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Lisa Harper is feeling somewhat overwhelmed as she returns home to her Marlborough Sounds farm after being awarded a prestigious Nuffield Farming Scholarship for 2013. Lisa and her cheese making and accommodation business, Sherrington Grange, won our Enterprising Rural Women Award in 2011, a win that she says changed her life. First she received an offer to do a Masters in Business Management through Massey University, which she completed in July - as well as working seven days a week in her business. Her Masters thesis looked at rural entrepreneurship, and blew conventional wisdom about barriers to innovation in rural communities out of the water. Instead she found her Marlborough study subjects incredibly innovative, globally networked and actively pioneering new industries.


She says she found the work fascinating and saw how it could make a difference to people ‘at the coal face’. Her

3 Cheese making demos

Lisa Harper (right) with fellow Nuffield New Zealand 2013 Scholars Stephen Wilkins, Natasha King, Sophie Stanley, and Tafi Manjala

ERWA winner takes on the world have been possible without the ongoing support of Rural Women and I would particularly like to acknowledge local members Pam Thomlinson and Melva Robb.

Nuffield studies will dovetail into that research. Lisa will travel for much of next year, beginning in Toronto, and will learn about some of the global issues that affect the primary sector and complete a research topic of her own.

“I will continue to do my best to spread the word about Rural Women, wherever life takes me.”

“It will be a life-changing experience. None of this would

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Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2013

Caring Counts presentation Dunedin


Dear members and friends, 2012 – a year of Partnerships, Opportunities and Facebook As we come to the end of another busy and successful year for Rural Women New Zealand, let’s put some of the serious stuff aside and give ourselves the red carpet treatment! Here is my “on reflection” awards list for 2012: RWNZ Personality of the Year: Val Tarrant National Life Member – for her vintage contribution to the National Conference in her home town of Hawera. RWNZ Products of the Year: Aftersocks – now famous world wide. And our range of newsy print and emailed publications. RWNZ Portfolio Issue of the Year: Continuing effective advocacy for home support industry funding and profile; improvements in pay rates and travel costs for carers – especially in rural. The “You missed a great event” Award: All those who were invited to our National Conference in Taranaki but didn’t come because it was “too hard to get to”. RWNZ Communication Up-Take Award: Facebook. Our Facebook community grew substantially as more members and supporters 2

“liked” and joined us. The Cook and Cook Again Award: Canterbury members who organised and managed nine fresh food demonstrations over three days at the 150th Christchurch A&P Show – plus fronting a RWNZ promotional presence at the same time, and cooking an FMG courtesy bbq also for three days. Rising Star Awards: All members who took advantage of the leadership and training opportunities facilitated by RWNZ – including our GDL participants, Sue Higgins (Kelloggs Rural Leadership Course), Fiona Gower (accepted forAgribusiness Accelerator Course 2013) and Lisa Harper (Nuffield Scholarship winner 2013). “Share the Knowledge” Award to the RWNZ National Council for their snappy and informative two-minute speeches to guests at social events held during National Council meetings. Politicians, sponsors and stakeholders say they have learned a lot about our organisation , issues and charitable work via this pleasant and painless method. Rural Wonder Women Award: to all RWNZ office holders in the regions and members everywhere for supporting our organisation with such generosity of spirit this year. Not to mention all the great events organised, funds raised and rural communities recognised. Keep Calm and Carry on Award: to all our great office staff. Seasons Greetings to all members and friends. Join us again in 2013 for another exciting year with Rural Women New Zealand – we have plans.....! Kind regards, Liz Evans, National President

National Council

leads the way!

Our national councillors do a wonderful job flying the flag for Rural Women New Zealand. As well as speaking at local and regional activities and functions, they also attend many events with a national focus. For example, recently Margaret Pittaway (Southland and Otago), attended a luncheon with the Governor-General and Lady Janine Mateparae (our patron). She also attended the National Council of Women Conference in Dunedin in October. Shirley Read (Waikato/Taranaki), attended the Dairy Women’s Network AGM, while our Finance Chair, Marie Appleton, went along to the Suicide Prevention 2012 Conference, hosted by the University of Auckland. Top of the South councillor, Pam Thomlinson attended the Women’s Refuge Conference, and the Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand’s AGM. National president Liz Evans gave a presentation at a Walking Access Commission meeting, attended the Maori Women’s Welfare League national conference, was involved in a teleconference with the NZ Veterinary Association, and attended an Agriculture Health and Safety group meeting. She also met with the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hon. Jo Goodhew, at a briefing about her experiences at the Convention Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) meeting in New York earlier in the year.

Over the Moon cheese making courses Does the sound of halloumi, feta or mozzarella make your mouth water? Perhaps you’d like to learn how to make it? Next year we’ll be running a series of cheese making demonstrations in partnership with Over the Moon Dairy Ltd and the NZ Cheese School. As these companies are based in Putaruru in the Waikato, most of the opportunities will be in the North Island, however we also hope to piggy back on any trips the companies’ cheese masters make to the South Island to offer demonstrations to some of our groups there too.

To ensure we get the recipe right for these demonstrations, we ran a pilot at Tamahere in November, organised by Janet Williams of Rukuhia branch. Janet was one of our Growing Dynamic Leaders participants this year, and the cheese making demonstrations are one of the first events for the new Tamahere Rural Women NZ group that she has helped to

set up. In February we are planning a series of three cheese demonstrations in the Taranaki area.

If your group is interested in holding a cheese demo in 2013, please contact national office.

An exciting new BOOK - and we need your input! Hot on the heels of the huge success of A Good Spread and A Good Harvest, Random House is keen to work with us again on a new title. Our plan is to try a new ‘recipe’ this time, but once again it’ll be a great opportunity for you, our members, to showcase your knowledge and skills in a very professional publication. The focus of the book will be our considerable expertise in fundraising. With a working title of ‘A Good Fundraiser’ the new book will bring together great ideas, tips and hints for raising funds at galas, fairs, shows and special one-off events. If you’ve run a successful fundraiser in the past, or have clever ideas for events, stalls, sideshows etc, please send

the details to national office, along with any anecdotes or information - where you did it, or what worked well. They’ll all be packaged together to become a comprehensive guide book on fundraising ideas that never fail, things that always sell, or events that are a sure-fired success. Events might include a run for fun, a coin trail, an auction night, or something more ‘off the wall’ like our Let’s Get Plastered for Breast Cancer campaign. What have you done that’s different? And what activities or stalls have you run at a fair or gala that the kids love - share your ideas and hot tips for making them a success - from coconut shies to cow plop bingo. We’d love your favourite recipes for sweets, drinks, mass catering, pickles and preserves, easily

transportable cakes, toffee apples, yummy slices, or any other delicious items that sell well or that you can whip up quickly when you’re under pressure. We’ll be including patterns for crafts - from Christmas decorations to bird feeders and bunting - sewing, knitting or crocheted items, such as back-in-fashion tea cosies or hair decorations, and recipes for beauty products such as creams and soaps. Where possible, please send in a sample that can be photographed by Random House’s photographers. The closing date for contributions will be 8 July 2013, and the book is planned to be launched in April 2014.


Leadership in Action Fiona Gower isn’t a person to sit around waiting for things to happen. A few years ago when she and partner Terry took up a new farming position in Port Waikato she found herself quite isolated and with little female company. Missing the friendship and support of the Rural Women NZ group she’d left behind in Waitangururu, the first thing she did was to start up a new Rural Women NZ group at Onewhero. It’s been a great success, bringing together local women for plenty of fun-filled activities, and supporting the local community with charity fundraising events. At the time Fiona was doing the year-long Kellogg’s leadership programme, and she’s been able to put some of the skills she learned to good use during the past year, fronting for our organisation at the NZ Veterinary Association Conference to talk about the impacts of leptospirosis on families. That led to an invitation to talk about the same issue on Sky Country 99 TV.

Fiona Gower

That wasn’t her first television appearance of the year, as Fiona also cooked up a storm with recipes from A Good Harvest on TVNZ’s Breakfast Show. Fiona says she loves the philosophy ‘anything can happen if you let it’ and says it’s up to each of us. AWDT Escalator programme This month Fiona was awarded a place on the 2013 Agri-Women’s Development Trust Escalator course. Beef + Lamb NZ provided a partial scholarship which allowed for a member of Rural Women NZ who met the selection criteria to take part. Places on the Escalator programme are highly sought after, and we congratulate Fiona on being one of the 14 successful applicants selected by the Trust Board. The Trust’s executive director, Lindy Nelson, says, “Escalator is designed to help address the low representation of agricultural women in governance, business and leadership roles within the primary sector.

“The aim is to create a pool of prospective leaders who have the necessary skills to govern and lead rural organisations, their own businesses, their communities or in the wider sector.” Fiona says the 10-month course is a great opportunity to learn new skills in areas such as governance and leadership, as well as finance and management. “It is also the opportunity to meet and network with some amazing people and learn and share with them, especially as it is in a programme especially designed for rural women, who often have very different life demands. “I hope to take all that I have learned and apply it in some form of governance roles in the future within Rural Women New Zealand and other organisations I am involved in or have yet to be involved in. “I believe in taking any opportunity to experience and learn new skills, as you never know where they may take you.”


GROWING DYNAMIC LEADERS 2013 At the end of our Growing Dynamic Leaders course 2012, Michelle Bisset of Tutaenui said she’d had such a great experience, she was reluctant to leave. “Here I have felt supported by a group of women who are visionary, engaging and lively and who get things done, and it’s just been amazing,” she said. Michelle was one of 15 members who joined the Landcorp-sponsored course last year. Now planning is underway for another stimulating programme to be held in Wellington from 26-28 February 2013, and we’re seeking applications from members who’d like to take part. If you’re keen to find out more about the role of Rural Women NZ at a national level, including our advocacy work, would like to hone your presentation skills, take part in workshops including media training, have the opportunity to interview politicians, rural leaders and some of our stakeholder and sponsor partners, as well as networking with dynamic women within our organisation … then this course is for you.

Kate Scott and Alison Rothschild at Growing Dynamic Leaders 2012

Thanks to Landcorp’s generous sponsorship, the course is free to Rural Women NZ members, including accommodation and airfares. Interested? Please write to our executive officer, Noeline Holt, telling us why you’d like to take part, and your leadership aspirations within our organisation and the broader community.

See and hear what Michelle Bisset had to say about Growing Dynamic Leaders 2012. Go to watch?v=KjaNyG0MiUk

ACWW Conference - Chennai India - 26 Sept - 2 Oct If you’re planning to attend the ACWW triennial conference in Chennai, India, please register with Marie Appleton, our International Officer, by 20 January 2013. Email Prices are subject to increases in 2013, but currently a return airfare to Chennai or Delhi from Auckland is $NZ2,150. January/February is the time when the best airfares for travel to India are published. TOURS - We won’t make a decision on tours until the numbers attending are known, and then a definite proposal offering two options will be sent out. BOOK APPEAL - The Countrywoman magazine asks that members attending the ACWW conference take along one or two English reading books. If other members wish to support this appeal, it would be preferable if you gave a small donation which can be given to the hosts of the conference to purchase books. RESOLUTION - The following resolution proposed by RWNZ has been accepted for inclusion in the conference:“Be it resolved that ACWW member societies urge their governments to provide a well-trained and resourced quality maternity health service, and to improve maternal health education for women and girls to ensure the best outcomes for mother and baby, giving particular regard to the special needs and isolation of rural women.”


Supporting rural communities Rural Women NZ is a charitable organisation with a long history of fundraising success. This month we handed over our cheque for $130,000 to the Christchurch Mayoral Fund from our Aftersocks™ project, which is to be wound up at Christmas. At a local level, our members have also been busy.

Funding for neurosurgery chair Our Dunedin branch members (pictured right) recently ran an event to raise funds for the Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery at Otago University. With a guest speaker, sales table and raffles they raised $2,005.

Pepi-Pods keep Canterbury babies safe

Gwenda Holmes, Sheila Sinclair and Jan Crayston of Dunedin branch with three grocery hamper raffle prizes. Image: The Star

The Glenmark Rural Women’s Dinner group has also been busy, raising $1,600 for 24 Pepi-pods to keep vulnerable babies safe when they are sleeping, especially when they are away from their own beds.

pod being symbolic of protection in nature – is a general purpose storage box that converts to a baby sized bed with the addition of an attractive cover, fitted mattress and bedding. It can be placed in the parents’ bed so there is no fear of rolling on the baby or the baby falling out.

A group member and Plunket health worker Marie Black, says Pepi-pods keep “vulnerable babies” safe and were valuable post-earthquakes for babies who were in a makeshift setting or in an adult bed.

Marie says the Pepi-pods were an exciting opportunity for the Glenmark Rural Women’s Dinner group to become involved with and thanks the Canterbury Charitable trust for its support of this project.

The Pepi-pod – pepi meaning baby in Maori, and

Raising a small Fortune for rescue services Kenepuru branch recently combined forces with the Southern Bays Activities Group, supported by REAP, to host Chris Fortune’s seafood and wild game cooking demonstration and tastings at Mistletoe Eco Village. The afternoon raised $1,248 for the Westpac and Summit rescue helicopters, which are a lifeline for Marlborough Sounds’ residents whose nearest hospital is a two-and-a-half hour drive away on narrow, windy and partly unsealed roads. This was on top of $1,200 already raised by members for the rescue service earlier in the year at the Hopai sports day. (l to r) Maria Browne, Canterbury Plunket Clinical Advisor, Sharon Bennett, Change for our Children Ltd, Marie Black, Plunket health worker and Glenmark Rural Women member with a Pepi-pod.


Thanks to sponsors NZ King Salmon, The Hairy Mussel Co., Sanford S.I. and Premium Game and Mistletoe Eco Village for use of their facilities.

Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2013 Our Enterprising Rural Women Awards have opened up many doors for women running rural businesses. Now in their fourth year, the 2013 Awards will be even bigger and better! We’ll be running with a new format, with four entry categories, each focusing on a different area of business. The new categories are: • ‘Love of the Land’ sponsored by Agrisea New Zealand Limited. • ‘Help! I need somebody’ sponsored by Telecom. • ‘Making it in rural’ sponsorship to be confirmed. • ‘Stay, Play rural’ sponsored by Access Homehealth Limited. The ‘Love of the Land’ category will cover all landbased businesses, from animals to agriculture. ‘Help! I need somebody’ is the category for businesses providing any type of service, from secretarial through to roading contractors. ‘Making it in rural’ is for you if you have a business

that involves manufacturing or creativity, while the final category, ‘Stay, Play rural’ is aimed at businesses that involve rural tourism, such as hospitality or adventure tourism for example. The Enterprising Rural Women Awards have been a great promotional opportunity for our organisation, as well as for the entrants.

Two of our past winners are in discussions with a publisher for book contracts as a result of their success in the Enterprising Rural Women Awards, while our 2011 Supreme winner, Lisa Harper, has gone on to be awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship. Last year’s Supreme winner, Rose Voice of The Real Dog Equipment Company, joked that the media interest reached such a peak that her children had to book an appointment to speak with her!

Limited, recently featured in the NZ Woman’s Weekly, leading to a significant boost in sales and website enquiries.

What can you do now? Members running businesses are encouraged to enter! And please bring the awards to the attention of businesswomen in your area and encourage them to enter too.

HOW TO ENTER Download an application form from our website, or contact national office. Entries close Friday 15 March 2013.

And our 2012 North Island winner, Kylie Gibbard of Emkay

Submissions We have recently made submissions on the following consultation documents. These can be viewed on our website in the Members’ Only area.

• Changes to ITO training • Lobbying Disclosure Bill

• Major Changes to Animal Welfare legislation

• Paying Family Carers to Provide Disability Support

• Extending Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks

• Whitespace allocation MED consultation

• Monday-ising Anzac and Waitangi days

• Changes to Biosecurity Forms


FILM EXPLORES WAYS TO REDUCE Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Earlier this year Horotiu member Megan Owen represented Rural Women NZ on the Agricultural Emissions Working Group - later renamed the AgDialogue Group - led by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. The forum met 11 times over 18 months, with representatives from different sector and interest groups.

Megan Owen

Now the group has produced a short video that looks at how we can reduce our agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in New Zealand to reduce climate change. The film discusses the basic science along with technological solutions, both now and in the future. In the film, farmers, scientists and economists look at the challenge of what can be done to reduce agricultural GHGs and suggest ways in which New Zealand could lead the world, showing other countries how it can be done. Megan says “The video is like a state of the nation - where we are now - piece. I was thrilled to be asked to join the group and it was both a very rewarding and frustrating process!” EDUCATING CONSUMERS THE NEXT CHALLENGE Megan says the biggest issues that need further work include educating urban consumers on the true cost of sustainability and their being prepared to pay the price. If not, she warns, New Zealand

farmers will go to the wall as consumers buy in overseas foodstuffs with high impacts on the environment. Another issue is that there are no simple tools that tell farmers how they are doing in the environmental space, including producing green house gases. “The tools are cumbersome, complicated and/or expensive - or all three.” As the video points out, farmers are long term players and often they are frustrated with organisations, such as councils, that have a short term window and cannot commit to long term agreements.

The film can be viewed by going to the website:

National Conference 2013 Our National Conference 2013 is to be held in Christchurch from 23-26 May at the Chateau on the Park, Riccarton. The theme is: The Future’s Bright – Inspire a Generation! 8

The date for our next Annual General Meeting has been set for 26 November 2013 and will be held in Wellington. Due to our accounts becoming consolidated with those of Access Homehealth Ltd, our

new financial year end date is 30 June, necessitating a change of date for the AGM. From 2014 our National Conference and AGM will be held together in November each year.

Rewarding agricultural journalists Congratulations to two journalists from the NZX Agri group who won this year’s Rural Women New Zealand Journalism Award. Our award recognizes journalism that highlights the important contribution women make to farm businesses and in rural communities. This year’s winner was Jackie Harrigan, for articles that appeared in Country-Wide magazine, while Andrew Stewart of Young Country was runner up. We celebrated their success at the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists Awards dinner in Wellington in October. TELLING OUR STORIES

In presenting the award, our national president, Liz Evans, said the winning entries were refreshing, informative and topical and reflected the true professionalism of the farming women whose stories they told. One story, for example, involved

Jackie Harrigan and Liz Evans

school leaver Anita, who finally got her dream job as a shepherd on a North Island hill country station, only to experience a quad bike accident that left her in a wheelchair. But Anita’s fighting spirit has ensured that she is still pursuing a

career in agriculture. Rural Women New Zealand continues to support these awards as we see the calibre and content of the entries about rural women, their lives, businesses and communities grow more dynamic each time.

School bus signs - and a Spanish solution During her recent holiday to Spain, our executive officer, Noeline Holt, took the opportunity to visit bus technology company, Arcol, to look at innovative active school bus signage that the company is developing in Barcelona. This information has been shared with Transport Engineering Research New Zealand (TERNZ), which has recently applied for funding from the Road Safety Trust to run a trial of active 20kmh signs on 50 school buses. TERNZ expect to hear before Christmas whether the funding application is successful. If so, they will run the trial with Pearsons Coachlines Ltd in Ashburton, with input from Rural Women New Zealand on awareness and education aspects of the trial.

Alfonso Candal, (left), area manager of Industrial Arcol S.A., Barcelona, talks about the company’s technology solutions for active school bus signage with Noeline Holt.


The International Day of Rural Women 15th October is our special day – the International Day of Rural Women. It’s a day when we celebrate our role in making rural

Afterwards Nathan met with community leaders to discuss setting up the One Thousand Day Trust, to support Southland families with children under three years old.

communities a better place to live and is a time to reflect on what more can be done. This year, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said, “Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.” One way of empowering women is to give them good information. Our International Day of Rural Women event in Southland this year was a great example of this. We hosted Nathan Mikaere-Wallis of the Brainwave Trust, who spoke to over 150 caregivers, parents, grandparents and educators about the importance of positive experiences in the first three years of a child’s life.

Some of the 150 parents and caregivers who attended the Brainwave event in Invercargill

Bay of Plenty International Day celebrations Ban Ki-moon also highlighted the role women play in producing much of the world’s food and caring for the environment. These two UN themes were right on point for Bay of Plenty members, who celebrated the International Day of Rural Women by learning more about local environmental issues, and visiting several horticultural businesses established by women in the district. Starting at Kaharoa, they heard from Lachlan McKenzie, who spoke about the state of the Rotorua Lakes catchment area. Lachlan outlined all the nutrients - both good and bad - that are finding their way into the lakes, and the steps local farmers are taking to minimize their impact on the welfare of the lakes.

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis talks to participants after the Brainwave presentation

Brainwave’s vision is that one day every child in New Zealand will get the best start in life because the whole community will understand the impact that early experiences have on the developing brain. Southland Mid-East Provincial president, Ann Irving, says, “Nathan was inspiring as usual and made us all so aware of the 0-3 year age group, and the absolute necessity to put the effort and funding in at this level to support the first caregivers.” 10

Then it was time for a mystery bus tour. The first stop was Chris and Jamie Paterson’s farm to view their new settling pond, which receives all the effluent from the cowshed, collecting the solids and allowing evaporation to take place before the liquids are pumped out. Chris and Jamie have also done extensive planting around the perimeter of the pond. From there the group travelled to Treeline Native Nursery, run by another enterprising young couple, Diane and John Coleman, touring the full operation and picking up a few tips for their own gardens from Diane’s friendly staff.

Rainbow Place Car Presentation Another bright car from Rural Women NZ will help lift the spirits of children and young people in the Hamilton district. Rural Women New Zealand presented the second car to Rainbow Place on the International Day of Rural Women. It will be used by nurses and therapists from Rainbow Place, the children’s arm of Hospice Waikato, to travel to families coping with grief and loss due to serious illness or the death of a loved one.

Members learn about Diane Coleman’s native plant nursery business

Diane noticed a gap in the native plant market seventeen years ago and set up her propagation business, which supplies bulk orders to local and regional councils. Joanna White of the Handmade New Zealand Lavender Farm was the penultimate stop on this trip to visit women and their rural enterprises, before the final stop at Carol Shaw’s garden which is featured in the Rotorua Open Gardens Ramble in October. We hope some of these very successful businesswomen will be entering our Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013.

Rukuhia branch spokesperson, Janet Williams, says their group presented the first car to Rainbow Place last year, thanks to fundraising by Rural Women members and a generous bequest from a treasured former member, Chica Gilmer. Chica’s estate made further funds available for the second car and Waikato Provincial ensured her generosity was recognised by funding the personalised numberplate. Both cars also carry our logo. Penny Parsons, manager of Rainbow Place, says the Rainbow Place team is very grateful.

“We just want to say a huge thank you. It is the support of our local community that enables us to carry out our work with children, young people and their families going through ‘tough stuff’.”

(l to r) Jim Wright (Nissan), Penny Parsons (Rainbow Place), Craig Tamblyn (Gallagher Hospice CEO), Jeanette Hewer (ex partner of Chica Gilmer), Janet Williams (Rukuhia branch RWNZ).


Opinion - Workplace Health & Safety stress and fatigue are very real (if not often discussed) hazards. High levels of debt are common, adding further pressure. The government’s Agricultural Sector Action Plan focuses on goals relating to the four areas that feature most consistently in injuries and fatalities across the sector. These areas are:

Ona de Rooy – Central General Manager, Labour Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment writes: The tragic accident that killed a young boy in Wairarapa once again highlights the dangers of quad bikes on farms. However, quad bikes aren’t the only hazards that kill and injure New Zealand’s farmers and their staff. The simple reality is that agriculture is one of New Zealand’s most hazardous sectors. You are almost two and half times more likely to be killed at work in agriculture compared to all industries, and almost twice as likely to be seriously injured. There are many factors that lead to these alarming figures. People working in the agriculture sector are exposed to a wide range of workplace hazards every day – the work is physically and mentally demanding, the hours are generally long, and people often work in isolation in both senses of the word (they work alone, and in remote areas). They are vulnerable to higher injury and fatality rates, and exposures that increase the risk of certain diseases. Agricultural work demands can be intense due to variables over which the farmer has little or no control. Adverse weather events, pressing seasonal tasks, changes in market demand and the effect on business cashflow can mean that 12

use of agricultural vehicles and machinery

the physical and mental health/wellbeing of agricultural workers

slips, trips and falls

animal handling.

The plan includes actions from across the sector to reduce harm from the use of quad bikes on farms; promote farmer health and well-being, provide high-quality information and training to the farming community; reduce falls on farms; provide suicide prevention support; and to promote health and safety in particular areas such as the wool, beef and lamb industries. One of the main focuses of the Ministry’s work has been reducing harm in the use of quad bikes on farms. Analysis of the 2003-2008 fatality data showed that more than 70 percent of agricultural fatalities involved a farm vehicle. Tractors and quad bikes account for the majority of vehiclerelated fatalities, leading the Ministry to launch the Quad Bike Safety project in November 2010.

The Ministry is promoting four key safety messages: • Never let children ride adult quad bikes • Always wear a helmet • Choose the right vehicle for the job • The rider must be experienced enough/trained to do the job. During the busy spring and summer months there may be pressures to take on extra work and make the most out of longer daylight hours. When you take short cuts while using heavy machinery, including farm vehicles, you are also taking a short cut to injury.

Farewell to our past patron It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death National Life Member Lady June Blundell ONZ QSO GCStJ in her 91st year on 31 October. Lady Blundell was the widow of Sir Denis Blundell, former Governor-General of New Zealand, and was patron of our organisation during his time in office from 1972-1977. She has been an active member since. National president, Liz Evans, says “One of the highlights for me of our 2011 National Conference in Auckland was meeting and hosting Lady Blundell. What a vibrant, supportive and well informed woman she was. She arrived bright and early on the days she was able to attend the conference and was full of praise and inspiration for what we as an organisation are achieving Lady June Blundell for rural communities. She was a keen fan of our Aftersocks campaign and was among the first customers to buy quite a few pairs for her family members. Rural Women New Zealand has lost a very good member. Known for her community work, Lady Blundell was the founding patron of the Child Cancer Foundation, contributed to the instigation of CanTeen, was active with the Homai College for the Blind, Save the Children New Zealand and the Asthma Society of New Zealand. Lady Blundell was also active on behalf of the Order of St John. Her wide range of charity and welfare work was recognised when she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand in 1988.

Crush Protection Devices for Aussie quads Australia is moving towards crush protection devices being required on quad bikes, a move that has the support of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Country Women’s Association of Australia. Following the release of a discussion paper and a Quad Bike Summit held in Melbourne in October, Australia’s Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten, has directed Comcare, the Commonwealth workplace safety regulator, to initiate a programme to retro-fit crush protection devices for bikes used by federal employers, along with rider training. Comcare will also work with other regulators to sponsor

the development of a technical standard to underpin the design, manufacture, testing and installation of crush protection devices for quad bikes during manufacture and for after-market applications. Here in New Zealand the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) says it is working closely with its regulatory colleagues in Australia who are actively exploring the mandatory fitting of roll-over protection devices for quad bikes. “MBIE’s view continues to be that their use remains a matter of personal choice by the farmer. “However, we support any and all debate and discussion about improving rider safety and wellbeing.”

ON FARM WORK RELATED ACCIDENTS IN NZ - the facts __________________________ 2007: 344 injuries and 15 deaths 2008: 333 injuries and 19 deaths 2009: 306 injuries and 10 deaths 2010: 320 injuries and 19 deaths 2011: 321 injuries and 15 deaths 13

Riding out of the Blue After riding 157 kilometres from Westport, this year’s Ride out of the Blue team were thrilled to arrive in St Arnaud to a warm welcome from Rural Women New Zealand members, who put on a spread at the Lake Rotoiti community hall and provided beds for the night. The St Arnaud stop was just one of many as the riders made their way from Bluff to Cape Reinga to celebrate life, raise awareness about depression, and raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. The riders set off from Bluff on 13 October, and travelled the length of New Zealand - 2500 kilometres - ending 21 days later in Cape Reinga on 2 November. The funds will help the Mental Health Foundation to implement a ‘Mindfulness in Schools’ programme, to give young New Zealanders the skills to handle their emotions.

The Ride out of the Blue team, with Bobbie Poll and some young cheerleaders as they leave St Arnaud en route for Cape Reinga

Ride out of the Blue reminds us that suicide in rural areas is a significant issue, affecting half as many people again as in urban areas, and the highest rate of rural suicide is in adults aged 25-44 years.

also a great success. St Arnaud branch member and organiser, Bobbie Poll, says the stop in St Arnaud was ‘chaos, but great fun’, and some riders from the village joined in for part of the way.

The riders aimed to raise $10,000 for the Mental Health Foundation, and as a celebration of life, the ride was

“We shared stories around the dinner table and managed to give them some donations,” says Bobbie.

Rural Women partners with It’s Not OK campaign The UN’s Commission on the Status of Women is being held in New York from 4-15 March 2013 and the 57th session will focus on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. In line with this, Rural Women NZ is supporting the It’s Not OK Campaign against family violence. The governmentfunded campaign was launched five years ago to change attitudes and 14

behaviour towards family violence in New Zealand. It’s often family and friends that people turn to first if they are experiencing violence, or are worried about their own behaviour, so it’s important to know what to do if someone asks for help. The website has information for family and friends about how to intervene safely in family violence situations.

Other resources such as posters, brochures and balloons can be ordered free of charge.

ACEing it for Adult Learners’ Week Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga is a UNESCO initiative held in September each year and promoted in New Zealand through ACE Aotearoa. The idea of the week is to encourage people to take part in adult education. This might be courses that help people to adjust to life in a new country, re-train to find employment, acquire parenting skills or to get out and do an activity to make life better and meet people. This year our Rai Valley branch organised a Publishing for Beginners course for Adult Learners’ Week, with funding support from ACE Aotearoa.

Diane Payton (left) and participants in the Rai Valley Adult Learners’ Week Publishing for Beginners course

Organiser, Diane Payton who took part in our Growing Dynamic Leaders course earlier this year - says “I worked with SeniorNet Marlborough Sounds, who ran three Printmaster workshop sessions. The participants learned how to publish documents such as pamphlets, calendars, posters and so much more! It was a great one-on-one opportunity.”

most of software installed on PCs that people may not be aware of. When you’re planning your Rural Women NZ activities for 2013 you may like to think about running an event for Adult Learners’ Week in September. You can apply for funding support through the ACE Aotearoa website Applications for funding close in May.

Diane says follow up one day courses are planned on media management and making the

RWNZ hosts meeting with Dr Judy McGregor Dr Judy McGregor, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission, spoke at a breakfast meeting hosted by Rural Women New Zealand in Dunedin on 30 November. Dr McGregor is the author of the recently released “Caring Counts,” an in-depth report on aged care in New Zealand. She worked ‘under cover’ as a trainee carer in a residential aged care facility over several days to gain an insight into the many aspects of aged care for her report. She says, “The value we place

on older people in New Zealand is linked to the value we place on those who care for them. The sense of crisis that surrounds aged care is partly a reflection of our collective knowledge that we are not being fair and that a large group of workers is being discriminated against.

which discussed progress on recommendations from the report and identified actions that leaders within the aged care sector can take.

“Inaction on pay equality and inadequate compensation are breaches of fundamental human rights. Given their significance, these breaches cannot be justified by affordability arguments.”

Judy McGregor

Our national president, Liz Evans, was also one of 90 participants at the Caring Counts summit held in Wellington on 30 October

“It’s time for action. In the interest of justice we should not accept further delay in addressing a systemic inequality that is within our power to remedy.” says,


Women Walk the World Mark your diaries! When you’re making plans for your programme for next year, pencil in 14 April 2013, for Women Walk the World. This event proved very popular last year, with hundreds taking part in around 40 different walks, and many of you said you’d like to do it again. Women Walk the World is a simple opportunity for groups to get together for a stroll, walk or fullblown tramp – the format’s up to you.

step up out of poverty through its project funding scheme. Groups can raise funds in any way they prefer – it might be a gold coin entry donation, a food and drink stand for participants, or being sponsored for each kilometre walked, for example.

It ’s a chance to get some exercise, include the family or wider community, and to raise funds for the Associated Country Women of the World, which does such worthwhile work helping rural women in developing countries

Let’s try and beat last year’s total of 3500 kilometres! We’re delighted that the Walking Access Commission will be supporting Women Walk the World once again this year. Look out for more information in our e-newsletters and on our website.

Animal Health Board’s TB-Free demo by Anne Finnie In September Anne Finnie, our national councillor for the lower North Island, joined primary industry politicians and industry people, including iwi representatives, at the National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Diseases at Wallaceville, Upper Hutt for an Animal Health Board ‘TB-Free’ event.

This was the third demonstration that has been held in the North Island to inform interested parties of the realities of eradicating TB from wildlife and subsequently our cattle and deer herds. 1080 poison is still the bait of choice for controlling the spread of TB, though these days it is used at a rate of 2kg/ ha, unlike in the 1970s when much higher quantities of 30kg/ha were used. Targetting possums, the major maintenance host for the spread of TB, the bait is spread by helicopters, contractors and scientists on behalf of the Animal Health Board to implement its Road to TB Eradication Strategy. The helicopter provides 20 percent of their operation 16

coverage and the other 80 percent is done by up to 500 ground operators. The helicopters demonstrated the way they can trickle feed along boundaries and waterways as well as aerial broadcasting, which allows Anne Finnie watches as pig and possum heads are inspected for thousands of TB lesions hectares of steep remote bush which fires a shot killing the country to be animal instantly as it takes the covered in a day. The use of bait, leaving a dead possum at GPS ensures that coverage the base of the tree. occurs where it is required. Ferret control is also important, Ground operators lay lines especially where there is a of traps and we were shown rabbit infestation such as in various leg and bait traps as Central Otago, where rabbit well as the ‘good nature trap’ numbers are increasing again.

Farmlands Ladies Nights ... Annabelle White, aka ‘the Cuddly Cook’, entertained over 3,000 women at the 10 Farmlands Ladies Night events around the country in October, which also involved our members running promotional stalls selling our cookbooks and Aftersocks. National vice president, Wendy McGowan, made the most of the opportunity to promote Rural Women NZ at the Rotorua event on 31 October. With the temptation of cheese, crackers and chutneys straight out of A Good Harvest, she had 16 enquiries from women interested in joining our organisation. She said Annabelle White’s energy and sense of humour, as she spoke about her travels, Nordic walking, Paul Henry and her friend Genevieve Westcott, went down very well with the audience. Now Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands will be handing over $2,000 cheques from ticket sales proceeds to six lucky North Island rural schools to develop or set up vegetable gardens or orchards. We received a stunning 100 funding applications from schools keen to encourage little green fingers, and Farmlands will have the difficult task of choosing the successful six. The schools will also receive a copy of A Good Harvest – Recipes from the Gardens of Rural Women New Zealand,

Bernadette Lim and Judith Pellow fly the flag for Rural Women at the Pukekohe Farmlands Ladies Night

gardening equipment from McGregor’s Gardening and a gardening starter kit from Yates.

... and the CRT Ladies Nights It was a winning formula at the CRT Ladies Nights in November , as MC and Kiwi singing legend Tina Cross kept the night humming along, and super-model Rachel Hunter wowed the crowd with her insights into the world of fashion and beauty.

from our Rural Women cook books for tastings, which went down a treat!”

There was a sellout crowd of 250 at the Moutere event - one of 10 held in the South Island where individual members Sue Higgins and Katy Sanson had a stand for Rural Women New Zealand.

Sue says, “It was a good opportunity to talk about Rural Women New Zealand, and there was some interest in membership.

about making submissions, and we had an enquiry about Access from someone with a parent needing support.

“People were also interested in our Bulletin Aotearoa publication for information

“Many thanks to the ladies who supplied goods from the cook books.”

“We took samples of product

The pair had a mobile eftpos machine, selling a box of cookbooks on the night, with pre-paid orders for 14 more. They also sold jars of delicious produce, and some Aftersocks too!

Tina Cross and Rachel Hunter


‘Moving around Marton’ Rural transport challenges

Bursaries The successful applicants for our recent round of bursaries are:

Many small towns suffer from a lack of public transport, and people are increasingly forced to rely on cars at a time when petrol prices continue to rise.

Secondary School Boarding Bursary Cooper McGuckin, Dannevirke Ben McKeon, Pleasant Point Vicki Taggard, Pleasant Point

But planners are now recognising that ‘transport disadvantage’ is a key influence on the well-being of communities, and are becoming interested in better understanding the results of land transport funding priorities, which in recent Michelle Bisset times have seen an increasingly disproportionate share of resources being allocated to a few roading projects serving mainly large population centres and freight-based businesses. Michelle Bisset of Tutaenui branch has been working with Massey University’s Dr Christine Cheyne to research local transport needs and solutions. Their project ‘Moving around Marton’, surveyed local residents, and considers the implications for transport and community planning in many similar towns in New Zealand. Michelle will also be co-presenting at the New Zealand Geographical Society 2012 conference in Napier in December on the topic of “Addressing transport disadvantage in small town and rural New Zealand – lessons from ‘Moving around Marton’ and on how communities can mobilise.”

Nellie Schroder Bursary Dailis Heka, Whangarei Year 12-13 Bursary Ben Wortherspoon, Nelson Community Fund Kaoss Price Grant application now open: Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Trust Grants from the Trust are primarily directed towards individuals, groups and organisations in country areas and rural towns. Grants are made for projects and activities in the following categories: children, care, elderly, community, conservation, counselling, education, up to a maximum grant of $1,500. Applications close: 31st December Forms from, or contact national office.

WriteMark Plain English Awards category, for Bulletin Aotearoa, as well as Craig’s work on two sector action plans for the (then) Department of Labour and on two dairy migrant worker guides for Immigration New Zealand.

Bulletin Aotearoa often receives accolades from readers for delivering a wide range of information in a straightforward style that is easy to understand. So it was exciting to hear that our editors, Craig Matthews (above) and Paddy Twist (right), have been shortlisted in this year’s WriteMark Plain English Awards. The awards ‘honour organisations and people who are trying to make the world a better place by banishing jargon and gobbledygook’. We entered Paddy and Craig in the Plain English Champion – Best Individual or Team 18

The dairy migrant worker guides have also attracted international attention for their content and style. Immigration New Zealand has received a request from its Australian counterparts asking whether the guides could be used as model resources in that country. The WriteMark Plain English Award winners will be announced on 29 November.

Aftersocks go Global

by Noeline Holt

Finalists in the Big Idea, Small Budget category and Mr Yoshiomi Tamai at the International Fundraising Congress in Amsterdam, Holland

“Congratulations you are a finalist in the Big Idea, Small Budget Category of the International Fundraising Awards.......”

Meeting other finalists from the Big Idea, Small Budget category it was clear that Aftersocks was up there with the best of the best.

Our national office literally erupted when the email arrived. After winning two national fundraising awards this was the icing on the cake!

Others shortlisted were the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia’s Breast Cancer Orchid Day campaign; and the eventual winner - the Sir David Martin Foundation’s Australia’s Abseil for Youth Campaign that raised funds for youth in crisis by getting people to abseil down the side of a building.

And what an excuse to visit my son in Spain and spend time with Marina van Aken, our intern from Holland, who had been with us at the beginning of the Aftersocks journey. ABOUT THE AWARDS In 2010 the Resource Alliance (a registered charity in the United Kingdom) launched the first ever Global Awards for Fundraising - recognising winners of national awards. A four day congress was held with 750 people attending from around the world. Due to cost Marina and I attended the awards ceremony only which took place on 17 October 2012.

I was inspired by the winner of the Innovative Fundraising category - Action against Hunger, the Sharing Experiment, Spain, which works in 40 countries supporting more than 7 million people. Sharing Experiment is a digital fundraising campaign to raise awareness about acute malnutrition, showing that the solution is not as complicated as we think. A hidden camera filmed ten pairs of children

receiving a covered plate, one with a meal and one without. Should they share the meal? The children always shared. Action against Hunger also won the Audience Choice Award. The individual category was won by Mr Yoshiomi Tamai from Japan, wheelchair bound and pictured above, who has dedicated 50 years to the Ashinga movement which he started and which has collected US$1 billion dollars to provide educational support for 90,000 orphans. Not satisfied with that, he raised US$100 million for victims of the 2009 Boxing Day Tsunami. He has not given up. Mr Tamai’s 100 year vision for Africa is to nurture future leaders and to eradicate poverty in sub-Saharan Africa through education. It was a humbling experience representing Rural Women New Zealand and sharing the stage with some of the greatest fundraisers in the world. 19

Who was Nellie Schroder? Dailis Heka of Whangarei received this year’s Nellie Schroder Boarding Bursary. But who was Nellie Schroder? Nellie Radford, as she was then, was born in Kent, England, and raised in Nelson. After attending training college and university in Wellington, she arrived in the Rai Valley, Marlborough in 1923 as a 20 year old to take up the post of assistant teacher at Carluke School.

Nellie Schroder

When she stepped off the bus at Rai Valley, she wanted to leave again immediately. “It was pouring with rain, there were logs and stumps everywhere, and only one little store and an old dairy factory. If there had been another bus I would have got on it, but there wasn’t,” she once told a reporter.

Eventually her ‘country service’ in the Rai Valley lasted more than seven decades. She met dairy farmer Arthur Schroder at a local dance, married him and moved with him to the desolate Rimu Gully. It was a far cry from the glamorous future she’d imagined for herself when she was studying for a bachelor of arts degree in Wellington. But she raised a family and helped in the milking shed, keeping the steam boiler going to power the milking plant. She soon became indispensible on the farm. Loneliness drove her to join the newly formed Rai Valley branch of Women’s Division Federated Farmers in 1928, later to become Rural Women New Zealand. It was a move that would eventually take her to high places, and many parts of the world. She was actively involved in setting up our homecare scheme, the forerunner of Access Homehealth Ltd.

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In 1954, the year her husband died, Nellie was elected as our Dominion President and in 1959 became vice-president of the South Pacific Area of the Associated Country Women of the World. She travelled extensively as part of this role, including a two year term as editor of the ACWW magazine ‘The Countrywoman’, based in London. Nellie also spent 22 years as an elected member of the Marlborough Hospital Board, was a member of the Workers’ Education Association, the Standards Council and Corso. Indefatigable, she set up the local library in Rai Valley and was its lifetime librarian. She also helped set up the Rai Valley A&P Show and was its secretary for 25 years. Her efforts for her community, country and rural women all over the world were rewarded with a Queen’s Coronation Medal and an MBE. She died at home in Rimu Gully in June 1993, aged 91. The funds available for the Nellie Schroder secondary boarding bursary have become depleted, and Diane Payton (right) and the Rai Valley branch are actively fundraising to boost reserves so that it can continue. As part of this, they are keen to see Nellie Schroder’s legacy become better known to today’s members, and have produced a poster outlining her contribution to our organisation, the Rai Valley, and country women all over the world.

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