Rural Women

Lending a helping hand

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


Every lamb counts on Ida Valley farm

Mandy Evans feeding out her coopworth ewe hoggets, winners of the flock performance award in the recent New Zealand Ewe ...

On a small Otago farm, every blade of grass counts, every stock unit has to produce a return and every lamb that survives is a bonus.

Whoopee for wonderful wool

Closeup photo of family feet in wool socks at fireplace

A garment is called eco-friendly when made out of recycled plastic bottles. We already have a great natural product readily available.

Viticulturist breaks female drought

Annabel Bulk from Felton Road is the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017.

A Felton Road viticulturist will be the first woman to compete in the national industry final since 2011.

Women of Influence 2017: the nominees

Alison Mau is one of the finalists this year for our Women of Influence.

From the boardroom table to the farm stable, women of influence finalists have stories from every corner of the country.

Women spend too much time trying to please

Louise and Geoff Giltrap. Being a rural wife has been Louise's biggest challenge.

OPINION: A lot of rural women end up feeling more undervalued than they need to because they lose their voices.

A horsey calling

Jackie Williamson in her country-home studio​, surrounded by her paintings and drawings of horses.

Horses have shaped Jackie Williamson's life and art.

Milne brings new style to Federated Farmers

Average annual rainfall in Rotomanu, West Coast, is 3.5 metres and close to 6m in El Nino years.

New Federated Farmers president wants to bridge rural-urban divide.

Young farmer takes on the boys

Lisa Kendall could become the first woman to take out the Young Farmer of the Year contest.

Lisa Kendall's first love was ballet, but she quit to follow a career in farming and is in the running to be NZ's top young farmer.

Food people are great NZers

Lambs head to the yards at Kaihoka.

Stand tall and call yourself a farmer.

Rural women 'in crisis'

Mary Anne Murphy has shared her story in the hope that more rural women will speak out about the mental health ...

Women struggling with mental illness in rural areas have been neglected for too long, Waikato woman says.

Women dominate the shaping of agriculture

John King, centre, talks about differences in communication at one of his sustainable agriculture courses.

Women are spearheading changes in farm practice, says John King.

Rising to the top

Manawatu farmer Haley Hoogendyk made history earlier this year when she was named the 2017 Farm Manager of the Year.

Standfirst: A Manawatu farmer has made history - Sonita Chandar reports.

A journey to the top

Mid-Canterbury farmer Jessie Chan-Dorman is the 2017 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year.  Pictured Jessie with an adoring fan.

:The 2017 Dairy Woman of the Year talks to Sonita Chandar about her journey of learning.

Our People - Charlotte Heald

Russell and Charlotte Heald farm in equity partnership with family at Norsewood in southern Hawke's Bay.  From left ...

Charlotte Heald and husband Russell farm in equity partnership with family at Norsewood where they will be milking 430 cows in the coming season.

Feds president: capable, direct

Katie Milne on her Rotomanu, West Coast farm..

Federated Farmers newly elected national president is a popular choice for the top job.

First woman at the top in 118 years

Katie Milne, the newly voted national president of Federated Farmers on her Rotomanu, West Coast farm.

Katie Milne is the new face of Federated Farmers, and is the first woman to hold the role.

Good money in shearing sheds

Learning the ropes on a shearing gang are William Mackereth, Lachy Shaw, tutor Wayne Roore, Rowan Williams and Brett McKay.

OPINION: There are plenty of career options down on the farm.

No free lunch - just-launched book on agri-food

Professor Claire Massey, who edited the book New Zealand Land and Food Annual.

New book on energy use and farming as well as agri-food edited and printed by Massey University.

Country Calendar's lamb lady

Lynley Wyeth decided to set up a 'lamb orphanage' after a storm on her Wairarapa farm.

A Wairarapa farmer and her family run a lamb orphanage which features in this Sunday's episode of Country Calendar.

Making connections

DairyWomen's Network member Noeline Lofthouse is 87-years-old and never misses a conference and regularly attends DWN ...

At the ripe old age of 87 Noeline Lofthouse is one of the oldest members of the Dairy Women's Network (DWN) but that doesn't stop her from attending the network's annual conference.

Eco-tourism on West Coast farm

Robyn Curtis-Smith and Malcom Smith on their small farm at Ahaura on the West Coast.

A gold-mining tunnel and a sluicing channel nicknamed the cathedral are two of the hidden treasures on the West Coast farm of Robyn Curtis-Smith and Malcolm Smith.

Focusing on one day at a time

Windswept trees at Kaihoka

OPINION: One of the most useful tools on our farm simply hangs on the wall.

Ag courses a confidence booster for graduates

Crystal Cranshaw, left, Heather Atkinson and John Wyatt completed the diploma in agribusiness at the Primary ITO.

An agribusiness course has given two graduates greater confidence working on a farm and in business.

Irrigator group reaches out to urbanites

Elizabeth Soal says there seems to be a widening gap between rural and urban communities and social media has the ...

Ever wanted to know something about farming but didn't know how to get the answer? 

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.

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