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Rural women look to future
A DAIRY farming operation that borders
the Waipa River for 2km near Otorohanga
has won a catchment improvement award
sponsored by the Waikato River Authority.
The catchment improvement category
was part of the Waikato Ballance Farm
Environment Awards that has just been
And the proud winners are Rosemary
and Graham Davison, who farm the 103ha
Pinewood property in the Otewa district.
Mr Davison said they were delighted
to win the award as a recognition of the
environmental restoration work they had
carried out on the farm for more than 20
''It is a great honour and we are
Mr Davison said when he and his wife
first started the improvement work,
particularly along the edges of the
Waipa River, there was little help and no
recognition for what they were doing.
Waikato River Authority board member
Jenni Vernon, who presented the award
said the Davisons were a great example of
farmers who were committed to land
stewardship over many years.
''The Waikato River Authority is
delighted to have sponsored an award
which has gone to farmers who are doing
everything they can to restore and protect
our important waterways.''
The authority is a co-governance body
established between the Crown and
Waikato River iwi to restore
the Waikato River. The authority covers a
catchment area of 11,000sqkm for New
Zealand's longest river. Over the next 27
years, the authority will administer $250
million to support the achievement of its
THE Student Volunteers Army's Sam
Johnson and Farmy Army catering
co-ordinator Helen Heddell will give
a unique perspective on the Canterbury
earthquakes as guest speakers at the Rural
Women New Zealand national conference
in Christchurch from May 23-26.
The conference will be an opportunity
for 200 Rural Women NZ members from
around the country to look ahead as they
focus on the conference theme, ''The
Future's Bright - Inspire a Generation''.
''We are looking forward to coming to
Christchurch, and are starting off with a
bus tour to get a better perspective of the
issues the city is facing,'' RWNZ national
president Liz Evans said.
''It will be a chance to see first-hand the
effects of the earthquakes and the innova-
tion and resilience of Cantabrians as they
rebuild their lives.''
Topics arising from the Land and Water
Forum will be the focus of a water seminar
being held on the first day of conference,
with discussion led by panelists David
Caygill, of Environment Canterbury, Green
MP Eugenie Sage, and Federated Farmers'
grain and seed chair Ian McKenzie.
''The focus will be on drought
preparedness, water storage and irrigation
systems, which are not only topical, but
also tie in with the UN International Year
of Water Co-operation 2013,'' Ms Evans
said. Bob Parker, Christchurch mayor, and
Jo Goodhew, Minister of Women's Affairs
and Associate Minister of Primary
Industries, will be official guests at the
conference opening ceremony.
Peri Drysdale, of Untouched World, will
set the scene for the Enterprising Rural
Women Awards ceremony. She will talk
about her journey to success, from a nurse
who didn't know the difference between an
invoice and a statement to a New Zealand
fashion and sportswear brand icon.
The suspense will build as four category
finalists in the awards give short presenta-
tions about their businesses before the
supreme winner is announced.
''The Rural Women New Zealand
national conference is always an
opportunity to learn something new, be
inspired and rekindle friendships,'' Ms
Workshop sessions will focus on
technology, local body elections and the
future focus of the organisation.
Social functions include a Camelot-
themed medieval festival and a gala dinner
with guest speaker Leona Dargis, a visiting
Nuffield Scholar from Alberta, Canada,
who will be sharing her enthusiasm for the
Clockwise from left: RWNZ national president
Liz Evans, Helen Heddell and Sam Johnson.
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Otorohanga farm wins catchment award
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