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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

Conditions in the tropical Pacific are currently on the brink of El Niño, and it is likely El Niño will develop during early spring. Early spring air temperatures are likely to be near average or above average for all regions of the country. 

August-October rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be near normal or above normal in the north of the North Island, below normal for the eastern South Island, and near normal in all other regions.

Regional predictions for the next three months:


• Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely to be near normal or above normal;

• Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington - temperatures equally likely to be in near average or above average. Near normal early spring rainfall, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely;

• Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be near normal;

• Nelson, Marlborough, Buller - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Near normal seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely;

• West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago, Southland - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Early spring rainfall, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be near normal; and

• Coastal Canterbury, east Otago - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Below normal seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely.


Seasonal Climate Outlook: August - October 2012 01-Aug-2012

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Conditions in the tropical Pacific are currently on the brink of El Niño, and it is likely El Niño will develop during early spring. Early spring air temperatures are likely to be near average or above average for all regions of the country.  Read More

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Congratulations to the National Competition Winners for 2017

Tarrant Bell & Tutaenui Bell Speech contest topic: “Why Not?”

Tutaenui Bell and Tarrant Bell

1st Place Alex Thompson, Amuri Dinner Branch, Region 2

2nd Place Leona Trimble, Hampden Branch, Region 1


Marlborough Short Story & Olive Burdekin short story “ What a Fuss”

1000-1500 words for Marlborough Short Story – Kerry France, Moa Flat Branch, Region 1 for “Guess what I am.” Dominion Essay Tray and voucher from Region 3

 

1500- 2000 words for Olive Burdekin – Chrissy Sumby, Kenepuru Branch, Region 3 for “Bay Swimming” Voucher from Region 3

 

Cora Wilding- insulated Pot Stand - any medium

Melva Robb – Marlborough Provincial, 1st Place, Region 3


Olive Craig Trophy Member of Excellence (Judged by the National Board) Sue Hall Region 6


Talbot Trophy- best Provincial, Branch or Group International Officer report

International Officer - Melva Robb – Marlborough Provincial, 1st Place, Region 3

 

The Honora O’Neill Gong is for the best Provincial, Sandra Curd, Mid Canterbury Region 2

 

Branch or Group President’s Report: Carolyn McLellan, Bainham Branch Region 3

The Lady Blundell Tray Competition

for the most innovative project completed by an individual, Group, Branch, Provincial or Region.

Winner: Amuri Dinner Group.


 

National Competition Winners 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Congratulations to the National Competition Winners for 2017 Read More

Rural untracked parcels change

 

From 1 February, New Zealand Post customers will see the cost of sending untracked parcels to rural addresses increase by $3.70.

This charge, which was initially only placed on Tracked, Courier and Courier Signature parcels will now also be applied to untracked parcels sent to a rural address as a means to offset fixed costs associated with deliver to rural locations.

New Zealand Post has stated that these costs are a result of the continuing decrease in letter volumes.

 

Despite ongoing cost reductions made, this change is said to be necessary to continue to operate a sustainable network.

For business account customers, the change will take effect on 1 July 2018 as set out in their contacts.

 

 

Rural Post Prices to Change

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rural untracked parcels change
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Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events.

The Rural Support Trust advise farmers to ensure stock and domestic animals have food, water, and shelter where necessary, and are secure. Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met.

If your farm or rural property or stock has been affected by an adverse event and you need assistance, contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for help.

The Rural Women New Zealand Adverse Events and Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children. The fund provides financial assistance to persons or groups, where there is an identified urgent need due to recent adverse events such as drought, fires, floods or earthquakes.

Click here to read more about applying for the fund.

Contact details for support agencies:

The Rural Support Trust (RST organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services in emergency situations)  
http://www.rural-support.org.nz Ph: 0800 787 254.

DairyNZ: Sharemilkers support http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/tactics/support-for-sharemilkers/

Federated Farmers http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 327 646 or drought feedline 0800 376 844.

Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer http://www.resilientfarmer.co.nz/

Farmstrong http://www.farmstrong.co.nz


If you just want to talk, or know someone who is at risk, there are a range of support options available, including counselling services:

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling

Youthline: 0800 376 633 or free text 234 - Provides 24 hour telephone and text counselling services for young people

Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling.

Women's Refuge: 0800 REFUGE (733 843) a 24/7 crisis and support line provide advice and information.

Shakti New Zealand 0800SHAKTI (0800 742 584) If you are in a situation of domestic violence call our 24-hour crisis line, and multi-lingual staff will provide information.

Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.

What'sup: 0800 942 8787 (0800 What’s Up) is a counselling helpline for children and young people, aged 5-18. Phone Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm.

Kidsline: 0800 543 754, it is a 24/7 helpline for children and teens, run by specially trained youth volunteers.

Thelowdown.co.nz - Free Text 5626, watch videos or contact for support. 

depression.org.nz National Depression Initiative (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service 

Ministry for Children Oranga Tamariki If you're worried about a child or family that you know, there are ways you can help, contact Child, Youth and Family.

For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .

If it is an emergency, or you feel yourself, or someone you know is at risk, please call 111.

Rural community support services

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events. Read More

This is an annual event, where women’s groups in many countries organise walks in their communities along local tracks and trails, to raise funds for the Associated Country Women of the World.

It’s a great way to come together, catch up with friends and have some fun and healthy exercise along the way.

The date for the event is Sunday 29 April– ACWW Day - though walks can take place at other dates around that time if more convenient.

Here’s What You Do:

1.Decide on a walk for your group. It can range from a stroll around the park, a hike through the bush, an amble around a neighbourhood or along a walkway.
2.Invite others. This is a great way to reach out to new potential members, and include families and friends.
3.Go to the registration form , fill it in and email [email protected] or post to national office before your walk, so we know what walks are taking place and can promote them.
4.Fund raise through sponsorship, a gold coin donation, or perhaps an afternoon tea or sausage sizzle afterwards.
5.Tally up the number of people who attend and the distance walked.
6.Take photos and send to national office so we can publicise your walks and use on our website and Facebook pages. Email [email protected]
7.Send your funds raised, and details of kilometres walked to national office.

 

 


 

More About The Work Of ACWW

ACWW connects and supports women and communities worldwide by:

• Working in partnership with member societies to offer mutual support
• Connecting at international level through UN representation
• Funding community development projects
• Supporting agricultural initiatives
Find out more about ACWW here.

Women Walk the World 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This is an annual event, where women’s groups in many countries organise walks in their communities along local tracks and trails, to raise funds for the Associated Country Women of the World. Read More

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to further information.

RWNZ was one of the founding members of ACWW. It is one of the largest international development organisations for rural women.

The ACWW network allows it to engage at the local, national, and international level with the aim of achieving these goals:

- To raise the standard of living for rural women and their families through education, training and community development programmes.

- To provide practical support to our members and help them set up income-generating schemes.

- To support educational opportunities for women and girls, and help eliminate gender discrimination.

- To give rural women a voice at an international level through our links with UN agencies and bodies.

Caption: Delegates from the South Pacific Area Conference in New Plymouth complete the ACWW Walk the World event in April 2017. 

Click here to download an information booklet about ACWW (8MB PDF)

Click here to go to the ACWW website

 

ACWW Study Topic 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to further information.  Read More

 Melva Robb and Glenda Robb are sisters who are very active members of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) Marlborough Provincial. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has awarded Civic Honours to the sisters, along with three other Marlborough residents.

Mr Leggett says the honours are an opportunity to recognise members of the community who give outstanding service to others.

“The recipients use their skills and energy and give their time and talents to a myriad of organisations and causes. They are serving us all by contributing to the greater good and each deserves our grateful thanks,” he said.

Severe earthquakes hit on 14 November 2016 affecting rural people in North Canterbury, Kaikōura and South Marlborough. Melva and Glenda spearheaded delivery of relief supplies to remote rural families.They teamed up with the local Rural Support Trust and Federated Farmers, to contact as many residents as they could to assess what was needed other than food.

“Melva and Glenda’s personal compassion which comes with a loving dollop of practical help, alleviated the sense of isolation and trauma families were experiencing from the Clarence to South Marlborough and the Awatere Valley,” says RWNZ Marlborough member Barbara Stuart. “They took the crisis seriously and did everything in their power to help.”

Glenda and Melva appealed to RWNZ members and the wider community for donations of crockery and dinner sets. They prepared 100 gift baskets of baking, chocolates and soft toys for children and managed to get supplies onto transport that was headed to isolated areas. They even sent a gift basket via helicopter for a family with a new-born baby, who were isolated at the top of the Awatere Valley.

 

The other honours recipients this year are Ross Beech, a farmer-environmentalist and a member of the South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust; Jim Thomas, a Lions Club member with a record of service to sport and who has a key role in the local Victim Support service, and Henny Vervaart, a Rotary Club member, Red Cross meals-on-wheels volunteer and a valued part of the Alzheimers Marlborough organisation.

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Civic Award for Melva Robb and Glenda Robb

Monday, October 09, 2017

 Melva Robb and Glenda Robb are sisters who are very active members of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) Marlborough Provincial. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has awarded Civic Honours to the sisters, along with three other Marlborough residents. Read More