Media release – National Conference

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a National Conference in November this year.

“After two postponements due to COVID-19 restrictions in recent years, RWNZ Members are looking forward to meeting together in person,” says National President, Gill Naylor.

This year’s conference will be held in Christchurch from Thursday, 23 until Saturday, 25 November. The National Conference programme wraps around the organisation’s Annual General Meeting and the much-anticipated NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2023.

Highlights of the programme include guest speakers Alice Ritchie and Rosemary Banks, and a performance by The Bitches’ Box of its internationally acclaimed Life’s a Bitch show.

“We are delighted to have guest speakers of the calibre of Alice and Rosemary,” says Mrs Naylor.

“Alice is the Lead Nature and Forests Manager at Tesco, the United Kingdom’s largest food retailer.  Her role involves setting the strategy for Tesco across nature, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, water, and soil across both international and domestic supply chains and working closely with WWF to help halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket.”

“Rosemary Banks is a highly respected diplomat and has held a number of important government roles including representing New Zealand at the United Nations and as a Crown negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi settlements.  Rosemary served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States between 2018 and 2022 – the first woman to hold this position.”

There will be a very special performance of Life’s a Bitch as Amelia Dunbar (who, with Emma Newborn, form the comedy duo, The Bitches’ Box) won the Creative Arts Category before being named the Supreme Award Winner in the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards in 2022.

“The Conference theme this year is Strengthen, Support, Connect which underpins and describes the role that RWNZ plays in our rural communities,” says Mrs Naylor.

“The Conference also provides an excellent opportunity for people to come and experience a taster of what the organisation has to offer.”

Tickets for the Conference sessions, the Bitches’ Box performance on Thursday, 23 November and the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards on Friday, 24 November are available for sale to the general public.

To find out more about the RWNZ National Conference and purchase tickets, visit or phone 0800 256 467.


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