Rural Women New Zealand Policy Summit Webinar Series


We are adapting to the new opportunities that Covid-19 has presented us with by taking our Policy Summit discussions online.


RWNZ held our third Policy Summit Webinar Series on Thursday, 5 August- Women in Leadership. We had some incredible international speakers discussing how to succeed as a leader, empowering women in the workplace, and their own experiences as women leaders.

Special thanks to our panelists Fiona Gower, President RWNZ; Mavis Mullins, Director, Board Member and Agribusiness owner based in Dannevirke, NZ; Amanda Ellis, former New Zealand Head of Mission and Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, based in Hawai’i and; Professor Susan Stehlik, Communication Consultant and Professor of Management Communications at NYU Stern School of Business, based in New York.

More information on the speakers is available here.

Watch the video here:

Click here for the map from Amanda’s presentation.

Click here to view Mavis’ presentation slides. 

Click here to view Professor Stehlik’s presentation slides.


The inaugural Policy Summit Webinar Series launched on Thursday, 27 August with Rural Maternal Health Hauora.

We were joined by the New Zealand College of Midwives to talk about solutions and challenges facing rural women with their maternal health. The panel was moderated by RWNZ Policy Manager Angela McLeod and includes Alison Eddy, Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, rural midwives Kendra Short and Morgan Weathington, and RWNZ President Fiona Gower as panellists on this inaugural webinar.

Watch the video here:


The second webinar in our Policy Summit Series was – Why vote?

RWNZ held the second in our Summit Policy Webinar series on Wednesday, 23 September. In the spirit of Kate Sheppard and her team of suffragists that fought for our right to vote, we discussed the importance of voting in a democracy, why women should use our right to vote and women’s participation. Special thanks to our panellists; Fiona Gower, President RWNZ; Charles Chauvel, UNDP Global Lead on Inclusive Institutions and Processes; Agata Walczak, UNDP Parliament Development Expert; Alicia Wright, Chief Electoral Officer and Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission and; Prof Jennifer Curtin, Professor of Politics and Director of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Auckland.  More information on the speakers is available here.

Watch the video here:


Should you have any questions or require further information about Summit 2020, please contact National Office.