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The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms.

“Rural Women New Zealand have an authoritative rural voice and are pleased to be included on this Council” says Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

RWNZ are represented on the Firearms Community Advisory Forum and are also members of the Police and Rural Stakeholder’s Partnership.

Rachael Dean, RWNZ’s Finance Chair and representative on the Firearms Safety Council, is looking forward to collaborating with other groups to reduce accidents involving firearms. “RWNZ want to work with associations to improve safety, and encourage firearms' owners to learn more about the safe use of firearms.”

RWNZ has made several submissions to government regarding rural policing, safety and emergency services. In August last year, RWNZ presented a submission at the Law and Order Select Committee on illegal possession of firearms. The submission stated concerns about the shortage of police in rural areas, and the impact of organised and firearm-related crime on community safety.

RWNZ has also expressed concerns about changes to firearms’ licensing, training and testing. RWNZ believed there needed to be further consultation with stakeholders and rural firearms’ owners.

Interim Chair of the Firearms Safety Council, retired Police Inspector Mr Joe Green, says “one of the key objectives of the Council is to provide advice to government agencies and other organisations, such as the media, on firearms safety related matters.”

The membership of the Firearms Safety Council includes the NZ Deerstalkers Association, Pistol NZ, NZ Shooting Federation, NZ Pig Hunters Association, Sporting Shooters Association of NZ, NZ Sporting Industry Association, Antique and Historical Arms Association, Federated Mountain Clubs, Target Shooting NZ, Firearms Safety Specialists NZ Ltd, NZ Black Powder Shooting Federation, NZ Service Rifle Association, Rural Women NZ and Safari Club International (NZ).

 

RWNZ joins Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Friday, February 17, 2017

The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms.  Read More

From 1 April, there will be no letter deliveries or mail pick-ups on Saturdays for rural customers who are currently on a six day delivery, says NZ Post Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart. Mail deliveries will continue as they are now, from Monday to Friday.

Rural contractors will however continue to deliver parcels and subscription newspapers on Saturdays in areas where there is currently six day delivery.

“Letter volumes continue to fall sharply, whereas the number of parcels and other products in our network is increasing,” says Mark Stewart.

Rural Women New Zealand’s National President Fiona Gower says “The move to five-day delivery is in line with our expectations for rural delivery. However, we do have concerns that the delivery days do not decline further and are maintained at a minimum of five-day delivery.

The five-day delivery allows for rural residents in remote locations to access postal services for mail, news and medication delivery. It also serves as a connection to their community.”

 

NZ Post rural delivery changes

Thursday, February 16, 2017

From 1 April, there will be no letter deliveries or mail pick-ups on Saturdays for rural customers who are currently on a six day delivery, says NZ Post Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart. Mail deliveries will continue as they are now, from Monday to Friday.  Read More

The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign is up and running for the second time, building a community of fans and followers all wearing their support for the recent quake affected areas of New Zealand.

To date over 21,000 pairs of socks have been sold to supporters worldwide since the initial launch in 2010 following the Christchurch earthquake.

RWNZ are encouraging people to buy, wear and share their support on social media by tagging @aftersocksnz to inspire others to purchase a pair of New Zealand made merino socks.

Proceeds from Aftersocks™ sales go to the RWNZ Adverse Events Relief Fund. Several grants have been distributed to individuals and groups in the areas surrounding Kaikōura, with the aim of raising community spirit. The small town of Ward, 20km north of Seddon the epicentre of the magnitude 7.8 quake, hosted a cricket match in January with assistance from the Fund. The sporting event and BBQ attracted 60 people including children, who were treated to a special visit from Mr Whippy.

The RWNZ Hurunui District are hosting a comedy evening in February, featuring “Ethel and Bethel Bingo Babes” who are guaranteed to give the community a few laughs.

RWNZ members from North Canterbury and the wider Marlborough region have also been visiting rural farmers and residents isolated by the quakes to distribute care packages.

Rachel Bartrum's Kaikōura home and business, Lynton Downs Farm Homestay, was damaged by the quakes. The old house did a great job at staying up to let the Bartum family out safely, something Rachel says “we will be forever thankful for”. The quake exposed some relics with the falling chimney revealing several historic photos of the first Lynton Downs family.

Rachel received a visit from a “wonderful” RWNZ member post-quake with a care package, “thank you so much, this will help us on our new journey of rebuilding on the farm.”

The Adverse Events Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with emphasis on rural women and children. Apply now, click here for more information.

Buy a pair of Aftersocks™ today, visit www.ruralwomen.org.nz/shop to purchase. Share your @aftersocksnz on social media and wear your support proudly for those affected by the November 2016 earthquakes.

Rachel Bartrum photo credit: Andrew Spencer Photography Ltd.

Aftersocks™ NZ buy, wear & share today

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign is up and running for the second time, building a community of fans and followers all wearing their support for the recent quake affected areas of New Zealand. 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

The Government has announced an increase in police staffing. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) welcomes the investment being made in policing, especially for rural and remote communities.

“Safety for rural residents, property and stock is paramount in isolated farming areas. An increase in police numbers should lead to increased presence in rural areas that are struggling with crime, such as burglary, drugs and family violence. The new non-emergency phone number will also make it more efficient for residents to follow up non-urgent matters,” says RWNZ’s National President Fiona Gower.

RWNZ are represented on the Police and Rural Stakeholder’s Committee and the Police Firearms Community Advisory Forum. RWNZ has made several submissions to government regarding rural policing, safety and emergency services. In August last year, RWNZ presented a submission at the Law and Order Select Committee on illegal possession of firearms. The submission stated concerns about the shortage of police in rural areas, and the impact of organised and firearm-related crime on community safety.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has said the increase includes an “extra 880 new Police officers into frontline roles” in areas of “child protection, family violence and in rural communities.” In addition to more staff in communications centres, intelligence teams and in specialist roles. “These new roles will continue to ensure police have the right tools and resources to do their jobs and achieve the best possible outcome for victims,” says Mike Bush.

The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) has also responded positively to the announcement. Spokesperson Nicole McKee agrees, that the focus of policing in rural areas is especially welcome as COLFO has been advocating for more resourcing for police so they may combat crime where it will be more effective.

“The Prime Minister’s backing of these key elements to effective policing will hopefully take the spotlight off the law-abiding firearms users and target criminals instead,” says Nicole McKee.

 

​Increase in police numbers will improve safety in rural communities

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Government has announced an increase in police staffing. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) welcomes the investment being made in policing, especially for rural and remote communities. Read More

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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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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.

 

 

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Rural Women New Zealand

 

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(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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