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Bursaries

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

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

 

Adverse Events and Relief Fund 

To provide financial assistance to persons or groups where there is an identified urgent need due the recent earthquakes.

Grants may be awarded as follows:

To assist families in time of natural disaster.
To assist the elderly, the young or any family or person for their particular need.
To assist community groups and organisations in need.

Click here to download the application information.

 

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:  $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: $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:
  $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: 18 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 Council 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 2016.

 

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. 

 

Read All NewsRecent news

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington.

RWNZ National Office would like to advise members that since the relocation on 10 July 2017, postal delivery to the new office location has been disrupted.

We have already mailed out Membership invoices to members. We expect that you may be sending your payment and invoice slip back to National Office. We are aware that some mail posted to RWNZ has been returned to senders. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience. We are working with New Zealand Post to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about invoices, please email: [email protected] or phone the National Office: 04 473 5524.

As at Tuesday 18 July, the reception phone line is connected, phone 04 4735524. 

If you have an email enquiry, please email [email protected]

We will keep you updated with progress on the relocation, phone and email services, through the RWNZ website and social media: Facebook (www.facebook.com/ruralwomennz/) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RuralWomenNZ).

 

 

RWNZ National Office has moved

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington. Read More

Entries are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2017, which will be presented at the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists annual awards dinner in Wellington on 13 October.

The Rural Women New Zealand award encourages journalists to report on the achievements of women living and working in rural communities.

Entries in the RWNZ Journalism Award 2017 must be of two articles, radio broadcasts or television programmes broadly based on the theme of “rural women making a difference.” This could be in the sense of community involvement, on farm, or in another rural-based business or activity.

“RWNZ is proud to sponsor this Award for journalism features celebrating the achievements of rural women, through enterprise or volunteering in roles that support their rural community,” says Fiona Gower, National President of Rural Women New Zealand.

Nadine Porter was the winner of the 2016 Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award. Nadine's winning articles featured research on rural women and isolation, and the role of social media and were published in the Ashburton Guardian Farming.

Entries close Wednesday 6 September 2017. Any New Zealand-based journalist or communicator is eligible to enter the award. The winner will receive $750 in prize money.

Click here to download an entry form.

 

Entries open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Entries are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2017, which will be presented at the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists annual awards dinner in Wellington on 13 October. Read More

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

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

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

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

Click here to read more about applying for the fund.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - Provides 24 hour telephone counselling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Vulnerable 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

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework.

Although expresses concern regarding the lack of concrete targets and detailed methods for how any of the initiatives will be implemented. We are especially concerned about the lack of a strategic plan to lead and fund these activities.

The proposed framework aims to address the devastating impact that suicide has on New Zealand’s communities and the unfortunate reality that over 500 people in New Zealand die by suicide every year. RWNZ supports the framework’s focus on supporting positive wellbeing for all ages, increasing awareness of suicidal behaviour and mental health, strengthening systems already in place to support communities, and improving collaboration among those working to prevent suicidal behaviour.

In our submission, we have addressed the fact that the suicide rate is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, as well as the various factors that place rural communities at an increased risk of mental illness. These factors include vulnerability to economic fluctuations and social isolation, which are compounded by the lack of access to services and support, substandard or no access to reliable and affordable internet and mobile coverage, and the history of inequalities that rural communities face often being overlooked.

RWNZ has suggested that in order to improve mental wellbeing in rural areas, rural health research must become a priority to understand and address the needs of rural communities. We have also urged the Ministry of Health to refrain from relying on technological health services, recognising that not all rural communities have access to reliable and affordable internet and mobile coverage.

Rural Women New Zealand strongly supports the framework’s proposal to involve, train and educate community members on suicide prevention. Rural Women New Zealand has expressed that it is essential for rural communities to be provided with the right tools to improve mental wellbeing within the community and reduce social stigma associated with mental illness.

As further information becomes available, this will be distributed to the members.

 

Click here to download the Submission: June 2017 Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission


 

 

Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework. 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

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent forced marriages from occurring in New Zealand by requiring minors aged 16 and 17 to gain approval by the Family Court in order to marry.

In our submission, RWNZ cited various international conventions and declarations of which New Zealand is a signatory or party to that do not condone forced marriage. These include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). RWNZ expressed that the proposed amendment to New Zealand’s marriage law upholds New Zealand’s commitment to these documents.

RWNZ also noted that the law as it currently stands, which allows minors aged 16 and 17 to marry with parental consent, is insufficient in preventing forced marriage. The proposed amendment serves as a precaution to prevent parental guardians from attempting to facilitate a forced marriage.

As further information becomes available, this will be distributed to the members.

Click here to download the RWNZ submission.

Marriage Amendment Bill

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent forced marriages from occurring in New Zealand by requiring minors aged 16 and 17 to gain approval by the Family Court in order to marry. Read More