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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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The Inaugural Rural Women New Zealand Summit 2018 Is Being In Wellington On Tuesday, 20 And Wednesday, 21 November 2018 The Summit includes RWNZ National Awards, RWNZ business, NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards, Breakfast of Champions, Plenaries, Workshops and Lunch at Rydges.

 

 

Rural Women New Zealand Summit

AGM

Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hosted by: Hon Tracey Martin

Official Opening 10.00am

Opening Ceremony and Rural Women New Zealand National Awards

RWNZ Business Commences 11.00am

Parliament Buildings 

Lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm

 

Afternoon Tea 3.00pm – 3.30pm
Concludes 5.15pm

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

Guest speaker: US Ambassador Scott Brown

Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hosted by: Jenny Marcroft MP

Refreshments: 5.30pm - 6.00pm

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 6.00pm - 7.30pm

7.30pm  - 9.30pm

 

Rural Women New Zealand Summit Day Two

Rydges Wellington

Download information about the the workshops here.

Breakfast of Champions with Guest Speaker: Sarah Trotman - 7:00am - 8:30am

Policy Plenary: 9:30 - 9:50am

Policy Workshops:10:00 - 11:55am (Old Government Buildings)Policy Plenary: 12.00 - 12.30pm

Business Tips Workshop 9:30am - 12:30pm

Lunch at the Rydges with Kate de Goldi - 12:30pm

 

Read more about our workshop sessions here

 

 

 

Rural Women New Zealand Summit Programme

Friday, September 07, 2018
The Inaugural Rural Women New Zealand Summit 2018 Is Being In Wellington On Tuesday, 20 And Wednesday, 21 November 2018 The Summit includes RWNZ National Awards, RWNZ business,  Read More
From the Sheep’s Back to the Sharp End of Fashion… WoolOn Wows the Crowd in Central Otago

(Pictured above: National President Fiona Gower, Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, Region 1 Area Chair Gill Naylor, Board Member Margaret Pittaway.)

 

Fashion garments entered at the recent Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Awards in Alexandra sparked huge admiration for both their designers and the raw material they were created with.

“I’m in awe of the talent that is out there, the creativity of those designers and what they made…how they turned an incredible wool product into the most amazing garments”, Rural Women New Zealand National President Fiona Gower, said.

 

Andre Johnston from Gore collected the $5000 Supreme Award with a cross-stitched dress entitled ‘For the Love of Spring’.Johnston, who has been designing for twenty years, said the one-shouldered dress had taken “two to three hundred” hours to make. Her mother, Viv Tamblyn, last year’s Supreme winner, won the Peter Lyon Shearing Streetwear category.

 

The event, opened by the Hon. Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, has blossomed over recent years into a showcase for contemporary wool fashion. Entries, which must be at least 75% wool, are judged over eight categories.

 

Head judge Simon Swale of Dunedin said Johnston’s piece was contemporary and modern, while using traditional craft.

“It was very clever, it played to the traditional but the work looked almost digital. There was nothing else like it.”

Swale, senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic School of Design, said the entries overall were “bigger, bolder and more ambitious”.

Auckland-based judge Cushla Reed of Minx shoes, commended entrants, many of whom have been crafting wool for decades to gain the skills required.

“The felting category in particular actually blew me away. How they took that traditional look and made it modern.”

 

Fifty-four garments were on show in an industrial warehouse, transformed for two nights into a glitzy fashion venue. Tickets had sold out months prior for the Saturday event, and nearly 800 people attended over the weekend, co-chairperson Leonie Williamson said.

Tweed, crocheting and merino wool mesh came together in the winning Collections Category entry judges described as ‘colonial cool’. Becs Calder from Omakau kept her stunning design true to Central Otago right down to the buttons, fashioned from the horns of a merino ram.

New categories for novice designers and wool accessories had attracted good entries, boding well for the future of the event, Mrs Williamson said.

 

Tania Irons bold interpretation of her home province, Central Otago, going from drought to lush green after rain was a crowd pleaser, taking out the novice section.

Both the Avant Garde and Special Occasion categories were won by Napier designer Laurel Judd, a seasoned competitor who first entered WoolOn in 2006. Her machine-knitted merino lace gown complete with bejewelled looking glass was described by the judges as “a real life fairytale”.

 

Ms Gower said wool remained the backbone of many rural communities in New Zealand and she believed it had a positive future as a remarkably versatile, sustainable product.

“To see it shown in such an incredible light is hugely positive. I have great faith in what we can do with wool and shows like this help get the word out there.”

 

The WoolOn Organising Committee could be very proud of their event, she said, as could local businesses who had supported it through sponsorship.

“We are very pleased to be a part of it and we loved the show.”

 

 

Results: Supreme Award: For the Love of Spring, Andre Johnston, Gore Streetwear: Perfection in Pink by Viv Tamblyn, Gore, Handcrafted: For the Love of Spring, Andre Johnston, Gore, Felted: In the Pink, Heather Kerr, Wanaka, Highly Commended, Circle of Life, Maureen Mckenzie, Alexandra, Novice: Let it Rain, Tania Irons, Becks, Highly Commended Nifty Chic, Beverly Baker, Alexandra, Collections: Tweedle Dee, Becs Calder, Omakau, Special Occasions: Barcelona, Laurel Judd, Napier, Avante Garde: Mirror Image, Laurel Judd, Napier, Accessories: Diamond Herringbone, Sue Mclean, Oamaru, Highly Commended Autumn Warmth, Gillian Parkinson, Roxburgh, Under 23 Award, Expression of Tartan, Neesha Johnston, Havelock.

 

WoolOn Creative Fashion Event 2018

Friday, August 31, 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.

Ends

 

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 Government's announcement of the Small Business Council. 

Find relevant media about the announcement here

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO SMALL BUSINESS WITH US NOT FOR US

The new Small Business Council announced by the Government does not fully represent small business says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“While the Minister of Small Business, Hon Stuart Nash, has good intentions with the recent announcement of the Small Business Council, he misses the mark with its membership,” says National Finance Chair and Business Portfolio Convenor Rachael Dean.

“The Government has missed a huge opportunity to work with the rural small business community, instead, opting to work for us, which leaves it open to missing out on real, lived experiences and therefore solid advice and recommendations that will make a difference to the backbone of the New Zealand economy.

“The rural sector is made up of small businesses, many of them owned or partly owned by rural women, yet hands-on rural women in small business are missing from the Small Business Council.

“A quick read through the Terms of Reference shows no reference to the rural sector at all and a word search reveals that rural is not mentioned at all.

“The Small Business Council should include at least one person who is a hands-on small business owner with experience in the rural sector to ensure that for once, their voice is actually heard.

“Experience shows that merely being involved in a consultative process is a waste of time – in order of voices truly to be heard, they need to be at the table.

“RWNZ hopes that the Small Business Council at the very least carries out both a gender impact analysis and a rural impact analysis when developing the Small Business Strategy as per the Terms of Reference.

“The Government needs to work with the small business community, especially with the rural small business community and the women that work within it, to really make a difference,” says Ms Dean.

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

 

Government needs to do small business with us, not for us.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the Government's announcement of the Small Business Council.  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.

Ends

 

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

 

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.


 


(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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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 her 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

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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The Family Violence Act 2018 must protect victims’ privacy and accessibility to support services, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“Sharing and disclosing information between government sectors, such as health and education, may place the privacy of family violence victims at risk," says RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

“Although RWNZ supports the Government’s efforts to create an effective preventative response to family violence through information sharing, we do not support a system that puts people at risk and leaves victims feeling vulnerable and unable to seek help because they are afraid of confidentiality breaches.”

“However, for many rural families, there are no “on the ground agencies” to provide services desperately needed and this remains our fundamental concern.”

“Rural victims of family violence often cannot leave their situations easily and this isolation and lack of support is significant as 39% of rural women will experience violence, compared to 33% of urban women, as cited in our submission on the Family Violence Legislation Bill in July 2017,” says Ms Gower.

ENDS.

 

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

Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

 

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.

Ends

 

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.

Ends

 

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.

Ends

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.

 

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 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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