Rural Women

First aid courses save lives

Merv Utting, Grant "Jock" Wyllie, and Garry Woods and his dog Quid.

OPINION: Three wives in three homes kissed husbands goodbye and wished them safe travels. Only two of these guys came home.

Long road to recovery from Psa

Boxes of green kiwifruit are stored in Whitehall's refrigerated warehouse next to the packhouse.

Mark and Robyn Gardiner have gone through Psa and are out the other side.

Dairy Woman of Year awarded

Jessie Chan-Dorman  Fonterra dairy woman of the year 2017

Rakaia farmer Jessie Chan-Dorman is the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year. 

Southland woman wins dairy award

Katrina Thomas won the Dairy Women's Network  Dairy Community Leadership award for 2017.

For Katrina Thomas, helping out in the community is something that is in her blood.

Footrot Flats' tongue-in-cheek gift

Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball had a gift all Kiwis can appreciate.

OPINION:Apartheid, disasters, love and more. Footrot Flats used humour to get us talking about it, and that's a great gift.

Pig dog returned

Ratguts, with firefighters, after being rescued in February from falling down a gorge.

Ratguts survived falling down a gorge, and eating lead paint. Now he's survived a possible dognapping.

Dairy stars will shine

Zelda de Villiers, chief executive of the Dairy Women's Network says the three finalists in the Fonterra Dairy Woman of ...

The countdown has begun to find the Dairy Woman of the Year winner.

Manawatu dairy women talk about budgeting

Build your budget workshop. Dairy Women's Networks, Manawatu convenor Lisa Hicks (left) and workshop facilitator Jodie ...

Manawatu farmers, sharemilkers and contract milkers learn why it is important to do the year ahead's budget.

Proud to be rural women

Proud to be part of Rural Women are Carol Wyllie, Roger and Aynsley Langford, Minty Henderson, Joyce and Jock Wyllie at ...

Rural Women promote strong, vibrant and healthy communities today.

Walking with classroom carers for equality

Teacher aides Kathy Power, left, and Mary Jones, centre, meet with aged-care worker Kristine Bartlett to plan their ...

OPINION: Education support workers should be paid at least as much as prison guards. They don't have pepper spray to defend themselves.

Rakaia woman in running for Fonterra honour

Claire Nicholson is another Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year finalist.

Jesse Chan–Dorman is one of three finalist in the running for the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year title.

The essence of a rural woman

Rural Women New Zealand president Fiona Gower says the organization will be focusing on building stronger relationships ...

Fiona Gower is a true "Rural Woman" having lived and worked in the rural sector most of her life.

Widow left with a top farm video

Mary Williams with her top herd on the Northland dairy farm.

Mary Williams' life turned upside down when her husband died, leaving her to raise 4 children and run a farm.

Sounds like a plan

Auckland-Hauraki 2017 dairy manager of the year Rachael Foy and dog Roxy.

A young dairy industry awards winner is leaving nothing to chance in her future.

Could a human beat a horse?

Around 60 competitors raced in the inaugural Human v Horse marathon in 2015, with the top time for a human earning third ...

It's about to be tested in an extreme race through steep hill country.

A perfect birthday with daggy lambs

Sheep in the yards at Kaihoka for a combination team building and dagging exercise.

Spending a day in the yards sorting dirty lambs for dagging is not everyone's idea of a birthday.

Nuts about ... fresh nuts

Hand harvested hazelnuts. Malcolm and Jenny Horwell harvest on average four tonnes dry weight of ennis hazelnuts each year.

The Horwells' two hectare, 450-tree orchard can produce four tonnes of hazelnuts a year.

Fun, the rural way

The winning spouse carrying team of Parks Barosso and Evie Benger, centre, sprint to the finish line at the Flaxbourne ...

The couple were rewarded for their efforts, in fine rural tradition, with seven dozen bottles of beer.

Adventure guide is top dairy farmer

The winners of the Canterbury-North Otago Dairy Industry Awards. From left are Kerry Higgins, Christopher and Siobhan ...

A former adventure tour guide, teacher and security guard have won big in the Canterbury-North Otago dairy awards.

Boarding allowances not enough

Shelley Dew-Hopkins believes urban and rural teenagers need the same access to secondary school.

Rural parents have until the end of this month to get their views in on boarding allowances.

Woman's tilt at farming history


She saw off her region's men in tractor driving skills, now Lisa Kendall is in the young farmer final.

Who is behind the poison pen? video

Entering the Otago town of Middlemarch. home to a poison pen letter writer.

Someone in this tiny Otago town of 300 has something to say. So, Middlemarch here we come.

Farming's face of the future

Fatima Imran, agri leader of the future.

Ag studies a 'bum' subject? Not for this student.

A&P Show must go on

Ward residents ready to host the annual Flaxbourne A&P Show on March 26 at Ward Domain, from left, Herb Thompson, Trish ...

The farming community is not the sort to let a natural disaster stop them from putting on a show.

Sneaky ploys to run down farming

Sometimes we feel a bit ``bullied''.

OPINION: It is easy for the public to get caught up in sneaky ploys of disseminating false information, insinuations and allegations.

Fire force's feminine touch

A third of the Seddon Volunteer Fire Brigade is made up of women firefighters, from left, Fainche Dyde, Michelle Renner, ...

A third of this fire crew is female, and that's the way they like it.

British scientist smitten by NZ

Anna Ballantyne had always aimed to return  to New Zealand after a visit in 2012.

Anna Ballantyne has returned to New Zealand to work for Alliance Group after falling in love with the country four years ago.

Prestigious scholarship goes to Lincoln student

Sarah Lockhart, winner of the Ravensdown Hugh Williams Scholarship 2017, is a second-year ag-commerce student at Lincoln ...

Lincoln university student Sarah Lockhart is the latest recipient of a Ravensdown scholarship.

Rural Games run riot

Chrissy Spence competes at the International Tree Climbing Championship.

"Tree-mendous" climbers and top DIYers join the ranks of competitors this weekend.

It's a busy life down on the farm

"Chewing the fat" over lunch at the farm walk at Turimawiwi.

OPINION: People often ask "what do you do out there in the country?''

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