Health Uncategorized

Media Release: NEW NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE SHOULD BE FIT FOR RURAL

We are not averse to having a national health service, however, we are looking forward to seeing the detail says Rural Women New Zealand. “The Minister of Health, Andrew Little...
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Health Uncategorized

Media Release: AWARENESS ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER IS MUCH NEEDED

AWARENESS ABOUT OVARIAN CANCER IS MUCH NEEDED A greater awareness of ovarian cancer amongst women and health professionals is much needed says Rural Women New Zealand. “Ovarian cancer kills more...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Media Release: BANK CLOSURES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES SHARPLY FELT

BANK CLOSURES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES SHARPLY FELT News that Kiwibank is closing seven branches, five with direct impact on rural communities, is disappointing says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ). “Reductions...
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Business Uncategorized

Media Release: EXTENSION OF SICK LEAVE GOOD AND BAD FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

The Government's mandatory ten-day sick leave is both a challenge and support for rural communities says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ). “Today, RWNZ asked Parliament at the Education and Workforce...
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Business Social Health & Safety Technology Uncategorized

Media Release: RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND SAYS WE NEED CHEQUES

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND SAYS WE NEED CHEQUES Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) ran a survey seeking members' views on the discontinuation of accepting cheques in 2021, with responses overwhelmingly...
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Education Uncategorized

Media Release: LOWER SPEED LIMITS AROUND RURAL SCHOOLS NEEDED

Traffic speed past rural schools needs to be the same as that for urban schools says Rural Women New Zealand. “The latest call by Lake Rerewhakaaitu School Prinicipal Rick Whalley...
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International Uncategorized

Media Release: NEW PRESIDENT AND BOARD FOR RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the new members of its National Board which was declared at its recent Annual General Meeting. The new Board Members are...
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International Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Celebrating 127 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand

This past Saturday 19 September marked 127 years since the vision, perseverance, and dedication of our suffragist heroes resulted in the women of Aotearoa New Zealand gaining the right to...
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RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND CALLS FOR COMMITMENT TO RURAL COMMUNITIES.

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has published their manifesto calling for a committment to improving the health and wellbeing of rural families and enhancing the resilience  of rural communities. “The...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rural Women New Zealand Research Project – Quality of Life and Family Farming

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has been contacted by Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), who is seeking our support and participation in a survey in relation to the...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

JOIN THE RURAL WOMEN MIGHTY MORNING TEA SHOUT

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is calling for a nationwide Mighty Morning Tea Shout on Wednesday, 29 July 2020. “The RWNZ Mighty Morning Tea Shout is an opportunity for us...
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Education Uncategorized

Virbac Rural Women New Zealand Animal Health Study Grant.

Look after your calves and community this season. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is delighted to be partnering with Virbac New Zealand for the 'Look after your calves, look after...
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Policy Uncategorized

Public Policy Manifesto

Our public policy manifesto has been updated and is available for downloading here. Final Manifesto 5 May 2020  
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Technology Uncategorized

Media Release: RURAL BROADBAND FUNDING MUCH NEEDED

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to hear the Government’s announcement of new funding for improved rural broadband. “Improving connectivity is vital to successful business, health and safety, education...
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Business Uncategorized

2019 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda Report

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) congratulates KPMG on the 2019 Agribusiness Agenda Report and fully supports their continued advocacy for a more holistic future of farming. “RWNZ wholeheartedly...
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Business Uncategorized

Farm Debt Mediation Bill Good For Rural Farmers

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to hear progress has been made on farm debt mediation with legislation about to come before Parliament. "RWNZ has...
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Health Uncategorized

Will Rural Midwives Miss Out?

15 April 2019   Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to read that an Accord has been reached between the midwives’ unions, DHBs and Ministry of Health to address...
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Business Uncategorized

NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2019 Launched

8 April 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards 2019. “The NZI Rural Women...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rural Women Supports Arms Amendment Bill

4 April 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) supports the Government’s ban on military style semi-automatic firearms and believes that action must be taken to avoid tragedies in future. “Earlier...
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Business Uncategorized

Livestock Rustling Changes Great Start But More Could Be Done

6 March 2019 Although the Government has taken our views on livestock rustling into account, we can still go further, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ). “RWNZ is pleased to...
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Business Uncategorized

Rural Input Needed On Tax Working Group Recommendations

21 February 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) calls on the Government to make rural communities central to their decision making regarding any changes to New Zealand's tax system. “The...
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International Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Reserved Support for Equal Pay

21 February 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) voiced its reserved support for legislation that ensures equal pay for work of equal value yesterday. RWNZ presented its submission on the...
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Education Uncategorized

Cautious Optimism About the Reform of Vocational Education

14 February 2019 Whilst, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is cautiously optimistic about the Government’s proposal to improve vocational training in regional New Zealand, it is wary of possible job...
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Education Uncategorized

Safety on Roads as Children Return to School

1 February 2019 As children return to school over the next week, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) urges drivers to be mindful of the 20kph speed limit when passing school...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

RWNZ Stands By Communities Affected by the Nelson Tasman Fires

8 February 2019 Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) offers their support to RWNZ Members, their families and communities in the Nelson-Tasman area affected by the disastrous fire raging in the...
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Education Uncategorized

Tertiary Bursaries and Grants Deadline Approaching

5 February 2019 The deadline for five tertiary scholarships offered by Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is fast approaching, with applications due in by Friday, 1 March 2019. “Despite the...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Greater Access to Services Needed to Address Rural Family Violence

The Family Violence Act 2018 must protect victims' privacy and accessibility to support services, says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ). "Sharing and disclosing information between government sectors, such as health...
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Health International Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

RECOGNITION OF RURAL NEW ZEALANDERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS NEEDED

RECOGNITION OF RURAL NEW ZEALANDERS' HUMAN RIGHTS NEEDED Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) notes the inclusion of its submissions to the UN Human Rights Council in the Report to the...
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Technology Uncategorized

RBI ROLL OUT ENCOURAGING YET CELL COVERAGE INADEQUATE

RBI ROLL OUT ENCOURAGING YET CELL COVERAGE INADEQUATE Whilst, yesterday's announcement by the Government about additional rural broadband and mobile coverage is good news for rural communities, we need more...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AT PROPOSAL FOR MIGRANT WORKERS

CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AT PROPOSAL FOR MIGRANT WORKERS Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) welcomes the announcement by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway of proposed changes to employer-assisted temporary work visas. "The acute...
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Environment Uncategorized

POSSIBLE MBOVIS ERADICATION GOOD NEWS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

POSSIBLE MBOVIS ERADICATION GOOD NEWS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES Government's announcement that Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis) is close to eradication is welcome news for New Zealand's rural communities says Rural Women New...
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Rural Health Road Map

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand recently produced the Rural Health Road Map 2018. Read and download a copy here.
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Environment Uncategorized

RURAL WOMAN LEADER ELECTED CHAIR OF LANDCARE TRUST

RURAL WOMAN LEADER ELECTED CHAIR OF LANDCARE TRUST   Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is delighted that National President Fiona Gower has been elected Chair of the New Zealand Landcare...
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Business Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

GOVERNMENT TAKES A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

MEDIA RELEASE GOVERNMENT TAKES A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES The Government's announcement that it will crack down on livestock rustling is a step in the right...
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Health Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

RURAL COMMUNITIES MISS OUT IN MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY

MEDIA RELEASE RURAL COMMUNITIES MISS OUT IN MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY REPORT It's disappointing there are no recommendations to support rural communities in the Government's Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Report...
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NZI RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS AWARDS SUPREME WINNER ANNOUNCED

We celebrated the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards in the Banquet Hall at the Beehive in Wellington on Tuesday night where we announced the Supreme Winner.  See our...
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Education Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Summit Workshop Sessions

Join Rural Women New Zealand on Day Two of our Summit at the Rydges Wellington, and Old Government Buildings in Wellington for breakfast, constructive policy workshop sessions and lunch with a...
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101 Ways with Wool

Contact Melva Robb for more information: [email protected] 
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NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards Winners Announced

Rural Women New Zealand is proud to announce the category winners and finalists for the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Awards 2018.   The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business...
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She Shears Premieres in Masterton

Read the media release below.   SHE SHEARS PREMIERES IN MASTERTON Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are proud to be a sponsor of the film "She Shears" which premiered at...
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Winners of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators Announced

WINNERS OF THE NZ GUILD OF AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISTS AND COMMUNICATORS ANNOUNCED Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) presented two awards at the 60th New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators...
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Business Uncategorized

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards

NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards   The NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 20 November 2018 in Wellington in...
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Health Uncategorized

RWNZ backs the call of the NZCOM

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release, supporting the call of the New Zealand College of Midwives for pay equity.   Please read our media release below.   MIDWIVES...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

New Zealand’s farming women celebrating 125 years on

Please read below our media release about Suffrage125 celebrations with RWNZ across the country.   NEW ZEALAND�S FARMING WOMEN CELEBRATING 125 YEARS ON Rural women across the country have been...
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International Uncategorized

Celebrating Suffrage125 in mid-East Southland

  Suffrage 125 has brought together a group of women around Gore, including RWNZ, to prepare a range of events, both to celebrate the 1893 achievement of women gaining the...
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International Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Celebrating Suffrage125 with women in the primary sector

Suffrage125 - Women in the Primary Sector   Florence Polson   This year we are celebrating 125 years of suffrage with Ministry for Primary Industries by profiling women in the...
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Rural Women New Zealand Summit Programme

The Inaugural Rural Women New Zealand Summit 2018 Is Being In Wellington On Tuesday, 20 And Wednesday, 21 November 2018 The Summit includes RWNZ National Awards, RWNZ business, NZI Rural...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

WoolOn Creative Fashion Event 2018

From the Sheep's Back to the Sharp End of Fashion — WoolOn Wows the Crowd in Central Otago (Pictured above: National President Fiona Gower, Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, Region...
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Education Uncategorized

Rural School Bus Service Review Needed.

Rural Women New Zealand released a media release calling for a review of school bus eligibility criteria.     RURAL SCHOOL BUS SERVICE REVIEW NEEDED Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ)...
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Business Uncategorized

Government Needs to Do Small Business With Us, Not For Us.

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the Government's announcement of the Small Business Council. Find relevant media about the announcement here.     GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO...
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Rural Maternity Care in Crisis

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement that Lumsden will lose its birthing unit.   MEDIA RELEASE 16 August 2018 For immediate release   RURAL...
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Health Uncategorized

Green Cross Health Appoints Alison Van Wyk as CEO

Rural Women New Zealand would like to congratulate Alison Van Wyk for her appointment as CEO of Access Community Health. Alison has a background in nursing and possesses sales, marketing...
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National Office welcomes new team members.

National Office welcome on board three new members to our team. Maree Myers will be working as PA to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and Katie and Mehreen have...
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Policy Uncategorized

Rural Proofing Back On the Table

(Pictured above: Minister Damien O'Çonnor meeting with RWNZ Chief Executive Officer Penelope England, National President Fiona Gower, National Chair Penny Mudford and Manager of Government, Public Sector and Academic Relationships...
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Business Environment Uncategorized

Mycoplasma Bovis Announcement

The Government has announced the decision of phased eradication of Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis). The announcement was made yesterday afternoon, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister Damien O'Connor, alongside RWNZ...
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Business Environment Uncategorized

Rural Women New Zealand Offers Full Support to Government

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding our involvement to help support communities affected by the M.bovis outbreak. With 38 farms currently infected, and others under movement...
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Education Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Census Data Collection Survey

Rural Women New Zealand are conducting a survey after receiving concerns from members who experienced difficulty when completing their 2018 Census. We would like to thank those members who contacted...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rural Women New Zealand Backs Government Supporting Families

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the announcement this morning that the Government are giving a funding boost to help improve child and family wellbeing.  ...
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Education Uncategorized

Rural Women New Zealand/Access Community Health Scholarships are Open

RURAL WOMEN NEW ZEALAND/ACCESS COMMUNITY HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP IS OPEN Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) and Access Community Health are excited to announce that this year, they will be offering a...
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Environment Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Duck Hunting Season Begins This Weekend

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release regarding safe firearms practices this duck shooting season. Please read the media release below.   DUCK HUNTING SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND...
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Business Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rustling Needs to be an Offence

(Pictured: RWNZ Board Member and National Finance Chair, Rachael Dean, and Manager of Government, Public Sector and Academic Relationships, Angela McLeod presenting to the Primary Production Committee.)   RWNZ has...
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Health Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rescue Helicopter Decision Puts Lives At Risk

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release today, outlining our concern with the announcement of a proposal to curtail rescue helicopter service bases in Taupō, Rotorua and Te...
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Health Uncategorized

RWNZ Present at the National Rural Health Conference 2018

Friday, 6 April was the date of the National Rural Health Conference, held in the Pullman, Auckland. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) presented at the Conference on the shortage of...
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Health Uncategorized

Another Setback for Health and Wellbeing of Rural Communities

Rural Women New Zealand has today released a media release following the announcement that the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) will move to shut down if it does...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rural Women Need to be Involved in Decision Making

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has released a media release today following RWNZ's oral submission on the Trusts Bill.   Please read the media release below.   RURAL WOMEN NEED...
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Technology Uncategorized

Rural Communities Deserve Better Technology

RWNZ has released a media release responding to the introduction of the 5G network in New Zealand.   Please read relevant media here.   RURAL COMMUNITIES DESERVE BETTER TECHNOLOGY Rural...
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International Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

International Womens Day & Suffrage125

Thursday, 8 March marked this year's International Women's Day. As this year also celebrates 125 years since women in New Zealand won the the right to vote, the day was...
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Health Uncategorized

125 Years Since the Vote and Rural Women Still Struggle

(Pictured: RWNZ Board Member and Health convenor, Margaret Pittaway)  Rural Women New Zealand are concerned with New Zealand's midwifery shortage, particularly for rural women. Please read our media release below...
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Future Farms Conference 2018

The 5th New Zealand Future Farms Conference was held on Tuesday, 12 – Wednesday, 13 March last week in Palmerston North. The event focused on the direction of farming in...
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CSW62 Well Underway

(Pictured: Sticksn'Stones Chairperson Ashleigh Smith with RWNZ National President, Fiona Gower in the UN General Assembly at the CSW62 Opening on Monday).   The opening of the 62nd Session of the...
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International Uncategorized

International Women’s Day 2018

Today -Thursday, 8 March celebrates International Women’s Day. A breakfast at Parliament this morning saw 400 women the attend to hear the Governor General, the Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy,...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Census Data Collection Integrity Questioned

Rural Women New Zealand have released a media release raising our concerns for how data is being collected in this year's census. Please read the media release below. CENSUS DATA...
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Business Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Fairfax Decision Will Damage Rural Communities

  (Pictured Above: National President Fiona Gower)   RWNZ have responded to the recent news that Stuff is to close or sell 28 regional, provincial and rural newspapers. Please read the...
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International Uncategorized

CSW62 New York

Each year, the United Nations (UN) holds the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW). This year will be the 62nd event and is being hosted in New York on...
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RWNZ Welcomes New Staff

RWNZ welcomes new staff members, Angela McLeod and Catherine Stabb to the National Office.     Angela McLeod (pictured on right) Manager: Government, Public Sector & Academic Relationships Bachelor of...
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Health Uncategorized

Rural Women Need Access to Midwifery Care

RWNZ has responded to recent media regarding the loss of a working midwife in the Wanaka region.   RURAL WOMEN NEED ACCESS TO MIDWIFERY CARE Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ)...
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Education Uncategorized

Rural Women Renew Call For Bus Signs

RURAL WOMEN RENEW CALL FOR BUS SIGNS   RWNZ have released a press release calling for changes to be made to improve the safety of children, especially those living in...
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Women’s Suffrage 125 Years

It is exciting to have a busy year of activities for the 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, and celebrating the diverse women who have been championing social change in New...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Another Preventable Rural Tragedy

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) are saddened to hear of the death of a nine-year-old boy whilst riding a quad bike in rural Waikato last night and our thoughts are...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rural Women Deserve Equal Pay Too

  RURAL WOMEN NEED EQUAL PAY TOO   Women working in the rural sector need to be included in the discussions of the reconvened Joint Working Group on Pay Equity...
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International Uncategorized

ACWW 2018 Country of Study

ACWW Country of Study 2018: We are pleased to announce that the ACWW Country of Study for this year is Iceland. We hope you enjoy learning as much as you...
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Environment Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Freedom Camping Out of Sorts

Lack of enforcement and education around freedom camping has led to ongoing issues in our rural communities says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).  “This summer has been great for both...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Rural Post Prices to Change

Rural untracked parcels change   From 1 February, New Zealand Post customers will see the cost of sending untracked parcels to rural addresses increase by $3.70. This charge, which was...
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International Uncategorized

Women Walk the World 2018

This is an annual event, where women’s groups in many countries organise walks in their communities along local tracks and trails, to raise funds for the Associated Country Women of...
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New Year Honours

Rural Women New Zealand congratulates of our members who have received remarkable recognition for their extensive and positive contributions to the rural sector and their communities. RWNZ Board Chair Penny...
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Holiday Office Hours Support Agency Contacts

Rural Women New Zealand National Office will be closed from 5:30 PM Friday, 15 December until 8:30 AM Monday, 15 January 2018. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a...
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Health Uncategorized

Leptospirosis Society Presentation

Rural Women New Zealand National President, Fiona Gower presented at the annual meeting of the International Leptospirosis Society meeting in Palmerston North in late November. Her speech is below: “I...
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National Conference 2017 Wrap-up

A special thank you to all delegates for making an effort to attend the 2017 Rural Women New Zealand National Conference and AGM in Invercargill. It was a great success,...
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National Competition Winners 2017

Congratulations to the National Competition Winners for 2017 Tarrant Bell & Tutaenui Bell Speech contest topic: “Why Not?” Tutaenui Bell and Tarrant Bell 1st Place Alex Thompson, Amuri Dinner Branch,...
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Debra Cruickshank wins NZI Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the NZI Supreme winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017, Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrieff Wines. “A truly inspiring story” is...
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RWNZ Journalism Award winners 2017

Wellington-based Radio New Zealand rural journalist, Alexa Cook, has won the inaugural Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award at the 2017 awards of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural...
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Finalists for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is proud to announce the finalists for the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017. Four finalists are vying for the Supreme Enterprising Rural Women Award, which...
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Civic Award for Melva Robb and Glenda Robb

Melva Robb and Glenda Robb are sisters who are very active members of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) Marlborough Provincial. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has awarded Civic Honours to the...
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Education Uncategorized

Beverley Forrester Scholarship

A new education scholarship offered by North Canterbury Rural Women New Zealand member, Beverley Forrester has been awarded to physiotherapy student, Travis Henderson from Te Awamutu. The $1000 scholarship will...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Firearms Community Advisory Forum

MINUTES : Firearms Community Advisory Forum SUBJECT Firearms Community Advisory Forum DATE Wednesday 16 August 2017 TIME 0930 - 1230 VENUE Upper Hutt Police Station, 863 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt...
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Education Uncategorized

RWNZ Access scholarship awarded to Far North’s Roberta Kaio

This year's recipient of the Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) Access Community Health Scholarship is Roberta Kaio, from Ahipara in the Far North. Roberta is of Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa...
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Technology Uncategorized

Faster rollout of broadband and mobile will improve connectivity to rural homes

The Government has announced that an extra $270 million will be spent on improving rural broadband and bridging cellphone blackspots in regions throughout New Zealand. $130m will be spent on...
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Environment Uncategorized

Submission on water conservation order on Ngaruroro River and Clive River

RWNZ has made a submission on an application to the Minister for the Environment for a water conservation order on the Ngaruroro River and Clive River, pursuant to Section 201(1)...
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Business Uncategorized

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No2) Submission

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2). Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the intent of the Bill, especially in...
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Entries closed for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2017

Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award Rural Women New Zealand are offering a new award this year: Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award. The award has been established...
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Education Uncategorized

Equity of access, funding and training concerns for draft Digital Technologies curriculum

The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback on the draft Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko (DT|HM) curriculum. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the curriculum and its intent to...
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Health Uncategorized

Suicide Prevention Strategy Submission

The Ministry of Health has proposed a new framework for suicide prevention and is seeking feedback. Rural Women New Zealand’s (RWNZ) submission supports the general framework. Although expresses concern regarding...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Marriage Amendment Bill

The Justice and Electoral Committee is seeking feedback on the Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill. RWNZ's submission fully supports the Bill and its intent to prevent...
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Accessing Rural Health Services – Rural Realities

Rural Women New Zealand's Health Portfolio representative, Margaret Pittaway spoke at a seminar organised by the University of Otago's Wellington Medical School on Friday 21 July. Read the transcript of...
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Health Uncategorized

Seminar Accessing Health Services – Rural Realities

Challenges in accessing rural health services have changed very little since 1927, when advertisements first appeared for Bush Nurses with surgical skills and maternity certificates. The advertisements were placed by...
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RWNZ National Office has moved

The Rural Women New Zealand National Office has relocated to Technology One House, Level 5, 86-96 Victoria Street, Wellington. RWNZ National Office would like to advise members that since the...
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Environment Uncategorized

Myrtle Rust Outbreak What You Need to Know

Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) has been found in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. The fungus attacks various species of plants in the Myrtaceae family, also known as the...
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Education Uncategorized

Applications closed for RWNZ and Access Scholarship 2017

Applications have now closed on for the 2017 Rural Women New Zealand and Access Community Health scholarship programme. $39,000 has been awarded to rural health professionals in scholarship funds over...
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Education Uncategorized

Boarding Allowance Scheme Survey

RWNZ recently sent out a survey on Boarding Bursaries, asking members a series of questions, to enable us to provide evidence-based data around the key issues on how the costs...
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ACWW Study Topic 2017

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is RWNZ's topic of study for 2017. We have included an overview of the purpose of ACWW below, along with some links to...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Firearms Policy Recommendations Sensible for Rural Sector

Rural Women New Zealand is reassured that the Minister of Police, Paula Bennett, has heard the concerns of our members through our response to the Select Committee report into the...
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Education Uncategorized

Firearms Education Programmes in Schools

Rural Women New Zealand is a strong supporter for education programmes in schools on all matter of safety in rural environments which includes firearm use. The aim is to increase...
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Congratulations to Wendy McGowan

Past National President Wendy McGowan has been named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rural women in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Wendy has been...
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Health Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Submission on Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill

Green Party MP Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Bill is before Parliament and RWNZ asks Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse and his fellow MPs to support...
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Health Uncategorized

Concerns for Equity of Maternity Services in Rural Areas

Maternity services have come under the spotlight with the announcement that an anonymous group of midwives has sent a complaint alleging that midwifery is at a crisis point to the...
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Business Uncategorized

Budget 2017

Budget 2017 had several areas of interest for rural, in particular for the farming sector, where there is additional funding for the Ministry of Primary Industries on biosecurity, irrigation, and...
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Adverse Events Relief Fund

The RWNZ Adverse Events and Relief Fund is available to individuals, communities and groups, with a particular emphasis on rural women and children. The fund provides financial assistance to persons...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Safety First On Farm Vehicles

Rural Women New Zealand calls for more awareness of farm vehicle safety in New Zealand. Recently, there have been two fatalities from the use of the “side-by-side” ATV vehicles in...
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Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2017

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) invites entries from innovative and successful rural businesswomen, in horticulture, agricultural, dairy, tourism or any other rural sectors for this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards....
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Slow down for Road Safety Week 2017

Communities across New Zealand will be calling on drivers to #SlowDown as part of UN Global Road Safety Week 2017 (8-14 May), to help save lives on NZ roads. One...
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Safety First for Duck Shooting Season

Duck shooting season opened on Saturday 6 May and Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) wishes all duck hunters a safe and successful shoot this season. Duck shooting season is an...
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RWNZ Proud Sponsors of Number 1 Stand Documentary

RWNZ is the Premier Sponsor for Number 1 stand; a film about five women in a unique workplace, the shearing shed. The shearing sports film investigates what drives women shearers...
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RWNZ responds to the Law and Order Select Committee Report on Firearms

The report of the Law and Order Select Committee into the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand has missed the target says RWNZ. The report has largely disregarded the...
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Aftersocks™ Boosts Support for Rural Communities

The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign has been gearing up over the last few months to become a permanent sub brand of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) as our rural community continues...
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Rural Community Support Services

Rural Support Trust representatives are working closely with farmers to monitor well-being and directing them to relief assistance for flooding and other adverse events. The Rural Support Trust advise farmers...
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New Models of Tertiary Education Report

In March 2017, the Productivity Commission released a report recommending a number of changes to the way the Government funds and delivers Tertiary Education in New Zealand. RWNZ asked members...
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New Zealander of the Year Awards 2017

RWNZ have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement at the New Zealander of the Year 2017 Awards. RWNZ were nominated in the Mitre 10 Community of the Year category. RWNZ's...
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RWNZ celebrates International Women’s Day

On International (Working) Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) would like to acknowledge the contribution of rural women to New Zealand’s communities and their pivotal role...
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RWNZ support the Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill

Green Party MP Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Bill is before Parliament, and RWNZ asks Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse and his fellow MPs to support...
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RWNZ joins Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

The newly formed Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa New Zealand includes shooting clubs, associations and affiliated organisations like Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) concerned about community safety with firearms. “Rural...
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NZ Post Rural Delivery Changes

From 1 April, there will be no letter deliveries or mail pick-ups on Saturdays for rural customers who are currently on a six day delivery, says NZ Post Chief Operating...
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Aftersocks™ NZ buy, wear & share today

The Aftersocks™ NZ campaign is up and running for the second time, building a community of fans and followers all wearing their support for the recent quake affected areas of...
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RWNZ WoolOn Creative and Fashion Event

Gore designer Viv Tamblyn won the Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Award at the Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion event in Alexandra on Saturday night. Viv won the...
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Increase in Police Numbers Will Improve Safety in Rural Communities

The Government has announced an increase in police staffing. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) welcomes the investment being made in policing, especially for rural and remote communities. “Safety for rural...
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Safety around school zones and school buses

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) remind drivers that school buses are back on the roads, remember the 20km/h speed limit when passing a stopped school bus. “It is very important...
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RWNZ Membership Incentives

A number of businesses are offering discounts to RWNZ members. Participating businesses will display a RWNZ logo sticker in their shop window. To access the discounts members will need to...
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Central Southland Provincial Bride of the Year 2017 Competition

Central Southland Provincial's competition is open to Brides and Bridesmaids with wedding dates between February 2016 and March 2017. Entries close on Monday 13th March. There is no entry fee....
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Support New Zealand Communities in Need Today

Lift your trouser leg, or simply wear your Aftersocks™ proudly with sandals, to show your support for the quake affected areas of New Zealand. Buy your Aftersocks™ today. Wear and...
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Dog Safety

The sole Remit at the RWNZ AGM in 2016 was about dog safety, and proposed that dog safety education be a requirement for kindergarten and primary school children. The issue...
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National Office Holiday Hours

Rural Women New Zealand National Office will be closed from Friday, 16 December 2017 until Monday, 16 January 2017. We will be checking emails and phone messages intermittently over that...
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ACWW South Pacific Area Conference

The ACWW South Pacific Area Conference will be in New Plymouth from Sunday 30th April to Wednesday 3rd May, 2017. Get a group together and share transport and have a...
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Submission on Tertiary education

RWNZ has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission (the Commission) expressing concern about the equity impacts of its proposed reforms to the Tertiary education system. In its draft report...
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Submission on the Education (Update) Amendment Bill

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has issued a submission to the Government expressing concerns about the impact of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill for rural schools. The Bill proposes some...
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Ways to help after the earthquake, floods and other adverse events

RWNZ have also been fundraising through the sale of aftersocks™ to help people affected by the earthquakes. 360 pairs of aftersocks™ have been sold in four weeks, and the total...
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New Board for Rural Women New Zealand

The new Board for Rural Women New Zealand has been elected. The Board supersedes the former National Council of Rural Women New Zealand under new Rules and Bylaws ratified by...
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Rural Physiotherapist Amy Dibley Wins Supreme Award

Amy Dibley of Physio Direct Ltd has been named the supreme winner of the annual Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Amy is from Rotorua and started up...
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Minutes from the Firearms Community Advisory Forum

SUBJECT Firearms Community Advisory Forum DATE Thursday 18 August 2016 TIME 0930 –1210 VENUE Level 15 Conference Rooms 3 &4 ATTENDEES Catherine Petrey, Geoffrey Dunn,Chris Jamieson,Paul Gatland,Rob Ngamoki,Julia Penney,Ray Vine,Alastair...
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Media Release Land Transport Amendment Bill

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has issued a submission expressing its support for the Government’s Land Transport Amendment Bill whilst also expressing concern about the recent spike in New Zealand’s...
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Waikato University Quad Bike Survey

Rural Women New Zealand and Waikato University are working together to research how rural women view farm safety. There have been many studies undertaken, but none specifically for women. We...
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National Conference 2016

Venue: James Cook Hotel, Wellington, Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016 Region 4 are hosting the National Conference in Wellington at the James Cook Hotel. Please use the information...
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Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award Winner 2016

Nadine Porter has won the Rural Women New Zealand Award for Journalism for 2016. Nadine's winning articles appeared in Ashburton's Guardian Farming and featured research on rural women and isolation...
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Back to school, look out for school children

After two weeks of having children at home for the term break, it is time for them to head back to school for the final term of the year. Rural...
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Triple F Challenge 2017 Register Now

Registration date extended until 10th February, join the Triple F Challenge on 28, 29 & 30 April 2017. The theme is “Fitness, Fun and Friendship" "Ride it – walk it...
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Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2016

The awards have been refreshed for this year to encourage a range of applications from emerging business or community leaders, successful entrepreneurs and innovators in technology. There will be four...
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Westpac Bank Confirms Branch Closures

Westpac Bank have confirmed the closure of 19 branches throughout New Zealand. A large number of these are based in rural centres. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is disappointed about...
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HP New Zealand Rural Schools Competition Open For Primary and Secondary Schools

HP New Zealand (HP NZ) is asking rural students to share their vision of how they think they will learn in the future to be in the running to win...
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NZ Post Announce Changes to Rural Deliveries

From November 1st, New Zealand Post is making changes to rural deliveries in some regions. Changes to the Deed of Understanding with the Government in 2013 allowed New Zealand Post...
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RWNZ Submission on the Government Health Strategy for Older Adults

RWNZ has lodged a submission on the Ministry of Health’s update of the Health of Older people strategy, urging the Government to give priority to the unique needs of older...
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Submission on the Review of the Telecommunications Act 2001

RWNZ has lodged a submission to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on its review of the Telecommunications Act. While RWNZ strongly support the need for a new...
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Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill

RWNZ has appeared before the Government Administration Select Committee discussing the submission lodged expressing its strong support for the Fire and Emergency Bill. RWNZ Vice President Fiona Gower says, this...
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RWNZ at the Law and Order Select Committee

“More resources for front line policing, targeting resources at criminal activities and not adding onerous burdens on law abiding rural firearms’ licence holders.” Rachael Dean, RWNZ’s National Finance Chair, spoke...
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Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award

Applications are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award. This award has been secured by Rural Women New Zealand in a partnership with the New Zealand Guild...
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Access Community Health and RWNZ Scholarship Winners

For the first time in the history of the Access Community Health and Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) scholarship there are two recipients. The standard of applications was very high...
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Apply for Community Post

Community Post applications open 1st August 2016. New Zealand Post donate postage-included envelopes and other NZ Post services to not-for-profit organisations for use with projects and activities that align with...
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Back to School: Driving Safely Around School Buses

As children return to school after the holidays, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) reminds drivers to stick to the law and slow down to 20km/h when passing a stopped school...
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CEDAW Report

Minister for Women Louise Upston has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women. New Zealand is required to periodically...
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Patronage Reception at Government House

Wendy McGowan RWNZ National President and Penelope England Chief Executive Officer attended a Patronage Reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae at Government House on 7 July 2016. Below are excerpts from...
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Fieldays 2016

Come visit the Rural Women New Zealand stand at PD37 in the Mystery Creek Pavilion. The stand will have a variety of hosts during the event, including National President Wendy...
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Proposed Changes to Firearms’ Licensing Impacts on Rural Communities

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is very concerned about the changes to firearms’ licensing, training and testing, being proposed by the Mountain Safety Council (MSC). The MSC executive has been...
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Budget Summary 2016

The government announced its budget on 26 May 2016. Rural Women New Zealand have a budget summary available ( click here). This budget summary was prepared for Rural Women New...
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Nomination Forms for the Board

Nomination forms have been posted to the branches. The forms have been emailed to members with email addresses and will soon be available in the member’s section of the website....
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Conference Competition Winners 2016

Here is a list of the winners of the National Conference Competitions for 2016. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the entrants. Best Provincial President Report:...
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Fiona Gower appointed to NZ Landcare Trust

NZ Landcare Trust's Board of Trustees will see a new face at the table, as Fiona Gower takes over from Liz Evans as the representative for Rural Women New Zealand....
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Duck Hunting Season

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) in collaboration with the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) wish all duck hunters a safe and successful shoot this season. Duck hunting is a...
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Applications Closing Soon for Health Education Scholarship

A $3000 education scholarship is available for health professionals with an interest in the rural sector. The Rural Women New Zealand and Access Scholarship is aimed at applicants who are...
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Canterbury Meet, Greet and Network Morning Tea

Rural Women New Zealand and Farming Mums New Zealand would like to invite you to a meet, greet and network morning tea. 10am Tuesday 3 May - Farm Barn Cafe,...
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Health and Safety Legislation Changes

Health and Safety legislation has changed as of 4 April 2016, make sure you are up-to-date with the new rules. Click here to find out how the changes affect you...
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Quad Bike Safety

Rural Women New Zealand members are proactive when it comes to farm safety, especially regarding quad bike safety. For us it goes much further than wearing helmets. If the quad...
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Bride of the Year 2016 – Central Southland Provincial

Central Southland Provincial Rural Women have held the 34th Bride of the Year. Entrants included 18 Brides and 9 Bridesmaids.  A successful evening was enjoyed by over 300 in attendance, lace...
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Roar Firearms and Hunter Safety

Autumn has arrived and as the climate cools hunters will start tracking into the bush for the roar. Rural Women New Zealand in collaboration with Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO)...
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National Project: Life Education Trust

Each year classrooms teach health to children throughout New Zealand. This year they expect to teach more than 260,000 children from 1,500 schools. In rural areas approximately 80% of children...
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Changes to New Zealand Post charges

New Zealand Post have announced that the cost of sending a medium sized letter by Standard Post will increase 20 cents to $1 from 1 July 2016. Prices will increase...
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Jump up a Level Region One Course

Southland Interprovincial Rural Women invite you to attend a course to encourage you to join groups, learn leadership skills and inspire you to follow your dreams or ideas. Course starts 4.00...
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Vanuatu School Thrilled with Donations from Region 3

“The looks on the children’s faces when items were lifted out of the chest was priceless. Their eyes were big and smiles bigger.” A chest of donated items has been...
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RWNZ Nominated for a New Zealander of the Year Award

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement at the New Zealander of the Year Awards on Wednesday 17 February. Marie Appleton MNZM, a National Life...
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Children and E.coli

Do you know of any young children who have been very ill with E.coli O157:H7? How did they catch it? How soon after it was caught was it diagnosed? How bad...
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Pesticides Research Study Calling for Participants

The Centre for Public Health Research at Massey University is inviting 900 children aged 5-11 years from across New Zealand to take part in a health research study. The research...
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Women Walk the World 2016

Women Walk the World is an annual event, where women’s groups in many countries organise walks in their communities along local tracks and trails, to raise funds for the Associated...
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Safe Relationships Seminars

Join Rural Women New Zealand branches for the final seminars in the Safe Relationships series. The purpose of the seminars is to increase awareness and education to stop domestic violence...
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Managing El Nino Weather Pattern

The official drought period was due to expire on February 15 and has been extended to June because of widespread dry conditions. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy announced extra...
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Bronwyn Muir – Winner in Enterprising Rural Women Awards

Bronwyn Muir won the "Help I need Somebody" category at the recent Enterprising Rural Women Awards for her business OnFarmSafety New Zealand. The business was conceived after Bronwyn Muir helped out...
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Congratulations to Lindy Nelson MNZM

Rural Women New Zealand offers congratulations to Lindy Nelson who has been named as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year 2016 Honours....
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Marie Taylor – Love of the Land winner

Winning the Love of the Land competition has been a "real buzz " for Marie Taylor. "The award has already had a huge impact on me and my business, it...
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90th Anniversary End of Year Recap

Rural Women New Zealand members can feel proud of their organisation’s achievements in its 90th year. You have been fundraising, baking and knitting for a variety of causes, including rescue helicopters,...
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Chanelle Purser Emerging Enterprising Rural Women

Chanelle Purser owner of Carvin Streetwear in Gore has been awarded a Certificate for Emerging Enterprising Young Rural Woman. "The award gives me such pride, to be alongside the other...
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Enterprising Rural Women Award Winners 2015

Joanne Taylor’s rural lifestyle magazine Latitude has won the supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards held in Nelson on Saturday 21 November. “In the seven years of this...
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Ann Irving Wins Medal for Wetland Work

Southland resident Ann Irving received a national Walking Access Award. The award is in recognition of her efforts towards obtaining public access to one of the few remaining flax wetlands...
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National Conference 2015

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...
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Enterprising Rural Women Award Entries 2015

Eleven dynamic and innovative businesses have entered the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015.   “This is the seventh year we’ve held the Enterprising Rural Women Awards,”...
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Aorere River Restoration Prize Wins International Award

NZ Landcare Trust's Aorere River Project has won the inaugural Morgan Foundation NZ Riverprize at the International Rivers Symposium Gala Dinner in Brisbane. NZ Landcare Trust CEO Dr Nick Edgar accepted...
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Whananaki School Wins Top Spot in HP Rural Schools Sompetition

Congratulations to HP Rural Schools Competition winners! Northland's Whananaki School won top spot taking away $10,000 worth of HP Technology. Waimata School in Waihi came second, Otamarakau School in Bay...
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Pandemic on Great Barrier Island – Awana Branch Event

Imagine a global pandemic that swept the world, killing everyone in its wake. Imagine if Great Barrier Island was the only place to be successfully isolated from the virus, leaving the...
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Congratulations to RWNZ Access Scholarship Recipient 2015

The 2015 Rural Women NZ and Access Homehealth scholarship has been awarded to Waikato nurse Heather Leong. Heather is currently a Community Registered Nurse working for Access Homehealth Midland Region and...
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Review of Family Violence Legislation – Have Your Say

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the way our legal system deals with family violence and seeks your views on a range of ideas. These ideas include: Better guidance...
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The Results are in for HP Rural Schools Competition!

Congratulations to HP Rural Schools Competition winners! Whananaki School won top spot, Waimata School second, Otamarakau third and Weedons/Toko Schools fourth equal. All five schools are worthy recipients of a...
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ERWA Winners Success Continues for Dove River Peonies

Dot Kettle and Georgia Richards of Dove River Peonies gained a Merit Award at last year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Here they explain what’s happened to their business since and...
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Rural Women NZ 90 Year Anniversary

As we celebrate our 90th year we thought it was time to look back and tell the stories of the extraordinary women who grew this organisation into what it is...
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Hawera Branch Celebrates its 90th Birthday

Hawera has the oldest branch of Rural Women New Zealand and celebrated its 90th birthday with a big party in early July. Club president Nancy Riddick wrote that 90 years...
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Stress and Depression Unwelcome Visitors

Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is concerned that as rural people clean up after the disastrous floods, and snow, their resilience and resourcefulness will be challenged by overwhelming distress. For...
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RWNZ Supporting the Storm Recovery Effort

Taranaki RWNZ committee group volunteers have been assembling packages of supplies required by families Isolated by the recent flooding. Following the flooding on Sunday 21 June, Civil Defence phoned the...
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Good Management Practices Guide Launched Relating to Water Quality

A new guide for good management practices for farmers has been launched by the primary industries. The new definitions were developed in collaboration with Environment Canterbury, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research. It is...
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Budget Summary 2015

This Budget summary was prepared for Rural Women New Zealand by Craig Matthews, freelance writer and editor – more is at http://nz.linkedin.com/in/cwmatthews. -
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Congratulations to Liz Evans Officer of the NZ Order of Merit

Former Rural Women NZ National President Liz Evans has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to rural women. Liz was among 22 other...
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Adult Learners’ Week Events 2015

It's time for Rural Women New Zealand members to organise some great events for Adult Learners' Week in September. Adult Learners’ Week (7-13 September) is a celebration of all lifelong learning....
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Afghanistan Country of Study 2015 – Goat Farmers Market Luxury Cashmere

"Not so long ago, Afghan farmers collected the thick winter undercoat their goats shed every spring and threw it on the fire to heat their homes and cook their food....
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Applications Closed for Rural Women & Access Homehealth scholarship

Applications have now closed for the Access NZ and Rural Women NZ scholarship. Watch this space for an update on the recipient for the 2015 scholarship. “This $3000 scholarship will be...
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Rural Women and HP team up for HP’s Rural Schools Competition

  Competition is now closed! HP’s Rural Schools Competition will see more than $20,000 worth of HP products and support given to five winning schools who are able to impress...
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The 2015 Triple F Challenge

For the past three days, 17-19 April, RWNZ members and friends participated in the Triple F Challenge. They pedaled nearly 150 Kilometres of the Otago Central Rail while others walked...
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2015 Brides and Bridesmaids of the Year Chosen

On 23rd March 2015, Central Southland Provincial Rural Women held the 33rd Annual Bride of the Year in the Winton Memorial Hall. There was a total attendance of 290 this...
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Northland Rural Women REVEAL! Their Full Potential

When Debbie Evans attended the 2014 Rural Women New Zealand Growing Dynamic Leaders course in Wellington, she came away with a decision to inspire rural women of Northland. Debbie passionately...
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Rural Women and Olive Oil – What a Great Mix!

Where to house the new community olive press was the big topic of conversation when Gendie Somerville-Ryan, President of Awana Rural Women on Great Barrier Island, met Carol and Trevor...
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The Farm at Black Hills Book Launch

On 2nd April, Beverley Forrester launched her book The Farm at Black Hills at a morning gathering at the Hurunui Hotel in Hurunui Village, North Canterbury. The event was hosted...
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Beverley Forrester – The Farm at Black Hills

You won’t find a more devoted member of Rural Women New Zealand than Beverley Forrester. But then she’s the sort of person who does everything with cheerful enthusiasm and a...
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90 for 90 Challenge

To celebrate the 90th anniversary in 2015 of the founding of Rural Women New Zealand we are launching the 90 for 90 Challenge to our members. The aim of the...
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Rail Trail Fundraiser for Guide Dog with Julie Woods

Ever since she went blind in 1997, the Blind Foundation has supported Julie Woods. So, when Rural Women New Zealand asked her to ride the Otago Central Rail Trail with...
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Farmlands Garden Grants 2015

Rural Women members have been helping to present $2000 jumbo-sized cheques to eleven rural schools who were lucky enough to win the Farmlands Garden Grants competition. Pictured here are pupils...
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Women Walk the World ’90 for 90′ Challenge

Our 90th year is the perfect opportunity to put our best food forward!   To mark this fantastic milestone as an organisation, we’re issuing the 90 km challenge as part...
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Afghanistan – Country of Study 2015

Afghan girls can't ride a bike, but can ride a skateboard. 'Skateistan' began as a grassroots 'Sport for Development' project on the streets of Kabul in 2007, and is now winning...
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Wishes Come True for Eleven Rural Schools

Dreams have come true for eleven rural schools who are the lucky recipients of $2000 gardening grants announced by Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands. The scheme aims to equip...
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Trees on Farms Videos

Southland member Ann Irving stars in a just-released video promoting tree planting on farms as part of a nationwide Trees on Farms project, which was supported by Rural Women New...
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Northland REVEAL Leadership Programme

Now's time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions! Register for the free REVEAL course being held at the Whangarei Showgrounds on 10 March 2015.   REVEAL is a one day...
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Doubtless Bay Community Safety Show Day

Doubtless Bay members are sharing the love on Valentines Day hosting a great Community Safety Show Day at Taipa. The day will be off to a fiery start, as the...
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Health Research into Pesticides and Sprays

Would you be interested in taking part in a study into the effect of pesticides on the health of farmers? Massey University Research Nurse, Heather Duckett, wants to talk to...
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Congratulations Liz Evans ONZM

Rural Women's National Council and members warmly congratulate Liz Evans, our former national president, who has been recognised for her services to rural women in the Queen's New Year's Honours...
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Phone Line And Internet Price Rise Proposal

The Commerce Commission is consulting on proposals to increase wholesale prices for phone and internet services delivered along Chorus’ copper network. Rural Women response Rural Women is preparing a submission...
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Dame Margaret Millard Appointed to Green Cross Health Board

We warmly welcome the appointment of Dame Margaret Millard DCNZM, JP to the board of Green Cross Health.   This will bring a rural perspective to the company’s operations, reflecting...
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Great Barrier Island Scholarship

Congratulations to Cale Joy of Mulberry Grove School on Great Barrier Island who is this year’s recipient of Awana Rural Women’s $1000 Golden Jubilee Scholarship.   Cale was presented with...
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20K Signs Without Delay Call

Rural Women New Zealand says the recent accident in Canterbury, when a teen was hit crossing the road after getting off a school bus, may have been avoided if the...
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2014 Rural Primary Schools Garden Grants

Gardening in schools is proving as popular as ever with over 50 entries received for the 2014 Rural Women NZ/Farmlands Garden Grants. Entries have now closed.   The eleven successful...
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New Leptospirosis Video Series Launched

A three year collaboration with Massey University under the FLAG (Farmers Leptopsirosis Action Group) banner, has led to the production of a series of excellent short videos covering all aspects...
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Korean Ag Students Visit Pig Farm

Twenty young Korean farming students visited Shelly Mora's free range pig farm in the Waikato recently, to learn more about NZ agricultural production. The visit was organised by Janet Williams...
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Growing Dynamic Leaders Course

You never know where our Growing Dynamic Leaders course participants will pop up next. Could this be you in 2015? Alex Thompson who was part of our class of 2014...
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Art for Health’s Sake On Great Barrier Island

The Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust recently got a funding boost of nearly $600 thanks to Awana Rural Women. The money was raised at Awana branch's two health awareness...
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Communities for Clean Water Campaign

The Landcare Trust's recent 'Communities for Clean Water' campaign successfully mobilised people all around the country in support of a 'weekend-of-action'.   The campaign attracted  plenty of attention, particularly from...
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A Wrap for IYFF

A movie premiere was a stylish way to end the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming celebrations, in which Rural Women New Zealand has played a central part. Our...
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New National Councillors

We welcomed two new faces to our National Council at our recent conference in Rotorua. Liz Hancock, a vet from Martinborough, is the new face at the council table representing...
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Enterprising Rural Women Award Winners

A South Canterbury-based environmental consultancy duo are the Supreme Winners of this year’s Enterprising Rural Women Awards, announced at the Rural Women national conference in Rotorua at the weekend. Keri...
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Sale of Access Homehealth – A New Chapter

It was an historic moment when our National Council made an announcement to members on Monday 17 November that it has accepted an offer from Green Cross Health for the...
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Wild Jewels and Education in Kenya

Sisters Liza and Amy Cronhelm are the designers and owners of Wild Jewels, a stunning and unique jewellery collection featuring sterling silver, freshwater pearls, hand selected paua, Mother of Pearl...
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Love of the Land Enterprising Rural Women Award Entrants

Get to know the 2014 Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants in the Love of the Land category, sponsored by Agrisea.   If you haven't already, you can view a bit...
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Guild of Agricultural Journalists Award

While journalism around the world has become a shrinking profession, we are well served in New Zealand by rural journalists and media outlets focusing on our primary industries and rural...
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Enterprising Rural Women Awards Making it in Rural

Get to know the 2014 Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants in the Making it in Rural category, sponsored by Spark.   If you haven't already, you can view a bit...
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A Patriotic Call to Yarn

Join in the call to commemorate the 100th anniversary of New Zealand soldiers who died in World War I by creating handcrafted poppies. Vicky Appleby (pictured), Rural Women member in...
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Sweet Orange Marmalade

This lovely recipe is from our cookbook, A Good Harvest. It's on page 89 and is from Beverley M Blackwell of Awana Branch. You can order your copy from our...
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Northland Flood Appeal

Rural Women New Zealand members have given generously to our Northland flood appeal, with $1,570 donated.   Thanking members for their contributions, Top of the North national councillor, Fiona Gower...
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Toko School is Growing

Recently, Toko Rural Women visited Toko School to see what they've been doing with the money received from the Farmlands and Rural Women Fruit and Vegetable Garden Grant in 2012....
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Enterprising Rural Women Awards, Help, I Need Somebody

Get to know the 2014 Enterprising Rural Women Awards entrants in the Help, I Need Somebody category, sponsored by Access Homehealth. If you haven't already, you can view a bit...
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Adult Learners Week Events a Success

Rural Women groups around the country received funding from ACE Aotearoa to organise events for Adult Learners' Week 8 to 14 September 2014.   Forty participants from Winton, Heriot and...
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Te Kura O Hata Maria School Wins HP Competition

Te Kura O Hata Maria School has been awarded $10,000 worth of HP products and support for their entry in the inaugural HP Rural Schools Competition.   Earlier this year...
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Tea Time Celebrates Rural Women

Celebrate the International Day of Rural Women one 15 October  2014 with Tea Time, an initiative launched by Associated Country Women of the World and Salt of the Earth. This...
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Rural Women Welcomes Travel Cost Settlement

Rural Women New Zealand welcomes news that a proposed settlement has been agreed that will lead to home support workers being paid mileage and wages for the time they spend...
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Strong Contenders for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014

Seventeen exciting and innovative businesses are in the line up for the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014.   "This is the sixth year we’ve run the...
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2014 Election: Hard Questions

As the election draws near and the debates have taken place, Rural Women encourages all to think on what are the big concerns affecting your community? What are your local...
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Opotiki Nurse Wins Rural Women NZ-Access Homehealth Scholarship

The 2014 Rural Women NZ/Access Homehealth scholarship has been awarded to Bay of Plenty nurse Ellen Walker. Ellen is studying to become a rural health nurse practitioner, and will use...
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Rural Women NZ Journalism Awards 2014 Open

Entries are now open for the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award, in association with the NZ Guild of Agricultural Journalists. We welcome entries from journalists in the print and...
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Future Farms Conference – Te Papa – 20-21 October

The way farms are managed is changing.  Today’s farms require more capital, expertise, and governance to remain competitive into the future.   Join us at the NZ Future Farms Conference, being...
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Rongo – Enjoying Eighty as an Access Support Worker

Enjoying eighty At 80 years old most people are winding down, enjoying a well earned rest and perhaps settling into a comfortable routine. Not so Northland support worker Rongo Curry...
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Fifty Shades of Green – Great Barrier Gardening Group

When it comes to gardening you can't beat learning from someone with green fingers! That's the philosophy behind Awana branch's new Fifty Shades of Green group that meets each month...
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Win at Tapanui Fashion Fantazia

Moa Flat members were ecstatic when one of the three garments they had created for the Fashion Fantazia Awards, held in Tapanui, west Otago, was announced as the Overall Winner....
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Northland Adverse Event – Rural Women NZ Assistance and Fundraising Appeal

Northland has been dealt a severe blow from adverse weather over the last couple of weeks and we know some of you wish to help those who've suffered losses, even...
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Feedback Sought on Modernising Parental Leave

An overhaul of parental leave provisions was announced as part of the Budget 2014. The discussion document - Modernising parental leave: Changes to allow greater access and increased flexibility has...
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Share Your Farming or Rural Life Story

Rural Women New Zealand is inviting people to get creative by writing short stories and taking photos and videos to showcase New Zealand farming life today.   “We are running...
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Cowshed Buns

With the calving season upon us, we thought this lovely recipe for Cowshed Buns from Lorna Bayly at our Stratford Branch, was a perfect one to share.   You might...
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Need a Nerd offer for Rural Women

Need a Nerd offers a remote IT service to help solve computer problems remotely via the internet. Our remote service - offered to Rural Women New Zealand members - will...
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ACC Wants Your Opinion

Are you a grain, sheep and beef or dairy farmer, manager or farm worker who’s had experience with ACC?   Hold the 14 – 31 July for an open conversation...
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Doubtless Bay Local Project 2014

Doubtless Bay Branch has undertaken a fantastic project helping Peria School in 2014 to help achieve its vision of expanding its sustainable culture to generating its own electricity. This will...
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Entries Open for Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014

Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014, offering women running small rural businesses the opportunity to boost their profiles and gain recognition for their achievements.  ...
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National Volunteer Week

When it comes to volunteering, Rural Women members know how to pitch in. Over the years, Rural Women have been the heart beat of the local community - bringing people...
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MobileTECH 2014

MobileTECH will showcase a wide range of mobile technologies and innovations, including; smartphones, tablets, mobile apps, satellite mapping and communications, robotics, aerial drones, remote sensors, electronic tagging, intelligent data, M2M,...
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Royal Baby Singlet Knitting Challenge

Over the last several months, Rural Women members around the country have pitched in to support Creative Fibre's singlet knitting challenge, in honour of then newborn Prince George. One group...
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Report: Government Budget 2014

You will have heard plenty of commentary in the media yesterday and today around Budget 2014, with some good news for families.   We've put together a snapshot of some...
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Aftersocks Restocked

In 2010, Rural Women New Zealand launched aftersocks™, a fundraising initiative to support rebuilding Christchurch. New Zealand and the world showed tremendous support through this project, raising $130,000 for the...
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Recipes From Nine to Noon

In case you missed the interview this morning on Radio NZ Nine to Noon, here are the recipes for Mint Jelly, Feijoa Jelly, and Red Onion Chutney our Region 7...
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Rural Women/Access Homehealth Scholarship Open

Applications are now open for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship 2014.   “This $3000 scholarship will be awarded to a health professional to help further his or her...
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Give a Little to the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands have been battered by flooding and recent earthquakes. Rural Women would like to raise funds for the schools affected in order to support their recovery. Books and...
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Pukearuhe/Waitoitoi Branch 70th Birthday

Our Pukearuhe/Waitoitoi branch in North Taranaki celebrated its 70th Birthday on 2nd April at the Waitoitoi Hall. 43 past and present members attended and enjoyed renewing old friendships, a lovely...
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‘Legal highs’ Cause Concern

Rural Women NZ members are concerned about the use of drugs in rural communities, as indicated by an unprecedented number of replies to our consultation on the Ministry of Health’s...
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School Bus Safety Trial

A year-long school bus safety trial in Ashburton has shown that illuminated 20K signs on buses can have a big impact on driver behaviour.   For years Rural Women NZ...
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Leadership Training

Rural Women NZ has a strong interest in helping women reach their full leadership potential. Each year we run a Growing Dynamic Leaders course in Wellington, sponsored by Landcorp, which...
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Beware of Online Scammers!

Police are worried about elderly people being scammed online. Older rural people may be particularly vulnerable as they may not have the same opportunities to socialise and may connect with...
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Quad Bike Safety

Rural Women NZ took part in a quad bike forum from 24/25 March called by WorkSafe New Zealand, to work through the 2013 recommendations of Coroner Brandt Shortland, following his...
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Women Walk the World 2014

Wonder how many groups taking part in Women Walk the World events around the globe were accompanied by an animal? Near Whanganui, Harley the pet goat followed 13 Fordell-Mangamahu members...
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Letterbox Sticker Campaign Supports ‘It’s OK to Ask for Help’

Rural Women NZ's letter box sticker competition is helping show our support for violence-free families. The competition is being run in partnership with the national It’s Not OK Campaign. People...
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Gardening Grants Encourage Little Green Fingers

Mary McTavish, our national councillor for Bay of Plenty Coromandel, recently presented a cheque for $2000 to Te Ranga school – the first of 10 gardening grants being given to...
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International Year of Family Farming 2014 Roadshows Inspire

Our International Year of Family Farming roadshows are underway, with very successful events already held in Oamaru and Rai Valley. Next, it's on to Carterton (6 April) and Stratford (9...
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Taking part in the Pat Farry Trust Fun Run and Walk

Kiera and Noeline from national office were up at the crack of dawn to take part in the Pat Farry Fun Run/ Walk around Wellington Waterfront in mid- March, supported...
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Consultation on Tobacco Products and Packaging

We are consulting our members on the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Products and Packaging) Amendment Bill, which had its first reading on 11 February 2014.   This follows a decision in...
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A Good Baking Day

Win one of three copies of A Good Baking Day in our Facebook competition - closes 31 March - go to www.facebook.com/ruralwomennz   Delicious! Raspberry Coconut Cake from A Good...
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Cyclone Lusi Update

This could be a significant adverse weather event affecting many parts of the country.   Cyclone Lusi is expected to move southwards today (Friday), bringing widespread heavy rain and easterly...
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Dairy Women’s Conference: 19-20 March

Dairy Women's Network will have its annual conference in Hamilton 19-20 March. Registration is still available!   If you haven't already signed up, this is a great conference to attend...
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A Good Baking Day: Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Here's a sneak peek at a recipe inside our latest book, A Good Baking Day. The book hits book shelves today, 7 March. You can also order yours in our...
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Growing Dynamic Leaders 2014 Underway

Eleven women from around New Zealand arrive in Wellington today for the start of a three day leadership course co-ordinated by Rural Women NZ and sponsored by Landcorp. The women,...
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Dates set for International Year of Family Farming Events

Rural Women NZ is forging ahead with plans to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming 2014. “We are excited to be leading events around the country, with a...
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Hot Chick! Kerry Maw Appointed to ACWW UN Committee

Rural Women New Zealand National Councillor and Vice President, Kerry Maw has been appointed to the Associated Country Women (ACWW) of the World UN Committee for the next three years....
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Fun Run / Walk – Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust

Noeline, Kiera, Jackie, Belinda and friends will be up early on 15 March, pulling on their walking shoes, and taking part in the annual Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust...
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A Good Baking Day

Take a sneak preview of our fabulous new cooking, A Good Baking Day!   Available from 3 March 2014 in our website shop and in book stores from 7 March.  ...
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AWDT 2013 Graduates From RWNZ

Six highly motivated Rural Women NZ members graduated from the Agri-Women's Development Trust Escalator course in November, after a year spent honing their skills in the areas of finance, governance...
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Heading Back to School

As children head back to school, Rural Women NZ hopes 2014 will be the year when state-of-the-art signage will be approved for use on school buses to help remind passing...
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2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming

What better excuse do we need to celebrate our rural roots and futures than a United Nations proclamation of an international year in honour of family farming?   Family farms...
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Three Christmas Wishes from Rural Women New Zealand

Rural Women New Zealand wishes everyone a happy holiday season! We thought we'd share our three Christmas wishes for 2013. Ask for help – 2013 has been a year when...
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Hot Chick! Beverley Forrester

Glenmark Dinner Group member, Beverley Forrester, came down to earth with a bump after "wowing" the crowd at 2013 NZ Fashion Week in September. She was the first person in...
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Te Kura 2013

Rural Women New Zealand has been involved with Te Kura (formerly The Correspondence School) for decades. The Rural Women New Zealand Golden Jubilee Prize began for general excellence and attitude...
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Home Health Industry

At our AGM on 25 November, Graeme Titcombe, CEO of Access Homehealth, had some concerning messages in his presentation on the crisis facing the homecare sector and the urgent need...
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Growing Dynamic Leaders 2014

Rural Women New Zealand is glad to offer Growing Dynamic Leaders course 19-21 February 2014 in Wellington.There is a short form we would like for you to fill out to...
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Rural Women NZ Helps Launch International Year of Family Farming at Parliament

Rural Women New Zealand played a leading role in today’s launch at Parliament of the International Year of Family Farming 2014 (IYFF 2014), to coincide with the global launch at...
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Rural Women NZ Elects New National President

Wendy McGowan has been elected as the new national president of Rural Women New Zealand.   Her success was announced at the organisation’s AGM held in Wellington today, attended by...
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Vet Students at Low Risk of Getting Leptospirosis

A study into lepto in vet students at Massey, partly funded by Rural Women NZ, has shown students were at a low risk of contracting lepto, despite frequent exposure to...
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Freshwater Management

On 7 November, the Ministry for the Environment held a press conference to release the new National Objectives Framework around freshwater management. The consultation process is open until 4 February...
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Outward Bound Scholarship Recipient, Miranda Higgins

Thanks to a scholarship provided by Outward Bound for Rural Women New Zealand members, Miranda Higgins was able to attend a recent course. She shares her story with us.  ...
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Rural Women NZ Delighted With Rural Delivery Service

The special significance of the rural delivery service has been recognised in the 2013 NZ Post Deed of Understanding. Read our members' reactions to the news. "Well done!! Commonsense at last. I...
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Rural Women NZ Journalism Award

New kids on the block take out Rural Women NZ Journalism Award   The joint winners of this year’s Rural Women NZ Journalism award are Sarah Perriam and Tony Glynn...
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Local Body Elections 2013 – Rural Women get results!

Congratulations to the Rural Women members who have won council and DHB seats in the 2013 local body elections.  Preliminary results show at least 14 members will be serving their...
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International Day of Rural Women – 15 October

15 October marks the International Day of Rural Women, a United Nations day that recognises the contribution of women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating...
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Ready, set, grow your mo!

In support of our Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer campaign, we'd like to offer a friendly competition for the rural men out there. Movember is coming up and we'd...
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Police Target Motorists Speeding Past School Buses

Motorists in the Ashburton  district are warned that police will be ticketing drivers who flaunt the 20Km/h legal speed limit - in both directions - when passing a school bus that’s stopped...
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Enterprising Rural Woman Lisa Harper In Print

Rural Women NZ is thrilled to promote a new book by our Enterprising Rural Women Award winner, Lisa Harper, The Wharf at Waterfall Bay, which is dedicated to our organisation....
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Rural Women Leads on International Year of Family Farming 2014

Rural Women NZ is excited to play a key role in organising a programme of events to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming 2014.   As a member...
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Public Access Champion Recognised

More than 100 people a week walk the Cable Bay Walkway, which was set up in 1984 by the Stuart family, who granted access across their farm near Nelson. Now...
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Leptospirosis Presentation

The latest on leptospirosis will be revealed on 23 October, when Massey University researchers come to Wellington to talk about the ways the disease is affecting farmers, dogs and livestock,...
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Rural Women at ACWW World Conference In India

Seven Rural Women New Zealand members, including national president Liz Evans, are in Chennai in India for the 27th Triennial Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)....
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Copper Challenge

Rural Women is participating in a new coalition to challenge the Government taking over from the Commerce Commission and the unfair proposal to charge users of copper technology the same...
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Wool Expo

Although applications are now closed, you can visit the Wool Expo when it comes to your town! The Expo is on display at PGG Wrightson stores in 6 North Island...
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Dangerous Decibels Programme

Hearing loss is a big concern in rural areas. Rural Women New Zealand members were invited to attend a Dangerous Decibels training workshop to give them the tools to take...
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Trial of 20K Signs On School Buses Aims To Save Children’s Lives

In a bid to get drivers to slow down, thirty school buses in mid-Canterbury have been fitted with illuminated flashing 20km/h signs - the legal speed limit when passing a...
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Baby Singlet Knitting Challenge

To celebrate the birth of Prince George, Rural Women New Zealand has joined Creative Fibre in a charity knit of wool baby singlets. This project is organised by Creative Fibre...
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Topp Twins Tour Celebrates Country Music

Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are taking to the road in October with a new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country...
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District Health Board Elections: Hard Questions

What are the big concerns affecting the health of your community? Will your District Health Board candidates policies and promises improve community health and well being? To find out, we...
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Entries Open For Rural Women Journalism Award 2013

Calling all rural journalists!    Entries are now open for the Rural Women NZ Journalism Award 2013.  Pictured here is last year's winner, Jackie Harrigan, editor of Young Country, receiving...
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Bee Aware

Bees account for over 5 billion dollars of New Zealand’s economy through the pollination of crops and honey exports. But all wild bees have been wiped out by the varroa...
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Launching New Book by Lisa Harper

Lisa Harper, Supreme Winner of our Enterprising Rural Women Award 2011, has written an inspiring book about her life growing up in the Marlborough Sounds, her career as a scientist,...
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Day of the Girl Speak Out

Do you know a girl or group of girls in your community aged 18 or younger who have launched an inspiring project to improve the lives of other girls? Or,...
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Otago Paramedic wins RWNZ/Access Scholarship

Annabel Taylor is no stranger to rural medical emergencies and farm accidents, and now she’ll be even better equipped to deal with them, thanks to winning this year’s $3,000 Rural...
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Cleaning up Waterways with the Landcare Trust

Small rural communities are getting serious about streams and finding strength in numbers as they rise to the challenge of cleaning up waterways. Read about the work being done in...
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Wanted: Baking Recipes

Originally, Rural Women was going to produce a fundraising book, however, due to the overwhelming success of our previous two recipe books, it was recommended we create a third.  ...
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Outward Bound Scholarship Available

Outward Bound is offering a $1,000 scholarship for an 8-day, 27+yrs course coming up in either September or October.   One Rural Women New Zealand member will be awarded this...
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A Baby Rug fit for a Royal!

Kourawhero branch member Bev Pearce has made a beautiful crochet baby rug, fit for a royal Princess! And we are giving it away to the lucky person who successfully guesses the weight...
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Photobooth Tutorial

At the Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer soiree at the Rural Women New Zealand National Office, a photobooth was set up to have some fun and provide an “unplanned”...
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Boarding Allowance Changes Welcomed

Rural Women New Zealand welcomes the announcement of new boarding allowances for geographically isolated students and others who experience significant barriers to achievement at their local school. “We have had...
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Nominations Open for 6th Attitude Awards

Nominations are open for the sixth Attitude Awards. The awards celebrate high achievers who have taken on the world and its perception of disability. Entrants range from supreme athletes to...
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Time To Plant Your Garlic – And A Garlic Sauce Recipe

Now's the time to plant garlic - any time around the shortest day. If you haven't saved your own from last year, get your bulbs from the garden centre -...
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Trial of 20K Signs On School Buses Aims to Save Children’s Lives

In a bid to get drivers to slow down, thirty school buses in mid-Canterbury have been fitted with illuminated flashing 20km/h signs - the legal speed limit when passing a...
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Rural Women / Access Scholarship 2013

Applications close 1 July for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship Health professionals with an interest in the rural sector have just three weeks to apply for this year’s...
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Constitutional Review – Rural Women Encouraged to Have Your Say

The deadline to have your say on the NZ Constitutional Review has been extended to 31 July due to growing interest in this topic. Rural Women New Zealand is encouraging...
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Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer

Rural Women New Zealand officially launched a fundraising campaign for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand called Y Front Up to Prostate Cancer at our National Conference in May....
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Comfort Cushions

Our lovely members created a few templates after much demand from others for these items! Below we have the breast cancer post surgery comfort cushion, the turban-style head scarf and...
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Rural Crime Survey Results

Crime Survey Results:  Drink driving and speeding a serious concern   Drink driving and speeding are key areas of concern for rural people according to an online rural crime survey...
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ERWA Entry Rangitikei Farmstay

Kylie Stewart was announced the Stay, Play, Rural (sponsored by Access) category winner at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference in...
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Diane Coleman is a 2013 ERWA Entrant

Diane Coleman was announced the Supreme Winner of the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Awards on 23 May 2013. She is also the Love of the Land category...
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Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013 Winners Announced

Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ...
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Rural Networks Plan to Reduce Alarming Suicide Rates in Farmers

Rising pressures on farmers and alarming statistics that show depression is a real issue in rural communities has prompted rural organisations to get together to find real solutions.   A...
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2013 Women Walk the World

The 2013 Women Walk the World event took place on 14 April. Over 350 members, friends and families took part in 24 walks around the country. You can read more...
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Adult Learners’ Week Applications Now Open

Adult Learners' Week/He Tangata Matauranga is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) initiative supported by the Tertiary Education, adult and community education providers at a local level...
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Bluespur Butchery and Deli

Congratulations to Jan Harper! She was announced the winner of the Help, I Need Somebody Enterprising Rural Women Award category (sponsored by Telecom). Bluespur Butchery and Deli is Jan Harper's...
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ERWA Entrant Lee Lamb Publishing

Lee’s business is based at Waikaia, Southland, where she is an author and illustrator of children’s picture books about NZ farming practices. She lives with her husband and two young...
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Meet The Face Behind Shopenzed.com Lesley Armstrong-Jennings

Lesley’s business is an online customer-driven Kiwiana gift store which has evolved since 2000 when she began supplying Kiwi goods to overseas customers on eBay. Shopenzed.com is now one of...
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National Conference 2013

Rural Women New Zealand National Conference – Christchurch 23-26 May 2013 See the Draft programme here The Student Volunteer Army’s Sam Johnson and Helen Heddell, Farmy Army catering co-ordinator extraordinaire,...
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New Zealand Post Services, Rural Delivery

Over the last couple months, Rural Women New Zealand members gave feedback on the NZ Post Deed of Understanding. The submission has now been given.   In summary, Rural Women...
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Rural Women Leadership Course Offers Invaluable Insights

Sixteen rural women came to Wellington recently from all parts of the country for an inspirational leadership skills programme run by Rural Women New Zealand. Heather Smith of Waimahaka says...
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Financial Stresses and Family Problems Emerging As Major Factors In ‘Feeling Rotten’ Survey

In the week since it was launched, there has been a big response to the Rural Women NZ ‘Feeling Rotten’ survey. Rural Women NZ executive officer, Noeline Holt, says, “We...
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More Public Scrutiny Required For Proposed Charter Schools

Rural Women New Zealand says if the government is to go ahead with its proposed partnership or charter schools, it’s vital that parents and the community are involved in their...
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Rural School Road Safety Initiatives Welcomed

Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘Back to School’  this year as two rural safety initiatives it’s been promoting get the green light. We have been advocating for...
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Southern District Health Board Tender

Southern DHB chooses Access Homehealth   Following an extensive tender process, the Southern DHB has selected Access as one of only three providers to deliver a new model of home and...
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The Cry of A Morepork

The Cry of A Morepork - Writings of Evelyn Parkes   Edited by Anne and Leonie Hayden   The Cry of a Morepork is a collection of clippings, letters to...
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New Tunnel House for South Westland Area School

The vegetable gardens at South Westland Area School are set for a big boost, thanks to the school winning a $2,000 gardening grant from Rural Women New Zealand and Meridian...
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Family Violence? It’s OK to Ask for Help

The present dry conditions affecting the country will be putting an added strain on many families. Rural Women New Zealand is organising drought events to bring people together to support...
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Garden Grants Give Little Green Fingers a Boost

Children at six North Island rural schools will be encouraged to get their hands dirty as they develop vegetable gardens and orchards after being selected as the lucky winners of...
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Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013 – Entries Open

Entries are now open for the Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013, and there are even more opportunities for women to promote their businesses and gain recognition for their achievements. Hear...
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Aftersocks Warm Royal Feet

We were honoured to be part of the Royal fever that gripped Wellington recently. RWNZ member, Justine Ottey, the originator of our Canterbury earthquake Aftersocks™ fundraiser, joined a select group...
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Say Cheese!

Rural Women New Zealand held a very popular cheese making demonstration at Tamahere Community Centre in the Waikato on Monday 12 November, with 45 women learning to make ricotta, mozzarella and...
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Health Uncategorized

Dunedin Invitation To Hear Dr Judy McGregor Speak On Aged Care Injustices

Dr Judy McGregor, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission, will be speaking on worker discrimination in the aged care sector at a breakfast meeting in Dunedin on...
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Congratulations to Lisa Harper, Nuffield NZ Scholar 2012

Rural Women New Zealand congratulates Lisa Harper on being awarded a prestigious Nuffield Farming Scholarship for 2013. Lisa and her Marlborough Sounds cheesemaking and accommodation business won the Enterprising Rural...
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Bay of Plenty Mystery Bus Tour of Women’s Rural Enterprises Inspires

“Monday 15 October - the International Day of Rural Women - dawned bright and sunny as we set off from our homes throughout the Bay of Plenty to gather at...
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White Paper Good News For Vulnerable Children

Rural Women New Zealand welcomes the White Paper for Vulnerable Children, seeing it as a sincere and thorough examination of the situation for children in this country. The ambulance is...
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A lovely new car for Rainbow Place

To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, we presented a second car to Rainbow Place, which will be used by its nurses and therapists to travel to...
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Winner of Rural Women NZ Journalism Award

Shining a spotlight on women living and working in rural areas has seen two journalists from the NZX Agri group take out the Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award 2012....
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Education Uncategorized

Growing Dynamic Leaders Course 2013 Fully Subscribed

We've had great interest in our Growing Dynamic Leaders course, which will be held in Wellington at the end of February 2013.  Thanks to all applicants, who will be advised...
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Postie, Plus So Much More!

Hokitika’s Diane Howe is the very deserving winner of our Postman pat-on-the-back Award, pictured here with one of two people who put her name forward, Anne van Beek. As NZ...
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Technology Uncategorized

TV White Space Technology Offers New Hope For Rural Broadband

A report on the use of new ‘white space’ technology, which has the potential to provide inexpensive, high-speed broadband for remote areas, has been welcomed by Rural Women New Zealand...
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Health Uncategorized

Homeopathy at Home

Tineke Verkade is well known by users of homeopathy on animals all over New Zealand and her business, Homeopathic Farm Support, was the winner of our Enterprising Rural Women Award...
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Second ACC contract awarded to Access

Access Homehealth, a not for profit organisation owned by Rural Women New Zealand, has been awarded a second significant contract by ACC - to provide nursing services for ACC clients...
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Education Uncategorized

Fruit and Vege Garden Grants for Primary Schools

Rural Women New Zealand is encouraging youngsters to experience the magic of growing vegetables and fruit by giving away grants to North and South Island rural primary schools to set...
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South Island School Garden Grants

Rural Women New Zealand, in partnership with Meridian has two Fruit and Vege Garden Grants to give away to two South Island primary schools. Grant Includes: $2,000 cash to be used...
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Call To Vaccinate Working Dogs For Lepto

A study by Massey University researchers has found that vaccinating working dogs is likely to be beneficial in protecting them from the Hardjo strain of Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a severe...
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Health Uncategorized

Calling For A Rural Focus In Medical Voluntary Bonding Scheme Review

Rural Women New Zealand is calling for more transparency around the number of doctors, midwives and nursing graduates working in rural communities under the Voluntary Bonding Scheme, which gives financial...
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Environment Uncategorized

Community Role in Rural Catchment Management

Rural Women New Zealand has been at the heart of several projects to manage the effects of land use in order to protect our waterways, through our involvement with the...
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Health Uncategorized

Save a Mate

Alcohol and drugs are a very real risk for our young people, and those in rural areas are not immune from their effects. Sadly, in recent weeks more than one...
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Health Uncategorized

RWNZ Calls For Action On Homecare Injustices

Rural Women NZ says the Government doesn’t appreciate the crisis now facing NGOs working in the home-based older persons sector, and we’re calling for action, now. The impacts of Government...
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Education Uncategorized

Turning The Tide For A Rural School

Michelle Cameron was an inspiring speaker at our Lower North Island Regional Conference, talking about how she and the community turned around the fortunes of James Cook School in Marton...
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2013 Ballance Farm Environment Awards Open

Administered by the NZ Farm Environment Trust (NZFE) and operating in nine regions, this annual competition promotes sustainable land management by showcasing the work of people farming in an environmentally,...
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A message from our National President, Liz Evans

As part of this week's RWNZ National Council meeting, we invited some of our stakeholder group supporters, sponsors and professionals we work with to join us for an early evening...
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Education Uncategorized

Fruit and Vege Garden Grants

Rural Women NZ, in partnership with Farmlands has six Fruit and Vege Garden Grants to give away to six North Island rural primary schools.   Grant Includes: $2,000 cash raised...
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Education Uncategorized

Community Support: Speed Past School Buses

We were delighted with the feedback we received from RWNZ members and other groups interested in safety issues, following our call for an indication of community support for active 20kmh...
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Health Uncategorized

A Pat on the Back for Pharmac

Rural Women New Zealand congratulates Pharmac’s decision to provide Iressa as a targeted treatment for non-squamous advanced non-small cell lung cancer. This is a boon for rural patients who will qualify...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Briefing Paper: Vulnerable Children

A new briefing paper released by UNICEF NZ, entitled “What Will it Take”, summarises the common themes from 80 organisations’(including Rural Women New Zealand) recent submissions to the Government’s Green...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Sign Up For NZ Shakeout

New Zealand’s biggest ever earthquake drill, the “New Zealand ShakeOut”, is happening at 9:26am on the 26 September. This national campaign aims to have 1 million people involved. The drill...
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Quad Bike Safety Update

The latest news from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is out. All you need to know about quad bike safety and their campaign. Click HERE to read more....
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Health Uncategorized

Rural Pharmacists Wanted; Bonding Scheme Needs Extending

The Pharmacy Guild says that the Government’s voluntary bonding scheme has failed to include pharmacists in its recent widening - even though the sector struggles to retain staff in rural...
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Bank to Use Dairy Farm Data

ANZ New Zealand, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with dairy industry organisation Dairy NZ to work together to boost the financial performance of dairy farms. The memorandum –...
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Technology Uncategorized

What Affects Uptake of High Speed Broadband: Study

Following the introduction of the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband initiatives, the Commerce Commission looked at what factors may affect uptake of high speed broadband services by consumers...
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The Fight Continues Against Lepto

Rural Women New Zealand recently highlighted the devastating impacts on families of leptospirosis, a disease that can be passed from infected animals to humans, at the New Zealand Veterinary Association...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Car for Life Education Trust

Two years ago the Southland Life Education Community Trust approached our four Southland Provincials, asking for assistance to replace their educator’s car, as the current one needed major repairs. The...
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A Good Harvest – a great success!

A Good Harvest is proving to be another winning recipe from members of Rural Women New Zealand! Around 6,000 copies have been sold, and the new cookbook sat at number...
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Award for Southland Foresters

The forward thinking of Southland members from the 1940s who bought land and planted a forest at Castledowns near Dipton is finally reaping financial rewards - and accolades. The Rural...
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Education Uncategorized

Entries Rolling In!

The first colouring competition entries have arrived at Rural Women NZ national office! We have three $50 Whitcoulls vouchers to give away to the most creative and original colouring creation. Entries close 31...
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Preserving Skills go down a Treat

It was enough to get anyone in a pickle, but our Nelson women were unflappable! When A Good Harvest was first released, the Nelson Environment Centre contacted our Nelson members asking...
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Update from NZ Post

New Zealand Post recently presented at our National Conference in Hawera on how declining mail volumes and increasing fixed costs are affecting their ability to sustain their current business model....
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Fieldays 2012

Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at National Fieldays. The event was a great success and we were thrilled with the number of enquiries from potential new members. Liz Evans,...
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National Conference 2012

National Conference has been and gone and our thanks go to the organizing committee and all those who put so much effort into making it a successful event. More conference...
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Education Uncategorized

Rural Schools Back to the Community

Rural Women New Zealand is calling on the Minister of Education to gift or lease closed rural schools to local communities, and has requested a meeting with Minister Hekia Parata...
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Education Uncategorized

Safety Vests popular with Amuri Children

Amuri Rural Women’s Dinner group has been raising funds for bus safety for some time, as members are keen to put active 20kmh signs with flashing lights on their school...
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Health Uncategorized

The Fight Against Lepto- The Impact on Families

The fight against leptospirosis – Rural Women paints the human picture at the NZVA conference   Rural Women New Zealand will highlight the devastating impacts on families of leptospirosis, a...
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Health Uncategorized

Pets used as Pawns in Domestic Violence

When women are considering leaving a violent relationship many think twice because of fears that their pets and other animals will be killed or tortured. That’s according to a new...
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Health Uncategorized

Threats to Home-Based Care for Older Persons Highlighted in Human Rights Commission Report

Threats to home-based care for older persons highlighted in Human Rights Commission report Rural Women New Zealand and the Council for Christian Social Services, in a joint statement, agree that...
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Enterprising Rural Women Award Winners

Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2012, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ...
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Education Health Uncategorized

RWNZ Applauds Coroners Call for Action

Rural Women New Zealand endorses the call by the chief coroner for it to become mandatory for coroners’ recommendations to be responded to by Government agencies. “We agree with Judge...
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Premier Fundraising Award for aftersocks™ Campaign

Rural Women New Zealand’s innovative aftersocks™ fundraiser for Canterbury earthquake victims has achieved the highest accolade at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand’s (FINZ) annual awards. At the ceremony held...
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Rural Women Walk The Length of New Zealand for Charity

Rural Women New Zealand members and friends walked the length of New Zealand yesterday, then turned round and walked halfway back again! The collective effort was part of the global...
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Book Celebrates Women on The Land

A new collection of writing published by South Canterbury Rural Women New Zealand is a treasure trove of stories and poems celebrating the lives and work of rural women. At...
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Rural Women NZ Challenge to Walk The Length of New Zealand

On 29 April Rural Women New Zealand members and friends will be pulling on their walking shoes and attempting to walk the length of New Zealand. “It’s all part of...
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Education Uncategorized

Applications open for RWNZ & Access Homehealth 2012 Scholarship

Health professionals with an interest in the rural sector are being invited to apply for the Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth 2012 scholarship. “We will be awarding the $3000...
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A Good Harvest #3 in NZ!

Our cookbook A Good Harvest - Recipes From The Gardens Of Rural Women New Zealand in #3 in the NZ best sellers list!     What is 'A Good Harvest'...
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Coffee Break Time; Oxfam Style

Oxfam’s 'Coffee Break' is enjoyed each May during Fair Trade Fortnight. People throughout the country get together to taste Fairtrade coffee and fundraise for Oxfam's work towards a fairer, safer,...
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‘A Good Harvest’ available NOW!

The latest addition to the Rural Women NZ cookbook collection A Good Harvest - Recipes From The Gardens Of Rural Women New Zealand in now available! You can purchase a copy from...
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Noeline Holt from RWNZ on Country 99TV

Noeline Holt, RWNZ Executive Officer highlighted some issues for rural customers when it comes to broadband and mobile phones on Sky Country 99TV's Straight Talking programme, which went to air...
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Quad Bike Safety Devices Report

There has been growing concern about the numbers of injuries and deaths occurring as a result of the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or ‘Quad bikes’.  Safety regulators, agricultural and...
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Tapa Cloth Gift

Marlborough Rural Women recently accepted a gift of a large tapa cloth made by women in Tonga. Rural Women Marlborough provincial branch international officer Melva Robb explains:  Each year the Rural Women...
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Technology Uncategorized

Mobile Coverage a Reality For Three Rural Communities

Three small rural communities, two in the South Island and one in the North, will get mobile phone coverage this year, as the first successful applicants in the Vodafone community...
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Education Uncategorized

RWNZ Calls For National Police Campaign Targeting Driving Around School Buses

Rural Women New Zealand applauds a new campaign by Southern District police to enforce the 20kmh speed limit past a school bus that has stopped to let children on or...
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Environment Uncategorized

Landcare in Action: National Landcare & Catchment Management Conference

Conference Overview NZ Landcare Trust will host a 2 day conference starting 29 February 2012 at the Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato Campus, Hamilton. In addition an optional...
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Safekids Information & Planning Day Workshops

Safekids is now planning for the 2012 Safekids Campaign Information & Planning Workshop Series. For workshop information, including updates and requests for workshops, contact Vikki Jarvis, Safekids Campaign Administrator -...
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Our History – From Small Beginnings

During the Second World War a call to help saw our members raise $5,000 in a month to fund a Spitfire! Interested to learn more about the history of Rural...
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Education Uncategorized

Dairy Woman of the Year Award Announced with $25,000 Scholarship On Offer

The Dairy Women’s Network has teamed up with Fonterra to offer New Zealand’s first, annual ‘Dairy Woman of the Year’ award. The winner will be awarded a position on the...
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Driving Practice Will Help Rural Kids To Survive

“Too many rural teenagers are killed and injured in road crashes when they start to drive by themselves on their restricted licence, and we need to do something about it”...
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QSM Awarded to Rural stars!

Neil and Hazel MacMillan are a double act, juggling dozens of volunteer roles with running a Far North farm so it's fitting that they've pulled off a rare double by...
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Rural Women Celebrate Xmas!

Glenorchy Rural Women recently  had their Christmas function at Punatapu.   Punatapu was established by Dr Pat Farry and his wife Sue; Pat was a GP in Queenstown for many years...
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Education Environment Uncategorized

A Fresh Look at Poplars and Willows – Trees on Farms workshop for 2012

Poplars and willows - they’re the arboreal workhorse of our rural landscape, holding hillsides and river banks together, providing shade, shelter, timber and fodder for stock when feed is short. It’s...
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Consultation on Agriculture Sector Action Plan

Improving health and safety in the agriculture industry – a sector with one of the highest death and injury tolls - is the focus of the draft Agriculture Section Action...
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A Rural Women Star We Will Remember

Isla Stuart McRae, CBE, JP, 1926-2011 Isla McRae was a true Rural Women star who will be remembered in Rural Women NZ history for many generations to come. She joined...
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Technology Uncategorized

Broadband Finder Tool

Find out if you will receive Ultra-Fast Broadband or if you're covered by the Rural Broadband Initiative using the tool below. For more information visit www.broadband.govt.nz. It brings together in...
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The Referendum: Choose Your Voting System

 Next year’s referendum gives you the chance to have your say on the voting system you'd like to use to elect our Parliaments in the future. You will be asked...
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Education Uncategorized

New Report Supports RWNZ Call For 20kmh Flashing Signs For School Buses

Rural Women New Zealand’s push for 20kmh flashing signs to be fitted to all school buses got a boost last week with the release by the New Zealand Transport Agency...
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Education Uncategorized

Rural School Children Safety – We Need Action!

A 14-year-old Northland school girl is in a serious condition after she was struck by a bus outside her school. We need action now to stop these accidents from happening! Rural Women...
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Environment Uncategorized

Launch of Farm Factsheet to Help Improve Water Quality

Liz Evans, Rural Women New Zealand national president and NZ Landcare Trust trustee recently attended the launch of the community driven, Rai Valley/Pelorus Farm Fact Sheet. Members of the Rai Valley/Pelorus farming...
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Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Girls Grow: a Vital Force in Rural Economies

Girls can drive economic growth and social stability; New Chicago Council report calls for increased investment in rural adolescent girls. Adolescent girls living in rural areas of the developing world...
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Technology Uncategorized

Community Cell Site Request Scheme

Rural Women NZ would like to congratulate Vodafone on their latest move. Vodafone are inviting small rural communities, in the 2% of New Zealand not covered by Vodafone’s network and...
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Health Uncategorized

‘Chica’ the Bright Red Car

Children expecting a visit from Rainbow Place’s nurses and therapists can now look forward to shorter waiting times, thanks to the gift of a bright red Nissan car to be...
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Health Uncategorized

A New car for Rainbow Trust

Two cars into three therapists just won’t go!  This was the dilemma facing Rainbow Place, an arm of Hospice Waikato that supports children and young people coping with serious illness....
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Health Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Christchurch Womens Refuge Appreciates RWNZ Support

We have received a warm 'thank you' letter from Christchurch Women's Refuge for all the practical support from Rural Women NZ members around the country. Donations of clothing, petrol vouchers, hand-knitted...
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Health Uncategorized

Breast Cancer Action Month

Throughout October, to mark Breast Cancer Action Month, Rural Women New Zealand will again be selling plastering kits to raise money for breast cancer research. Our fundraising efforts in 2010...
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Education Uncategorized

Speeds Past School Buses Safety Campaign

Our campaign for 20kmh flashing signs to be installed on all school buses got valuable airtime this week, as former RWNZ National Councillor, Sue Saunders, was a guest on TVCentral...
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Technology Uncategorized

Mobile Phone Coverage in Rural Areas

Telecom’s CDMA network will close in July 2012, however because CDMA phones often work where GSM phones don’t, people living or working in rural areas have tended to hang on...
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International Uncategorized

ACWW – Tongan Visit

Our councillors and other delegates have just returned from a 10 day trip to Tonga for the Associated Country Women of the World South Pacific Area Conference.  They have come...
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English rugby team wearing our aftersocks™

Martin Johnson and English rugby team presented with aftersocks™ during goodwill visit to Christchurch English rugby team members will have a special souvenir of Christchurch to take home with them...
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Education Uncategorized

Time for 20kmh School Bus Signs

Rural Women New Zealand applauds Transport Minister Steven Joyce’s decision to accept our recommendation and extend the 20kmh speed limit past school buses to 20 seconds before and after a...
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Success for aftersocks™ day!

One year on from the first Canterbury earthquake, we declared Friday 2 September aftersocks day and had a big sales drive to raise yet more funds for the Christchurch Mayoral...
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aftersocks™ Day

One year on from the first Canterbury earthquake, Rural Women New Zealand will celebrate ‘Aftersocks Day’ on Friday 2 September to show its support for Cantabrians. “Our aftersocks™ have been...
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Health Social Health & Safety Uncategorized

Triple ‘F’ Challenge – Fitness, Fun and Friendship

The third assault of the Central Otago Rail Trail by Rural Women New Zealand at the end of April was an awesome event to have been part of, says organiser...
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International Uncategorized

Women on Boards: What We Can Learn From Australia

New Zealand has a thing or two to learn from Australia when it comes to getting women on boards. In May, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hon Hekia Parata, met...
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Environment Uncategorized

Green Ribbon Awards

We congratulate the NZ Landcare Trust, which received top honours in the ‘Caring for our Water’ category in the 2011 Green Ribbon Awards, announced at Parliament in June. Rural Women...
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Rock Those Socks

Wow!  In the first week since our launch, 100,000 people visited our aftersocks™ website and thousands of comments were posted on our aftersocks™ Facebook page, congratulating us on this wonderful...
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Cooking up a storm to feed the Farmy Army

When ‘Farmy Army’ members rolled up their sleeves to clean up the liquefaction in Christchurch after the June earthquake, RWNZ member Helen Heddell also launched into action to organise the...
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Health Uncategorized

Let’s Get Plastered

A jumbo cheque presentation to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation at National Conference 2011 was a fitting finale to our wonderful Let’s Get Plastered for Breast Cancer campaign. We sold...
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aftersocks™ – RWNZ Fundraiser for the Christchurch Mayoral Fund

Wow! Over 6,000 pairs sold in less than three weeks! This has meant the NZ Sock Company is working very hard to keep up, and we do thank everyone for...
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RWNZ Supports Pet Calf Project

Rural children might take raising a pet calf for granted, but for twenty-one children from Flaxmere primary, a decile one school near Hastings, the chance to look after their own...
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