Welcome to Rural Women NZ

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is an integral part of New Zealand’s rural landscape. From our early days as the Women’s Division of the Farmer’s Union in 1925, RWNZ has become an authoritative voice on health services, education, environment and social issues in the rural sector.  

Latest: The Archives Project

Since 1925 RWNZ Members have embarked on an enormous range of work, projects, events, celebrations and competitions as they have worked to support, strengthen, encourage and grow their rural communities. The records and mementos of this work are located all over the country, having primarily resided with local Members and Branches.
RWNZ is embarking on a project to catalogue the archival materials.

Stage One of the Archives Project is to locate and list all the materials held by Members, Branches, Provincials and Regions.
So that there is some uniformity in the information gathered we have prepared an Archive and Record Collection Sheet.

Please print as many copies as you need.  There is also a template to continue Part 3 if the collection you are listing requires more than one page.

Archives and Records Collection Sheet
Listing Continuation Sheet


Latest: Members Advisories during Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to COVID-19

Latest: Project Warmth - new beanie pattern available

RWNZ hopes to harness the talents of its Members, support the New Zealand Wool industry and promote the work of RWNZ through Project Warmth.  The concept is that Members can join together to work on a collection of knitted products which will be branded and identified as part of RWNZ’s Project Warmth range.

For more information on Project Warmth click here.

For Project Warmth patterns, please click here.


Public Policy Manifesto

Our public policy manifesto has been updated and is available for downloading here. Final Manifesto 5 May... more


Submission on National Policy Statement – Highly Productive Land

Final_RWNZ Submission to... more

Key Links

National Conference

Women in Farming

Business Directory