Survey of rural decision makers

Rural Women New Zealand
Alex Eagles-Tully

Are you a farmer, forester, grower or lifestyle block owner? Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is for women involved in any of these and so is the 2021 Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Survey of Rural Decision Makers.

Just as RWNZ has had to move with the times to include the changing face of rural Aotearoa so too has the format of the biennial survey, which admits it has refined topics and questions to incorporate the increasingly diverse range of land use from the traditional to the more unusual as well as the uncertain times we live in.

The survey, which has been run every second year since 2013, will gather information on topics such as land use but will also have cover individual well-being and who you trust for information and advice when it comes to decision making.

Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research strategic stakeholder relationship manager, Christine Harper, is inviting anyone who has not already received an email to participate to register at All those who register should receive an email with a link to a survey tailored to their specific land use in around a week’s time.

Christine says the survey will run until mid September to allow for the various busy seasons across the different land use sectors.

Unlike many surveys, whose results disappear into the filing systems of bureaucracy, all participants of the Survey of Rural Decision Makers will receive an email with a link to the results as soon as these go live.

“However, that probably won’t be until December, or possibly January 2022, as it does take some time to prepare the material once the survey is closed,” says Christine.

Results from this survey will not just equip local government to have a clearer understanding of the primary industry in each location but also enable scientists, businesses and support services.

RWNZ will be using results from the survey in order to better cater to the needs of the women in each area such as what topics to offer as well-being events or educational workshops.

Every completed survey can chose for $10 to be donated to the charity of their choosing out of the Westpac Chopper Appeal, Farmstrong, Retired Working Dogs and the QEII National Trust. Also, each participant goes into a prize draw to win one of five $500 supermarket vouchers.


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