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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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(Pictured above: Minister Damien O'Çonnor meeting with RWNZ Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, National President Fiona Gower, National Chair Penny Mudford and Manager of Government, Public Sector and Academic Relationships Angela McLeod.)

 

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release supporting the recent announcement to reintegrate rural proofing into policy development. Please read the media release below. 

 

RURAL PROOFING IS BACK ON THE TABLE

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to see rural proofing is back on the table and being included in the Government’s policy work.

“Understanding the impact that Government policies, service delivery and business behaviour have on our rural communities is not only vital to the success of the rural economy, it builds and maintains our rural social fabric,” says RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ has been calling for rural impact analyses to be carried out in both the public and private sector because decisions have, and are being made that have a detrimental effect on rural communities.

“As a member of the advisory group that supported the development of the Government’s new Rural Proofing Guide for Policy Development and Service Delivery Planning, RWNZ is encouraged by the final document.

“RWNZ will continue to work alongside the Government, its agencies and entities to ensure successful implementation of the Rural Proofing Guide.

“The Government’s new rural proofing policy guidelines will go a long way to alleviating poor policy development and service delivery, and RWNZ is looking forward to seeing better outcomes for rural communities,” says Ms Gower.

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For further information, please contact National Office:

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Rural Proofing Back On the Table

Thursday, June 14, 2018


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Rural Women New Zealand would like to congratulate Alison Van Wyk for her appointment as CEO of Access Community Health. 

 


 

Alison has a background in nursing and possesses sales, marketing and management experience within the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare supply chain markets both within New Zealand and internationally. Instrumental in establishing professional programmes of clinical care and advice in pharmacy and the reclassification of medicines for Green Cross Health, Alison has taken a leadership role in advocacy for pharmacy and government relations within the health industry.

Alison commenced her new role effective 18 June 2018.


 

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

 

Read the relevant media here.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND BACKS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census.

Please read the media release below.

CENSUS DATA COLLECTION INTEGRITY QUESTIONED

This year’s census is in danger of not providing the data needed to make good decisions, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“Whilst we understand and support the excitement of capturing our census data online, our concern is that many people still do not have access to internet while others might not have the capability or capacity to do so,” says National President, Fiona Gower.

“The timing of the delivery of access code letters, which indicate that New Zealanders can opt for paper forms presents challenges for our rural communities, given that delivery of mail is taking longer and might only be delivered three days a week.

“The chances of a rural household without internet or with unreliable internet, receiving census paper forms in time for Tuesday, 6 March is slim, and that is concerning.

“RWNZ is doing everything possible to ensure our networks are aware of the new way of doing the Census although surely more thought should have gone in to how the valuable information about the lives and status of New Zealanders would be collected.

“Maybe this year, there could have been a concerted effort to use both electronic collection and paper collection to ensure integrity of the data,” says Ms Gower.

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Please contact the National Office for more information.

 

 

National Office

Rural Women New Zealand

 

[email protected]

04 473 5524


 

 

(image source: www.census.govt.nz)

Census Data Collection Integrity Questioned

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census.  Read More

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding.

Read the announcement here.  

 

 

ANOTHER SET BACK FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to see that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will cease operating if it does not receive government funding next week.

 

“RWNZ supports the work already done by RHAANZ in bringing together various rural groups and rural health providers to develop initiatives for rural communities,” says RWNZ Board Member and Health Portfolio Convenor, Margaret Pittaway.

“Remarkable work has been done to deliver the Rural Health Road Map which sets out a plan and priorities for achieving healthily rural communities.

“Being geographically isolated, often with significant distance to the nearest town or health centre means that rural communities have an immediate need of affordable and reliable access to all health services.

“The Government has committed to rural proofing government policy, and RHAANZ has a vital part to play in this development – without the continuation of RHAANZ, and the work it does, rural communities will go backwards.

“There is no other place where issues impacting the health and wellbeing of rural communities are considered concurrently, and the loss of achievements met and efforts made by RHAANZ will be detrimental for our rural people.

RWNZ urges the Government to recognise the good work that has been done by RHAANZ and to support its continuation," says Mrs Pittaway.

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Another setback for health and wellbeing of rural communities.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does not receive funding. Read More

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding our involvement to help support communities affected by the M.bovis outbreak. With 38 farms currently infected, and others under movement control, we encourage farmers to contact their local Rural Support Trust and visit MPI’s website for advice and support.

 

Read more about this here.

Read the media release below.

 

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND OFFERS FULL SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT

 

  Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has offered their full support to the Government for communities that are affected by the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) outbreak. This announcement was made in a meeting earlier this week with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor, and Waikato dairy farmers, then reiterated with industry leaders.

 

“Our rural communities are really hurting in this unprecedented biosecurity outbreak – it is vital they are supported throughout this response, no matter what future plan is decided next week,” says RWNZ National President Fiona Gower.

“From what I saw on Monday and what we are hearing from our members and others in the industry, it is clear that the response to M. bovis is upsetting and we are pleased to have been able to offer our support.

“Since 1925, RWNZ members have been the glue that holds rural communities together and nearly 100 years later we continue by working with Rural Support Trusts, visiting farming families, and offering funding for adverse events.

“The decision to offer our full support comes from recent meetings with industry leaders and the Minister, and from our many years’ experience supporting rural communities.

“We are pleased that RWNZ can continue our tradition of charitable giving and we look forward to working with the Government and industry to ensure rural communities are fully supported through the M. bovis outbreak,” says Ms Gower.

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