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The 5th New Zealand Future Farms Conference was held on Tuesday, 12 – Wednesday, 13 March last week in Palmerston North. The event focused on the direction of farming in New Zealand with insights on the Digital Farmer; developing and diversifying on farm practice; farming’s role in high value food; farm health and strategy, and navigating change.

Board Member, Janet Williams presented on the Future of Farming – Navigating Change and Developing Strategy, focusing on developing rural communities to support the future farmer.

Janet talked about needing a significant increase of skilled people to double the exports by 2025, and emphasised the need to work smarter as primary industries uses 50% of New Zealand land and there is no more room for expansion.

Her examples of strengthening rural communities included Farmlands giving free rugby tickets for a Friday afternoon in Te Kuiti where majority of the small towns population had come to watch.

The game between the Blues and Chiefs was enjoyed by all and the Farmlands Rural Legends Shield was taken home by the Blues (Te Kuiti is the home town of the late Sir Colin Meads). Another example she gave was a local rural school, that planned their swimming sports where unfortunately a plumbing fault led to the pool having no water. Te Awamutu Fonterra filled their tankers with town supply water that they paid for to fill the school pool so the swimming sports could go ahead, and was an enjoyable family day.

She spoke of members who helped after the Kaikoura earthquake, and the Aftersocks campaign which sought to help those who had been affected by the repercussions of the earthquake and contributed to a fund for future adverse events relief. She encouraged people to purchase Aftersocks through the website and at the Central District Fieldays.

RWNZ has provided support (through donations and Aftersocks sales) to people in the Kaikoura area following the 2016 earthquake and those affected by the flooding in Edgecumbe, South Auckland and the Waikato.

Janet emphasised the importance of children being the involved in rural community events and activities such as the Rural Games which were held in Palmerston North prior to Future Farms, with a section – ‘KidsnCountry’. With competitive events such as rolling bales of hay, sack races and tree climbing, all children were able to have fun.

She spoke of St Pauls Collegiate School in Hamilton who are teaching years 12 and 13 Agribusiness, and the rural industries and businesses who are supporting these classes. December last year saw this course was accredited as a NZQA subject. Last year there were 37 agribusiness students in year 13, and around 30 went into tertiary agribusiness study. This year saw 93 students at St Pauls College in years 12 and 13 taking Agribusiness; they are part of the 500 students in 35 schools across New Zealand studying the subject. It is expected that 1500 students will study Agribusiness in 2019, these students are the future of the rural sector where they will bring modern approaches, become leaders, and market our value through adding export products.

Janet talked of boarding allowances, bursaries and sponsorship available to those from rural communities and/or wishing to pursue tertiary study in Agriculture or similar fields, including 16 of these from RWNZ. She gave light to alternate study or apprenticeship options for school leavers and those perhaps wanting a career change or gain new skills. Reliable and accessible internet is crucial for talented young people to collect the data necessary for precise farming decisions.

She concluded with emphasising the importance of education and technology, along with having resilient strong vibrant rural people to ensure the farming future can grow from strength to strength.

Dame Margaret Millard was at the conference, and her presence was widely appreciated by other delegates. The conference also provided great networking opportunities.

Although smaller than last years, the Future Farms Conference was more interactive, particularly when Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities, Hon Damien O’Connor dropped by. It was great to see him take a seat on stage and join in on a panel discussion.

 

Future Farms Conference 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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The official drought period was due to expire on February 15 and has been extended to June because of widespread dry conditions.

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced extra funding of up to $150,000 would go to local Rural Support Trusts, with $40,000 set aside for the North Canterbury trust.

The extra $150,000 means about $350,000 has gone towards supporting the work of the Rural Support Trusts. Farmers also have access to IRD flexibility for tax payments during the drought.

Rural support trust leaders have been working closely with farmers to monitor their well being and directing them to relief assistance as well as organising community events and one-on-one mentoring.

Farmers needing more support are being urged to call their local rural support trust on 0800 787 254, and Federated Farmers is operating a drought feedline on 0800 376 844.

According to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) weather forecasters are predicting that the El Nino conditions will continue through Summer and into Autumn 2016.  El Nino 2015-2016 could rank among the four strongest El Nino events recorded.

Listen to an audio clip of Andy Fox a North Canterbury farmer giving tips on dealing with El Nino. Click here to hear the audio from the Farming Show.


About El Niño

  • El Niño is an underlying climate pattern that can make weather extreme and variable
  • El Niño is affecting different parts of the country in different ways over the summer
  • El Niño is exacerbating drought conditions in the South Island
  • It is here now, close to its peak, and will continue to have knock-on effects. 

 

What to do about El Niño


 

Managing El Nino weather pattern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The official drought period was due to expire on February 15 and has been extended to June because of widespread dry conditions. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand is inviting people to get creative by writing short stories and taking photos and videos to showcase New Zealand farming life today.


“We are running the competition in conjunction with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to tell the stories behind the primary products we grow on our farms,” says Rural Women national president, Wendy McGowan.


MPI will use some of the photos, videos and stories to promote the New Zealand primary industry brand and our rural values.


“We encourage people to get their creative juices flowing to share the challenges and triumphs of farming and today's sustainable business practices," says Wendy McGowan.


"We hope to see entries that reflect our care of the land and our animals, and the skills and ingenuity of the people that make New Zealand's primary industries so successful.


Rural Women NZ also hopes the competition will highlight the opportunities for great careers that are available in the sector.


The competition is being run as part of Rural Women NZ’s celebrations to mark the 2014 International Year of Family Farming.


“Stories are powerful, and we have some great farming stories to tell,” says Wendy McGowan. There are five entry categories:

  1. Women and men at work on the farm;
  2. Farm machinery and farm innovation;
  3. Animals;
  4. Children;
  5. Rural communities.

Entries close 1 November 2014 and the competition is open to everyone.


Entry forms and further information can be found here.

Share your farming or rural life story 16-Jul-2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rural Women New Zealand is inviting people to get creative by writing short stories and taking photos and videos to showcase New Zealand farming life today. Read More

What better excuse do we need to celebrate our rural roots and futures than a United Nations proclamation of an international year in honour of family farming?


Family farms are the backbone of our rural communities built up over a century and a half. And family farms are just as important to the economy now as ever.


And being an international event, we’re also recognising the importance of family farms worldwide, with over two billion of the world’s human beings depending on family farms for their survival. Watch this great piece from Food Tank.


The UN International Year of Family Farming has some worthy goals, focusing on sustainability, food security, the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, and helping people step up out of poverty.


Rural Women NZ is excited to be leading celebrations in this country. Roadshows have already been held in Oamaru, Rangiora and Rai Valley.  Coming up is Carterton (6 April) and Stratford (9 April). 


Marlborough dry lands farmer Doug Avery, a passionate advocate for family farming and Landcorp Communicator of the Year in 2013, is launching celebrations at each venue, giving an inspirational talk on the Peaks and Valleys of rural life.


The Landcare Trust talks about sustainability on the farm, Coach Approach is walking us through the tricky steps involved in succession planning and transitioning to the next generation, while WorkSafe is conducting workshops on how to keep visitors safe on the farm.


At the road shows you'll be able to  browse market stalls featuring local produce, crafts and displays.


We are celebrating New Zealand farming past, present and future, and embracing all aspects of farming from the farmer and family to the rural communities and hubs.


Each roadshow ends on a high, with a hilarious romp around the dog kennels courtesy of Kiwi performers The Bitches Box and Mel Parsons, hot from their stellar season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Tickets: www.ruralwomen.org.nz/shop See you there! 

ERWA entrantKylie StewartKylie Stewart was announced the Stay, Play, Rural (sponsored by Access) category winner at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference in Christchurch. Her business, Rangitikei Farmstay, offers accommodation for up to 19 guests and a range of activities on and off the 1560 acre sheep and beef farm at Marton.


Kylie and her husband Andrew moved on to the farm in 2005, surrounded by beautiful landscape and scattered, largely unused buildings filled with ‘treasures’ – saws, stencils, pack saddles, and a push mower to name a few, used by the Stewart family on the farm for the past three generations. The couple began renovating the old buildings and first opened up a bunkhouse and farm museum. They have since converted three other buildings and have developed their farmstay business with farm tours, shearing and mustering demonstrations, horse riding, farm walks, clay bird shooting and hole in one golf.


They now see a range of guests from school groups, birthday parties, and overseas travellers. Continuing to develop, the couple are presently building a lake to begin water activities on the property. To set up your visit to Rangitikei Farmstay, find them online.


Check back here often to see the latest news posted about our Stay, Play, Rural winner.


The Wanganui Chronicle, All creature comforts on hand

Rural TV (NZ) produced a video of Kylie's acceptance speech. View it on YouTube.

ERWA entry Rangitikei Farmstay 29-May-2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ERWA entrantKylie StewartKylie Stewart was announced the Stay, Play, Rural (sponsored by Access) category winner at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference in Christchurch. Her business, Rangitikei Farmstay, offers accommodation for up to 19 guests and a range of activities on and off the 1560 acre sheep and beef farm at Marton. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand, in partnership with Meridian has two Fruit and Vege Garden Grants to give away to two South Island primary schools.


Grant Includes:

Find out how to apply here... www.ruralwomen.org.nz/SthIslandSchoolGrants


South Island School Garden Grants 28-Aug-2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rural Women New Zealand, in partnership with Meridian has two Fruit and Vege Garden Grants to give away to two South Island primary schools. Read More

A study by Massey University researchers has found that vaccinating working dogs is likely to be beneficial in protecting them from the Hardjo strain of Leptospirosis. 

Leptospirosis is a severe and sometimes fatal disease in dogs. Dogs may also have no symptoms, but can be a source of infection for humans and other animals.

The Massey study sampled 655 dogs, which were screened for four Leptospirosis strains: Copenhageni, Pomona, Harjo and Ballum. 10.3% of all types of dogs tested positive to serovar Copenhageni, while serovar Harjo was predominantly found in breeds of dogs used as farm working dogs.

The full scientific article ‘A Serological Survey of Leptospiral Antibodies in Dogs in New Zealand” AL Harland, NJ Cave, BR Jones, J Benschop, JJ Donald, AC Midwinter, RA Squires & JM Collins-Emerson, was published in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal – 8 August 2012, and can be purchased by going to www.tandfonline.com/loi/tnzv20

Call to vaccinate working dogs for lepto 21-Aug-2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A study by Massey University researchers has found that vaccinating working dogs is likely to be beneficial in protecting them from the Hardjo strain of Leptospirosis.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand has been at the heart of several projects to manage the effects of land use in order to protect our waterways, through our involvement with the NZ Landcare Trust.
These projects have highlighted the importance of working with communities to find local solutions to local problems. 

So a new publication just out from the Trust – Rural Catchment Management: A guide for partners - will be a welcome new tool in the box.

The guide covers common themes that run through successful catchment management projects, with a focus on effective community consultation. 

For more information go to www.landcare.org.nz/catchmentguide

Community role in Rural Catchment Management 16-Aug-2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rural Women New Zealand has been at the heart of several projects to manage the effects of land use in order to protect our waterways, through our involvement with the NZ Landcare Trust.
These projects have highlighted the importance of working with communities to find local solutions to local problems.  Read More

“Fast, Fresh & Tasty”  is an award-winning New Zealand recipe app. It’s full of local ingredients and is designed to help you find something simply delicious to make for dinner tonight. It’s updated seasonally and currently has over 160 recipes to choose from. 

The app also has handy things like a shopping list which you can send on to someone else; you can share what you’re cooking via social media; and you can mark your favourite recipes for easy access. It was recently #1 in Apple’s iTunes store Food and Drink category.

The recipes aim to give people using the app new ideas with familiar ingredients, as well as the inspiration to try some new things out. You can choose what you’re making based on a whole range of main ingredients, or based on different cooking styles: “I feel like soup tonight”, for instance.

The app has the potential to help local food producers too. Food partners pay to be in some of the app’s recipes. For example, in New Zealand Silver Fern Farms, Campbell’s Real Stocks, George Weston Foods, the Seafood Industry Council, Hansells, and Rangitikei Corn Fed Free Range Chickens are all partners with Fast, Fresh & Tasty.

The app developers say that for local artisan producers, Fast, Fresh & Tasty is an opportunity for them to get exposure to new consumers at a lower cost than compared to making an app themselves, or even other forms of advertising.

“Fast Fresh & Tasty” is a Universal app; optimised for both the iPhone and iPad. It costs $5.29 to download from the Apple store.

Fast, Fresh & Tasty: NZ Food App 15-Aug-2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

“Fast, Fresh & Tasty”  is an award-winning New Zealand recipe app. It’s full of local ingredients and is designed to help you find something simply delicious to make for dinner tonight. It’s updated seasonally and currently has over 160 recipes to choose from.  Read More

Administered by the NZ Farm Environment Trust (NZFE) and operating in nine regions, this annual competition promotes sustainable land management by showcasing the work of people farming in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable way.

There are several award categories:

• a Supreme Winner will be selected from each of the 9 regions (supreme Winners will be chosen from the group of finalists – $3000 cash prize);

• National Award – Gordon Stephenson Trophy (the winner will be selected from the 9 regional Supreme Winners – Prize package TBA)

• Ballance Nutrient Management Award (focuses on the wise use of nutrients for productivity while demonstrating excellent care for the environment around them – $1000 cash/product);

• Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Farm Award (recognises the livestock farmer (other than dairy) who demonstrates in a practical way the choices that have been made to farm for the long term – $1000 cash/services);

• Hill Laboratories Harvest Award (recognises the farmer who is predominantly involved in growing crops but also encompasses livestock farmers who demonstrate excellent pasture and soil management – $1000 cash/product);
• LIC Dairy Farm Award (recognises the dairy farmer who demonstrates in a practical way the choices that have been made to farm for the long term – $1000 cash/product);
• Massey University Discovery Award (given in recognition of new discovery and implementation of economically and environmentally sustainable farming systems – $1000 cash/services);

• PGG Wrightson Land and Life Award (focused more on the all important “people” side of the farming business – $1000 cash/product);

• WaterForce Integrated Management Award (recognises the farmer who has developed and implemented integrated water management systems and processes for water used within their farming system – $1000 cash/product);

• Donaghys Farm Stewardship Award (for the creation of special places on farm and may include protection and/or enhancement of cultural, historic, or unique natural or manmade features - $1000 cash/product);

• Meridian Energy Excellence Award (excellence in utilising on-farm opportunities to generate or maximise energy efficiently - $1000 cash/product); and 

• regional awards (Northland Regional Council Water Quality Enhancement Award, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Environmental Award, Waikato Regional Council Water Protection Award, The East Coast Farming for the Future Award, Horizons Regional Council Award [for the integration of trees], Akura Conservation Centre Lifestyle Farm/Small Block Award, Environment Canterbury Regional Council Water Efficiency Award, and Otago Regional Council Sustainable Resource Management Award).

All entries opened on 1 August 2012. Entry forms for the 2013 competition, and contact details for regional coordinators, are available from the NZFE website at www.nzfeatrust.org.nz


2013 Ballance Farm Environment Awards Open 12-Aug-2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Administered by the NZ Farm Environment Trust (NZFE) and operating in nine regions, this annual competition promotes sustainable land management by showcasing the work of people farming in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable way. Read More

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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]

 

 

 

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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