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FWT plans five year celebration

IT has been five years now since a group of rural women in Tairawhiti attended an AgriWomen's Development Trust course in Gisborne and identified a need for a group dedicated to the support and development of women involved in rural life in the region. This was the start of Farming Women Tairawhiti (FWT).

“The aim was to attract members from across all sectors of the rural community, bringing together women of all ages and stages who have an interest in rural life, and in the business of farming,” said FWT executive member Fleur Gardiner.

“A hundred women joined the group via its Facebook page within six weeks and February 2015 saw the official launch of FWT with the first Focus Day event.”

She said five years on and the membership had increased to over 750 rural women who lived as far north as the East Cape and as far south as Mohaka.

“Over 30 events, workshops and courses have brought members together to socialise, network and learn,” Mrs Gardiner said. “In doing this, FWT promotes the development of professional skills and knowledge and supports the growth of self-confidence and ability.”

To celebrate the significant impact Farming Women Tairawhiti has had in the region over the five years a gala dinner is planned for March 6. It will be held at The Bushmere Arms.

“As everyone loves an excuse to dress up the dress code is cocktail,” Fleur said.

The night will start at 6pm with a "mix and mingle", attendees will enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles or beer with canapés.

“Following on from dinner, international guest speaker Julia Jones will enthral with her vast global experience in the primary sector, and provide an insight into the future for food producers and those involved in the primary sector.”

After the formalities everyone will be able to have some fun and a boogie with DJ Magick.

“Tickets are limited so grab a group and get online to purchase your tickets from eventfinda.co.nz.”

Fleur Gardiner
CELEBRATION: Farming Women Tairawhiti has over 750 rural women members, led by the executive — (Back row from left) Sandra Faulkner, Mary Hope, Kristen Kirkpatrick and Deirdre Tomalin, and (front from left) Marie Burke, Sandra Matthews and Amanda Mogford. Picture supplied/ picture by Strike Photography