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The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign has been gearing up over the last few months to become a permanent sub brand of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) as our rural community continues to endure natural disasters and adverse events.

This award-winning philanthropic initiative assists affected individuals, community groups and organisations in rural areas, with a grant, following disruptive environmental events.

Over 21,000 pairs of New Zealand made merino socks have been sold, with proceeds contributing over $130,000 into communities since 2010. The recent Kaikōura earthquakes heightened the need to continue this support and include adverse events that have since followed; fire, floods and drought.

To support this campaign, RWNZ have launched a website www.aftersocks.nz, where you can Buy, Wear and Share your support with others. You can also apply to the Adverse Events Relief Fund for financial support, through this website. Grants to $1,000, can be approved for a wide range of needs, to those affected in the rural sector.

RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower, is encouraging members to join the campaign on social media, “wear and share your support by uploading a photo and tagging the @aftersocksnz Facebook page. We want to see you wearing your pair of Aftersocks™ in support of affected rural communities”. The campaign aims to attract support for the fund, to then distribute back into those rural communities most in need.

The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign promotes New Zealand supporting New Zealand made, supporting New Zealanders. The rural sector is a valuable industry, and what better way to continue to support this, than producing a product from merino wool. RWNZ has teamed up with The New Zealand Sock Company in Ashburton to produce Aftersocks™. This relationship now spans 6 years, with Sales Manager Jared Moore seeing it as “a privilege to work alongside Rural Women New Zealand, they are proactive, think outside the square, and they are doing great things in the wider community”.

Due to the rise of production costs, there has been an increase in the price of Aftersocks™ from $20.00 - $23.00 including GST.

RWNZ would like to encourage anyone who requires assistance following disruptive environmental events, to visit www.aftersocks.nz and apply for the Adverse Events Relief Fund. If you, your Group, Provincial, or Branch would like to make a donation to the fund, please make your deposits into the RWNZ account, details listed below. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to us directly please call the RWNZ National Office on 0800 256 467 during normal office hours.

Donation Details:
Rural Women New Zealand
ANZ: 06-0501-0778590-00
Reference: Adverse Fund
To request a donation receipt please email [email protected]

 

Aftersocks™ boosts support for rural communities

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign has been gearing up over the last few months to become a permanent sub brand of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) as our rural community continues to endure natural disasters and adverse events.  Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel Bartrum photo credit: Andrew Spencer Photography Ltd.

Aftersocks™ NZ buy, wear & share today

Thursday, February 09, 2017

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

Lift your trouser leg, or simply wear your Aftersocks™ proudly with sandals, to show your support for the quake affected areas of New Zealand.

Buy your Aftersocks™ today. Wear and share on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) @aftersocksnz and help us build the Aftersocks™ culture.

When you buy a pair of Aftersocks™ you work with Rural Women New Zealand to provide financial assistance to people or groups where there is an urgent need for support.

Quality New Zealand merino wool, Aftersocks™ are a dress-style sock manufactured by a family-owned business based in Canterbury.

Price excludes GST and postage. Buy a pair today! http://www.ruralwomen.org.nz/shop
 

 

Support New Zealand communities in need today

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lift your trouser leg, or simply wear your Aftersocks™ proudly with sandals, to show your support for the quake affected areas of New Zealand.  Read More

In 2010, Rural Women New Zealand launched aftersocks™, a fundraising initiative to support rebuilding Christchurch. New Zealand and the world showed tremendous support through this project, raising $130,000 for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund.


Mother Nature hasn't slowed down since then. NZ communities have faced further damaging earthquakes, drought, floods, damaging winds and even volcanoes erupting.


We think there's a need to continue to help NZ communities after an adverse event, so we brought back a limited stock of our original aftersocks.


Rural Women National President Wendy McGowan said, "We aimed to sell 1,000 pairs in 2010-2011, but through social networking aftersocks caught people’s imaginations and sales rocketed over 15,000 pairs. It's been an amazing project."


There's already been nearly 100 socks already ordered overnight. "We can't thank NZ enough for the support shown to communities through this proejct."

 

To purchase, visit our shop. Please note, international and domestic orders are posted as individual products so ensure you've chosen the correct one.

Aftersocks Restocked 14-May-2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In 2010, Rural Women New Zealand launched aftersocks™, a fundraising initiative to support rebuilding Christchurch. New Zealand and the world showed tremendous support through this project, raising $130,000 for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund.  Read More


We were honoured to be part of the Royal fever that gripped Wellington recently. RWNZ member, Justine Ottey, the originator of our Canterbury earthquake Aftersocks™ fundraiser, joined a select group at Government House for afternoon tea with the Duchess of Cornwall.


Rural Women New Zealand had sent two pairs of Aftersocks™ to Government House to give to the Royal couple.
 
Justine Ottey said, “Prince Charles is well known as a champion of the wool industry, so it was great to be able to tell the Duchess that the socks were made from New Zealand merino wool.” 
 
This is an exciting culmination to the Aftersocks™ journey.  RWNZ national president, Liz Evans, said “Our socks have received national and international acclaim and now they will be warming Royal feet.”
 
The project will close 31 December with a limited numbers of socks still available.

Aftersocks warm Royal feet 21-Nov-2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


We were honoured to be part of the Royal fever that gripped Wellington recently. RWNZ member, Justine Ottey, the originator of our Canterbury earthquake Aftersocks™ fundraiser, joined a select group at Government House for afternoon tea with the Duchess of Cornwall. Read More

Come and visit us at Fieldays and sample our tasty pickles and jams from A Good Harvest, and go in the draw to win a copy of the book, and a pair of our award-winning aftersocks! 

The team from Rural Women New Zealand are on Stand PF18.

Our national president, Liz Evans, is also speaking twice this week at the 2012 Fieldays Seminar Series on 'The Changing Face of Rural Women in Business'.  Her hour long talks are on Thursday 9am, and Friday 2pm, in the Premier Feature Area (Map Ref G6), where she'll be speaking about the highly successful RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Awards. 

Rural Women New Zealand’s innovative aftersocks™ fundraiser for Canterbury earthquake victims has achieved the highest accolade at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand’s (FINZ) annual awards.

At the ceremony held in Auckland on Friday evening, aftersocks™ was first announced as the winner of the FINZ Online Campaign category.

But the highlight of the evening came with the announcement of the night’s top award.

Aftersocks™ was named as the joint winner, along with Ronald McDonald House, South Island, of the Premier Fundraising Award for Excellence 2012.

FINZ CEO, James Austin, said the Premier award is only made if in the opinion of the judges it is truly merited.

He said, “[aftersocks™] was one of those rare campaigns – and award entries – that has ‘winner’ written all over it from go-to-whoa.”

The inventiveness and ability to think laterally were winning aspects of both aftersocks™ and the Ronald McDonald ‘Supper Club @ Home’ event. 

“Both organisations are thoroughly deserving of jointly receiving the Premier Award for Fundraising Excellence for two extraordinary but very different campaigns.”

Rural Women NZ’s national president, Liz Evans, says she is thrilled with the wins, which recognise the efforts of Rural Women NZ members and office staff in marketing and selling the socks.

The reach of social media played a large part in the sales success of the funky red and black striped socks, which incorporate the seismograph graphic of the 22nd February 2010 quake. 

“Our national office was transformed into a packaging and dispatch centre, with thousands of courier bags sent out all over the world.

“We aimed to sell 1,000 pairs, but through social networking aftersocks™ caught people’s imaginations and sales rocketed. We’ve now sold close to 19,000 pairs.”

The socks are manufactured in Ashburton by the NZ Sock Company, and are made from a New Zealand merino wool blend.

Over $110,000 has so far been raised for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund, with a final wash up payment to be made once remaining stocks are sold.

Socks can be purchased at www.aftersocks.co.nz

Photo: Belinda Coyle and Emma Barker from RWNZ's national office with the FINZ Awards. Belinda is RWNZ's office administrator who packaged and couriered the 19,000 pairs of aftersocks. Emma Barker is RWNZ's marketing officer, who promoted the socks through social media and other promotional events.

Premier fundraising award for aftersocks™ campaign 14-May-2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rural Women New Zealand’s innovative aftersocks™ fundraiser for Canterbury earthquake victims has achieved the highest accolade at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand’s (FINZ) annual awards. Read More

The Scottish World Cup team were each given a pair of Rural Women NZ aftersocks as a thank you present from the Christchurch City Council after they donated more than $85,000 for earthquake recovery.

The team was supposed to play in Canterbury, but their match was moved after the February earthquake. Before they left home Scotland arranged a dinner to raise money for the quake appeal.


Jake Tame from TV1 reported on the story (view 3min 17sec in).

Our councillors and other delegates have just returned from a 10 day trip to Tonga for the Associated Country Women of the World South Pacific Area Conference.  They have come back full of stories about a very different way of life.  They met the NZ High Commissioner to Tonga (and presented him with a pair of aftersocks, of course), as well as Her Royal Highness, Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili,  patron of the ACWW South Pacific Area conference hostess society, as pictured. 

Resolutions passed included recommendations that groups lobby their governments to provide stricter surveillance of all imported goods and containers, and to ban the importation of primary industry and horticultural products ‘which have the potential to ruin local production’. 

Also carried was the request for closer monitoring and public reporting by government of the use of financial help and ‘in kind’ donations distributed annually or in times of disasters, through each nations’ agencies.

A New South Wales resolution calling for organizations to lobby their governments to urgently resume World Trade Organisation negotiations for the removal of tariffs and agricultural subsidies which are distorting world food markets, damaging the environment and hindering the development of sustainable agriculture throughout the world was also carried.

On a lighter note, Wendy McGowan thanks all the RWNZ delegates she travelled with for the awesome fun and fellowship that they all enjoyed!

ACWW – Tongan visit 16-Sep-2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Our councillors and other delegates have just returned from a 10 day trip to Tonga for the Associated Country Women of the World South Pacific Area Conference.  They have come back full of stories about a very different way of life.  They met the NZ High Commissioner to Tonga (and presented him with a pair of aftersocks, of course), as well as Her Royal Highness, Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili,  patron of the ACWW South Pacific Area conference hostess society, as pictured.   Read More

Martin Johnson and English rugby team presented with aftersocks™ during goodwill visit to Christchurch

English rugby team members will have a special souvenir of Christchurch to take home with them after they were presented with Rural Women New Zealand’saftersocks™ during a goodwill visit to the city yesterday.

Christchurch City Council purchased 200 pairs of the aftersocks™, featuring red and black stripes and an earthquake ‘shake’ line, to present to the England and Australian teams.

Both teams had been scheduled to play Rugby World Cup matches in Christchurch before the Canterbury earthquakes derailed those plans.

Over 9,000 pairs of aftersocks™ have been sold by Rural Women New Zealand, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Christchurch Mayoral Fun.  The merino blend socks are being manufactured in Ashburton.

“Our aftersocks™ have been a huge success, and as keen rugby supporters we’re thrilled to think that now they’ll be warming some very famous feet!” says Rural Women New Zealand President, Liz Evans.



English rugby team wearing our aftersocks™ 09-Sep-2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Martin Johnson and English rugby team presented with aftersocks™ during goodwill visit to Christchurch Read More

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(Pictured: Sticksn'Stones Chairperson Ashleigh Smith with RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower in the UN General Assembly at the CSW62 Opening on Monday). 

 The opening of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) was held on Monday, 12 March 2018 at the United Nations in New York. The Commission's priority theme for this year is 'Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls'. The work of the Commission is to review the progress made by governments to improve the lives of women and girls in rural areas.

CSW62 is being held in the UN General Assembly and 175 member and observer states are represented. Along with the member states there are 10,000 delegates from 400 Non-Government Organisations (NGO) attending numerous events as part of the CSW62's activities.

The day commenced with the session being opened by the CSW Chair Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason from Ireland. She is also Ireland's Permanent Representative at the UN. Her address was followed by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the President of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak. Other speakers included the Chair of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a Representative of the Youth, and a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

National Chair, Penny Mudford also attended the opening in her role as Civil Society Representative on the New Zealand Government delegation. Both Fiona and Penny attended the opening inside the General Assembly where only government delegations and selected NGO delegates are eligible to attend. It was a great privilege that RWNZ was represented in person at the opening of CSW62.

CSW62 runs until Friday, 23 March 2018 where it is expected to culminate in an Outcome Document which will capture the agreed outcomes in relation to rural women and girls for governments to implement resulting from the work done at this session of the Commission.

New Zealand also held a side event led by Dr Jackie Blue, NZ Human Rights Commission responsible for Womens Rights. The panel comprised Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter, Renee Graham (Ministry for Women Chief Executive), Fiona Gower, Jo Finer (Fonterra), plus representatives from Argentina and Australia. The panel spoke on the topic of Case Studies of Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina. The session was full with over 100 delegates from all around the world attending the panel session. There was keen interest in our message.

National Chair, Penny Mudford. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSW62 Well Underway

Thursday, March 15, 2018

(Pictured: Sticksn'Stones Chairperson Ashleigh Smith with RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower in the UN General Assembly at the CSW62 Opening on Monday).   Read More

Thursday, 8 March marked this year's International Women's Day. As this year also celebrates 125 years since women in New Zealand won the the right to vote, the day was marked with significance.

Wednesday, 7 March was the launch of the Suffrage125 celebrations which was held at Government House and was attended by RWNZ Board Chair, Penny Mudford, Chief Executive Officer, Penelope England and Office Manager, Felicity Bunny. The launch was hosted by the Governor General, and RWNZ Patron Dame Patsy Reddy. The event was MC'd by journalist, Mihingarangi Forbes, and guest speakers included Minister for Women, Hon Julie Anne Genter and 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year, Rez Gardi.

The following day, Thursday, 8 March marked International Women's Day celebrations. RWNZ attended a breakfast at Parliament hosted by Zonta Wellington and the UN Women. RWNZ Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, and Communications, Marketing & Events Assistant, Catherine Stabb both attended the event.

Discussion topics at the event included recognition of the milestones made by women in New Zealand and the challenges that we still face. Rt Hon Helen Clark spoke of her successes, the obstacles she has faced and the how her rural background contributed to her personal strength, saying "rural people have to be very resilient".

Watch Rt Hon Helen Clark's Q&A with National Council of Women CEO Dr Gill Greer at the breakfast through the link here.

 

(Pictured below: Executive Officer Women’s Institute - Colleen Dryden, National Board Chair - Penny Mudford ONZM, National President Women’s Institute – Kay Hart, RWNZ Chief Executive Officer – Penelope England at the Suffrage125 launch at Government House.)

 


 

 

International Womens Day & Suffrage125

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thursday, 8 March marked this year's International Women's Day. As this year also celebrates 125 years since women in New Zealand won the the right to vote, the day was marked with significance.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has released a media release today following RWNZ's oral submission on the Trusts Bill. 

 

Please read the media release below. 

 

RURAL WOMEN NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN DECISION MAKING

 

 

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) influenced positive change for rural families and communities recently, through their oral submission to Parliament on the Trusts Bill.

“RWNZ submitted that both a rural impact and gender impact analysis be conducted on the legislation and intersectionality so that the Bill does not discriminate against women in any way,” says RWNZ National Chair, Penny Mudford.

“RWNZ research indicates that women can be shut out of a share of the family farm through old trusts that fail to acknowledge them in the family as beneficiaries.

“This can lead to women being discriminated against in the dissolution of a relationship where a trust is used to exclude them from a share in the family farm or farm business.

"These situations should not be happening in 2018 and we urge the government to uphold the international instruments and outcome statements when updating legislation such as with the Trusts Bill currently before the Justice Select Committee.

"In particular, the agreed conclusions that came out of the United Nations 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which were held in New York in March 2018, make it abundantly clear that government's policies and legislation should not disproportionately disadvantage women and girls living in the rural sector.

"Since trusts are a common type of farm ownership structure in New Zealand we need to be sure they are not being used to disadvantage those who would otherwise be entitled to a share of the farm asset through relationship property or inheritance if the asset was not held in trust," says Ms Mudford.

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If you wish to read our oral submission, you can find it here

 


 

Rural women need to be involved in decision making.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has released a media release today following RWNZ's oral submission on the Trusts Bill.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census.

Please read the media release below.

CENSUS DATA COLLECTION INTEGRITY QUESTIONED

This year’s census is in danger of not providing the data needed to make good decisions, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“Whilst we understand and support the excitement of capturing our census data online, our concern is that many people still do not have access to internet while others might not have the capability or capacity to do so,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“The timing of the delivery of access code letters, which indicate that New Zealanders can opt for paper forms presents challenges for our rural communities, given that delivery of mail is taking longer and might only be delivered three days a week.

“The chances of a rural household without internet or with unreliable internet, receiving census paper forms in time for Tuesday, 6 March is slim, and that is concerning.

“RWNZ is doing everything possible to ensure our networks are aware of the new way of doing the Census although surely more thought should have gone in to how the valuable information about the lives and status of New Zealanders would be collected.

“Maybe this year, there could have been a concerted effort to use both electronic collection and paper collection to ensure integrity of the data,” says Ms Gower.

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Please contact the National Office for more information.

 

 

National Office

Rural Women New Zealand

 

[email protected]

04 473 5524


 

 

(image source: www.census.govt.nz)

Census Data Collection Integrity Questioned

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding.

Read the announcement here.  

 

 

ANOTHER SET BACK FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to see that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will cease operating if it does not receive government funding next week.

 

“RWNZ supports the work already done by RHAANZ in bringing together various rural groups and rural health providers to develop initiatives for rural communities,” says RWNZ Board Member and Health Portfolio Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Remarkable work has been done to deliver the Rural Health Road Map which sets out a plan and priorities for achieving healthily rural communities.

“Being geographically isolated, often with significant distance to the nearest town or health centre means that rural communities have an immediate need of affordable and reliable access to all health services.

“The Government has committed to rural proofing government policy, and RHAANZ has a vital part to play in this development – without the continuation of RHAANZ, and the work it does, rural communities will go backwards.

“There is no other place where issues impacting the health and wellbeing of rural communities are considered concurrently, and the loss of achievements met and efforts made by RHAANZ will be detrimental for our rural people.

RWNZ urges the Government to recognise the good work that has been done by RHAANZ and to support its continuation," says Mrs Pittaway.

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Another setback for health and wellbeing of rural communities.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to hear of the death of a nine-year-old boy whilst riding a quad bike in rural Waikato last night and our thoughts are extended to friends and family.

 

“It is very sad, but it need not have occurred. We need to prevent families and friends from the heartbreak of losing a loved one in such tragic circumstances,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

 

“RWNZ are concerned on two levels, one is children riding age appropriate quad bikes unsupervised and the other is children under the age of 16 riding adult-sized quad bikes.

 

“Last nights’ incident is an unfortunate but timely reminder of manufacturers recommendations that children under the age of 16 should not be riding adult-sized quad bikes.

 

“Children do not have the weight, strength or judgement to be operating these vehicles.

 

“Or if young children are riding age appropriate quad bikes, they need to be wearing a helmet and be supervised at all times.

 

“RWNZ encourage that anyone planning to use any form of machinery on farms receive training, and learn safe practices.

 

“It is heart breaking to receive news like this,” says Ms. Gower.

 

To find the media to which we have responded, follow the link here

 

 

 

Please contact us for further information

[email protected]g.nz


 

(photo source: www.nzherald.co.nz)

 

Another Preventable Rural Tragedy

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to hear of the death of a nine-year-old boy whilst riding a quad bike in rural Waikato last night and our thoughts are extended to friends and family. Read More