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 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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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

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement this morning that the Government are giving a funding boost to help improve child and family wellbeing. 

 

Read the relevant media here.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND BACKS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING FAMILIES

The announcement this morning that the Government will be giving family violence services a boost of $76.2 million is a step in the right direction for our women and families, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“New Zealand’s rate of violence against women and children is unacceptable – it is great to see the Government increasing support services for women, families, and communities in need," says RWNZ National Chair, Penny Mudford.

The Government also announced that additional funding in 2019/2020 would enable services to expand into areas where there is currently no support.

“Women and children living in rural New Zealand have particular challenges and can be vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse due to their geographic and social isolation.

“For some, living rurally means they are some distance from their families and whānau and do not have the support that the wider family can provide.

“Family violence victims in rural New Zealand do not have the same level of access to psychological and legal support as urban women and children do, due to living rurally.

“RWNZ hope that this boost announced by the Government will be used to empower our rural communities by giving women and children who are victims of violence the help and support they so badly need,” says Ms Mudford.

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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 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

Southland resident Ann Irving received a national Walking Access Award.

The award is in recognition of her efforts towards obtaining public access to one of the few remaining flax wetlands in Southland. The wetland is located in Rural Women New Zealand's forestry block in Dipton, and Mrs Irving has been working with Environment Southland, landowner Alan Maxwell and the Walking Access Commission to create a legally enduring 150 metre track giving access to it.

New Zealand Walking Access Commission regional field advisor for Queenstown Lakes and Southland, Ange van der Laan, says Mrs Irving has been working tirelessly to make the walkway a reality.

“The possibility of the wetland being opened for public access is now there, and that is largely due to Ann’s tenacity, patience and commitment,” Ms van der Laan says. Mrs Irving, who is secretary of the Rural Women New Zealand Southland Forestry Committee, says she has always been interested in conservation and is humbled by the award. She stresses that the credit should also go to her colleagues at Rural Women New Zealand and to others in the community.

“The award recognises the efforts of everyone involved. It’s been quite a big job,” she says. Mrs Irving acknowledged Mr Maxwell, the landowner who has agreed to the walkway going over his paddock and Environment Southland which had agreed to become the Controlling Authority of the walkway.

Dipton Landcare Group and Dipton School had also played a major role and would soon roll out a weeding and planting programme for the walkway. New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Mark Neeson says the Walking Access Awards recognise those who have made significant and lasting contributions to public access to the outdoors in New Zealand. These contributions can be through securing new legal access, championing public rights of access, trail building, or contributing to understanding of access rights and responsibilities.

“The annual awards are an opportunity to acknowledge people in the community who are investing a great deal of time and effort to making walking easier, which in turn allows people to enjoy the outdoors,” Mr Neeson says.

Mrs Irving received the award on Monday 16th November during an informal event at the Dipton Golf Club. MP Todd Barclay attended the event, as well as New Zealand Walking Access Commission operations manager Ric Cullinane

You never know where our Growing Dynamic Leaders course participants will pop up next.Could this be you in 2015?

Alex Thompson who was part of our class of 2014 recently featured on CTV's Rob's Country show, talking about the value of her agribusiness diploma training in coming up to speed with the farming world in NZ, having emigrated here from the UK.

Watch here at 44.40m

Would you like to be part of our Growing Dynamic Leaders course in April 2015? You'll hear from inspirational speakers, meet political leaders, learn new skills and network with motivated and dynamic members from all around the country. Contact Noeline Holt for more information. This Wellington-based, 3 day leadership programme is open to Rural Women NZ members only, at no cost.

Growing Dynamic Leaders course 05-Dec-2014

Friday, December 05, 2014

You never know where our Growing Dynamic Leaders course participants will pop up next.Could this be you in 2015? Read More

Wendy McGowan has been elected as the new national president of Rural Women New Zealand.


Her success was announced at the organisation’s AGM held in Wellington today, attended by 80 members from around the country.


Wendy McGowan previously served a three-year term as national vice president, and has been the national councillor for Bay of Plenty/Coromandel for the last six years, taking a special interest in land use issues, bio-security and food safety.


Wendy told members, “As national president I will build on our organisation’s goals and aspirations to be dynamic, vibrant, leading, innovative and visible at all levels.


“Rural Women NZ’s interest in land, health, education and community issues need our attention and advocacy, just as they did in the 1920s.As then, encouraging women living in rural communities to voice their concerns and support one another is what we do well.”


Wendy immediately announced the appointment of Kerry Maw, the national councillor for Canterbury, as her vice president.


Looking ahead, Wendy says it is exciting to be taking a leading role in plans to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming in 2014. The organisation is planning a series of events in March and April around the country to highlight the important role of family farms in provincial economic prosperity.


“It’s also an opportunity to strengthen links and understanding between rural and urban.”


The AGM was officially opened by Rural Women NZ’s patron, Her Excellency, Lady Janine Mateparae, who said her decision to take on the patron role was made easier by the organisation’s commitment to provide a voice for rural women and rural families, and our work is extremely important to the continued good health of the rural sector and New Zealand.


Prime Minister John Key also spoke at the opening ceremony and answered questions from the floor.


He said there are significant differences between our urban and rural communities and the key question is how we make sure those differences and issues are understood by everybody. He cited broadband access, the volatility of weather that farmers must cope with and schooling in rural areas as key challenges.


Wendy McGowan and her husband Rusty farm a 260 hectare dairy support unit in Kaharoa in the Bay of Plenty. She is also an enrolled nurse and works as a casual play specialist at Rotorua Hospital’s Children’s Unit.


Rural Women also announced Mary McTavish - Bay of Plenty/Coromandel (Region 5), and Fiona Gower - Top of the North Island (Region7), as new national councillors. 

Rural Women NZ elects new national president 26-Nov-2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wendy McGowan has been elected as the new national president of Rural Women New Zealand. Read More

Congratulations to the Rural Women members who have won council and DHB seats in the 2013 local body elections.  Preliminary results show at least 14 members will be serving their communities for the next three years.

Rural Women National President, Liz Evans, says, "We congratulate these members who have stepped up to ensure that the rural voice is heard. There needs to be strong rural representation on councils, particularly those councils that act as unitary authorities.  Services supplied and rating are very different for rural and urban people.”

Many provincial local authority areas have lost their ward voting opportunities, which can make it much harder for the more isolated farming areas to be represented on urban-based councils.  We see this even in the provinces, which rely for their prosperity on their primary producer ratepayers.

“I am sure these successful candidates will help to raise awareness of rural issues and promote better understanding and fairer outcomes for everyone.”

Several Rural Women members also stood successfully for District Health Board positions. 

With rural health outcomes being affected by distance and access to services, it's so important that people who have a real understanding of the issues are able to advocate for rural communities when funding priorities are set and service decisions are made.


The successful candidates are:

Theresa Stark - Waikato Regional Council

Mary Gamble - Southern District Health Board 

Geoff Evans - Marlborough District Council - Wairau Awatere Ward - Associate Rural Women member

Fiona Gower - Onewhero/Tuakau Community Board

Hilary McNab - Catlins Ward, Clutha District Council - returned unopposed

Sharyn Price - Corriedale Ward, Waitaki District Council

Joan Wilson - Strath-Taieri Community Board - returned unopposed

Kate Wilson - Mosgiel/Taieri Ward, Dunedin City Council 

Ainsley Webb - Central Otago Health Inc board community representative - returned unopposed

Jacqui Church - Awaroa ki Tuakau Ward, Waikato District Council 

Ruth Rainey - Rangitikei District Council

Carolyn McLellan QSO - Golden Bay community board

Rosemarie Costar - Onewhero-Te Akau ward, Waikato District Council

Louise Cloot, MNZM - Otago Regional Council - re-elected for her 9th term 







Local Body Elections 2013 - Rural Women get results! 15-Oct-2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Congratulations to the Rural Women members who have won council and DHB seats in the 2013 local body elections.  Preliminary results show at least 14 members will be serving their communities for the next three years. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand officially launched a fundraising campaign for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand called Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer at our National Conference in May. We publicly launched the campaign while at National Fieldays with "pikelets for prostate cancer." Adding spice to our launch were the Fieldays Rural Bachelors, who came along to support the campaign.


This campaign is geared at not only fundraising, but also to raise awareness among all men, and women, to talk to their GPs about screening and risk factors for prostate cancer.


Prostate cancer affects 3,000 NZ men each year - that's 8 every day! This disease has an unknown origin, but it is believed to be influenced by testosterone. Last year, the Ministry of Health set up a taskforce to begin to lay out recommendations and programmes for screening, similar to those for cervical and breast cancer.


Here are few items to consider for Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer:

  • The fundraiser is taking place between now and the AGM on 25 November 2013.
  • There will be a large push in September. PCFNZ celebrates Blue September each year to raise awareness, find out more here.
  • Rural Women New Zealand National Office will collect the money and announce the total at the November AGM.
  • November is the internationally celebrated Movember month to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Don't forget to bring your moustache with to our AGM!!
  • Please contact National Office with your event details, or head over to our Forum to discuss it there*. National Office will assist with promotion and speakers for your event(s).

  • Events are in full swing already. The first off the block was South Taranaki Provincial who held a lunchtime event with former Stratford Mayor Brian Jeffares as the guest speaker. Jennie Purdon, Provincial president sasy over 30 men and women came along to listen to Brian tell his personal story.


    At our National Office, a Cocktails and Nibbles soiree was held with some key partners. View our photobooth photo gallery and, if you're looking for how to set up your own photobooth, read our tutorial.


    Further listening:  National Radio Outspoken programme on prostate cancer 18 August 2013

    *Note: to post in our Forum discussion you will first have to login.

     

    Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer 01-Jun-2013

    Saturday, June 01, 2013

    Rural Women New Zealand officially launched a fundraising campaign for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand called Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer at our National Conference in May. We publicly launched the campaign while at National Fieldays with "pikelets for prostate cancer." Adding spice to our launch were the Fieldays Rural Bachelors, who came along to support the campaign. Read More

    Rural Women New Zealand National Conference – Christchurch 23-26 May 2013

    See the Draft programme here

    The Student Volunteer Army’s Sam Johnson and Helen Heddell, Farmy Army catering co-ordinator extraordinaire, will give a unique perspective on the Canterbury earthquakes as guest speakers at the Rural Women New Zealand national conference being held at The Chateau on the Park in Christchurch from 23 to 26 May.

    It will be an opportunity for 200 Rural Women NZ members from around the country to look ahead as they focus on the conference theme ‘The Future’s Bright – Inspire a Generation’.

    “We are looking forward to coming to Christchurch, and are starting off with a bus tour to get a better perspective of the issues the city is facing,” says national president Liz Evans.  

    “It will be a chance to see first-hand the effects of the earthquakes and the innovation and resilience of Cantabrians as they rebuild their lives.”

    The Land and Water Forum will be the focus of a Water Seminar being held on the first day of conference, with panelists Prof Jenny Webster-Brown from University of Canterbury’s Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, David Caygill of Environment Canterbury, Green MP Eugenie Sage and Federated Farmers’ grain and seed chair Ian McKenzie.  

    “The focus will be on drought preparedness, water storage and irrigation systems, which are not only topical, but also tie in with the UN International Year of Water Co-operation 2013.”

    Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Hon. Jo Goodhew, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Associate Minister of Primary Industries, will be official guests at the conference opening ceremony. 

    “Then Peri Drysdale of Untouched World will set the scene for our Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony.  She will talk about her journey to success, from a nurse who didn’t know the difference between an invoice and a statement to a New Zealand fashion and sportswear brand icon.”

    The suspense will build as our four category finalists in the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2013 give short presentations about their businesses, before the Supreme Winner is announced.

    The Rural Women New Zealand national conference is always an opportunity to learn something new, be inspired and re-kindle friendships.

    Workshops sessions will focus on technology, local body elections and the future focus of the organisation.
    Social functions will include a Camelot-themed medieval festival and a gala dinner with guest speaker Leona Dargis, a visiting Nuffield scholar from Alberta, Canada, who’ll be sharing her enthusiasm for the agricultural sector.

    We are grateful to all our sponsor partners, and in particular Telecom, Fly Buys, Animal Health Board, Chorus, NZ Post, Agrisea and Access Homehealth Ltd.

    For registrations contact national office (04) 473 5524, or a registration form is available in the Members' Only area of this website.  

    National Conference 2013 12-Apr-2013

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    Rural Women New Zealand National Conference – Christchurch 23-26 May 2013 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.

    Ends

     

    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.

    Ends

    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.

    Ends

    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.

    Ends

     

     

    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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