Women get to­gether

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By IRIS RID­DELL

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.

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