Rural communities

Rural schools struggle to fill key high school teaching jobs

[7 December/ Radio NZ] Taihape Area School Principal, Richard McMillan said he would not be able to relax over summer because he has been unable to fill key positions for high school teachers at his school. Mr McMillan explained that positions for an English teacher, maths teacher, and a science teacher were advertised months ago,...

New push to tackle rural health issues will support youth at risk of suicide

[1 December/ NZ Herald] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and Bayer New Zealand have announced a new partnership to support rural youth, especially those at risk from suicide. Other initiatives would include a rural youth health challenge, support of the RuralFest NZ event, and tailored suicide prevention training for veterinary and rural health...

Rural generosity surprises milkers

 [26 September/ Rural News Group] Sharemilkers Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley, did not realise the generosity of New Zealand’s rural communities before the duo begun dairying, as every farmer donated a calf to IHC annually, and livestock donations to local schools were common. IHC Calf and Rural Scheme Coordinator Lynda Young-Kennedy said she expects to have...

Mental health support needed for rural communities

[14 September/ Otago Daily Times] According to the Chief Coroner’s annual suicide statistics, Canterbury has the highest rate of suicide in the country. North Canterbury Rural Support Trust Chairman, Doug Archbold said he would like to see more support in rural schools. Mr Archbold added that Canterbury farming families have had to cope with drought,...

New school of Rural Medicine to deliver 60 doctors a year

[25August/NZ Herald] The government has announced the development of a new school of Rural Medicine with officials being instructed to run a tender process to analyse competing bids to host the school from the University of Waikato and a combined bid from the Universities of Auckland and Otago (which already have schools of medicine). The...

Doctors need connection to rural areas – Clark

[10 August/ NZ Herald] Labour’s Health Spokesperson David Clark says more effort should be made to encourage medical professionals to work in rural areas. Mr Clark said it was not uncommon for rural areas to struggle to find GPs, and nearly half the GP workforce is due to retire in the next ten years, so...

New national body to represent Rural Support Trusts

[9 May/ New Zealand Government Press Release] Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, has welcomed the election of a national body to represent all 14 Rural Support Trusts. Mr Guy believes a new central body will make these Rural Support Trusts more efficient and effective by providing a single point of contact for Government, and...

Stoush over rural health school idea

[23 March/ Radio NZ] The Auckland and Otago university medical schools are considering creating a national School of Rural Health. However, Waikato University favours a graduate medical school. The University of Auckland’s Medical Programme Head, Professor Warwick Bagg said the proposal would have a nation-wide focus, working with rural communities, including iwi, to keep them...

Extra police to make rural communities safe

[3 February/ Stuff] In his state of nation speech, Prime Minister Bill English, announced a significant uplift in funding for the police service.  In an opinion piece, Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, notes that it is a priority for the government to ensure that rural families and communities are protected.  Of the proposed 880 extra...

Rural suicide prevention policy needed to lower rates

 [11 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand has called for a new suicide prevention policy that was specifically designed to address the risk of rural working age men committing suicide. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand Chairman, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, said there were particular pressures on rural people that...

Education bill may impact rural schools, says Rural Women

 [11 November/ Rural News] Rural Women New Zealand has issued a submission to the Government expressing its concerns about the impact the Education (Update) Amendment Bill would have on rural schools. The Bill proposed some significant changes such as allowing children as young as five years old to receive some or all of their education...

Proposed rurally-focussed medical school wins praise

 [21 October/ Rural News] The Government was currently considering a proposal put forward by the University of Waikato and the Waikato Health Board to establish a new rurally focused medical school in New Zealand. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson said the organisation welcome the proposal. Ms Thompson added that it...

Rick Powdrell to speak at Taranaki rural crime prevention roadshow

 [17 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Federated Farmers Rural Security Spokesman, Rick Powdrell would talk to Taranaki farmers at two rural crime prevention seminars next month. Mr Powdrell said stories from farmers at previous roadshows had shown that recording information about suspicious activity and unfamiliar vehicles and reporting it to police led to arrests. Mr...

Breaking down barriers to knowledge in the rural sector

[10 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] A new interactive online community forum, Rural Community, has been launched with the aim of bringing rural people together to share news, views, discuss topics and ask questions. The forum would cover dairy, sheep and beef farming as well as any other farming related discussion topics. The site would...

Old McDonald’s farm takes over Feilding for Wild West Rural Day

 [7 October/ Business Day] Fielding has held its annual Rural Day, with the town’s Manchester Square hosting sheep, goats, pigs, ponies and thousands of visitors. The event had a wild west theme, with guests braving the wet weather in their cowboy hats, boots and jeans. Fielding and District Promotion Project Manager, Raewyn Loader said the...

New Tararua co-ordinator for Rural Support Trust

 [3 October/ NZ Herald] The East Coast Rural Support Trust has appointed Makuri Farmer, Jane Tylee as the new Tararua coordinator. Ms Tylee would replace Bill Wallace who had been the coordinator for the past six years. The East Coast Rural Support Trust was a charitable trust which facilitated support for rural people experiencing personal,...

Rural GP shortage expected as a generation of doctors retire

[3 October/ NZ Herald] The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners said rural areas would be hit by a general practitioner (GP) shortage over the next decade, as nearly half of rural GPs intended to retire over this time. Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Chief Executive, Helen Morgan-Banda said New Zealand didn’t...

People at the heart of a profitable and resilient future for hill country farming

 [12 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Waikato University Economics Professor, Frank Scrimgeour said a strong, resilient rural community would ensure an environmentally and economically sustainable future for hill country farming in New Zealand. Mr Scrimgeour said vibrant rural communities were so important to the survival of hill country in New Zealand that establishing a national...

Drug problems hit new high

 [8 August/ Farmers Weekly] Federated Farmers Health and Safety Spokesperson, Katie Milne said evidence of the rising use of methamphetamine in the rural sector had come as quite a shock for many farmers. Ms Milne added that while Federated Farmers had incorporated a drug and alcohol policy into new employment contracts, not all farmers were...

Workshops aim to arm health professionals

 [21 March/ NZ Farmers Weekly] The Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Primary Industries have jointly funded 40 New Zealand health workshops which aimed to increase capacity for rural support trusts which were experiencing increased demand for mental health support. Rural Health Alliance Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson said the workshops would upskill rural health...

Enterprising Rural Women Award 2015 winners

[23 November/ Rural News] Latitude Owner and Editor, Joanne Taylor has won the supreme award at the Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Rural Women NZ President, Wendy McGowan said Ms Taylor has succeeded in pursuing her publishing dream, while also supporting New Zealand’s rural communities. Ms Taylor was also named as the ‘Making it in Rural’...

Rural principals in need of support

[31 July/ Radio NZ Rural] Principals Federation President, Denise Torrey said its members at rural schools needed more support, and that they faced particular problems due to their small size and distance from main centres. Ms Torrey said many rural principles are inexperienced, and would benefit from a principle advisor that would help build their...

Immigration policy ‘won’t be game changer’

[28 June/ Radio NZ Rural] Harris Meats Owner, Bryan Harris said new immigration policies, aimed at attracting migrants to the regions, will help but will not be a game changers. Mr Harris did not believe the new policies would bring about enough change, as it is difficult to attract people to small country districts. Mr...

Health-tech alliance to boost rural broadband [21 April/ Radio NZ Rural]

The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ (RHAANZ) has joined forces with Telecommunications Users Group, TUANZ, to force the issue of poor broadband coverage in rural communities. RHAANZ Chief Executive, Michelle Thompson said the poor broadband coverage in rural areas is sometimes not able to cope with health service needs, and that reliable connectivity will open...