Ti­rau Ru­ral Women meet­ing com­ing up

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

Ti­rau Ru­ral Women New Zealand con­tinue to meet once a month to con­nect and dis­cuss top­ics of im­por­tance to them.

There are cur­rently eight women who gather on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month at 1pm in Ti­rau.

Sec­re­tary Eileen Barker said the group is small but new mem­bers are more then wel­come to join.

‘‘The venue for the meet­ings change some­times they are at a mem­ber’s house or at a cafe´ and some­times we book out a church hall,’’ she said.

Women gather from all around the re­gion in­clud­ing those just out­side the bor­der like Mata­mata, Barker said.

‘‘Not all of the mem­bers live in ru­ral ar­eas, some live in town.’’

The meet­ings are to dis­cuss ru­ral is­sues and con­cerns like the dairy sec­tor and the pro­posed change to the firearms’ li­cenc­ing process.

The Ti­rau Ru­ral Women has been run­ning for the past 80-years with the same old in­ten­tions of keep­ing up­dated with the lat­est ru­ral news.

The group takes part in a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties and events such as the re­cent Fiel­d­ays where a com­pe­ti­tion was be­ing held for nam­ing a type of plant, as well as the sale of cook­books and socks.

Also be­ing show­cased were new branded items in­clud­ing sun­hats and back­packs.

The re­cent news­let­ter of Ru­ral Women New Zealand has just been sent out in­form­ing mem­bers of these events as well as those up­com­ing.

In­cluded in the news­let­ter was the En­ter­pris­ing Ru­ral Women Awards for 2016 that has re­cently opened for en­tries.

Barker said the awards were an ini­tia­tive of Ru­ral Women Na­tion­ally to recog­nise and ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts of women in the coun­try ar­eas.

She said it is for busi­nesses sup­port­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Any busi­ness can nom­i­nate them­selves and will be short­listed by the na­tional team closer to the end of the year.

Winners will later be an­nounced in Novem­ber.

The Ti­rau Ru­ral Women also help with do­na­tions and fundrais­ing, as­sist­ing groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions like Plun­ket and the Scouts.

Al­though the do­na­tions are mainly youth based, Barker said they will help any­one.

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