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Join Rural Women New Zealand on Day Two of our Summit for breakfast, constructive policy workshop sessions and lunch with a range of knowledgeable speakers.

Breakfast at the Rydges will include guest speaker, Sarah Trotman ONZM who will speak on her leadership experience with a particular focus on being a strong advocate for the advancement of women and girls. Our policy workshops sessions will provide a collaborative space for discussion, building ideas and learning.

These workshops are being facilitated by industry experts including KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist Agri-Food, Julia Jones; Entrepreneur, Brian Monahan; RWNZ Board Members, Penny Mudford ONZM and Margaret Pittaway; and TUANZ CEO, Craig Young.

The workshops will also include speakers from affiliated organisations and government deparments including the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Horticulture NZ, Age Concern, NZ College of Midwives, Pāmu, Landcare Trust, NZI, and more.

 
We invite you to join us at an exciting event to meet and learn from industry leaders and experts in their field.
 
Registration forms can be downloaded here


Business Tips Workshop

 

If you own or run a small business or thinking about it, then the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Tips Workshop is for you.

Designed to support business owners with tips and ideas to make the most out of your business, Rural Women New Zealand has teamed up with NZI, MBIE and Butler Pelvin to bring you this workshop that will take you on the next step in your entrepreneurial journey.

Join Rural Women New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, a renowned restauranteur in Wellington, who will facilitate discussion with the following speakers:

 

Jon Watson
NZI National Manager – Rural

You can’t get anywhere in life without taking risk – understanding and managing risk can help you win.

 

Amelia Ritchie
NZI Digital Engagement Specialist

How to promote your business and work with customer enquiries on social media.

  

Jess Etheridge
NZI Media Relations Specialist

What makes news, how to tell your story and the dos and don’ts of interviews.

  

Kathryn Pengelly
NZI Senior Insurance Lawyer

Your rural business and the law: A how-to guide to being compliant in promoting your business and tips and tricks for entering into contracts.

 

Jennifer Pelvin

Director, Butler Pelvin & Associates

Networking: how to build and leverage your networks to grow your business.

 

Claire Hinton

Senior Stakeholder Adviser, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Business Resources to make business easier.

 

Register here.

Why not also take the opportunity to network with the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Award winners at our Breakfast of Champions with Guest Speaker Sarah Trotman and Lunch at Rydges with author Kate de Goldi. Read the full programme here


 

 

 

Policy Workshops

 

 

Held at Victoria University Law School, Old Government Buildings.

 

 

Social: RWNZ National Chair, Penny Mudford will lead discussion on wrap-around support – what does it look like and mean, and how do we do it? With input from MPI Mycoplasma bovis Response Manager, David Wansbrough; HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman on PSA recovery, and; Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Advisor, Nancy Tuaine speaking on Whanau Ora.

 

 

Technology: TUANZ CEO, Craig Young will facilitate discussion on the issues and solutions with Crown Infrastructure Partners Chief Executive Officer, Graham Mitchell, WIZWireless founder Bridget Canning, MBIE Senior Policy Advisor, Janelle Whittleston, and MBIE Policy Advisor ReneeDuffell.

 

 

Business: KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist,

Julia Jones will facilitate a discussion on factors affecting farming along with input from Rabobank's Dairy Analyst of their RaboResearch Food and AGribuisness division, Emma Higgins, SME Principle Policy Advisor, Jon Cable and General Manager, Just Transitions, Gus Charteris both of MBIE.

 

 

International: National President, Fiona Gower will facilitate this workshop with support from Beryl Anderson (former President of the National Council of Women) who has extensive experience in the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and others on the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in NZ.

 

 

Education: RWNZ will host a discussion on Education for our future with MBIE Future of Work Policy Director, Gerald Minnee, NZ Institute’s Briar Lipson.

 

 

Health: RWNZ Board Member and Health Portfolio Convenor,

Margaret Pittaway will facilitate discussion on rural health issues with the support of NZ College of Midwives CEO Karen Guilliland, Skylight Trust Chief Executive, Heather Henare, and Age Concern Chief Executive, Stephanie Clare.

 

 

Environment: Brian Monahan will facilitate a discussion with Landcare Trust Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Nick Edgar, Interim Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr. David Prentice and Pamu Head of Environment, Alison Dewes.

 

Summit Workshop Sessions

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Contact Melva Robb for more information. 

101 Ways with Wool

Friday, October 26, 2018

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Rural Women New Zealand is proud to announce the category winners and finalists for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Awards 2018.

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards are an opportunity to showcase the innovation and entrepreneurial excellence of women who own small rural businesses while also supporting their local communities.

On Saturday, 20 October National President, Fiona Gower announced the winners of the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards. Please read below this years category winners, who will all now compete for the Supreme Award announced at the Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 20 November. 

 

The Awards are being held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November and will be a fantastic evening, showcasing and celebrating women in business. 

 

Download the registration form to attend the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards here.

 

Creative Arts Award – Sponsored by Shear Warmth Wool Blankets

Awarded to Sophie Siers of Millwood Press Ltd

The Creative Arts Award recognises a business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.

 

"One of the changing aspects of rural life is the growing amount of industry and secondary businesses run from the farm to try and support smaller family farms. Many of these are run by women and it’s fantastic to see Rural Women New Zealand offering this award to showcase these sometimes amazing businesses from rural New Zealand," says Sophie. 

 

Emerging Business – Sponsored by Treadwells Barristers and Solicitors

Awarded to Hannah O'Brien of Hunt and Gather Bee Co

The Emerging Business Award recognises a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. 


"Being involved in the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards has been a really wonderful experience for me. It has given me a chance to look at our business and identify all of our strengths and achievements so far, and to re-evaluate our future goals. It has reminded me of what is really important to us as a company and what we value in our business," says Hannah. 

 

Innovation – Sponsored by Hynds

Awarded to Bridget Canning of WIZwireless

The Innovation Award recognises an enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.

 

"I wanted to work from home and found the lack of decent internet very frustrating, we decided to do something about it ourselves and WIZwireless was born. That was 2005. 13 years on, the company has a strong subscriber base and it’s growing every day. Winning the Innovation section of the NZI Rural Women Business Awards 2018 is amazing. I thank NZI, the other sponsors and supporters of this competition for making this achievement possible," says Bridget. 

 

 

Rural Champion – Sponsored by FNZC

Awarded to Robyn McKenzie of Fly My Sky. 

The Rural Champion is a person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise – an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise.

"Over many years of working in rural areas, I have been fortunate to meet women working exceptionally hard in diverse businesses, often in difficult circumstances, with little readily available peer support and little time for themselves. I believe the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards offer women encouragement, support and excellent networking opportunities," says Robyn.  

 

Love of the Land – Sponsored by Agrisea

Awarded to Marie Taylor of Plant Hawke's Bay.

 

The Love of the Land Award recognises a business harnessing the potential of New Zealand’s land, environment or products of the land, to create a successful business enterprise.

 

 

"Being a part of the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards is a tremendous opportunity for me and my business, Plant Hawke’s Bay. It is a wonderful way to showcase my business and build its profile, enabling me to tell my native plant story to a national audience. It is also great to meet other inspiring rural women and hear of their stories of business success," says Marie.

 

Thank you to Premier Partner NZI; sponsors Dove River Peonies, FNZC, Hynds, ShearWarmth, and Treadwells; and supporters Access Community Health, Agrisea and SWAZI.

 

 

 

 

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards Winners Announced

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand is proud to announce the category winners and finalists for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Awards 2018.
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Read the media release below.

 

SHE SHEARS PREMIERES IN MASTERTON

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are proud to be a sponsor of the film ‘She Shears’ which premiered at the Regent Theatre in Masterton last night.

The film follows the journey of five women in the New Zealand shearing industry who were either experienced shearers or who are working their way up to become top women shearers.

The shearers Emily Welsh, Jills Angus Burney, Pagan Karauria, Hazel Wood, and Catherine Mullooly, all come from different parts of New Zealand with a range of backgrounds and life goals, yet all share a passion for shearing.

“RWNZ supported the She Shears film because it is important to shine a light on the women who live and work in rural New Zealand, often invisibly,” says National Board Chair, Penny Mudford.

“Women work hard. They are talented and skilled at what they do and for rural, this is in dairy sheds, growing sheds, sorting and packing sheds, garden sheds, and woolsheds.

“The film is an honest depiction of strong and capable women who are iconic role models for other women and girls.

“She Shears Director, Jack Nicol has done an incredible job at capturing the essence of rural life as many of us know it.

“The film has now been released to the general public and we encourage everyone to watch this inspiring, moving story,” says Ms Mudford.

Read more about the film and find screenings at www.sheshears.com.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]

Pictured: Director She Shears, Jack Nicol, She Shears - Emily Welch, RWNZ Catherine Stabb, RWNZ National Chair Penny Mudford.
Photo supplied by She Shears.

She Shears Premieres in Masterton

Thursday, October 11, 2018


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WINNERS OF THE NZ GUILD OF AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISTS AND COMMUNICATORS ANNOUNCED

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) presented two awards at the 60th New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators Awards (Guild's).

“RWNZ believes that the Guild’s are an important opportunity to recognise the talent which connects and strengthens New Zealand’s rural communities,” says National Chair, Penny Mudford.

“As an organisation, we sponsored two awards at this year’s Guilds – the Rural Connectivity Award and the RWNZ Journalism Award.

“RWNZ established the Rural Connectivity Award to recognise the importance of connectivity to rural communities and agri-businesses in rural areas, celebrating journalism that helps raise awareness about the issues and benefits of rural connectivity.

“This year, Gerald Piddock of Stuff NZ wins the Rural Connectivity Award for his work on how strengthening connections in rural communities is a way of supporting and attracting new farmers to the industry.

“The Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award was established to recognise the important contribution women make (and have always made) in the rural community, either through their role in the farming sector or to the general rural environment, in its broadest interpretation.

“Carol Stiles of Radio New Zealand’s Country Life Programme, wins the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2018 for her work on broadcasts which highlighted how one women’s dream of sheep farming came to fruition and another who is changing the lives of retired farm dogs.

“RWNZ is proud to be involved with the Guild’s and look forward to hearing and seeing more from the entrants and winners who grow, connect and support our rural communities,” says Ms Mudford.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Rural Women New Zealand

National Office

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November 2018 in Wellington in the Banquet Hall at Parliament.

A review of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards has been completed by the RWNZ Board with feedback from members and participants, external advice, and the awards partners.

The awards have been renamed the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards and NZI is the Premier Partner. The categories have been broadened, the application process has been updated and the judging criteria strengthened.

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards give an outstanding opportunity to showcase your business. The event attracts extensive media coverage and promotional opportunities. All winners will receive a membership of Rural Women New Zealand for one year. All category winners will each receive $1000 in prize money and a trophy, and the Supreme Winner will receive a further $1000 in prize money.

 

“Winning the Supreme Award was such an amazing result. I am proud of my achievements and honoured to be surrounded by such inspiring, talented and strong women,”

- Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines, Supreme winner 2017.

 

 

You can download the entry forms below, which contain information regarding entry criteria and conditions of entry. The PDF version can be downloaded, printed, filled out and scanned or posted to National Office. The Word.doc available can be electronically filled out using Microsoft Word and sent as an attachment to National Office. Please send entry forms to [email protected].

First stage entry forms (13, June – 1, August) PDF

First stage entry forms (13, June – 1, August) Word.doc


The categories for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 2018 are:

  • Emerging business: Awarded to a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. Open to businesses that have been running from 2 – 5 years.
  • Love of the Land: Harnessing the potential of New Zealand’s land, environment or products of the land, to create a successful business enterprise.
  • Creative Arts: A business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.
  • Innovation: An enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.
  • Rural Champion: A person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise – an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise. Open to anybody.
 

A Supreme winner will be chosen from all category finalists, who has shown excellence and outstanding achievement across all entry criteria.

 

Please find following the relevant dates for entries:

  • Wednesday, 13 June - Launch of awards at National Fieldays, entries open
  • Wednesday, 1 August - Entries close, first round judging starts
  • Friday, 31 August - First round judging complete
  • Saturday, 1 September - First stage finalists contacted and second round entries open
  • Sunday, 30 September - Second stage entries close
  • Monday, 1 October - Second stage judging begins.
  • Tuesday, 20 November - NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards (winners announced).

Please read the media release launching the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards here:

If you are interested in supporting the awards as a category partner, please contact [email protected].

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

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Rural Women New Zealand released a media release, supporting the call of the New Zealand College of Midwives for pay equity. 

 

Please read our media release below.

 

MIDWIVES NEED EQUAL PAY

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) backs the call by the New Zealand College of Midwives for pay equity.

“Effective maternity care is vital for the safety of New Zealand’s women and babies particularly in rural communities and reducing the gender pay gap is an important tool in that effectiveness,” says Health Portfolio Convenor and Board Member Margaret Pittaway.

“Rural midwives are the most affected by the gender pay gap because of their increased workload due to longer travel distances and lack of midwives based in rural New Zealand.

“This week we celebrated 125 years since women won the fight to vote – in 2018 we shouldn’t have to fight for pay equity.

“RWNZ asks that the Government front up with the budget needed to fund the model of care co-designed by midwives and the Ministry of Health,” says Mrs Pittaway.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]

RWNZ backs the call of the NZCOM

Friday, September 21, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release, supporting the call of the New Zealand College of Midwives for pay equity.  Read More

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

New Zealand's farming women celebrating 125 years on

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

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Suffrage 125 has brought together a group of women around Gore, including RWNZ, to prepare a range of events, both to celebrate the 1893 achievement of women gaining the right to vote, and to remind and educate a modern generation of what went before and how they are reaping the benefits. 

Celebrations to date have included re-enactments and displays, ‘Cuppa with a Coppa’, joining with women in police and emergency services and will continue through to December with exhibitions, talks and displays at Gore’s renowned Eastern Southland Gallery.

We are proud to screen ‘She Shears’ in Gore as part of the Suffrage Celebrations!On Sunday September 23rd it is part of a trio of women-centric movies, along with ’What Really Happened: Votes for Women’ and ‘The Divine Order’ about Swiss women who didn’t get the vote till 1971!

Wool will be prominent that day, in it’s many uses, including a display of award winning garments from Hokonui Fashion Awards and Wool On, created by Gore women, Viv Tamblyn and her daughter Andre Johnston.

Remembering and celebrating women, past, present and future.

 

 

 

Jeanette McIntyre MBE

Mid-East Southland RWNZ


 

 

Celebrating Suffrage125 in mid-East Southland

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Suffrage125 - Women in the Primary Sector

 

Florence Polson


This year we are celebrating 125 years of suffrage with Ministry for Primary Industries by profiling women in the primary sector. Florence Polson was the founder and first President of what was then known as the Women's Division of the New Zealand Farmers Union (now Rural Women New Zealand).

 

Born in 1877 Florence was born in Australia, and later moved to a small farm near Whanganui after marrying William John Polson in 1910. After William was elected President of the New Zealand Farmers's Union, Florence started to campaign for the needs of rural women and eventually started the Women's Division of NZFU in 1925, and was elected President of the division the same year.

 

“The Women’s Division is of distinct benefit to the community because of awakened interest in community conditions and the possibility, by organized efforts, to improve those conditions”, - Florence Polson.#Suffrage125 Ministry for Women, New Zealand

 

Loshni Manikam


Rural Women New Zealand Member Loshni Manikam is a woman who has contributed significantly to New Zealand’s primary sector. Earlier this year, she was named Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year for her dedication to growing leadership among farming communities. 


 What do you do in the primary sector?

Loshni: I am a leadership coach and facilitator working with women in the primary sector to overcome the barriers (internal and external) that get in the way of them succeeding.

Why is this important to you and to New Zealand?

The primary sector is an integral part of NZ's economy, and women make up 50% of that sector. If we can support women to succeed, there is a positive ripple impact on their families, businesses, communities, sector, and New Zealand.

What’s your view about women in primary sector – (if need a prompt – can you tell me about how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go)

We have come a long way in minimising and managing the external barriers to women succeeding in the Primary Sector - there are more opportunities and a greater appreciation of what we bring to the table. I believe that the biggest gains we can now make will come from us managing our internal barriers.

 

 

 

Celebrating Suffrage125 with women in the primary sector

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Suffrage125 - Women in the Primary Sector
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Join Rural Women New Zealand on Day Two of our Summit for breakfast, constructive policy workshop sessions and lunch with a range of knowledgeable speakers.

Breakfast at the Rydges will include guest speaker, Sarah Trotman ONZM who will speak on her leadership experience with a particular focus on being a strong advocate for the advancement of women and girls. Our policy workshops sessions will provide a collaborative space for discussion, building ideas and learning.

These workshops are being facilitated by industry experts including KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist Agri-Food, Julia Jones; Entrepreneur, Brian Monahan; RWNZ Board Members, Penny Mudford ONZM and Margaret Pittaway; and TUANZ CEO, Craig Young.

The workshops will also include speakers from affiliated organisations and government deparments including the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Horticulture NZ, Age Concern, NZ College of Midwives, Pāmu, Landcare Trust, NZI, and more.

 
We invite you to join us at an exciting event to meet and learn from industry leaders and experts in their field.
 
Registration forms can be downloaded here


Business Tips Workshop

 

If you own or run a small business or thinking about it, then the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Tips Workshop is for you.

Designed to support business owners with tips and ideas to make the most out of your business, Rural Women New Zealand has teamed up with NZI, MBIE and Butler Pelvin to bring you this workshop that will take you on the next step in your entrepreneurial journey.

Join Rural Women New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, a renowned restauranteur in Wellington, who will facilitate discussion with the following speakers:

 

Jon Watson
NZI National Manager – Rural

You can’t get anywhere in life without taking risk – understanding and managing risk can help you win.

 

Amelia Ritchie
NZI Digital Engagement Specialist

How to promote your business and work with customer enquiries on social media.

  

Jess Etheridge
NZI Media Relations Specialist

What makes news, how to tell your story and the dos and don’ts of interviews.

  

Kathryn Pengelly
NZI Senior Insurance Lawyer

Your rural business and the law: A how-to guide to being compliant in promoting your business and tips and tricks for entering into contracts.

 

Jennifer Pelvin

Director, Butler Pelvin & Associates

Networking: how to build and leverage your networks to grow your business.

 

Claire Hinton

Senior Stakeholder Adviser, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Business Resources to make business easier.

 

Register here.

Why not also take the opportunity to network with the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Award winners at our Breakfast of Champions with Guest Speaker Sarah Trotman and Lunch at Rydges with author Kate de Goldi. Read the full programme here


 

 

 

Policy Workshops

 

 

Held at Victoria University Law School, Old Government Buildings.

 

 

Social: RWNZ National Chair, Penny Mudford will lead discussion on wrap-around support – what does it look like and mean, and how do we do it? With input from MPI Mycoplasma bovis Response Manager, David Wansbrough; HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman on PSA recovery, and; Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Advisor, Nancy Tuaine speaking on Whanau Ora.

 

 

Technology: TUANZ CEO, Craig Young will facilitate discussion on the issues and solutions with Crown Infrastructure Partners Chief Executive Officer, Graham Mitchell, WIZWireless founder Bridget Canning, MBIE Senior Policy Advisor, Janelle Whittleston, and MBIE Policy Advisor ReneeDuffell.

 

 

Business: KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist,

Julia Jones will facilitate a discussion on factors affecting farming along with input from Rabobank's Dairy Analyst of their RaboResearch Food and AGribuisness division, Emma Higgins, SME Principle Policy Advisor, Jon Cable and General Manager, Just Transitions, Gus Charteris both of MBIE.

 

 

International: National President, Fiona Gower will facilitate this workshop with support from Beryl Anderson (former President of the National Council of Women) who has extensive experience in the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and others on the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in NZ.

 

 

Education: RWNZ will host a discussion on Education for our future with MBIE Future of Work Policy Director, Gerald Minnee, NZ Institute’s Briar Lipson.

 

 

Health: RWNZ Board Member and Health Portfolio Convenor,

Margaret Pittaway will facilitate discussion on rural health issues with the support of NZ College of Midwives CEO Karen Guilliland, Skylight Trust Chief Executive, Heather Henare, and Age Concern Chief Executive, Stephanie Clare.

 

 

Environment: Brian Monahan will facilitate a discussion with Landcare Trust Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Nick Edgar, Interim Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr. David Prentice and Pamu Head of Environment, Alison Dewes.

 

Summit Workshop Sessions

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Rural Women New Zealand released a media release calling for a review of school bus eligibility criteria. 

 

 

RURAL SCHOOL BUS SERVICE REVIEW NEEDED

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is calling for a review of the school bus eligibility criteria, particularly in the rural areas.

“The safest way for children to get to school in rural New Zealand is by bus, however, the current eligibility criteria for the service means that children are being put in dangerous situations,” says Education Portfolio Convenor and Board Member, Sue Higgins.

“If children live within two kilometres of a rural school they are not eligible for the local bus service where there is one, and are forced to walk or cycle on roads with no shoulders, often used by logging trucks, stock trucks and milk tankers, making it treacherous for our children.

“RWNZ understands that parents are responsible for ensuring their children go to school, however, the rural bus is vital for farming families who have both a busy working life and distance, for those who live further away, to contend with.

“A review of the criteria applied to children’s eligibility for their local rural school bus service is needed – school by school.

“It’s time the Government showed leadership on keeping our rural children safe on their journey to and from school,” says Mrs Higgins.

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For further information, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

 

Rural school bus service review needed.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release calling for a review of school bus eligibility criteria.  Read More

 Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement that Lumsden will lose its birthing unit. 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

16 August 2018
For immediate release

 

RURAL MATERNITY CARE IN CRISIS

The downgrading of maternity care in rural Otago and Southland will be catastrophic says Rural Women New Zealand(RWNZ).

“On top of the news that Lumsden’s birthing unit has been downgraded to a pre- and post-natal care unit, RWNZ understands that Wanaka has lost its bid to have a primary birthing unit and this does not bode well for rural communities,” says Board Member and Health Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Whilst RWNZ is somewhat pleased that Lumsden will retain care facilities for any woman with pre- and post-natal needs, women ready to give birth will need to travel at least 50 kilometres to the nearest delivery suite.

“Wanaka is expecting 200 births this coming year and there will be no primary birthing unit, and like Lumsden, will become a hub.

“The Otago-Southland region has a huge hinterland with many young parents who are choosing to have families and raise them in this wonderful part of the world and are at risk due to distance from the maternity care they are entitled to.

"No consideration has been given to those parents who have needed the services provided at Lumsden and already travelling up to two hours, now having an extra 50 kilometres added.

“When assessing maternity needs there is always two lives to consider, the mother and the child, and its outrageous that at the time in their lives when they should be close to their families they are not able to be, due to poor decision-making.

“It is not acceptable that pregnant women in rural areas of the South Island are now miles away from anywhere that can support them to have safe births, something a rural impact analysis would have highlighted.

“It’s time the Government and DHB ensured rural communities have the same access to maternity care as urban communities expect,” says Mrs Pittaway.

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For more information, please contact National Office.

[email protected]

04 473 5524

 

 

 

 

 

Rural maternity care in crisis

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement that Lumsden will lose its birthing unit.  Read More

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

New Zealand's farming women celebrating 125 years on

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

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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

 

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November 2018 in Wellington in the Banquet Hall at Parliament.

A review of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards has been completed by the RWNZ Board with feedback from members and participants, external advice, and the awards partners.

The awards have been renamed the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards and NZI is the Premier Partner. The categories have been broadened, the application process has been updated and the judging criteria strengthened.

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards give an outstanding opportunity to showcase your business. The event attracts extensive media coverage and promotional opportunities. All winners will receive a membership of Rural Women New Zealand for one year. All category winners will each receive $1000 in prize money and a trophy, and the Supreme Winner will receive a further $1000 in prize money.

 

“Winning the Supreme Award was such an amazing result. I am proud of my achievements and honoured to be surrounded by such inspiring, talented and strong women,”

- Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines, Supreme winner 2017.

 

 

You can download the entry forms below, which contain information regarding entry criteria and conditions of entry. The PDF version can be downloaded, printed, filled out and scanned or posted to National Office. The Word.doc available can be electronically filled out using Microsoft Word and sent as an attachment to National Office. Please send entry forms to [email protected].

First stage entry forms (13, June – 1, August) PDF

First stage entry forms (13, June – 1, August) Word.doc


The categories for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 2018 are:

  • Emerging business: Awarded to a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. Open to businesses that have been running from 2 – 5 years.
  • Love of the Land: Harnessing the potential of New Zealand’s land, environment or products of the land, to create a successful business enterprise.
  • Creative Arts: A business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.
  • Innovation: An enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.
  • Rural Champion: A person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise – an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise. Open to anybody.
 

A Supreme winner will be chosen from all category finalists, who has shown excellence and outstanding achievement across all entry criteria.

 

Please find following the relevant dates for entries:

  • Wednesday, 13 June - Launch of awards at National Fieldays, entries open
  • Wednesday, 1 August - Entries close, first round judging starts
  • Friday, 31 August - First round judging complete
  • Saturday, 1 September - First stage finalists contacted and second round entries open
  • Sunday, 30 September - Second stage entries close
  • Monday, 1 October - Second stage judging begins.
  • Tuesday, 20 November - NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards (winners announced).

Please read the media release launching the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards here:

If you are interested in supporting the awards as a category partner, please contact [email protected].

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

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