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Southland member Ann Irving stars in a just-released video promoting tree planting on farms as part of a nationwide Trees on Farms project, which was supported by Rural Women New Zealand.

In all 68 on-farm videos have been produced, thanks to funding from the Sustainable Farming Fund. Each features passionate farmers and tree planters who share what they've learned from years of experience.

In her video, Ann talks about the tree planting that's happened over 42 years on her farm at Waimatua, Southland, and the importance of planting shelter for stock and to help the growth of other tree species. "You leave a legacy when you plant trees", says Ann, whose farm also includes an area of QEII covenanted bush.

She also talks about the wonderful Rural Women New Zealand forestry project at Castledowns, Dipton, begun by members in 1949. All profits from this far-sighted project are ploughed back into the Southland community through annual charitable donations given by the local Rural Women New Zealand branches.

Helpfully, the farm forestry videos can be viewed on the NZ Farm Forest Association website by geographic region, or by soil or farm types – for example drystock, lifestyle, hill country, sand country, trees for soil conservation and trees for shade and shelter. The videos also cover the use of trees for timber and returns from harvesting.

DVD BOXED SET

If your internet connection doesn’t allow you to view the videos online, you’ll be pleased to know the NZ Farm Forestry Association will soon have available a boxed set of the DVDs. These can either be borrowed from your nearest NZ Farm Forestry Association branch, or purchased from the organisation.



Trees on Farms Videos

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Southland member Ann Irving stars in a just-released video promoting tree planting on farms as part of a nationwide Trees on Farms project, which was supported by Rural Women New Zealand. Read More

Rural Women's National Council and members warmly congratulate Liz Evans, our former national president, who has been recognised for her services to rural women in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2015, and been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Liz Evans served as our national president from 2011 to 2013, and was Marlborough provincial secretary for 10 years. She was also the administrator for the Marlborough Provincial Federated Farmers from 2003 to 2011. Liz was introduced to rural life when she married Geoff in 1974, after having worked at the Marlborough Express as a reporter. Since then she has lived, farmed and raised a family at the head of the Waihopai Valley out of Blenheim. She was introduced to Rural Women New Zealand through her mother-in-law and credits our organisation for giving her many opportunities she otherwise wouldn't  have had. She has graciously said that while being recognised in the New Year's Honours is a personal achievement, it is also significant as it acknowledges the work done by our organisation as a voice for rural communities and people. A highlight amongst her many achievements and leadership has been her role in setting up the Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Liz describes Rural Women NZ as a confidence building organisation for women. "It's a wonderful organisation that sometimes doesn't get the recognition it deserves." We are thankful that Liz Evans has had the recognition she deserves as a champion and voice for rural women with the awarding of this honour. 

Congratulations Liz Evans ONZM 05-Jan-2015

Monday, January 05, 2015

Rural Women's National Council and members warmly congratulate Liz Evans, our former national president, who has been recognised for her services to rural women in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2015, and been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Read More

A three year collaboration with Massey University under the FLAG (Farmers Leptopsirosis Action Group) banner, has led to the production of a series of excellent short videos covering all aspects of the disease.


The Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust recently got a funding boost of nearly $600 thanks to Awana Rural Women. 

The money was raised at Awana branch's two health awareness events in September and October – the Man up to Prostate Cancer educational seminar and the Beauty and the Breast art exhibition.

The two events were so successful that Awana Rural Women will be running further events next year.

“We are very lucky to have such a good medical centre on the Island and it is important that it is supported,” said Gendie Somerville-Ryan, President Awana Rural Women. “Rural communities, in particular, can miss out on the public education that happens in bigger centres. We were both delighted and surprised at the level of community interest and support of our health awareness events. Working with the Health Centre to provide expert information and hearing first-hand from those affected by prostate cancer and breast cancer ensured people got a big picture of the warning signs and treatment for both conditions.”

The next Awana Rural Women health-related event will be a talk by Tony Hughes, Scientific Director of the AIDS Foundation, on April 7th 2015. He will speak on broad issues around HIV and Ebola, as well as other infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. Keep an eye on the Bulletin for more details.

If you would like to join Awana Rural Women, contact Gendie on 270 or Catherine on 944.

Art for health's sake on Great Barrier Island 01-Dec-2014

Monday, December 01, 2014


The Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust recently got a funding boost of nearly $600 thanks to Awana Rural Women. 
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It was an historic moment when our National Council made an announcement to members on Monday 17 November that it has accepted an offer from Green Cross Health for the purchase of Rural Women New Zealand’s shares in Access Homehealth Limited. There are a number of Conditions Precedent to meet which we are confident will be satisfied. The change of ownership is expected to come into effect in December.



This was a significant decision for our National Council given the origins of Access Homehealth, which evolved from the bush nurse and housekeeping schemes, set up in the mid-1920s by members of the Women's Division of the Farmers Union. The pioneering work of our members, and the tireless work of Access CEO Graeme Titcombe growing the business to what it is today is acknowledged. He is pictured above with outgoing chair, John Ayling, board member Pamela Storey and Green Cross chairman, Peter Merton.



Access is now one of the largest providers of homecare services in the country, contracted to DHBs, the Ministry of Health and ACC. Today the business is a sophisticated one, requiring significant ongoing investment in technology, a commitment to training and a move towards an integrated service model of delivery.



In considering the $18 million offer from Green Cross Health, National Council looked at whether Access remained a core service for Rural Women New Zealand. Could we make better use of the capital for the benefit of our members and the wider rural community?  We believe so.



The offer from Green Cross Health was an attractive one, as the company saw the value in acquiring a national homecare provider that serviced both urban and rural.  Green Cross Health is committed to continuing Access’ proud tradition of providing specialised home-based care and support. It has also undertaken to fund our present rural scholarships and awards.


Green Cross Health has invited Rural Women New Zealand to propose a member for consideration for appointment to the Green Cross board. 


Green Cross Health will retain the name and brand of Access Homehealth and will provide continued employment to all its staff. Green Cross Health is listed on the NZ Stock Exchange and is a leading primary healthcare provider through its pharmacy, medical and community healthcare divisions. For its part, the purchase of Access Homehealth will enhance its ability to offer integrated healthcare solutions nationwide. 



While the sale of Access is a significant step, Rural Women New Zealand's National Council believes it is the right one and offers exciting opportunities and a strong financial future for our organisation.


Media links:

Green Cross NZX Announcement

NBR announcement

NZ Doctor

Access Homehealth website





School bus safety Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘Back to School’  this year as two rural safety initiatives it’s been promoting get the green light.

We have been advocating for safer speeds around rural schools for several years, and are thrilled that variable speed limits are to be extended to 23 rural schools, following the success of a trial at seven rural schools in 2012,  says Rural Women New Zealand national president, Liz Evans.

“We’re also delighted that a trial of active, flashing, 20km/h signage is to go ahead on a fleet of school buses in Ashburton early this year, with funding approved just before Christmas.

“Our rural children are often placed in very vulnerable situations getting to and from school, and we welcome both these initiatives to raise driver awareness and slow down traffic,” says Mrs Evans.  “We will be actively promoting both these to our nationwide network of members.”

In the first trial, the NZ Transport Agency says the variable speed limits have resulted in an improvement in driver behaviour and reduction in speeds around the rural schools that took part, and the trial will be extended to 23 sites by the end of 2013.

The variable speed limit is set at 70km/h past schools in 100km/h zones, and 60km/h for schools in 80km/h areas.

The speeds are displayed on electronic signs, which allow the speed limit to be changed locally at agreed times.  

Mrs Evans says it’s encouraging to see innovative technological solutions being used to solve safety concerns.

“Technology is also the answer when it comes to reminding drivers about the 20km/h speed limit past school buses, and  it’s exciting that the Road Safety Trust has approved funding for a trial of active signage on school buses.”

The four stage trial with a bus company in Ashburton is expected to get underway in the next few weeks.

Bright 20km/h signs with flashing lights will be illuminated to alert drivers to the speed limit in both directions when passing a school bus that has stopped for children to get on and off.


The additional schools are:
•  Amisfield School, Waikato
•  Ararimu School, Papakura
•  Dairy Flat School, Dairy Flat
•  Elstow-Waihou Combined School, Matamata Piako
•  Kaimai School, Western Bay of Plenty
•  Loburn School, Waimakariri
•  Newstead School, Waikato
•  Opoutere School, Thames Coromandel
•  Pahoia School, Western Bay of Plenty
•  Puni School, Waiuku
•  Pyes Pa Road School, Western Bay of Plenty
•  Swannanoa School, Waimakariri
•  Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha School, Matamata Piako
•  Tirohia School, Hauraki
•  Waikuka School, Waimakariri
•  Westmere School, Wanganui



Rural school road safety initiatives welcomed 25-Jan-2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

School bus safety Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘Back to School’  this year as two rural safety initiatives it’s been promoting get the green light. Read More

Conference Overview NZ Landcare Trust will host a 2 day conference starting 29 February 2012 at the Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato Campus, Hamilton. In addition an optional field trip is planned for 28 February, for those who would like to discover more about landcare issues around Hamilton and the work carried out within the community.

The conference will celebrate the work of rural communities from all around New Zealand and provide an opportunity to explore the role that community leadership plays in sustainable land and water management. In addition the conference will examine sustainability in a broader commercial context, investigating how sustainable land management can make good business sense, both to farmers and the wider business community.

With landscapes under increasing pressure from commercial and recreational interests, the need to protect the environment and our native biodiversity has never been more important. The conference will consider the practical challenges associated with combining biodiversity enhancement projects with the commercial needs of primary producers.

Who should attend?

Delegates will share an interest in community led solutions to sustainable land and water issues:

•Farmers
•Landowners
•Landcare and community group representatives
•Iwi representatives
•Resource management professionals
•Land management staff
•Biodiversity and biosecurity professionals
•Local authority representatives
•Government representatives
•Members of the scientific community
•Researchers and tertiary students
•Agricultural and sustainability consultants

For more information
email: [email protected]
Visit: www.landcare.org.nz/conference

Landcare in Action: National Landcare & Catchment Management Conference 2012 27-Jan-2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Conference Overview NZ Landcare Trust will host a 2 day conference starting 29 February 2012 at the Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato Campus, Hamilton. In addition an optional field trip is planned for 28 February, for those who would like to discover more about landcare issues around Hamilton and the work carried out within the community. Read More

A great article and photo in the Irish Farmers Journal by our very own Kate Buckley and Leonie Cadman - great work! Click on the image below to view a PDF of the article.





Rural Women feature in the Irish Farmers Journal 11-Jan-2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A great article and photo in the Irish Farmers Journal by our very own Kate Buckley and Leonie Cadman - great work! Click on the image below to view a PDF of the article. Read More

“Too many rural teenagers are killed and injured in road crashes when they start to drive by themselves on their restricted licence, and we need to do something about it” says ACC’s General Manager Insurance and Prevention Services, Keith McLea. At the same time he understands that rural parents want their teenagers to gain their driving independence as early as possible.

ACC strongly supports the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) plan to introduce a tougher Restricted Licence practical driving test from February 2012, to reinforce the need for 120 hours of practice in a range of conditions and situations. To support this, ACC and the NZTA are encouraging teen learner drivers and their parents to register with Practice.

Practice (www.practice.co.nz) is a free online programme that helps young drivers develop the skills they need to pass the practical driving test and gain their Restricted Licence. Using the programme will help them become competent drivers, and prepare them for the requirements of the new licence test.

Overseas research shows that if a learner driver has done 120 hours of supervised driving, their chances of being injured in a crash once they start driving alone is 40% lower than if they had completed around only 50 hours.

Because they help with farm work, many rural kids get behind the wheel before they are old enough to drive on the roads. However, Dr McLea is reminding parents that although these teenagers might feel confident driving around the farm, they don’t necessarily have the skills to drive safely on the road in all conditions, or drive safely in town too.

“Driving in the country is good for learning to drive in some challenging conditions, such as on narrow, winding roads, and in loose gravel. But learner drivers also need lots of practice in city situations too. They need to learn to drive in heavy traffic, how to stop and start at busy city traffic lights, what is a safe following distance, and applying the give way rules,” he says.

The safest way for teenagers to learn all these skills is with an experienced driver sitting right beside them. That experienced driver teaching them to drive is usually the teen’s parent. The Practice programme is designed to help make it easier for parents to teach and learners to learn.

“Investing a bit of extra time when they are learning is a smart thing to do. It helps keep them safe, and helps them achieve their independence sooner; allowing parents more time to get on with the job of running a busy farm,” he says.

When a young driver passes their theory test and gains their Learner Licence, they will be sent a brochure about joining Practice. Once they have signed up, and enlisted the help of a ‘Guide’ – usually a parent, relative or experienced friend – to teach them to drive, they can access a raft of information, tips and videos on the Practice website.

www.practice.co.nz 




Driving Practice Will Help Rural Kids To Survive 04-Jan-2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

“Too many rural teenagers are killed and injured in road crashes when they start to drive by themselves on their restricted licence, and we need to do something about it” says ACC’s General Manager Insurance and Prevention Services, Keith McLea. At the same time he understands that rural parents want their teenagers to gain their driving independence as early as possible. Read More

Four years ago we set up this Award through the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists, to encourage more media coverage about women’s activities and achievements, particularly in the rural media. The strategy is paying off, and this year our Award attracted more entries than any other category (apart from the Guild’s major ‘Rongo’ Award). A great result! 


We are delighted to let you know that NZX Agri journalist Rebecca Harper is our winner this year, for two articles she wrote in Young Country magazine. Her first piece was a story about Erin Reed who took out the Good Keen Girl Competition at the National Fieldays, and the second piece was a story about the inspirational former equestrian Catriona Williams, founder of the Catwalk Trust. To the left is a picture of Rebecca receiving her certificate and RWNZ cap! Rebecca says: “RWNZ makes a vital contribution to rural communities, there are some fantastic stories out there of women doing inspirational things. It is an honour to receive this award and I hope to continue to share the stories of rural women with the rest of New Zealand.”


Jon Morgan (incoming President of the Guild and Dominion Post journalist) was our runner up (the third time he has been one of our winners). He says: “Rural Women’s sponsorship is much appreciated by the Guild. I’m sure there has been a sharp rise in the number of women’s stories in farming pages and papers over the past three years.”

RWNZ Journalism Award 26-Oct-2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Four years ago we set up this Award through the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists, to encourage more media coverage about women’s activities and achievements, particularly in the rural media. The strategy is paying off, and this year our Award attracted more entries than any other category (apart from the Guild’s major ‘Rongo’ Award). A great result!  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
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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

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