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February 2016


You will all be 'embracing the challenge' of a new Zonta year, hopefully after some restful time with family and friends over the summer. Our thoughts are with those who have had health, or other serious life issues, to deal with.

Your District 16 board has just had its first meeting for the year, dealing with governance matters for the district and planning for the rest of the biennium.

Convention in Nice is now not too far off, so if you are planning to go please let Helen Carter know. It is really great to have someone co-ordinating all our details and social activities.
Remember Early Bird Registration finishes February 27th.

Many of our clubs are planning International Women’s Day events around March 8th, which is also Zonta Rose Day. The UN Women's theme for this year is:

Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
”. See more information below.

The new District 16 website is looking really good, with functionality improving steadily with Nikola and Anne getting it up-to-date. The membership lists have required a considerable amount of work and we really want to keep these current.

I encourage you all to read the District 16 Goals and Strategic Plan for this biennium so that you can help us to achieve all of the goals that we set. From the Area Director's reports we can see that our clubs are really busy and achieve so much for empowering women and girls locally, and internationally. I will be speaking about our district’s progress at the Area Meetings, so I look forward to seeing as many of you at these meetings as possible. We change the focus for the meetings every year, so there is always something new to learn.    

Yours in Zonta

In this Issue:
International Women's Day and Zonta Rose Day
Amelia Earhart Day
Area Meetings
Convention Nice

District Project 2014-2016 and proposals for 2016-18
Young Women in Public Affairs Award
UN Democracy Fund



The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

About IWD (from UN Women website)
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. - See more at:

The National Committee of UN Women Aotearoa NZ will be focusing its fund raising efforts on Ending Violence against Women in the Pacific through a contribution to the UN Women Pacific Fund. This is particularly pertinent to SDG #5 for gender equality.

In the Pacific, a major challenge to gender equality is the high incidence of violence against women. UN Women’s Pacific Fund supports a range of projects to change this tragic situation. Recent projects included support for the Family Support Centre in Solomon Islands, an advocacy centre for women and girls suffering violence and the House of Sarah in Fiji which provides training to male church leaders, counselling to women survivors of violence and community education in parishes. The specific project for funds raised at functions this year will be selected in discussion with the UN Women office in Suva which coordinates the Fund. UN Women Aotearoa NZ would appreciate support for this initiative from Zonta through the IWD events.

Zonta Clubs Planning Events
Please send your flyers to so that information can go onto the 'Events' page of our website and onto the Facebook page.

Also send them to UN Women National Committee IWD Co-ordinator Barbara Bedeschi and the information will be put onto the UN Women website . If you would like UN Women pamphlets for your events please contact Barbara as soon as possible and she will send them to you.

After the events please send photos and articles to the webmaster, PR chair and governor.  

The Zonta Rose
The beauty of a single yellow rose has been a favourite Zonta symbol for decades. Since 1999, the Zonta Rose has served as the symbol of Zonta Rose Day, which falls on 8 March and coincides with International Women’s Day. On this special Day, Zontians worldwide are encouraged to publicly distribute yellow roses, or items bearing the image of yellow roses, accompanied by information about Zonta International and issues relating to improving the lives of women.
Since the 1980s, each decade has seen a new Zonta rose:
1983: Valerie Webster, then Lt. Governor of District 16, proposed that a breed of rose be developed as a living symbol of our organisation – Harkness & Co. developed Hartanna, Brite Lites or Princess Alice. In Valerie's memory we hope to have this rose propagated later this year.
1997: Denmark Clubs – Harkness developed Harflow, or Easy Going -the rose pictured above
2008: Zonta+ Rose introduced at Convention

To commemorate Amelia Earhart Day in January the Zonta Club of Marlborough launched a new scholarship.

ZONTA Marlborough in conjunction with the Marlborough Aero Club
Amelia Earhart Flying Scholarship 2016
This scholarship is to be awarded by the Zonta Club of Marlborough to a woman living in Marlborough who is 18 years of age or over and is financially independent.  
She must be medically sound, a self starter and able to manage her time and work to a high standard. It is important that she be able to take the time to take lessons.
Lessons need to be scheduled carefully so that skills learned are not lost with time delays.
The applicant should support the Zonta mission, empowering women through service and advocacy.
Requirements for the award can be found in the application form on the District 16 website

The Award:
  • Solo pack $2750 (12 hours flying tuition)
  • Civil Aviation Authority medical exam application fee
  • 12 months membership in the Marlborough Aero Club
  • 12 months membership in the NZ Association of Women in Aviation
  • Logbook
Applications must be received by the President, Zonta Club of Marlborough by
28th February 2016

A short list of up to five(5) will be selected for further consideration and notified by
31st March 2016

To confirm a short list place, a pre-selection flight with the Marlborough Aero Club’s
CFI must be taken at own cost($75) before 30th April 2016. Assessment from this flight
will have a bearing on the final selection

The Zonta Club of Marlborough’s Flying Scholarship Award will be announced in
mid-May. A schedule for lessons will be planned after the award ceremony

MEMBERSHIP - from Governor-elect & Membership Chair, Janet Hope
Two new resources from the ZI Membership Committee have been distributed to Club Presidents through the Area Directors. One focuses on e-clubs and the other highlights some best practice for recruiting and retaining members from around the world. These are on the website:
I encourage you to read this information, however with International Women’s Day only weeks away I would like to highlight some local best practice from the Zonta Club of Marlborough…
Use your IWD events to recruit new members

1.   Create an interesting and attractive invitation on an A5 format to put at each place setting on the breakfast table - 8th March (or near date).  Get the MC to mention it at some stage through the event.

2.  Invite new and prospective members to a Brunch and Bubbles at a members home on a Sunday approximately one month later - a  get together in a relaxed lovely garden setting.
3.  Record all the attendees from the RSVP for catering purposes.  (Get e-mail/mobile contacts etc.)  Members provide a delicious finger food brunch. 
 4. At the event, get a data projector for the Zonta new member slide show edited to suit, and get suitable members to talk enthusiastically about local causes and service involvement
5. Invite those who confirm their interest, to the next club evening and make sure there will be an interesting speaker.
From an audience of around 100 people Marlborough Club got between 10 and 20 people coming along, have successfully grown their membership over the past two years and are optimistic for a similar result in 2016.
A similar approach could be taken with any fundraising event you hold. Please remember to copy any membership changes (new members, resignations, transfers) that you send to Zonta International to so our District records can be kept up to date.

Planning is well underway for Area Meetings for 2016, the first being just over a month away. Your Area Directors put in a lot of time to ensure these are informative and entertaining, so do support them. It is particularly important for club officers and new members to attend. It is a great experience for all members to meet other Zontians from the area and district officers, as well as to learn more about Zonta. There is always something new to learn, or to be reminded about!

Area 1:  Saturday 17 April       Host East Auckland
Area 2: Saturday 19 March     Host Hawkes Bay
Area 3: Saturday 30 April        Host Christchurch-Canterbury
Area 4: Sunday 15 May           Host Rotorua
Area 5: Saturday 2 April          Host Ashburton

I look forward to seeing you all at your Area Meetings.

Commission on the Status of Women New York March 14-24 2016
A reminder if anyone is attending - notify Megan Radavich at ZI HQ
13th March - Zonta CSW orientation
18th March - Dinner with ZI President Maria Jose hosted by the Zonta Club of New York
If you would like to be part of a NZ delegation there are positions available with some of our NZ NGO's. Each NGO has 20 places, so ZI has 20 globally, whereas NZWW has 20 for NZ.
Contact Beverley Turner -

If you are considering attending convention in Nice then you should be organising hotel bookings. These are filling up fast. If you book through the convention website Zonta International receives a small percentage, but you can book through other sites. Many of the hotels are requiring up to 50% deposit.
There was an email update on convention to every member in January giving you your ID number, which is required for registration. You can also find this on our website and it comes with your Zontian magazine.

Our District meeting will be Saturday July 2nd 10.35 - 11.20am
Tuesday July 5th there will be 'round table discussions' for non-delegates.

If you are attending convention please contact Helen Carter, who will be our social co-ordinator -
Check out the convention website-

As at January 31st District 16 clubs had raised $58,902.00 for the Sophie Elliott Foundation. A report from Bill O'Brien shows that the 8000 books have cost $54,149.84. This funding effort is fantastic and really appreciated by the Sophie Elliott Foundation. 4000 books have been distributed. A further 4000 will be in police stores now, to be distributed during 2016. Clubs will be notified about plans for funds raised during the remainder of this biennium.

Lesley Elliott and Bill O'Brien have continued to engage with the community promoting the Loves Me Not programme in a variety of presentations, such as Auckland District Health Board Training Day, Family Violence Seminars at Victoria University and Rural Women in the Wairarapa, as well as visiting Zonta Clubs. They always take the opportunity to promote the partnership with Zonta. The programme is increasing in popularity with the police, schools and teachers.

Quote from Bill O'Brien, Education Manager SEF
"Of all the presentations given since the last report, none has had the impact as one given at a police-run camp for at-risk young women in a remote North Island location. It is understood that through Lesley's intervention by speaking  there that one young woman who was in a violently abusive relationship has finally escaped from that situation. It will never be known, but perhaps another life has been saved"

The year ended with filming of the film aimed at giving parents knowledge and skills to support their children through relationships. It is due to be released early in the new school year.

We received proposals for only the Sophie Elliott Foundation to continue supporting the Loves Me Not workshops with books. The proposal will soon be sent to all clubs to vote on, as we have to ensure it has support from over 50% of clubs.


District Chair, Sue Poynter, recently sent an email to all clubs with the information about the YWPA awards. Some clubs have already presented their awards, but we encourage all clubs to put forward a candidate for the district award
Last year 20 of our 28 clubs had a YWPA awardee. Let's see if we can do better in 2016.
Sue encourages you to approach all the high schools and tertiary institutions in your catchment areas to remind them to put forward a candidate for this very worthwhile award.(A directory of schools and tertiary institutions is available on

All the information you need about the Award itself is on the ZI website (link below),ScholarshipFellowshipTools.aspx

Please remember that applications must be in electronic form to be forwarded to D16 and Sue needs to receive these by April 1st at the very latest.

Please let Sue know if you need any support or assistance in any way.

The new District 16 website is progressing really well, thanks to additional work by Phillippa and her Mega Advertising team, and Nikola and Anne updating resources, membership lists, etc.

The Brief Club Histories are having to be put into suitable format to add to the ‘histories’ page, so please bear with us while this is happening.

The "Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women' activities are all on the ZSN page, but we would like you to check your club's entry and, if the photo is missing, please send us your photo in high resolution. Some were not good enough quality for the webpage, so you will be contacted about this. 

The 'Events' page now has the form available to complete for your activity. Press on 'add event'. You can attach photos and flyers to this. The webmasters will then put up the information.

The main problem members are having with accessing the website is remembering that the user name and password are both case sensitive.

Information about this fund was received mid-December, so there was no time to consider a proposal, but this is worth considering for the future if there is a major project that the district would like to seek funding for.

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy.

Project proposals may be submitted online between 15 November and 31 December 2015 at

You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned from previous rounds at (in English)

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes, under six main areas:
鯟 Community activism
鯟 Rule of law and human rights
鯟 Women’s empowerment
鯟 Youth engagement
鯟 Strengthening civil society capacity for interaction with Government
鯟 Media and freedom of information
鯟 Tools for knowledge

This is the Tenth Round to be launched by UNDEF, which provides grants of up to US$300,000 per project. UNDEF has supported more than 600 projects in over 100 countries at a total amount of over US$160 million. Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding. Projects are two years long.


This photo was sent by Sue Marshall, President Christchurch North Club, of two past Area 3 Directors at the club's Christmas Party. Eleanor Stewart (right), who missed conference last year for the first time,
due to ill health, is pictured with Agnes White. Our thoughts are with Eleanor and her health challenges.

Zonta Club Birthdays
Oamaru               8 years
Thames Valley    24 years
Ashburton           22 years

Auckland West    40 years

Cita Shanks, charter member of Zonta Club of Auckland West - 40 years' service
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