National Conference 2015

November 6, 2015 10:57 pm

Rural Women NZ celebrated 90 years in Nelson at its National Conference in November.

The exciting programme line-up included opening speaker Peter Yealands, Enterprising Rural Women Awards, and Gala Dinner celebrating the 90th Birthday of Rural Women NZ.

The Abel Tasman tour took place on Friday 20th November, and tours for partners include trips into the rural areas of Tasman District, including the Moutere and Nelson Lakes National Park. After business on Sunday there was opportunity to visit historic Melrose House, which was once owned by our organisation.

Thank you to our sponsors supporting the conference this year:



Saturday 21 November 2015 
1:00pm – 2:45pm Registrations desk open
2:50pm Opening Ceremony
with a message from Patron Lady Janine Mateparae
Featuring an address from:
– Hon. Dr Nick Smith, MP for Nelson
– Mayor of Nelson, Rachel Reese
– Guest Speaker Peter Yealands
5:30pm Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015
Guest Speaker Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne
Sponsors: Agrisea, Irricon Resource Solutions & NZ Post. 
7:30pm Supper for delegates.
Sunday 22 November
8:00am Creed and standing orders
8:30am – 9:00am Reflections with Rev David Hollingsworth
9:00am – 9:30am National President Welcome Address
9:30am RWNZ business session
9:50am – 10.00am Wild Jewels Presentation from Amy & Liza Cronhelm (Sponsor) 
10.00am – 10.25am Morning Tea break
10.30am – 12.00pm RWNZ business session
12:00pm – 12:55pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 1:40pm WorkSafe NZ Presentation from Gordon MacDonald Chief Executive (Sponsor)


1:40pm – 2:30pm Workshop: Lindy Nelson(Agri-Women’s Development Trust)
2:30pm – 2.55pm Afternoon Tea break
3:00pm – 4:45pm RWNZ business session including speech competition
5:00pm – 6:30pm Melrose House visit (optional)
7:00pm  Gala Dinner, Guest Speaker, Hon. Damien O’Connor MP for West Coast, Tasman.
Celebrating 90 years of Rural Women New Zealand (Includes birthday cake, Wool Make and Model competition).
Entertainer: Roger Lusby
Monday 23 November
8:30am-9:45am RWNZ Business Session
9:00am-10:00am  Primary ITO presentation from Shannon Gordon,


10:00am-10:25am Morning Tea break sponsored by Primary ITO
10:30am RWNZ business session
12:00pm – 12:55pm Lunch break
1:00pm – 2:55pm Closing ceremony with Guest Speaker Sophie Mackenzie.
(Raffle draws, Open Forum, Soap Box and 2016 presentation).
3:00pm Conference closes.
Note: schedule is subject to change.


Enquiries – please email
[email protected] or phone National Office 04 473 5524
Information Pack (PDF) – includes accommodation info, details on tours and Gala dinner and programme overview.
Competition details (PDF)- includes information on wool competition (entries close at conference), book mark competition (entries close at conference or send to Melva by 6 November) and Lady Blundell competition (entries close 30 September, send to National Office, Wellington).

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