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Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events.

The Rural Support Trust advise farmers to ensure stock and domestic animals have food, water, and shelter where necessary, and are secure. Ensure that all stock injuries are promptly attended too, after human needs are met.

If your farm or rural property or stock has been affected by an adverse event and you need assistance, contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) with information on the impacts on your farm, or requests for help.

The Rural Women New Zealand Adverse Events and Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children. The fund provides financial assistance to persons or groups, where there is an identified urgent need due to recent adverse events such as drought, fires, floods or earthquakes.

Click here to read more about applying for the fund.

Contact details for support agencies:

The Rural Support Trust (RST organise community events and one-on-one mentoring, as well as targeted support services in emergency situations)  
http://www.rural-support.org.nz Ph: 0800 787 254.

DairyNZ: Sharemilkers support http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/tactics/support-for-sharemilkers/

Federated Farmers http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 327 646 or drought feedline 0800 376 844.

Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer http://www.resilientfarmer.co.nz/

Farmstrong http://www.farmstrong.co.nz


If you just want to talk, or know someone who is at risk, there are a range of support options available, including counselling services:

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling

Youthline: 0800 376 633 or free text 234 - Provides 24 hour telephone and text counselling services for young people

Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling.

Women's Refuge: 0800 REFUGE (733 843) a 24/7 crisis and support line provide advice and information.

Shakti New Zealand 0800SHAKTI (0800 742 584) If you are in a situation of domestic violence call our 24-hour crisis line, and multi-lingual staff will provide information.

Tautoko: 0508 828 865 - provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, and their family, whānau and friends.

What'sup: 0800 942 8787 (0800 What’s Up) is a counselling helpline for children and young people, aged 5-18. Phone Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm.

Kidsline: 0800 543 754, it is a 24/7 helpline for children and teens, run by specially trained youth volunteers.

Thelowdown.co.nz - Free Text 5626, watch videos or contact for support. 

depression.org.nz National Depression Initiative (for adults), 0800 111 757 - 24 hour service 

Ministry for Children Oranga Tamariki If you're worried about a child or family that you know, there are ways you can help, contact Child, Youth and Family.

For information about suicide prevention, see http://www.spinz.org.nz .

If it is an emergency, or you feel yourself, or someone you know is at risk, please call 111.

Rural community support services

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events. Read More

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


    The present dry conditions affecting the country will be putting an added strain on many families. Rural Women New Zealand is organising drought events to bring people together to support each other at this time.  Funding support for such events may be available by contact Rural Women NZ's national office - (04) 473 5524.

    If you need specific help in the case of breakdown in family relationships and violence, it's good to be aware of the It's OK to Ask for Help campaign.

    Often people want help from friends, family and neighbours. What you do and say can make a difference to someone’s life. 

    Violence is not just physical. Some common signs that one person is controlling and intimidating another are:

    constant criticising
    texting and or calling to check up
    telling someone what to do, wear, and say
    pressure to have sex
    controlling finances
    harming animals.

    How can you help?
    Listen to your intuition.  If you feel something’s not right, here are some things to say:
    Are you ok?
    I’m worried about the way your partner checks up on you all the time
    If you ever need to talk about anything, I’m available 

    It takes a lot of courage for someone who is in a violent or controlling relationship to tell someone about it.  

    If a victim tells you, it’s important to listen and take it seriously.  If someone talks to you about wanting to hurt or control their family, it’s important to challenge the behaviour not the person. 

    Let people know that help is available. Call the family violence information line on 0800 456 450 to find local services.  

    Never put your own safety at risk.  If a situation is dangerous and someone might get hurt, call the Police on 111, even if you’re not sure.

    For more information go to www.areyouok.org.nz

    Family Violence? It's OK to Ask for Help 05-Dec-2012

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012


    The present dry conditions affecting the country will be putting an added strain on many families. Rural Women New Zealand is organising drought events to bring people together to support each other at this time.  Funding support for such events may be available by contact Rural Women NZ's national office - (04) 473 5524. Read More

    Access Homehealth, a not for profit organisation owned by Rural Women New Zealand, has been awarded a second significant contract by ACC - to provide nursing services for ACC clients in their homes.

    “This is a strong endorsement of our people and a vote of confidence for the nursing services delivered by Access,” says Graeme Titcombe, Access Chief Executive. 

    This contract complements our new role as one of four national, and six lead providers for ACC, providing in-home and community support services. We will be providing a professional nursing response for our clients throughout the country, including those with high complex needs.

    Both ACC contracts come into effect on September 1 this year, and we look forward to the opportunities and obligations this contract will bring for our nursing teams.

    Second ACC contract awarded to Access 02-Sep-2012

    Sunday, September 02, 2012

    Access Homehealth, a not for profit organisation owned by Rural Women New Zealand, has been awarded a second significant contract by ACC - to provide nursing services for ACC clients in their homes. Read More

    Change may be on its way for the rural postal service, but one thing will stay the same – our love for our rural posties and the way they go the extra mile for rural communities.

    To celebrate the great service our rural delivery contractors provide, Rural Women New Zealand is launching a Postman pat-on-the-back Award. 

    “There are some heart-warming stories out there about posties who go above and beyond to make sure the mail gets through,” says RWNZ national president, Liz Evans. 

    “We’ve heard of posties who find the right home for mail addressed only with first names, who telephone first before delivering large parcels or who leave sweet treats in letterboxes.”

    And in a crisis the rural delivery contractors can be a lifeline. During floods, when bridges have been washed away, rural posties have been known to deliver supplies by boat to people whose road access is cut off. 

    To share your special story about your rural delivery contractor, go to the Rural Women New Zealand page on Facebook. Entries close on Friday 31 August. 

    The top 10 stories will be published on Facebook, with prizes for the winners and their postie.
    www.facebook.com/ruralwomennz

    Postman pat - on - the - back Awards 06-Aug-2012

    Sunday, August 05, 2012

    Change may be on its way for the rural postal service, but one thing will stay the same – our love for our rural posties and the way they go the extra mile for rural communities. 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.

    Ends


     

     

    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