About RWNZ


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 a voice on health services, education, environment and social issues in the rural sector.  

Our Members

RWNZ Members are the backbone of our connection with New Zealand’s rural communities. RWNZ Branches can be found all across the country; while some groups meet for networking and friendship, others are focused on education and facilitate training days and workshops. If you cannot attend regular meetings but still want to have your say and stay connected, then Individual Membership may be an option for you. 

RWNZ seeks to empower rural women and girls by nurturing their talents and encouraging Members to develop their skills through leadership roles within Branches and Provincials. We hope to see our Members turn these talents towards leadership roles in their communities. In addition, RWNZ provides both a social and business networking opportunities for Members. 

RWNZ often canvasses the opinions of Members and the wider rural community on issues in order to make regular submissions on education, social, health, safety and land concerns affecting rural people. 

RWNZ Values

He Manawa Manaaki

We continue our traditional role of supporting rural communities. 

E mahi tonu ana e mātou e tō mātou mahi manaaki nō whai anō ki wā kāinga taiwhenua

Forward Thinking
He Whakaaro Kōkiri

We lead the development of strong rural environments for today and the future. 

E ārahi ana e mātou e ngā wā kāinga taiwhenua kia pakari mō inaianei, mō ngā rā e heke mai ana hoki

He Whakaaro Ngohengohe

We are creative, proactive and innovative. 

He hinengaro rawe, kamakama, whakahou hoki tā mātou

He Pūmanawa

We are reputable and use best practice. 

 E tika ana mātou, e mahi tōtika ana hoki e mātou

He Manawa Awhi

We welcome diversity in all its forms.

E awhi ana e mātou e ngā āhua rerekē katoa