[8 December/ Rural News]

Rural Women New Zealand has elected Fiona Gower as its new national president. Ms Gower has served several terms on the Rural Women New Zealand National Council and was vice-president for the past year. Ms Gower said her aspiration was to make Rural Women New Zealand the rural organisation of choice within the wider sector for all women, communities, organisations and decision makers. Ms Gower added that the organisation would actively promote its strong charitable role and rural voice while retaining its strong social support network.