit with the expectation that the mother will then be able to travel to a clinic for the aftercare that they are entitled to.

In most cases, the arrangement works unless the new mother has had a caesarean birth and is unable to drive for six weeks. Not only is she deprived of essential aftercare, in some cases they can be isolated from other support services and family. There may be further issues when the new mother is a migrant worker, or English is a second language, or where there is a variable income. The demands of seasonal farm work will often play their part too, and it is not always possible for a farmer to stop work over the six week period of midwife aftercare to transport the new mother and baby to appointments.

Government and DHB’s need to accept responsibility for optimum care for new mothers and babies at a time in life when the need for guidance and advice is crucial. The early days of a baby’s life and the ability of the mother to adapt and cope with new demands are crucial for the future health of the baby. Care delivered at this early stage is an investment in the lifetime health of a child.

Whatever the outcome from the letter the midwives have sent, it will be founded on genuine deep concern for the health of mother and babies, and Rural Women New Zealand is hopeful that their concerns will be considered with that knowledge in mind.

Rural Women New Zealand believes that all women regardless of their geographical location deserve equity of maternity services.

Note: Midwives letter referenced in Otago Daily Times, published 29 May 2017.

 

 

Concerns for equity of maternity services in rural areas

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Maternity services have come under the spotlight with the announcement that an anonymous group of midwives has sent a complaint alleging that midwifery is at a crisis point to the Health and Disability Commissioner. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Rebecca Keoghan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Congratulations to Wendy McGowan

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Applications closing soon for RWNZ and Access Scholarship 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Barrier Island

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

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

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

 

 

 

Boarding Allowance Scheme Survey

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to go to the ACWW website

 

ACWW Study Topic 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category winners:

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

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

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

Judge Rock Handcrafted: Daphne Randle – Tyla Pearl

Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted: Heather Kerr – Just Alice

Breen Construction Collections: Daphne Randle – Patterns in Paua

Design Windows Avant Garde: Laurel Judd – Hanging Gardens

The Courthouse Special Occasion: Maureen McKenzie – Natural Beauty

Highly Commended awards:

Nu Dax Street Wear: Erana Kaa – Hine Ukaipo

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

Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted: Lia Martinez - Metamorphosis

Design Windows Avant Garde: Debbie Leung – Viva Pompoms

The Courthouse Special Occasion: Debbie Leung – Rosy Romance


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

 

RWNZ WoolOn Creative and Fashion Event

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

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