Tirau Rural Women meeting coming up
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.