Te Puke Times - 2021-10-14


Our women, our land, our water: rural women lauded


Our Women, Our Land, Our Water is the theme for International Day of Rural Women 2021. Rural Women New Zealand Region 5 will be celebrating the day on October 15 with a public event focusing on the current environmental issues facing our rural sector. RWNZ Region 5, that includes the Bay of Plenty, will be hosting a series of short presentations from a range of knowledgeable women, including Bay of Plenty Regional councillor Paula Thompson and former New Zealand Landcare Trust regional co-ordinator Janie Stevenson. The morning event will be at St James Church Hall, Pooles Rd, Greerton, providing alert level 2 or 1 restrictions are in place. International Day of Rural Women is a United Nations initiative to recognise that as one in three women around the world is involved in primary industries, they are integral in the protection of natural resources and the implementation of sustainable agriculture. The Hon Jan Tinetti will open the International Day of Rural Women event with an update on what the Ministry for Women is doing to support rural women in New Zealand. Following this Janie, of the Bay Conservation Alliance, will highlight our regions rural priorities regarding environmental issues. Paula will talk about the role of community caretakingkaitiakitanga in our changing environment. Kaharoa dairy farmer and secretary for the Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective Chris Paterson will provide a rural woman’s views on future farming sustainability. There will also be time for a panel discussion and questions relating to Our Environment — Te Taio. All are welcome. Please email or visit rwnztauranga on Facebook/ Twitter/instagram with any queries.


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