YOU Matter

A special invitation to pause, re-energise and build the courage, mindset, skills & connections for recovery

Agri-Women’s Development Trust warmly invites you to a special programme for women in the primary sector and rural communities who have been affected by severe weather in 2023.

This is a unique opportunity to set aside the to-do list and take some time out – because you matter.

Discover the power of giving yourself permission to pause, connect, re-energise and learn in a calm, safe and supportive space. Then explore possibilities for positive changes that go the distance and speak to the core of who you are. Oh, and have some fun in the process!

With the support of expert AWDT facilitators and a group of like-minded women, you’ll walk forward inspired,energised and connected with:

  • New awareness of yourself, and how to use your strengths and values to guide your short or long-term decisions and next steps
  • Practical tools and techniques to support your own wellbeing and resilience, and that of your whānau, team or community in the recovery
  • New goals, however small, and a realistic action plan to support yourself and the people and places you care about
  • Lasting connections with women united by shared experiences

Programme structure

Part 1 Residential programme - 2 days & 2 nights
Part 2 Group session 1 - Online Zoom
Part 3 Reconnection in-person - 1 day
Part 4 Group session 2 - Online Zoom


2024 Programmes

Marae-based wānanga

Location P1: Residential P2: Zoom P3: Reconnect P4: Zoom

Ōhaki Marae
Pawarenga, Tai Tokerau

5:00pm Monday 19th  - 4:30pm Wednesday 21st February

Wed 21 Feb 8:30am - 4:30pm Thursday 4th April
(Woodlands, Kerikeri)
Wed 24 Apr
Omarumutu Marae
Ōpōtiki, Bay of Plenty
12:00pm Monday 26th - 12:00pm Wednesday 28th February Mon 4 Mar Tuesday 9th - Wednesday 10th April (Timing TBC, Tauranga TBC) Tue 23 Apr

Residential programmes

Location P1: Residential P2: Zoom P3: Reconnect P4: 0Zoom

Mt Bruce, Wairarapa/ Tararua

5:00pm Wednesday 21st  - 4:30pm Friday 23rd February

Thu 7 Mar 8:30am - 4:30pm Thursday 28th March Wed 17 Apr
Eastwood Hill
Tairawhiti Gisborne
5:00pm Monday 26th  - 4:30pm Wednesday 28th February Mon 18 Mar 9:30am - 5:30pm Thursday 11th April
(HB Williams Memorial Library, Gisborne)
Wed 24 Apr



Thanks to support from MPI and AWDT, there is no fee for the programme itself. Your contribution is $150 + GST to go towards accommodation and meals.  If this isn't affordable for you please email Coco for a fully subsidised place.

Feedback from our first YOU Matter group


“It’s given me time to actually pause and reassess as I've just been stuck in survival mode.”

“This was space of trust, care and genuine understanding - absolutely enhanced by the residential setting.”

“Inspiring to hear other stories and realise others out there are experiencing the same things and I'm not alone.”


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Places are limited to 14 women for each programme.




Thanks to support from MPI and AWDT, there is no fee for the programme itself. Your contribution is $150 + GST to go towards accommodation and meals (tax deductible professional development for businesses). If this is a barrier for your participation, please email us for a fully subsidised place -
You will need to commit to all four parts of the programme to get the benefit and contribute to the group.


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