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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

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington.

RWNZ National Office would like to advise members that since the relocation on 10 July 2017, postal delivery to the new office location has been disrupted.

We have already mailed out Membership invoices to members. We expect that you may be sending your payment and invoice slip back to National Office. We are aware that some mail posted to RWNZ has been returned to senders. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience. We are working with New Zealand Post to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about invoices, please email: [email protected] or phone the National Office: 04 473 5524.

As at Tuesday 18 July, the reception phone line is connected, phone 04 4735524. 

If you have an email enquiry, please email [email protected]

We will keep you updated with progress on the relocation, phone and email services, through the RWNZ website and social media: Facebook (www.facebook.com/ruralwomennz/) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RuralWomenNZ).

 

 

RWNZ National Office has moved

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington. Read More

The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms.

“Rural Women New Zealand have an authoritative rural voice and are pleased to be included on this Council” says Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

RWNZ are represented on the Firearms Community Advisory Forum and are also members of the Police and Rural Stakeholder’s Partnership.

Rachael Dean, RWNZ’s Finance Chair and representative on the Firearms Safety Council, is looking forward to collaborating with other groups to reduce accidents involving firearms. “RWNZ want to work with associations to improve safety, and encourage firearms' owners to learn more about the safe use of firearms.”

RWNZ has made several submissions to government regarding rural policing, safety and emergency services. In August last year, RWNZ presented a submission at the Law and Order Select Committee on illegal possession of firearms. The submission stated concerns about the shortage of police in rural areas, and the impact of organised and firearm-related crime on community safety.

RWNZ has also expressed concerns about changes to firearms’ licensing, training and testing. RWNZ believed there needed to be further consultation with stakeholders and rural firearms’ owners.

Interim Chair of the Firearms Safety Council, retired Police Inspector Mr Joe Green, says “one of the key objectives of the Council is to provide advice to government agencies and other organisations, such as the media, on firearms safety related matters.”

The membership of the Firearms Safety Council includes the NZ Deerstalkers Association, Pistol NZ, NZ Shooting Federation, NZ Pig Hunters Association, Sporting Shooters Association of NZ, NZ Sporting Industry Association, Antique and Historical Arms Association, Federated Mountain Clubs, Target Shooting NZ, Firearms Safety Specialists NZ Ltd, NZ Black Powder Shooting Federation, NZ Service Rifle Association, Rural Women NZ and Safari Club International (NZ).

 

RWNZ joins Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Friday, February 17, 2017

The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms.  Read More

Registration date extended until 10th February, join the Triple F Challenge on 28, 29 & 30 April 2017. The theme is “Fitness, Fun and Friendship"
 "Ride it – walk it – experience it” 152kms, the world renowned Otago Central Rail Trail.

Day One

  • Cycle Group 37 kms Clyde to Omakau
  • Walking Group - Clyde - a short walk, then Galloway to Chatto Creek 13 kms
  • Registration & Morning Tea (Dunstan RWNZ) at Clyde from 10.15am for 11.00 departure
  • Lunch at Galloway (Cromwell RWNZ) from Noon,  Dinner at the Becks Community Hall, Harold and a team from Life Education will join us,
  • Guest Speaker: Linda Taylor on the recently launched ‘Empower’ programme, which teaches kids about food and nutrition; how to grow, harvest, prepare & share good food. Empower is a collaborative effort between Life Education and Garden to Table. Linda is Executive Officer of Garden to Table. 

Accommodation Omakau/Lauder & Becks:
  • Omakau Accommodation – 15 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $73.50 p/p average 
  • Wilson’s House & Killarney Cottage Can sleep up to 6 people at each venue. A variety of room configurations available $72.50 p/p 
  • Tiger Hill Lodge – 8 people A variety of room configurations available $85.00 p/p Reserved
  • Lauder Store Accommodation – can sleep up to 14 people, A variety of room configurations available $70.00 p/p 
  • Lauder School B & B – 20 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $70.00 p/p average 
  • Becks Hotel – 4 people, Two double rooms $50.00 p/p 

 

Day Two 

  • 9.30am Leaving Omakau - Cycle 55 kms to Ranfurly - Walk 11 kms Lauder to Auripo
  • Lunch at Oturehua Hall – (Cambrian/St Bathans RWNZ)
  • Dinner & Curling at International Curling Rink Naseby at 6.00pm with Farmlands Co-operative.
 
Accommodation Ranfurly:
 
  • Ranfurly Hotel – 28 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $70.00 p/p average 
  • Hawkdun Lodge – 26 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $75.00 p/p 
  • Ranfurly Holiday Park – 22 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $52.00 p/p average 
  • Ranfurly Motels – 18 people approx. A variety of room configurations available $59.00 p/p average 

 

Day Three
  • 9.00am Departure - Cycle 60 kms Ranfurly to Middlemarch
  • Walk 11 kms Daisybank to Hyde
  • Lunch at Hyde Hall – (Maniototo RWNZ)
  • Farewell ‘Pool Party’ – the Afternoon Cuppa & Nibbles at end of Trail will be at the Middlemarch Swimming Pool hosted by local Swimming Club.
  • Non Members, Husbands, Partners & Families - ALL WELCOME
 

Note: All accommodation includes continental breakfast.

The bus will be returning to Clyde at 3.30pm on Sunday.
20 Seats will be available $30 per person
Seats will be allocated on first in, first served basis. 

 

Click here for the Trail Journeys website for more information about the rail trail.

 

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Cost:
Cost of all meals and incidentals $235.00
Deposit for accommodation $140.00
TOTAL TO DATE = $375.00
### PLUS RETURN BUS TO CLYDE PAYMENT $30.00
Fill in the Registration Form and post your completed Registration Form with payment to date, or please name & state date you paid by direct credit
by Friday 10th February to:
Pat Macaulay
Convener for RWNZ Triple F Challenge 2017
106 Tirohanga Road North Taieri R D 2 MOSGIEL 9092
(Pat can be contacted at either 03 484 7006 or 027 201 6921
or email:- [email protected]) Cancellation Policy Please let us know immediately if you are unable to join us. NO REFUNDS AFTER 28th MARCH
Please note that we cannot hold this accommodation after 30th November & all accommodation must be booked by the Planning Committee. Numbers limited to 90/92
 
Additional Information
 
  • Funds will be raised throughout the Event for the Life Education Trust (NZ)
  • Please note that you are personally responsible for hiring of bike and getting to Clyde by 10.15 am on 28th April & away from Middlemarch on 30th April.
  • There will be limited luggage facilities available for transportation between places of accommodation with the “back up crew”. Luggage must be well named & destination clearly marked for each stop over. However, we appreciate those who are able to make their own arrangements.

Triple F Challenge 2017 Register Now

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Registration date extended until 10th February, join the Triple F Challenge on 28, 29 & 30 April 2017. The theme is “Fitness, Fun and Friendship"
 "Ride it – walk it – experience it” 152kms, the world renowned Otago Central Rail Trail. Read More

RWNZ has lodged a submission to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on its review of the Telecommunications Act.

While RWNZ strongly support the need for a new regulatory approach to wholesale telecommunication prices, RWNZ Vice President Fiona Gower says that it is disappointing that the review does not address the issue of underinvestment in telecommunications.

“We feel strongly that a key goal of the review should include bringing rural broadband speeds up to the same standard as urban speeds”. While considerable progress has been made through the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), the reality for rural and remote users is that the current state of the network remains poor. In addition, it is concerning that the Government is directly funding UFB deployment in urban areas but it is not actually putting any funding into rural areas as part of the RBI”.

The RBI continues to be funded directly by the industry through the Telecommunications Development levy.

Fiona Gower also states that the end-user impact of the proposed utility style pricing regulation remains unclear. “Primarily our members want internet and phone prices to remain affordable whilst also encouraging wholesale network operators to invest appropriately in improving rural infrastructure. We are concerned about how changes to wholesale prices will be treated by Retail Service Providers and reflected in retail prices”.

MBIE's review also proposes exploring options for promoting competition in the mobile market. Fiona Gower says “Mobile coverage is seriously lacking in rural areas, despite the fact that these days it is considered a basic lifeline in emergency situations”.

RWNZ’s submission encourages the Government to proceed with options that encourage greater infrastructure sharing and competition between mobile network operators. It also suggests additional government stimulus may be necessary to fund further investment by mobile network operations in the most uneconomic areas of the network.

RWNZ have read the submission made by TUANZ, and as a member, lend their support to the TUANZ submission on the review of the Telecommunications Act.

 

 

Submission on the review of the Telecommunications Act 2001

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

RWNZ has lodged a submission to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on its review of the Telecommunications Act. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand members are proactive when it comes to farm safety, especially regarding quad bike safety. For us it goes much further than wearing helmets.

If the quad bike is not maintained to a safe standard, the risk of injury or worse is increased, no matter how much training someone has had and that they are wearing the correct protective equipment.

It is the responsibility of all involved in the business to ensure that a quad or any machinery is safe to use. Before use, do a quick walk around a machine for a basic check of your quad, car, bike or tractor. This action could prevent an incident and save a lifetime of pain and suffering for the rider, their family and community.

For quads there is a useful check system TCLOC, which should be done regularly, preferably daily:

T Tyres, wheels, wheel nuts:

  • -Are tyres at the correct pressure? Find out the correct pressure.
  • -Do the tyres have sufficient tread? Are they damaged?
  • -Are rims in good condition?
  • -Are wheel nuts tightened correctly?

C Controls:

  • -Do all control levers work e.g. 4WD/2WD, foot brakes and hand brakes?
  • -Do you know what all controls do and how to use them?

L Lights and electrics:

  • -Are all lights and electrics in working order?
  • -Do all the switches do what they are supposed to?
  • -Where are the battery and fuses on the machine?

O Oils and liquids:

  • -Check oil, brake fluid, fuel levels in the machine.
  • -Do you know how to check these? Is there sufficient fuel in the tank?

C Chassis and suspension:

  • -Check the chassis condition - no rust or damaged framework.
  • -Check for suspicious leaks.
  • -Wash the machine regularly so dirt and muck does not build up covering faults.
  • -Do you understand how the suspension system in the machine works?

After a service it’s advisable to check that all work needed has been done. Provide a check list of your requirements to ensure the work is complete if necessary.

Simple checks and maintenance ensure machinery runs more safely and efficiently and helps prevent accident and injury

For more tips see: WorkSafe New Zealand’s quad bike safety information.

 

For further details please contact:

Fiona Gower

Vice President

Rural Women New Zealand

Ph: 027 428 3884

Email: [email protected]

Quad bike safety

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Rural Women New Zealand members are proactive when it comes to farm safety, especially regarding quad bike safety. For us it goes much further than wearing helmets. Read More

Entries are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award, in association with the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists. 

We welcome entries from journalists in the print and broadcast media. Pictured here are last year's very deserving winners, Sarah Perriam and Tony Glynn of Rural TV, with Jackie Edkins of Rural Women NZ.

The award recognises the important contribution women make in rural communities, either through their role in the farming sector, or to the general rural environment.

Entry form and information

Entries must be of two articles /programmes based on the theme of “rural women making a difference”.  This could be in the sense of community involvement, on farm or in another rural-based business or activity.
 
Any New Zealand-based journalist or communicator is eligible to enter the award.  

Entries close Friday, 12 September.  

Rural Women NZ Journalism Awards 2014 open 01-Aug-2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Entries are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award, in association with the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists.  Read More

Eleven women from around New Zealand arrive in Wellington today for the start of a three day leadership course co-ordinated by Rural Women NZ and sponsored by Landcorp.

The women, all Rural Women NZ members, are active in their communities and are now looking to grow their communications skills, enhance their networks, and learn more of th

e work of our organisation at a national level.

“The women will explore what makes an effective leader, how to influence others and the importance of networks both within the organisation and in the broader rural sector,” says Rural Women NZ national president, Wendy McGowan.

Leading this first section of the programme will be Agri-Women’s Development Trust founder, Lindy Nelson, who is also the 2013 Next Business Woman of the Year.

“The women all bring strong skills to the table, and we hope this leadership programme will give them a greater understanding of the role Rural Women NZ plays at national level for the good of rural communities, and how they can be part of that,” says Mrs McGowan.

On the second day, participants will meet members of both the Labour and National parties’ Women’s Caucus, and will have the opportunity to observe Parliament in action.

Vanisa Dhiru, chief executive of Volunteering New Zealand will share her insights into ways to inspire volunteers, while David Chrisp, general manager North Island for Access Homehealth Ltd, will be encouraging the participants to take an active role in the community through the home healthcare sector.

During 2014 Rural Women NZ is partnering with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to bring the It’s OK to Ask for Help campaign to rural communities with a letterbox sticker campaign.  Wellington-based MSD staff, Sheryl Hann and Stephanie Edmond, will present on the need to change the way New Zealanders act and think about family violence.

As broadband becomes more widely available in rural communities, online communications and connectivity are becoming increasingly accessible. David Farrar, Kiwiblog founder, will talk about the possibilities social media presents for rural.

Landcorp will kindly host the group for lunch on the final day of the leadership course, with the opportunity for the women to network with the new CEO, Steven Carden, and other staff.


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The special significance of the rural delivery service has been recognised in the 2013 NZ Post Deed of Understanding. Read our members' reactions to the news.

"Well done!! Commonsense at last.
 I felt for all rural people but especially our mail men and women who often go well beyond their core roles and it was their livelihoods that were going to be drastically affected as well by the proposed changes. Keep up the good work."

"Well done, this will be a relief to many!!"

"That is fantastic news.  So pleased."

"This is a great result! Well done to all who were part of the submission."

"I was delighted when I opened my mail and I have a message from Federated Farmers and from you telling me that we will have mail five days a week.  Absolutely delighted.  Well done."

"I am so thrilled to receive this email tonight re the Postal Service in rural areas.- I feel so elated that I took the time to complete the survey especially after reading your email. It just proves that completing surveys really works and a huge thank you to everyone in your organisation. GO Rural Women!!!"

"Well done - great news.  Our mail man will also be pleased."

"Congratulations well done girls it is such a vital service."

"The members of the Rerewhakaaitu Branch are delighted with this news. Special thanks must go to the people in our organisation who have been so diligent in putting the case for rural communities.  Now we must make the most of the 'win'.


Liz Evans our national president, speaking on National Radio, about the rural delivery reprieve.

What it means:

Under the updated deed, urban areas may see a reduction to a three day mail service from 2015, but the five day a week rural delivery service will remain unchanged, except on runs that already have a lower frequency.

“In our submission, which Minister Amy Adams has acknowledged, we highlighted that the rural delivery is so much more than just a mail service and anything that threatened its sustainability would have widespread unintended consequences,” says Rural Women national president, Liz Evans.

“It is a wraparound distribution service that is part of the fabric that holds rural communities together.

“Our rural delivery contractors provide a lifeline, delivering supplies, repairs and spare parts, animal health remedies, medicines, and courier parcels.

“The five day service ensures people are able to run their farming enterprises and other rural businesses effectively, even from remote locations.”

Rural delivery contractors also pick up mail and parcels, meaning that it’s feasible to run a production-based business from a rural location. These businesses breathe life into rural communities, as we have seen through our Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Rural Women NZ’s plea to preserve the existing rural delivery service was also based on the limitations of other communications facilities, that urban people take for granted.

“In many rural areas there is limited or no cellphone coverage and we are still dealing with dial-up connections in many cases.”

Postman Pat-on-the Back Awards

Last year we ran a competition, asking you to nominate your favourite rural delivery contractor, and telling us how they go the extra mile.  We heard some wonderful stories, and it's worth sharing them again now as we celebrate the news that this service we value so much has been saved.

Andrew, RD3 Cambridge

Cath and Dennis

Christine Hunt, Kumeu

Craig Fitzgerald of Pongaroa and Pahiatua

Freeman Willetts, Oamaru

Gail Hurrell of Arohena Near Te Awamutu

Gavin Free, RD Contractor of Leeston, Canterbury

George and Jan Bradley, Tuakau, Waikato

Graeme and Val, Collingwood

Harley, Kumeu, Northland

Jack of Muriwai, Northland

Leonora Spark of Mangamahu, Wanganui

Les, RD17, Fairlie Canterbury

Lovey Matene, Kaikohe, Northland

Lynnette Taylor, Kamo Northland

Mandy Thomson of Culverden, North Canterbury

Neil and Debbie Kenwood, Kenepuru Sounds

RD contractor for RD3, Bell Block, Taranaki

Rhonda and Ewart, Oturehua

Ron Lawrence, Rangiwahia

Syd & Claire Stronach, Tokanui, Catlins

Tony and Marie, RD2 Nelson




Rural Women NZ delighted with rural delivery service 23-Oct-2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The special significance of the rural delivery service has been recognised in the 2013 NZ Post Deed of Understanding. Read our members' reactions to the news. Read More


Rural Women NZ is excited to play a key role in organising a programme of events to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming 2014.


As a member of the steering committee that will liaise directly with the UN, Rural Women NZ has hosted the first meeting in Wellington to start the planning process. 


Convened by Organic Systems and Adams Harman, others taking part in the meeting included DairyNZ, Horticulture New Zealand, the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, Young Farmers, Beef+Lamb NZ, Federated Farmers and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

 

Family farming has been the backbone of New Zealand’s rural economy for more than a century and Rural Women NZ has led advocacy and growth for farming families and rural communities since 1925.  So we're very keen to mark this UN year and showcase the ongoing importance of family farming for all New Zealanders.  For most provincial areas, economic prosperity is still dependent on the results of food production and innovation achieved by families.

Rural Women NZ has teamed up with family farming ambassador and 2013 Landcorp agricultural communicator of the year Doug Avery to run events in rural and urban centres around the country next March and April.

 

“We want to celebrate family farming past, present and future,” says Mrs Evans.  “It’s also a great opportunity to link town and country.”

 

Rural Women NZ will hold events across New Zealand including, seminars, hands-on workshops and a photo and video competition, as well as entertainment and market-day stalls.

 

Other rural organisations are welcome to join forces with Rural Women NZ, ensuring a programme of activities that will offer something for everyone.

 

A further meeting with participants from a wide range of family farming organisations and those who work with them will be held in Wellington in November.

The aim of the UN International Year of Family Farming is to stimulate sustainable agriculture from the perspective of combating poverty and hunger, and rural development based on respect for the environment and biodiversity.


Read more on the UN International Year of Family Farming 2014 



Rural Women leads on International Year of Family Farming 2014 09-Oct-2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Rural Women NZ is excited to play a key role in organising a programme of events to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming 2014. 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
 Read More

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