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Rural Women New Zealand would like to congratulate Alison Van Wyk for her appointment as CEO of Access Community Health. 

 


 

Alison has a background in nursing and possesses sales, marketing and management experience within the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare supply chain markets both within New Zealand and internationally. Instrumental in establishing professional programmes of clinical care and advice in pharmacy and the reclassification of medicines for Green Cross Health, Alison has taken a leadership role in advocacy for pharmacy and government relations within the health industry.

Alison commenced her new role effective 18 June 2018.


 

National Office welcome on board three new members to our team. Maree Myers will be working as PA to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and Katie and Mehreen have come to us from the United States as policy interns for an eight week period. We look to working with them.

 

Maree Myers


 

Assistant to the RWNZ Board and Chief Executive Officer

Maree has worked at Parliament for five different political parties including Labour, Progressive, National, Maori and NZ First.During this time, she was in six Minister’s offices as a ministerial/private secretary, EA to the NZ First Whip and recently as receptionist/admin support in the National Leader’s Office (Rt Hon Bill English).Prior to these roles, Maree worked for Sir Graeme Harrison, Managing Director, ANZCO and E J Tonks, Managing Director, Independent Casing Company as a personal assistant.

Maree is interested in running and has completed both the New York and Paris marathon, together with half marathons throughout New Zealand.She has also participated in the 2015 ¼ Iron Maori.

 

To contact Maree, you can reach here at [email protected]

 

 

Katie Fell


 

Policy Intern

Completing a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law/Leadership Studies

Katie has recently finished her second year at the University of Richmond. While she studies in Virginia, her home is Chatham, New Jersey, where she has lived with her family for her whole life. At school, she is on track to complete a double major in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and Leadership Studies. She hopes to attend law school upon graduation. Katie is also a passionate traveler. Last summer, she completed a study abroad programme in La Rochelle, France, where she lived for six weeks. She plans on spending her upcoming semester in London, England, where she will be studying and traveling for four months.

She is working as a Policy Intern at the Rural Women New Zealand National Office. She is currently working on creating a policy register and planning for the RWNZ Summit in November. On her first day, she was lucky enough to sit in on the M.bovis announcement press conference led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. So far her internship has been equally exciting and eye-opening.

Katie is hardworking, open-minded, and incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to work at Rural Women New Zealand. She looks forward to learning more throughout the internship and helping RWNZ achieve its goals.

 

 

If you want to contact Katie, you can reach her at [email protected]

 

 

Mehreen Usman


 

Policy Intern

Completing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Leadership Studies

Mehreen is a current student at the University of Richmond in Virginia, USA studying Economics and Leadership Studies. After her undergraduate education she plans on attending law school and pursuing a career in the human rights sector. Mehreen is very excited to be joining Rural Women New Zealand for eight weeks as a Policy Intern. Throughout her internship she will help collect policy remits and organise a policy database for the organisation.

She is very passionate about human rights and social justice issues, especially with women’s rights, education, and immigration. Mehreen spends her time at University volunteering for Scholars’ Latino Initiative mentoring high school students who have immigrated from Latin American countries and helping improve their English skills, apply for scholarships, and become college ready. She is also involved with the Oliver Hill Scholars, an academic scholarship given to students who are interested in building a community of learners within a multicultural environment and volunteering in the community. In her free time Mehreen enjoys playing tennis and traveling. Last summer she was able to study abroad in Argentina and the coming semester she will be studying in Prague, Czech Republic. She has really enjoyed her time so far in New Zealand and can’t wait to explore more!

 

If you want to contact Mehreen you can reach her at [email protected]


 

 

National Office welcomes new team members.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

National Office welcome on board three new members to our team. Maree Myers will be working as PA to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and Katie and Mehreen have come to us from the United States as policy interns for an eight week period. We look to working with them. Read More


(Pictured above: Minister Damien O'Çonnor meeting with RWNZ Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, National President Fiona Gower, National Chair Penny Mudford and Manager of Government, Public Sector and Academic Relationships Angela McLeod.)

 

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release supporting the recent announcement to reintegrate rural proofing into policy development. Please read the media release below. 

 

RURAL PROOFING IS BACK ON THE TABLE

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to see rural proofing is back on the table and being included in the Government’s policy work.

“Understanding the impact that Government policies, service delivery and business behaviour have on our rural communities is not only vital to the success of the rural economy, it builds and maintains our rural social fabric,” says RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ has been calling for rural impact analyses to be carried out in both the public and private sector because decisions have, and are being made that have a detrimental effect on rural communities.

“As a member of the advisory group that supported the development of the Government’s new Rural Proofing Guide for Policy Development and Service Delivery Planning, RWNZ is encouraged by the final document.

“RWNZ will continue to work alongside the Government, its agencies and entities to ensure successful implementation of the Rural Proofing Guide.

“The Government’s new rural proofing policy guidelines will go a long way to alleviating poor policy development and service delivery, and RWNZ is looking forward to seeing better outcomes for rural communities,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, please contact National Office:

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Rural Proofing Back On the Table

Thursday, June 14, 2018


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The Government has announced the decision of phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis). The announcement was made yesterday afternoon, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister Damien O'Connor, alongside RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower and representatives from Federated Farmers, Beef and Lamb NZ, and Dairy NZ (pictured above).

RWNZ encourages anyone needing assistance to contact the Rural Support Trust and recommends following updates from MPI. It is important to support others in your community through this eradication phase.

Read below our media release following yesterday's announcement. 

 

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND WILL SUPPORT COMMUNITIES

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) will continue to support communities following the Government’s decision on phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) from New Zealand.

“RWNZ is collaborating with the Government, MPI, Rural Support Trust, and industry leaders to support our rural communities, families, women and children given today's decision," says RWNZ National President Fiona Gower.

“The decision to phase eradication of M.bovis has been made by Cabinet after consultation by Minister O'Connor with industry leaders.

“RWNZ is committed to ensuring there is wrap-around welfare support for those affected – we understand that high stress in times of crisis can lead to a breakdown of our social rural fabric.

“Strategic, regular, and thoughtful communications between decision makers, support networks, and communities is vital.

"By working together, we can do this," says Ms Gower.


 

Rural Support Trust Chairperson, Neil Bateup says that Rural Support Trust and RWNZ will be working together to support our rural communities.

"Rural Support Trust is available 24/7 for free, confidential support on 0800 787 254. The welfare of farmers, their families and staff are of upmost importance to all of us. Do not be afraid to reach out if you need us," he says.

 

For a full list of support services visit our here

Read the Prime Minister and Minister's full media release here for further information regarding the decision.

Read Fiona's media statement here.

 

 

Mycoplasma bovis announcement

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding our involvement to help support communities affected by the M.bovis outbreak. With 38 farms currently infected, and others under movement control, we encourage farmers to contact their local Rural Support Trust and visit MPI’s website for advice and support.

 

Read more about this here.

Read the media release below.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND OFFERS FULL SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT

 

  Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has offered their full support to the Government for communities that are affected by the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) outbreak. This announcement was made in a meeting earlier this week with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor, and Waikato dairy farmers, then reiterated with industry leaders.

 

“Our rural communities are really hurting in this unprecedented biosecurity outbreak – it is vital they are supported throughout this response, no matter what future plan is decided next week,” says RWNZ National President Fiona Gower.

“From what I saw on Monday and what we are hearing from our members and others in the industry, it is clear that the response to M. bovis is upsetting and we are pleased to have been able to offer our support.

“Since 1925, RWNZ members have been the glue that holds rural communities together and nearly 100 years later we continue by working with Rural Support Trusts, visiting farming families, and offering funding for adverse events.

“The decision to offer our full support comes from recent meetings with industry leaders and the Minister, and from our many years’ experience supporting rural communities.

“We are pleased that RWNZ can continue our tradition of charitable giving and we look forward to working with the Government and industry to ensure rural communities are fully supported through the M. bovis outbreak,” says Ms Gower.

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

 

Complete the survey here.

 

Survey deadline - Friday, 25 May 2018


 

Census Data Collection Survey

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand are conducting a survey after receiving concerns from members who experienced difficulty when completing their 2018 Census. We would like to thank those members who contacted National Office and provided feedback on what to include in the survey. The survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Please take note that this survey is anonymous.
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Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement this morning that the Government are giving a funding boost to help improve child and family wellbeing. 

 

Read the relevant media here.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND BACKS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND/ACCESS COMMUNITY HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP IS OPEN

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) and Access Community Health are excited to announce that this year, they will be offering a scholarship of $3000 to a health worker who wishes to further their studies in the health and/or disability fields.

“We want to encourage people to pursue studies in health professions, and to miss out on doing so due to financial reasons would be a real shame,” says RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

"We are delighted to partner with Access Community Health to award the scholarship.

This scholarship is to recognise the importance in having trained health professionals wanting to work in rural sector, ensuring better health outcomes for our rural communities.

“Access Community Health is very proud of their longstanding relationship with Rural Women New Zealand, and once again we are delighted to be a sponsor of the RWNZ/Access Community Health Scholarship in 2018,” says Access Community HealthChief Executive Officer, Simon Lipscombe.

“We are very pleased for last year’s successful applicant Roberta Kaio, and we hope that the Scholarship awarded helps the recipient further their ongoing learning journey,” says Mr Lipscombe.

“RWNZ and Access Community Health look forward to reviewing the applicants – applications for the scholarship close Sunday, 1 July 2018, application forms can be downloaded off our website,” says Ms Gower.

 

 

To find more information, visit the bursaries page of our website here

 

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding safe firearms practices this duck shooting season.

Please read the media release below.

 

DUCK HUNTING SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

 

The ending of one hunting season and the start of another is a timely reminder about safety with firearms says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

 

“It is important that hunters remember the golden rules of firearms safety, especially given that the roar has finished for the most part, and duck shooting season starts this coming weekend,” says RWNZ National Finance Chair, Rachael Dean.

 

“Understand and follow the Arms Code, particularly the seven basic rules of firearms safety, and reinforce safe use of firearms with other users – none of us want any more hunting tragedies.

 

“The Arms Code has been designed to ensure safe measures and precaution when using firearms.

 

“Please, look after your personal health, be aware of those around you and your surroundings, and leave the celebrations until the shooting day is over and the firearms are safely locked away.

 

“RWNZ wants everyone to be safe when hunting and gathering so that at the end of the day rural families and communities enjoy the fruits of living off the land – that which is quintessential to rural New Zealand” says Ms Dean.

 

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Rural Women New Zealand

National Office

 

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04 473 5524

 

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Duck Hunting Season Begins This Weekend

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding safe firearms practices this duck shooting season.  Read More

(Pictured: RWNZ Board Member and National Finance Chair, Rachael Dean, and Manager of Government, Public Sector and Academic Relationships, Angela McLeod presenting to the Primary Production Committee.)

 

RWNZ has released a media release about our oral submission to the Primary Production Committee on the Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Bill.

Please read the media release below.

RUSTLING NEEDS TO BE AN OFFENCE

Rural communities need solid action from Parliament’s Primary Production Select Committee on livestock rustling says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“We presented our oral submission in support of the Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill to the Primary Production Committee yesterday, and called for more to be done to enable and empower New Zealand’s rural communities,” says RWNZ National Finance Chair, Rachael Dean.

“The Committee as a whole was supportive of the submissions which is great to see, however this support needs to be followed by actions starting with rustling being made an offence.

“Secondly, there needs to be effective punishment and powers to seize, both of which will act as a deterrent to rustlers.

“The current situation with rustling is simply not being dealt with adequately, and it is resulting in significant financial loss for our rural communities.

“In addition to financial loss the emotional and mental wellbeing of rural families is affected by rustling which places additional stress on communities.

“It is critical that legislation exists to provide adequate support and protection for our rural communities - they are the backbone of our country.

“Amendments made to the Sentencing Act as proposed in this bill are crucial, however the fact remains that other pieces of legislation need to be fit-for-purpose. RWNZ wants this latter issue reported back to the House by the Select Committee,” says Ms Dean.

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Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
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Rustling Needs to be an Offence

Monday, April 16, 2018

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(Pictured above: Minister Damien O'Çonnor meeting with RWNZ Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, National President Fiona Gower, National Chair Penny Mudford and Manager of Government, Public Sector and Academic Relationships Angela McLeod.)

 

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release supporting the recent announcement to reintegrate rural proofing into policy development. Please read the media release below. 

 

RURAL PROOFING IS BACK ON THE TABLE

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to see rural proofing is back on the table and being included in the Government’s policy work.

“Understanding the impact that Government policies, service delivery and business behaviour have on our rural communities is not only vital to the success of the rural economy, it builds and maintains our rural social fabric,” says RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ has been calling for rural impact analyses to be carried out in both the public and private sector because decisions have, and are being made that have a detrimental effect on rural communities.

“As a member of the advisory group that supported the development of the Government’s new Rural Proofing Guide for Policy Development and Service Delivery Planning, RWNZ is encouraged by the final document.

“RWNZ will continue to work alongside the Government, its agencies and entities to ensure successful implementation of the Rural Proofing Guide.

“The Government’s new rural proofing policy guidelines will go a long way to alleviating poor policy development and service delivery, and RWNZ is looking forward to seeing better outcomes for rural communities,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, please contact National Office:

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Rural Proofing Back On the Table

Thursday, June 14, 2018


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Rural Women New Zealand would like to congratulate Alison Van Wyk for her appointment as CEO of Access Community Health. 

 


 

Alison has a background in nursing and possesses sales, marketing and management experience within the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare supply chain markets both within New Zealand and internationally. Instrumental in establishing professional programmes of clinical care and advice in pharmacy and the reclassification of medicines for Green Cross Health, Alison has taken a leadership role in advocacy for pharmacy and government relations within the health industry.

Alison commenced her new role effective 18 June 2018.


 

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

 

Read the relevant media here.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND BACKS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please read the media release below.

CENSUS DATA COLLECTION INTEGRITY QUESTIONED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please contact the National Office for more information.

 

 

National Office

Rural Women New Zealand

 

[email protected]

04 473 5524


 

 

(image source: www.census.govt.nz)

Census Data Collection Integrity Questioned

Monday, February 26, 2018

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

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

Read the announcement here.  

 

 

ANOTHER SET BACK FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another setback for health and wellbeing of rural communities.

Friday, April 06, 2018

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

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding our involvement to help support communities affected by the M.bovis outbreak. With 38 farms currently infected, and others under movement control, we encourage farmers to contact their local Rural Support Trust and visit MPI’s website for advice and support.

 

Read more about this here.

Read the media release below.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND OFFERS FULL SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT

 

  Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has offered their full support to the Government for communities that are affected by the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) outbreak. This announcement was made in a meeting earlier this week with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor, and Waikato dairy farmers, then reiterated with industry leaders.

 

“Our rural communities are really hurting in this unprecedented biosecurity outbreak – it is vital they are supported throughout this response, no matter what future plan is decided next week,” says RWNZ National President Fiona Gower.

“From what I saw on Monday and what we are hearing from our members and others in the industry, it is clear that the response to M. bovis is upsetting and we are pleased to have been able to offer our support.

“Since 1925, RWNZ members have been the glue that holds rural communities together and nearly 100 years later we continue by working with Rural Support Trusts, visiting farming families, and offering funding for adverse events.

“The decision to offer our full support comes from recent meetings with industry leaders and the Minister, and from our many years’ experience supporting rural communities.

“We are pleased that RWNZ can continue our tradition of charitable giving and we look forward to working with the Government and industry to ensure rural communities are fully supported through the M. bovis outbreak,” says Ms Gower.

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