Rural Women New Zealand National Conference 

The biennial Rural Women New Zealand National Conference provides Members with an opportunity to engage with our organisation’s heritage while exploring beautiful parts of regional New Zealand. 



Several changes have been made to the structure and timing of Rural Women New Zealand’s Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) since 2016. In past years, the RWNZ National Conference encompassed the AGM, where Members present and discuss both internal and external policy remits and the leadership of the organisation; the Enterprising Rural Women Awards (now the NZI RWNZ Business Awards); and portfolio workshops. 

In 2016, Members voted to hold the National Conference every second year instead of annually. In addition, a survey at the 2017 National Conference in Invercargill found that the majority of RWNZ Members were motivated to attend the event in order to form friendships, network and enjoy the company of like-minded rural women from across the country. 

In light of this, the National Conference, Annual General Meeting and NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards were developed into separate events: the RWNZ National Conference and the RWNZ Summit. 

The RWNZ Summit includes the AGM, Portfolio Workshops and the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards. The Summit focuses on encouraging and celebrating enterprising initiatives in our rural communities.  

Meanwhile, the ‘New Concept’ National Conference gives RWNZ Members the opportunity to connect with old friends and new, attend workshops on topical issues and engage in some friendly competitions in traditional RWNZ style.   

The next scheduled National Conference will be held in 2021.