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. 


National Conference 2019 Whangarei – Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 

Taste of Northland- Food, Land, People’ 

The 2019 RWNZ National Conference will be held in Whangarei. Region 7 Members, Leadership and Area Committees are working extremely hard putting together a stimulating weekend during which fellow Members will: 

    • Watch demonstrations and enjoy sample tastings featuring unique Northland produce
    • Hear from and meet entrepreneurial Northland business women 
  • Enjoy Northland’s brand of hospitality and walk part of the wonderful ‘LOOP’ along the picturesque Whangarei Harbour


Download the programme for the National Conference 2019 in the Members Zone.


In addition to engaging with public speakers, Members will have the opportunity to challenge themselves through a range of competitions over the three days. 

Cora Wilding Scrap Book Competition

Produce a scrap book for children to enjoy while staying at Ronald McDonald Houses. Please make the scrap book as engaging as possible for the children by adding art work, puzzles, short stories, quizzes, jokes, pictures to colour in and anything else you can think of. Materials used in your scrap book can be sourced from elsewhere and the book may span up to 120 pages. Please send entries to the National Office by Friday, 24 May, or bring your entry with you to the National Conference in Whangarei.

Speech Competition

The topic is ‘Are we there yet?’

Wool Competition

Make something out of pure fleece wool. The item can only be washed, not spun, felted or carded. Entrants may include accessories as long as they do not make up more than 10% of the item. Please send entries to the National Office by Friday, 24 May, or bring your entry with you to the National Conference in Whangarei.

Marlborough Short Story and Olive Burdekin Advanced Writers Competition

The theme for 2019 is ‘Changes you have experienced through your life’. Your story should focus on historical changes during the course of your life, rather than personal changes. The Marlborough short story must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length. The Olive Burdekin advanced writer’s piece must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Please do not put your name or Branch or Provincial details on your entry. Please obtain an entry form from the RWNZ website which will have all the information to accompany your story.  

Entries are to be emailed or postmarked by Sunday, 31 March. Email Lorraine Adams at, or post to Lorraine Adams at: 3 Redwood Retirement Village, 25/18 North Street, Redwood, Blenheim 7201.  

Entrants can expect to be notified when their entries are received. If you do not receive notification, please contact the National Office by emailing  

There will also be an International Hub of Study on Croatia.