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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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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