Rural Women

Fonterra given a serve

Dairy farmer and Fonterra director Leonie Guiney challenged the 'group think' on the board, making some feel ...

NZ's largest employer is under fire for having so few women on its board, after spurning a sitting female director.

Cheer up, it's not as bad as all that

Louise Giltrap is the rose between her two brothers, David, left, and Richard.

Louise Giltrap tries to keep positive despite the neverending rain and persistent flu.

Dressing for success

Sophie Braggins, Louise Hunt, Lorraine Webber, Belinda Hunt and Rebecca Johnson attended the support event at ...

A charity that helps women into work received donations of clothing as event entry fees.

Why my husband is head of the family

Geoff Giltrap meets his new grandson Jacob McGillivrey for the first time.

OPINION: After being called sexist, Louise Giltrap feels the need to explain what she really feels about her husband's place in the family.

Butcher not just 'a male's job'

Kayla Scott started as a dish hand and is now an apprentice at the Kiwi Butcher Shop in New Plymouth.

You don't have to be a man to be a butcher, says one Taranaki apprentice.

Ticking the right box this election

Where are we going on the election road?

So many important things but only two ticks to say it with.

Katie Milne: The face of farming

New Federated Farmers president Katie Milne with dog George on her dairy farm near Lake Brunner on the West Coast.

The new Federated Farmers' president became the first woman to be elected to the position in its 118-year history in June.

School challenge on board

Collingwood Area School Board of Trustees members Vincent Andrew, Brandon Sparrow, Joyce Wyllie, Blair Shaw, Celia ...

More than just knowledge gained from STA conference.

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 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.

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