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The Rural Women New Zealand Summit 2018 will be a two day event, held at Parliament in Wellington on Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday, 21 November.

The Summit will include a day of RWNZ business, the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards, and Day Two of workshops. For more details, prices and registration, download registration forms here. You can also register through paying through our online shop option below and providing your details.

Please contact Rural Women New Zealand National Office for enquiries.

 
Rural Women New Zealand Summit: Day One

Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Hosted by: Hon Tracey Martin

Hon Tracey Martin - Parliament Host

Hon Martin was first elected to Parliament as a New Zealand First list MP based in Warkworth, in 2011. A great believer in giving back to the community, Tracey spent the majority of her pre-parliament time on parent based fundraising and volunteer committees, while she raised three children with her husband Ben. Tracey is the Minister of Children, Seniors, and Internal Affairs, and is the Associate Minister of Education.
You can read more here.

 

 

Official Opening 10.00am sharp Rural Women New Zealand National Awards
RWNZ Business Commences 11.00am
Lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Afternoon Tea 3.00pm – 3.30pm
Concludes 5.00pm

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hosted by: Jenny Marcroft MP

Jenny Marcroft MP - Parliament Host

New Zealand First List MP living in Matakana. Spokesperson for Health, Broadcasting, Human Rights, ACC, Conservation and Environment.

Ms Marcroft was elected to Parliament in September 2017, as a New Zealand First list MP based at Matakana, in Rodney district. She stood in the Tamaki electorate and was placed ninth on New Zealand First's party list.

She is a former broadcaster with 30 years’ experience working across a range of New Zealand media outlets and is a passionate defender of the role of public broadcasting in an ever-changing media landscape.
Ms Marcroft is a member of the Maori Affairs and Environment select committees.
You can read more here.


NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards Ceremony 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Gala Dinner 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Cash Bar

 

Ambassador Scott Brown - NZI RWNZ Business Awards Guest Speaker

Ambassador Scott Brown presented credentials to the Governor-General of New Zealand to become U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand on June 28, 2017.

Ambassador Brown is a prominent U.S. political leader, attorney, and National Guardsman with a long history of public service.

In 2010, Ambassador Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Massachusetts. During his time in the U.S. Senate, he was known as the most bipartisan Senator, and served as the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He also held committee assignments on Veteran and Small Business affairs. As an elected official, he worked extensively to keep children and families safe. He served as Massachusetts State Representative for the 9th Norfolk District for seven years and as State Senator for the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District for five.

Read more here.


 

Day Two Workshops

Breakfast with Guest Speaker 7:00am - 8:30

Policy workshops (incl morning tea) 9:30 - 12:30

Business workshop (incl morning tea) 9:30 - 12:30

Lunch at the Rydges 12:30

 

Sarah Trotman - Breakfast of Champions Guest Speaker


Sarah Trotman ONZM is a respected business and community leader, a Trustee and Director and a celebrant.

Founder of Women’s Voices, Sarah has run her own businesses for 18 years and been the driving force behind many major initiatives for New Zealand’s business sector.
She was Chief Executive of Business Mentors New Zealand, supervising the mentoring of almost 5000 small businesses annually. She is a former Trustee of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and Leadership New Zealand, and is a member of Be.Accessible’s Fab 50 Network. Sarah helped establish the Lifewise Big Sleepout fundraising event to support people out of homelessness, and has mentored young women under the YWCA Future Leaders Programme.

Sarah will speak on her leadership experience with a particular focus on being a strong advocate for the advancement of women and girls.

 


We look forward to hosting you at the Summit and will be providing more details of the programme as they come available.


Rural Women New Zealand Summit 2018

Friday, September 07, 2018

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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

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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

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WINNERS OF THE NZ GUILD OF AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISTS AND COMMUNICATORS ANNOUNCED

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) presented two awards at the 60th New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators Awards (Guild's).

“RWNZ believes that the Guild’s are an important opportunity to recognise the talent which connects and strengthens New Zealand’s rural communities,” says National Chair, Penny Mudford.

“As an organisation, we sponsored two awards at this year’s Guilds – the Rural Connectivity Award and the RWNZ Journalism Award.

“RWNZ established the Rural Connectivity Award to recognise the importance of connectivity to rural communities and agri-businesses in rural areas, celebrating journalism that helps raise awareness about the issues and benefits of rural connectivity.

“This year, Gerald Piddock of Stuff NZ wins the Rural Connectivity Award for his work on how strengthening connections in rural communities is a way of supporting and attracting new farmers to the industry.

“The Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award was established to recognise the important contribution women make (and have always made) in the rural community, either through their role in the farming sector or to the general rural environment, in its broadest interpretation.

“Carol Stiles of Radio New Zealand’s Country Life Programme, wins the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2018 for her work on broadcasts which highlighted how one women’s dream of sheep farming came to fruition and another who is changing the lives of retired farm dogs.

“RWNZ is proud to be involved with the Guild’s and look forward to hearing and seeing more from the entrants and winners who grow, connect and support our rural communities,” says Ms Mudford.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Rural Women New Zealand

National Office

[email protected]

 

 

 

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release calling for a review of school bus eligibility criteria. 

 

 

RURAL SCHOOL BUS SERVICE REVIEW NEEDED

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is calling for a review of the school bus eligibility criteria, particularly in the rural areas.

“The safest way for children to get to school in rural New Zealand is by bus, however, the current eligibility criteria for the service means that children are being put in dangerous situations,” says Education Portfolio Convenor and Board Member, Sue Higgins.

“If children live within two kilometres of a rural school they are not eligible for the local bus service where there is one, and are forced to walk or cycle on roads with no shoulders, often used by logging trucks, stock trucks and milk tankers, making it treacherous for our children.

“RWNZ understands that parents are responsible for ensuring their children go to school, however, the rural bus is vital for farming families who have both a busy working life and distance, for those who live further away, to contend with.

“A review of the criteria applied to children’s eligibility for their local rural school bus service is needed – school by school.

“It’s time the Government showed leadership on keeping our rural children safe on their journey to and from school,” says Mrs Higgins.

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For further information, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

 

Rural school bus service review needed.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release calling for a review of school bus eligibility criteria.  Read More

 Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement that Lumsden will lose its birthing unit. 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

16 August 2018
For immediate release

 

RURAL MATERNITY CARE IN CRISIS

The downgrading of maternity care in rural Otago and Southland will be catastrophic says Rural Women New Zealand(RWNZ).

“On top of the news that Lumsden’s birthing unit has been downgraded to a pre- and post-natal care unit, RWNZ understands that Wanaka has lost its bid to have a primary birthing unit and this does not bode well for rural communities,” says Board Member and Health Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Whilst RWNZ is somewhat pleased that Lumsden will retain care facilities for any woman with pre- and post-natal needs, women ready to give birth will need to travel at least 50 kilometres to the nearest delivery suite.

“Wanaka is expecting 200 births this coming year and there will be no primary birthing unit, and like Lumsden, will become a hub.

“The Otago-Southland region has a huge hinterland with many young parents who are choosing to have families and raise them in this wonderful part of the world and are at risk due to distance from the maternity care they are entitled to.

"No consideration has been given to those parents who have needed the services provided at Lumsden and already travelling up to two hours, now having an extra 50 kilometres added.

“When assessing maternity needs there is always two lives to consider, the mother and the child, and its outrageous that at the time in their lives when they should be close to their families they are not able to be, due to poor decision-making.

“It is not acceptable that pregnant women in rural areas of the South Island are now miles away from anywhere that can support them to have safe births, something a rural impact analysis would have highlighted.

“It’s time the Government and DHB ensured rural communities have the same access to maternity care as urban communities expect,” says Mrs Pittaway.

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For more information, please contact National Office.

[email protected]

04 473 5524

 

 

 

 

 

Rural maternity care in crisis

Thursday, August 16, 2018

 Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement that Lumsden will lose its birthing unit.  Read More

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

New Zealand's farming women celebrating 125 years on

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country. 

 

NEW ZEALAND’S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON

Rural women across the country have been celebrating the 125th year of universal suffrage in a variety of events says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“The 125th celebration of the day women finally won the right to vote is such a big milestone in New Zealand’s history that commemoration events will to be held over several days,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suffrage Day celebrations ranged from sharing family stories about collecting signatures on the petition, marches through rural towns, to our involvement in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

“Other events include capsule openings, celebrations alongside other community groups, and screenings of women-centric movies including ‘She Shears’.

“Our social media campaign in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries showcasing New Zealand’s primary sector women is my personal highlight of the Suffrage 125 commemorations.

“Many of our Members will be celebrating right up until 28 November, which is the date of the first election in which women could vote in 1893,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


 

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

Read the announcement here.  

 

 

ANOTHER SET BACK FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another setback for health and wellbeing of rural communities.

Friday, April 06, 2018

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

 

 

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November 2018 in Wellington in the Banquet Hall at Parliament.

A review of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards has been completed by the RWNZ Board with feedback from members and participants, external advice, and the awards partners.

The awards have been renamed the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards and NZI is the Premier Partner. The categories have been broadened, the application process has been updated and the judging criteria strengthened.

 

The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards give an outstanding opportunity to showcase your business. The event attracts extensive media coverage and promotional opportunities. All winners will receive a membership of Rural Women New Zealand for one year. All category winners will each receive $1000 in prize money and a trophy, and the Supreme Winner will receive a further $1000 in prize money.

 

“Winning the Supreme Award was such an amazing result. I am proud of my achievements and honoured to be surrounded by such inspiring, talented and strong women,”

- Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines, Supreme winner 2017.

 

 

You can download the entry forms below, which contain information regarding entry criteria and conditions of entry. The PDF version can be downloaded, printed, filled out and scanned or posted to National Office. The Word.doc available can be electronically filled out using Microsoft Word and sent as an attachment to National Office. Please send entry forms to [email protected].

First stage entry forms (13, June – 1, August) PDF

First stage entry forms (13, June – 1, August) Word.doc


The categories for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards 2018 are:

  • Emerging business: Awarded to a business starting out in its journey and achieving exceptional results. Open to businesses that have been running from 2 – 5 years.
  • Love of the Land: Harnessing the potential of New Zealand’s land, environment or products of the land, to create a successful business enterprise.
  • Creative Arts: A business specialising in the creative arts working in a rural environment or using rural materials.
  • Innovation: An enterprise that challenges the status quo to bring something new and innovative to the market or utilising rural resources in an innovative way.
  • Rural Champion: A person or business who champions the rural sector or a rural enterprise – an outstanding contributor who goes above and beyond the normal in their support rural enterprise. Open to anybody.
 

A Supreme winner will be chosen from all category finalists, who has shown excellence and outstanding achievement across all entry criteria.

 

Please find following the relevant dates for entries:

  • Wednesday, 13 June - Launch of awards at National Fieldays, entries open
  • Wednesday, 1 August - Entries close, first round judging starts
  • Friday, 31 August - First round judging complete
  • Saturday, 1 September - First stage finalists contacted and second round entries open
  • Sunday, 30 September - Second stage entries close
  • Monday, 1 October - Second stage judging begins.
  • Tuesday, 20 November - NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards (winners announced).

Please read the media release launching the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards here:

If you are interested in supporting the awards as a category partner, please contact [email protected].

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

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