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14 January 2005


Rural Women New Zealand appoint Taranaki woman as Executive Officer

Prominent environmental advocate, Maggie Bayfield has been appointed to the position of Executive Officer for Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

Maggie recently moved to Wellington from Inglewood where she worked for the Taranaki Regional Council assisting landowners with management of wetlands, riparian margins and bush remnants.

Her interest in environmental enhancement work stems from a Masters degree in biological sciences at Waikato University , and she enjoys working with people to implement practical solutions through policy and through action.

“Science knowledge is one thing, but people are what make a difference,” Maggie says.

She supports the practical approach taken by RWNZ to strengthening rural communities and advocating for the specific needs of rural people, as well as caring for the environment.

“Rural Women are well recognised for their ability to roll up their sleeves and get on with it,” she says.

Maggie's experience with QE II National Trust and the Taranaki Tree Trust, both similar non-government organisations to RWNZ, makes her well suited to the Executive Officer role.

Maggie has held a number of Government appointments including Director and Chairperson of QE II National Trust for nine years, Chair of the Taranaki/Wanganui Conservation Board and a member of the NZ Conservation Authority.

She was awarded a QSM in 2003 for public service and is a Winston Churchill Fellow.

Maggie and her husband Bill own a forestry block at Matau (eastern Taranaki) and retain strong interests in the Taranaki region.

For further information contact:

Maggie Bayfield

Rural Women New Zealand

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