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Minister for Women Louise Upston has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women.

New Zealand is required to periodically report on the country’s performance under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This is the eighth report New Zealand has provided since ratifying the Convention in 1985.

Ms Upston says the Government has made steady progress in improving outcomes for women and building on the fundamental guarantees provided by CEDAW.

“The report responds to specific issues raised by the Committee, and outlines significant developments in recent years related to women’s civil, political and economic rights,” says Ms Upston.

“New Zealand women do well on a number of economic indicators, with high participation and completion rates in tertiary education, and high workforce participation and employment rates,” says Ms Upston.

“Government agencies have taken concerted action to reduce violence against women.”

Ms Upston said the report had been extensively consulted on with the wider New Zealand public and the feedback received had been considered as part of the final report.

“As an active player in the United Nations, we are committed to meeting our obligations under the human rights treaties that we are signed up to.

“New Zealand has a strong human rights track record, but we welcome opportunities to identify and address areas where there is room for improvement,” says Ms Upston.

New Zealand will appear before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to be examined on the report, after which the Committee issue concluding observations outlining any concerns and recommendations.

Rural Women New Zealand has been involved in consultation on the shadow CEDAW report.

 

CEDAW Report

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Minister for Women Louise Upston has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women.  Read More


Central Southland Provincial Rural Women have held the 34th Bride of the Year.

Entrants included 18 Brides and 9 Bridesmaids.  A successful evening was enjoyed by over 300 in attendance, lace showed in many of the wedding gowns, and a variety of colours, length and styles in the bridesmaids' dresses.

Results Bride of the Year for 2016 (photo above)

Winner: Sally Driscoll nee: O’Brien (on right)

Second: Erin Milne nee: McGimpsey (on Left)

Third: Rachael Devlin nee: Crawford (Centre)

 

Bridesmaids Final (see photo below)

 

Left No 6 Amanda Paul (Placed Third) Bridesmaid for Erin Milne

Centre No 7 Kerry O’Brien (Placed Second) Bridesmaid for Sally Driscoll

Right No 9 Lauren Edgley (Winner) Bridesmaid for Megan McGregor

 

 

Bride of the Year Heats (below)

Left No 8 Paula Eckhold nee: Crighton

Centre No 9 Catherine McFadzien nee: Butt

Right No 7 Rachael Devlin nee: Crawford

 

Brides Heats Two

Left No 14 Suzanne Taylor nee: Richards

Centre No 15 Erin Milne nee: McGimpsey

Right No 13 Hannah Jozko nee: Hamilton (Daughter of the Hokonui President Neroli and Christopher Hamilton, Hannah travelled from Christchurch to enter as did her bridesmaid.)

 

 

 

 

Bridesmaid heats

Left No 5 Paula Anderson Bridesmaid for Suzanne Taylor

Centre No 7 Kerry O’Brien Bridesmaid for Sally Driscoll

Right No 6 Amanda Paul Bridesmaid for Erin Milne


 

 


We would like to acknowledge the Fiordland Advocate for supplying the photos. 

 

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the way our legal system deals with family violence and seeks your views on a range of ideas.

These ideas include:

  • Better guidance in law about family violence and the expectations about how the government will respond.
  • More visibility in law to the population groups affected by family violence.
  • Creating additional pathways for victims, perpetrators, and the wider family who seek help without having to go to court.
  • Improving protection orders including how applications are funded
  • Creation of a new framework of family violence offences.
  • Supporting improvements to the whole of government response to family violence. 
 
Research indicates rural New Zealand has on average a higher level of reported family violence than urban New Zealand. However, because of the lack of services and support and the isolating nature of rural, more domestic violence goes unreported, therefore your feedback is important.

Rural Women NZ have put a submission forward to the Ministry of Justice, click here to download the submission.  

For any further information please go direct to Ministry of Justice.

 

  

 




Review of Family Violence Legislation - have your say

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the way our legal system deals with family violence and seeks your views on a range of ideas.
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To celebrate the 90th anniversary in 2015 of the founding of Rural Women New Zealand we are launching the 90 for 90 Challenge to our members.

The aim of the 90 for 90 Challenge is for ninety Rural Women New Zealand groups or members to make 90 donations during 2015, in recognition of the 90 years we have been working for rural communities.

This may be $90 charitable donations to a cause or a person, preferably with a rural aspect, or 90 handcrafted items donated to a relevant organisation.

Resources:

90 for 90 Flyer - further information about this project

90 for 90 Information Sheet - to accompany all donations

90 for 90 Donation Form - single (for monetary donations)

90 for 90 Donation Form - double (for monetary donations)

Detailed history of our organisation (printable format)

Detailed history of our organisation (low resolution - suitable for dial up connections)

Highlights of our activities over the last 90 years:

1927 - WD Emergency Housekeeper and bush nurse schemes set up
1927-present - advocating for fair travel reimbursement for homecare workers
Early campaigns for better transport, boarding allowances, water reticulation and phone services
1939-45 - Support for soldiers at war - from spinning and knitting to fundraising for a Spitfire!
1930s - Establishment of the Dipton forest with logging proceeds distributed for charitable purposes in Southland.
Rest Homes set up to give women a break away from the toil of farm work
1970s and 1980s - Fundraising for Leptospirosis research by Massey University
Rest Homes sold and proceeds used to fund educational and other bursaries
Leadership training through Wellington Experience and Growing Dynamic Leaders
2006 - Leptospirosis fundraising re-established 
2007 onwards - Speed Past School Buses advocacy
2009  - Let’s Get Plastered for Breast Cancer - fundraising and awareness campaign
2009 onwards - Enterprising Rural Women Awards 
Annual Garden Grants for rural schools - run in partnership with Farmlands
Publication of three cookbooks with Random House containing members’ recipes
Advocacy for better broadband and mobile coverage for rural
2011 - Aftersocks fundraiser following Canterbury earthquakes
2011 - Postman Pat on the Back Awards
2012 - Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer - fundraising and awareness campaign
2014 - Leading celebrations for the International Year of Family Farming

90 for 90 Challenge

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

To celebrate the 90th anniversary in 2015 of the founding of Rural Women New Zealand we are launching the 90 for 90 Challenge to our members. Read More

Dreams have come true for eleven rural schools who are the lucky recipients of $2000 gardening grants announced by Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands. 

The scheme aims to equip schools to develop productive vegetable gardens and orchards.

“This is the fourth year we’ve given out the gardening grants with funds from the Farmlands Ladies Nights,” says Rural Women New Zealand national president, Wendy McGowan.

“It’s a great way to help schools teach children how easy it is to grow food and what makes a healthy diet. In past years the gardening grants have been used by schools to build tunnel houses, composting systems, buy seeds, plants, fruit trees and gardening equipment.”

This year 52 North Island schools and 38 South Island schools applied for the grants.

“The entries were colourful and enthusiastic, and in some cases included videos created by the children showing what they hoped to achieve in their gardens.”

The lucky winners are:

Otamarakau School, Bay of Plenty
Paparoa Primary School, Northland
Te Horo School, Kapiti
Wharepapa South School, Waikato
Norfolk School, Taranaki
Patoka School, Hawke’s Bay
Lauriston School, Mid Canterbury
Seddon School, Marlborough
Clutha Valley Primary School, Otago
Lake Brunner School, West Coast
Waianiwa School, Southland

The cheques will be presented to the schools at the beginning of the new term.

The schools will also receive fertiliser from Agrisea NZ Ltd and a copy of ‘A Good Harvest – recipes from the gardens of Rural Women New Zealand’ so the children can put all their produce to good use.
Farmlands’ chief executive, Brent Esler, says the company is proud to continue its support of Rural Women New Zealand and the rural school garden grants.

“As a rural co-operative it just makes sense for us to support schools that make up the hubs of the rural communities we service.”






Wishes come true for eleven rural schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dreams have come true for eleven rural schools who are the lucky recipients of $2000 gardening grants announced by Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands.  Read More

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

Now's time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions! Register for the free REVEAL course being held at the Whangarei Showgrounds on 10 March 2015.


REVEAL is a one day course that will inspire and challenge you to reach your potential, designed by 2013 NEXT Businesswoman of the Year and executive director of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, Lindy Nelson.  
Lindy Nelson is being brought to Northland by Rural Women New Zealand at the instigation of Dargaville member and CEO of the Kaipara Community Health Trust, Debbie Evans. 

Debbie says, “In 2014 I attended the Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders course in Wellington, which Lindy Nelson helped facilitate. I came away from Lindy’s presentation challenged and re-energised, thinking ‘I need to bring this fabulous woman to Northland to inspire others.’

“We have so many volunteers putting in hours of effort to enhance our communities, schools, service and sports clubs, emergency services etc, but many rural people don’t get the opportunity for facilitated personal development.”

The REVEAL course will help women recognise their unique skills and strengths, build confidence and help them reach their full potential.

“You’ll learn new tips that help recharge your batteries and receive confirmation and acknowledgement of the skills you already have and regularly use,” says Debbie.

The Whangarei REVEAL course is free to participants, thanks to funding from the Lottery Grants Board and Community Organisations Grants Scheme and is limited to 150 attendees.

Debbie urges, “Arrange a day’s annual leave, find a baby sitter, bring your mother, neighbour, sister along - everyone over the age of 16 is welcome. You don’t need to be a Rural Women® member to attend”.

Women from the Far North to Franklin Districts are encouraged to register by 28 February by emailing Kath on [email protected] or phone/texting Debbie on 027 558 6272.

Details: Whangarei Showgrounds, 10 March, 10am-4pm

Northland REVEAL Leadership Programme 10 March 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Now's time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions! Register for the free REVEAL course being held at the Whangarei Showgrounds on 10 March 2015. Read More

Doubtless Bay members are sharing the love on Valentines Day hosting a great Community Safety Show Day at Taipa.

The day will be off to a fiery start, as the Fire Brigade sets light to their mobile kitchen and demonstrates techniques for fighting cooking fires.

There will be blood pressure and diabetes health checks - a great chance to see if you need to tweak your lifestyle or eating habits, or get further information or treatment from your doctor.

We all know mental well being is a big issue in rural, and DHB Kaitaia will be there to guide people on when you need help and where to go to get it.

Rural Women NZ members have information about one of the biggest areas of claims for ACC - hearing loss - with their Dangerous Decibels programme.

Electricity safety and power tools will be covered by Solar King and Far North ITM.

WorkSafe will have hot tips available on quad bike safety and your obligations as a quad bike user and as an employer or employee.

We haven't forgotten the little ones either - Plunket will be on hand to talk about home safety and car seats, which will also be reinforced by REAP on the road safety issue generally.

The day will end with the Coastguard demonstrating safe boat launching techniques and will go out with 'bang' and a flares display.

So come along and enjoy this wonderful programme. Bring the family.

For further information, contact Caron Little - 09 408 5805 or 021 521 140.'

Our thanks to sponsors and supporters - ITM Far North, Solar King, Plunket, Northland DHB, Dangerous Decibels, Far North REAP, WorkSafe New Zealand, Coastguard New Zealand.

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Doubtless Bay Community Safety Show Day

Monday, January 12, 2015

Doubtless Bay members are sharing the love on Valentines Day hosting a great Community Safety Show Day at Taipa. 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

We warmly welcome the appointment of Dame Margaret Millard DCNZM, JP to the board of Green Cross Health.

 

This will bring a rural perspective to the company’s operations, reflecting the original focus and unique strengths of Access Homehealth Limited, which Rural Women New Zealand sold to Green Cross Health on 1 December 2014.

 

“We are delighted that Dame Margaret has accepted this position on the Green Cross Health board,” says our national president Wendy McGowan.

 

“Dame Margaret is a visionary leader and thinker who will ensure that the rural voice is heard during the many changes taking place, particularly in the homecare sector.”

 

Dame Margaret is a past president of Rural Women New Zealand, and served for nine years on the board of Access Homehealth Limited.

 

She brings not only a rural focus, but also a strong health and community background to the directorship with Green Cross Health. Amongst other governance roles, she has been a member of the NZ Red Cross Board and has also served on the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

 

Dame Margaret Millard was awarded the Dame Companion New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002 for services to the rural community. She has a farming background through her involvement with family beef and dairying operations in the Manawatu, and represents the Rural Support Trust in Manawatu-Rangitikei.

 

Green Cross Health chairman, Peter Merton says, “We are honoured that Dame Margaret Millard has accepted our invitation to join the board of Green Cross Health.  Dame Margaret’s experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset to us as we focus on developing and delivering seamless primary health services to benefit everyone in New Zealand. Dame Margaret brings a wealth of experience in the care sector, nursing and awareness of the issues affecting rural communities.”

 

Dame Margaret Millard appointed to Green Cross Health board 17-Dec-2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We warmly welcome the appointment of Dame Margaret Millard DCNZM, JP to the board of Green Cross Health.  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