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Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants are available each year to assist with education, learning and personal development; for community projects and activities and for the purchase of resources; all which benefits the rural community.

Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants are available each year.


Access & Rural Women New Zealand Scholarship 

A scholarship for a health worker who wishes to further their studies in the health and/or disability fields. Preference will be given to someone pursuing post-graduate study and who has a focus on the rural sector

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens or permanent residents, working in the health care sector 
Applications Close: 1 July
Value:
  $3,000 per year

Click here for application form

Click here for further information.

 

 

Education Fund

Grants up to $500 are available to people over 25 years of age who wish to further their training or education in order to improve their skills. Applicants will need to indicate the benefit of their study to the wider community in addition to their personal development. Preference will be given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas. The course to be undertaken must be offered by a recognised education provider.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications Close: Ongoing - applications due 1 March and 1 July
Value: Up to $500 - no set amount given

Click here for application form.

 

Audrey Reid Grant 

Grant of $600 for people over 25 years of age who wish to focus on subjects that will benefit rural, for example midwifery or agriculture/horticulture.

Eligibility criteria:  NZ citizens only
Applications Close: 
 30 October
Value:Up to $600

Click here for application form.

 

Secondary School Boarding Bursary

The bursary is payable for a maximum of four years and may be applied for by children entering either years 9 or 10 (3rd or 4th form) who have to live away from home in order to attend secondary school.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value:Up to $900/yr for up to 4 years (2)

Click here for application form.

 

Year 12 & 13 Boarding Bursaries

A one-year bursary available to Year 12 and 13 students.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value: Up to
  $900 for one year only

Click here for application form.

 

Florence Polson One Year Secondary Bursary

A one-year bursary available to secondary students. 

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens only
Applications close: 30 September
Value:  
$1,000 for one year

Click here for application form.

 

Diamond Jubilee Agricultural Tertiary Bursary 

A one-year bursary available to students undertaking a full-time course of at least one year in an agricultural subject.  

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
Value:
  $1,000 for one year

Click here for application form.

 

Text Book Grant for Tertiary Students

This is a one off grant available to tertiary students to assist with the purchase of resource materials, including software.

Eligibility Criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
Value:  
$500 for one year (max 5)

Click here for application form.

 

Tertiary Bursary

A one-year bursary available to tertiary students. Financial need, the reasons for the course of study and the intended use of the qualification are considered when awarding the bursary.

Eligibility criteria:
 NZ citizens only
Applications close: 1 March
Value:  
$1,000 for one year (max 2)

Click here for application form.

 

Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Grant

Grants are primarily directed towards individuals, groups and organisations in country areas and rural towns. Grants are made for projects and activities in the following categories: children, care, elderly, community, conservation, counselling, education, up to a maximum grant of $1,500. 

Applications close: 31 December
Value:  $1,500

Click here for application form

 

Hawke's Bay Agricultural Tertiary Bursary

A grant for students in the horticultural, agricultural, veterinary, bee-keeping, aqua farming, viticulture or silviculture fields, enrolled in a course of at least one year full-time

The Bursary is to be used for course fees, text books, online resources or other course related costs.

Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens who are residents of Hawke's Bay (Wairoa District, Napier City, Hastings District and Central Hawkes Bay District).

Applications Close: 1 March
Value:
 Up to $1,500 per year

Click here for application form

 

Ruby Stokes Grant 

A grant for students whose study will benefit the wider community in addition to their personal development.
Eligibility criteria: NZ citizens who reside in smaller or rural areas on the West Coast  (applications from South Island residents preferred)
Applications Close: 1 July
Value:
  $500 Bi-annually

Click here for criteria and application form.

 

Community Fund 

A fund to provide help to persons or groups. To assist families in time of nature disaster, to assist the elderly, the young or any family or person for their particular need. 

Eligibility criteria: Applications by RWNZ members only, but may be made on behalf of another person or group.  
Applications Considered: At each RWNZ Board meeting. In matters of urgency the President and Finance Chair in consultation may make an immediate grant.
Value:  Up to $1,000 per grant

Click here for full criteria and application details.

 

Hunterville/Ruahine Mobile Kindergarten Grant

Grants are primarily directed towards community based co-operative play groups for vulnerable and remotely located children in rural Hunterville and Ruahine areas, i.e.
•    Children with limited access to regular groups,
•    Groups in the above area that do not have funding for an early childhood educator.
Applicants may be accepted from play groups outside the Hunterville/Ruahine catchment where it can be shown the additional resources will help a child with special needs.

Value:  Two grants of up to $1500 will be made each year. A group may apply more than once. Payments will be made in April.

Click here for full criteria and an application form

Region 5 (Rimanui) RWNZ Norma Evans Second Chance Education Award 

Award to encourage women wishing to advance in the workforce by obtaining qualifications enabling them to obtain improved career opportunities and independence. 

Eligibility

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen to apply for this scholarship.
  • You must be female and over the age of 25 years at the time of application.
  • You must live in the Coromandel, Thames, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne or Central Plateau regions.


Selection Criteria

  • Preference will be given to a woman who will be living and working within rural communities or provincial towns located with the region defined above.
  • The applicant will need to provide a profile outlining their past achievements, proposed study programme, educational goals and their long term objectives.
  • The applicant will be required to list two referees.
  • The applicant may be required to attend an interview.

Click here for an application form

Contact RWNZ National Office for information, email [email protected] or phone 04 473 5524.

Closing date is 10 February each year

 

Miss Harris Tertiary Nursing Bursary 

RWNZ wishes to offer people the opportunity to extend their education.  A bursary of $1000 will be awarded biennually in even years from 2014. 

Criteria:

  • Study/course is nursing related
  • Commitment to study
  • Study/course is at approved tertiary institution
  • Application form criteria adhered to with all supporting data
  • Future career prospects in rural health
  • An interest in the rural community
  • Preference will be given to those who live in smaller centres or rural areas.
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand resident.

Applications:

To apply download an official application form, it also contains eligibility information.

Applications must be made on the official Rural Women New Zealand application form and sent to the National Office of Rural Women New Zealand.

Applications close 1st July.

 

Tararua Provincial Education Grant

Tararua Provincial Rural Women New Zealand offers a one-year Tertiary book or resource grant to assist tertiary students who are New Zealand citizens and resident in the Tararua or Central Hawkes Bay area.             
 

Application form is to be supported by the following: 

  • A letter written by the applicant outlining the course of study, the reasons for requiring financial assistance, and desired vocation at the completion of study.
  • A character reference from someone other than a family member.
  • Copies of the most recent exam grades and qualifications. If not applicable, life skills acquired.
  • A character reference from a responsible member of Rural Women New Zealand concerning the circumstances of the family and the need for assistance for the applicant’s education
 
Download application form.

Applications close 1 March. 

 

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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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