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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

Lisa Harper, Supreme Winner of our Enterprising Rural Women Award 2011, has written an inspiring book about her life growing up in the Marlborough Sounds, her career as a scientist, and her return to the isolation of the family farm to build a flourishing business.

Her determination to succeed is reflected in the lives of her mother and grandmother, also made of stern stuff, who coped with running stock, keeping an orchard, securing a commercial fishing quota, making cheese, operating a guest house, home-schooling children and only getting to town every few weeks.

Eight years after her return to the farm, Lisa was an award winning traditional cheesemaker and a Nuffield Scholarship winner when she had to make a major decision to wrench herself from Mahau Sound Bay to secure her future.  

The Wharf at Waterfall Bay is a story of enterprise and determination to embrace the past, present and future.

Lisa's book will be launched in bookstores on Friday 20 September.

Launching new book by Lisa Harper 05-Aug-2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

Lisa Harper, Supreme Winner of our Enterprising Rural Women Award 2011, has written an inspiring book about her life growing up in the Marlborough Sounds, her career as a scientist, and her return to the isolation of the family farm to build a flourishing business.  Read More

Photobooth DIYAt the Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer soiree at the Rural Women New Zealand National Office, a photobooth was set up to have some fun and provide an “unplanned” activity at a very low cost.





Here’s how we did it:


  1. Props.
    • If you haven’t already signed up and started following Rural Women on Pinterest, now is the time! Pinterest is full of free printables. We have ideas available in our Events and Fundraising Inspiration board. If that doesn’t interest you, visit this website for 12 pages worth of free printables you can use at your photobooth. Tip: wooden BBQ skewers work great as a handle for the printable props.
    • Dig around in the back of your closet, go to the $2 shop or visit an op shop to find fun clothes, accessories and anything else you can think of.

  2. Create a backdrop.
    • Since this was for Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer, we used the y front and finger image with the blue background (download it here). If you want to print it cheaply, find a Warehouse Stationery if you can, or get crafty and create your own version from fabric and streamers! We used a projector and screen to get the image to display for free. The only problem – the image showed on people’s faces.

  3. Signage.

  4. Taking the photos.
    • There’s so many ways to go about doing this, but the simplest way is to assign 1-2 people to be at the photobooth at any given time to take the pictures and help out in any way.
    • For more in depth ways to set up the photobooth, have a look at our Pinterest board.

If you're looking for just the Y Front posters, you can download a group of them in three sizes now.


We know downloading can be a bit touchy depending on your Internet speed, so if you’d like to receive the whole lot of downloads in this tutorial, contact Kiera, [email protected] or 04.473.5524.

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Photobooth Tutorial 15-Jul-2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Photobooth DIYAt the Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer soiree at the Rural Women New Zealand National Office, a photobooth was set up to have some fun and provide an “unplanned” activity at a very low cost.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand held a very popular cheese making demonstration at Tamahere Community Centre in the Waikato on Monday 12 November, with 45 women learning to make ricotta, mozzarella and halloumi cheeses.

“There is a growing interest in learning traditional skills such as cheese making, and we were thrilled with the success of the evening,” said Rural Women NZ member Janet Williams, who organised the demonstration with the new Tamahere Rural Women NZ group.

The demonstration was run by Neil Willman of The New Zealand Cheese School and Sue Arthur of Over the Moon Dairy Ltd in Putaruru.

Sue and Neil and also brought along a selection of top-shelf gourmet cheeses to taste.  These were complemented with wine tastings of four different wines from The Hamilton Wine Company.

Rural Women New Zealand had their book “A Good Harvest” on sale, with samples of pickles made from the book. 

Following the success of the event, more cheese making classes are planned for next year, beginning with three demonstrations in Taranaki in February.

Say Cheese! 16-Nov-2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rural Women New Zealand held a very popular cheese making demonstration at Tamahere Community Centre in the Waikato on Monday 12 November, with 45 women learning to make ricotta, mozzarella and halloumi cheeses. Read More

A new collection of writing published by South Canterbury Rural Women New Zealand is a treasure trove of stories and poems celebrating the lives and work of rural women.

At last weekend’s launch of the anthology Ragwort and Thistles, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Rangitata MP, Jo Goodhew, said “Women were and women are the fabric of our land.”

The Minister congratulated the 48 contributors - many of whom were in Timaru for the launch – saying the book of poetry and prose moved her and will become a treasured publication to many.

President of Rural Women New Zealand’s South Canterbury Provincial, Margaret Chapman, says the publication of the book had been a big project. 

“During 2011 we held a nationwide writing competition seeking original, non-published works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that celebrated women and the role they play or have played on our land and in our rural communities.

“In all, 321 entries were received, ranging from witty poems and moving stories about remarkable pioneer women who shaped our country, to modern stories about women farmers today.”

A judging panel of five, including Pleasant Point writer Karalyn Joyce, had an incredibly hard job to select the 52 individual poems and stories that are included in the book.

They chose as winner a short story called Ragwort and Thistles, by Marion Day of Picton, saying the story invoked clear and vivid memories.

In a close second, was Milk and Honey, another very descriptive and well-written story by Annalisa Vaatstra of Wanganui.

In third place came Madge, a beautiful character poem by Dawn McMillan of Thames.

The book will have broad appeal for both rural and non-rural people. 

“It’s a good read – designed to entertain, to inform and in many cases to evoke memories,” says Margaret Chapman. 

“The book celebrates the vital part that women play in farming – in the past, present and into the future”.

The book is available for purchase through Rural Women New Zealand’s website – www.ruralwomen.org.nz 

Photo above  from left to right
Kerry Maw, RWNZ National Councillor; Alyson Ulrich, judge; Vicky O'Connor, photographer; Yvone Cochrane,contributor; Hon Jo Goodhew, MP



For further information about the book contact:
Margaret Chapman
President South Canterbury Provincial
Rural Women New Zealand
(03) 693 9994, (027) 207 6008
[email protected]

Book celebrates women on the land 18-Apr-2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A new collection of writing published by South Canterbury Rural Women New Zealand is a treasure trove of stories and poems celebrating the lives and work of rural women. Read More

Interested in networking and renewing friendships with other members in your region and hearing from a stimulating line up of guest speakers? Look no further than the Waikato/Taranaki regional conference being held in Hamilton later this month from the 24-25 March. 

You'll hear from David Waine of the Charities Commission, speakers from Access Homehealth and Telecom, and Noeline Holt, our CEO. There will also be presenters on topics as diverse as "The Internet - Friend not Foe" and "Restorative Justice". We'll also be holding our regional speech competition and the 'Wool for Ewe and Me' competition. For further information contact Shirley Read (06) 752 3698. Email [email protected]

RWNZ Waikato Taranaki Regional Conference - Great line up of speakers! 05-Mar-2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Interested in networking and renewing friendships with other members in your region and hearing from a stimulating line up of guest speakers? Look no further than the Waikato/Taranaki regional conference being held in Hamilton later this month from the 24-25 March.   Read More

Marlborough Rural Women recently accepted a gift of a large tapa cloth made by women in Tonga.

Rural Women Marlborough provincial branch international officer Melva Robb explains:  Each year the Rural Women group focused on a different country, and last year the theme was Tonga.  The group invited Theresa Veikoso to speak to the group about her Tongan 6culture.

Melva Robb says that after Mrs Veikoso spoke to them the Marlborough women were inspired to help the Tongan community in some way. Mrs Veikoso suggested money they raised could go to a group making traditional tapa cloth, led by her aunt. The money was used to buy backing fabric used to make up to 50 metre-long tapa cloth, Mrs Veikoso said.

To mark their thanks for the gift of money, the Tongan women made the Rural Women Marlborough provincial branch a tapa which covered the top table at the group's annual general meeting in Blenheim.

Mrs Veikoso said the Tongan women saw the gift as a blessing and were amazed that rural women in Marlborough would help in this way.

Tongan women make tapa cloth and mats from the inner bark of specially planted trees. The bark is soaked in water overnight, then placed flat and beaten to make tapa pieces, later joined to make large mats.

Tapa Cloth Gift 27-Feb-2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Marlborough Rural Women recently accepted a gift of a large tapa cloth made by women in Tonga.  Read More

Come along and find out more!

A team of lawyers from Webb Ross lawyers in Whangarei will be running through some key topics for rural people at a seminar organised by Rural Women New Zealand on Wednesday 14 March. For $20 including lunch (or $15 for members) you can learn about structuring ownership and succession planning; relationship property issues; employment issues and Occupational Health and Safety and Resource Management law. 10am to 2.30pm. Sierra Motel Conference Room, Whangarei. Registration necessary. Enquiries to Mary Dale-Taylor 09 436 1400 or email [email protected]g.nz

Women and the Law - Plan for your Future - Whangarei event - 14 March 22-Feb-2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Come along and find out more! Read More

Glenorchy Rural Women recently  had their Christmas function at Punatapu.  

Punatapu was established by Dr Pat Farry and his wife Sue; Pat was a GP in Queenstown for many years and was a passionate advocate of rural health and rural general practice, travelling the world to teach and learn about delivering health services in rural areas, and he died suddenly and unexpectedly a couple of years ago. 

Sue has established a Trust, the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust, and so Rural Women group members donated to the trust and we had a delicious lunch cooked by Debbie Crompton, one of our Rural Women members, who is a well-known local chef. It was  Debbie's brilliant idea, and it ticked all the boxes for us, a great day out, fabulous setting, contributing to a rural health trust and wonderful food. Plus they have an amazing art collection and we were lucky enough to have Marilyn Webb the artist with us on the day to talk to us about what we were looking at and her own art and life, so the whole day was really awesome.  

A great day had by all!

Learn more about Glenorchy Rural Women HERE!

Rural Women Celebrate Xmas! 19-Dec-2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Glenorchy Rural Women recently  had their Christmas function at Punatapu.    Read More

Our Wairarapa Women in Farming group recently gathered at Rural Women member Janet and husband Craig Morrison’s farm at Te Wharau, east of Masterton to hear about and see their Drysdale sheep. 

Their flock is unique in New Zealand in that they have developed a polled strain from within their own flock. While not all their Drysdale’s are yet polled (selection for the best fleeces is the priority), a high proportion of the flock is. The number of flocks has decreased in New Zealand although demand for their wool is still high. The lambs that we saw were very nuggety and meaty and Craig says surplus lambs kill out very well.

While there they also took the opportunity to look around Janet’s lovely late spring garden. A great day had by all.

Photo: Barbara Barr (left) and Marilyn Briggs checking out a young Drysdale lamb at Morrison’s.

Interested in joining one of our Rural Women, Women in Farming groups around New Zealand? Contact us today!


Women in Farming learn about Drysdale Sheep 12-Dec-2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Wairarapa Women in Farming group recently gathered at Rural Women member Janet and husband Craig Morrison’s farm at Te Wharau, east of Masterton to hear about and see their Drysdale sheep.  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]


 

(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