Women get together
Settling in to a new area can be difficult but two women are hoping to ease the process by starting a monthly get-together at Okoroire Pub.
Sian van Heuven and Kay Aubrey have both lived in the Matamata district for about three years and found, when they arrived, that there was no social group that suited them.
‘‘We’re too old for Young Farmers and we’re too young for the other groups. We’ve had people say we’re welcome to join but there’s just a huge age gap,’’ said Ms van Heuven, a nurse at Tokoroa Hospital.
‘‘We really wanted a social place that we could go and meet other people, make new friends, socialise, network, maybe learn something; just get out there and meet girls our own age. We’re both in our thirties. Kay’s a farmer, I’m a farmer’s wife.’’
Instead of sitting about the two friends decided to establish their own social group.
‘‘To start with it’ll just be come along maybe once a month, meet your neighbours, find out a little bit about the area, who lives where, what people are doing; just meet some of the other local women really,’’ said Ms Aubrey.
Ms van Heuven said they hoped to get enough interest to have slightly more structured events and even day trips, although that depended on the people who turned up and what they wanted.
‘‘On the first meeting we’re just going to put it out there. If people wanted, we might have speakers, might have education, any- thing from girly stuff to farming. We might put it to a vote at our first meeting and decide what people want.’’
Ms Aubrey said it was also a great chance to network and cash in on local knowledge.
‘‘If you’re new to the area, it’s even just things like, where’s a good place to get my hair cut or where’s a good restaurant. Those things take time to find out and when you’re busy it can be hard to do.
‘‘We’ll see how it goes. It would be nice to see it flourish. Hopefully there’s a bit of interest out there. I’m sure there will be,’’ she said.
The first meeting of the women’s farming group will take place on Thursday, September 1 at 7pm at Okoroire Pub.
Contact Kay Aubrey on 021 687 578 or Sian van Heuven on 021 023 66566.
Tea time: Kay Aubrey, left, and Sian van Heuven would like to meet similar-minded women from the area.