Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has offered its full support to the Government for communities that are affected by the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) outbreak.
This announcement was made in a meeting last week with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O'Connor, and Waikato dairy farmers, then reiterated with industry leaders.
"Our rural communities are really hurting in this unprecedented biosecurity outbreak — it is vital they are supported throughout this response, no matter what future plan is decided next week," says RWNZ national president Fiona Gower.
"From what I saw on Monday last week, and what we are hearing from our members and others in the industry, it is clear that the response to M. bovis is upsetting and we are pleased to have been able to offer our support.
"Since 1925, RWNZ members have been the glue that holds rural communities together and nearly 100 years later we continue by working with Rural Support Trusts, visiting farming families, and offering funding for adverse events.
"The decision to offer our full support comes from recent meetings with industry leaders and the Minister, and from our many years' experience supporting rural communities.
"We are pleased to continue our tradition of charitable giving and we look forward to ensuring rural communities are fully supported through the M. bovis outbreak," says Fiona.