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Our mission ~ Strengthening Rural Communities

Our vision  ~  The leading organisation that enriches rural communities

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Rural Women New Zealand serves women of all ages who share an interest in rural life.  We offer support and friendship for women with an interest in the land and rural issues.

Rural Women New Zealand is a leading voice for rural women and we make submissions on a wide range of topics affecting the rural sector.

In this website, you can find out about Rural Women New Zealand, our history and future and how you can join us. You'll also find current issues we're discussing, what we've been saying in media releases and submissions, and projects we are involved in.

Rural Women New Zealand is an organisation with an impressive history of making a difference in rural communities. We are constantly moving forward with new initiatives to suit women of all ages.  for more information.

Recent Activities:

'Let's Get Plastered for Breast Cancer '

Rural Women New Zealand launched its 'Let's Get Plastered for Breast Cancer' campaign at its national conference in Oamaru recently.  We'll be plastering ourselves, and holding exhibitions all around the country during October to raise awareness of the importance of breast self-examination.

'Breast screening is still the best tool we have for diagnosis.  However for those outside of the 45-69 age range self awareness is crucial' - Mrs Ros Pochin, General and Breast Surgeon Nelson Hospital.

Plastering kits cost $10 from RWNZ with profits to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. More

Emissions Trading Scheme - call to halt

Rural Women New Zealand members have called on the Government to delay implementation of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

At its national conference held in Oamaru recently, delegates voted to urge the Government to more clearly assess the effects on New Zealand agriculture and rural communities before proceeding with the ETS.  More

'A Good Spread' - New Rural Women New Zealand cookbook

Scrumptious family favourite recipes abound in our new cookbook, based on the Women's Division Federated Farmers blue cookbook, a 'bible' that sold over 100,000 copies. 

This book has been revised and updated with new recipes contributed by Rural Women New Zealand members and contains delightful rural photos.  Full colour.  A great cookbook for young or old, town or country.

Published by Random House, 'A Good Spread' is available from Rural Women New Zealand for $29.95 plus postage and packaging.  Email


RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2010

Tineke Verkade

Congratulations to the winners of the Rural Women New Zealand Enterprising Rural Women Award 2010. 


Supreme Winner - Tineke Verkade of Homeopathic Farm Support Limited.  Tineke was also the South Island winner, sponsored by Ballance.

Runner Up - Tracey Robinson of Cosy Toes Limited.  Tracey was also the North Island winner, sponsored by Access.  More

RWNZwhite paper on Rural Broadband - A Universal Service Proposal

Rural Women New Zealand is advocating for fair access to broadband for all New Zealanders.  Our White Paper calls for 100% basic broadband coverage for rural as a first priority, before upgrading to high-speed broadband for some parts of the rural sector.

White Paper - "Rural Broadband - A Universal Service Proposal"

Support for Migrant Workers

Rural Women New Zealand has been advocating for more help for migrants to integrate into rural communities, where they are a vital part of the workforce, particularly in the dairy industry.

RWNZ groups have been asked to organise community get togethers to welcome new migrants into their communities during July.

Article in Rural News August 2009

Article in Ashburton Guardian by Kerry Maw Oct 09

Article CRT magazine by Jackie Edkins Dec 09


Farmer Welfare Workshop Ruakura - Family the Success Factor in Farming

How have family-based farms fared in the constant upheaval of change?  A major cause of current farmer and family partnership stress is the constant uncertainty of income - but there are other stresses.  RWNZ presented a paper on "Family - The Success Factor in Farming" at an AgResearch's Farmer Welfare Workshop in Ruakura on 16 September Read More.

Fact Sheet on Adverse Events and Stress.

School Bus Safety

Rural Women New Zealand is campaigning to raise awareness of the 20kmh limit when passing a stationary school bus in either direction.

Between 1993 and 2002 twelve children were killed, 20 seriously injured and 77 received minor injuries as a result of school bus incidents.

What is Rural Women New Zealand doing to try and stop these accidents happening?  Read more

RWNZ is also urging rural schools to apply for bus shelters through the Undercover Kids programme.  TotalSpan runs this programme to supply and erect bus shelters free of charge, which helps keep kids safe and out of the elements when waiting for the bus.  Call for more information.

Rural School Safety Days

Rural children often live in an environment that is also a workplace with many potential dangers and hazards.

With funding assistance from ACC, Rural Women New Zealand has developed a Rural Schools Safety Days programme, which is run with relevant presenters at rural schools around the country.

The popular programme includes modules on ATVs, rural fire, civil defence, dog control, firearms, poisons, road safety, water safety.

For more information contact Noeline Holt at RWNZ's national office.  Email: 

$107,500 for Leptospirosis research!

Rural Women New Zealand fundraised over $107,000 for Leptospirosis research.  The money was presented to Massey University's EpiCentre for research into this disease, which is New Zealand's most prevalent occupationally acquired disease, that affects mainly rural workers.

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