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RWNZ launches the Cynthia Collier Grant

Rural Women New Zealand (“RWNZ”) is delighted to announce the establishment of a new grant of $5000 to assist projects and initiatives that support rural communities.

Cynthia Collier lived on Wakarua Station near Taihape until her passing and was a passionate supporter of her community and the work of RWNZ. This month marks her birthday and this year marks the 10th anniversary since her passing.

“Mum would love to know that she was being remembered through the continued work of people like her to build community connection and support” says Cynthia’s daughter, Jo Romanes.

The Cynthia Collier Grant will be awarded annually for the next three years with the first grant being awarded in mid 2024. Applications for the 2024 grant will open by the end of November 2023 and close on 30 April 2024.

The grant will support projects and activities that focus on children, the elderly, community or conservation projects or counselling and education initiatives.

This grant adds to the existing philanthropic funds administered by RWNZ including relief after adverse events, a range of educational grants and bursaries and community project grants.


“Women like Cynthia are the backbone of our rural communities” says National President, Gill Naylor.

“We are delighted that this generous bequest from Cynthia’s family will enable us to honour her memory in this way and support the wonderful work that happens in our communities every day.”


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