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We are all so delighted that everyone left conference "buzzing" with renewed Zonta energy.  It was very appropriate that we started conference on Suffrage Day. There was variety with the keynote speakers, interactive and useful workshops, inspiring young awardees and panellists, interesting Zonta reports and a lot of fun had in Eat Streat on Friday night and at the gala dinner on Saturday night. We were honoured to have our Zonta International Representative, Winnie Teoh, with us for conference. We had displays and presentations about our district history and started our celebrations of our 50 years in New Zealand. Everyone was delighted with the selection of Lesley Elliott as the Zonta New Zealand Woman of the Biennium. Lesley said she didn't realise how many Zonta members she had previously met and it felt like 'coming home'. She felt very much a part of it all.

The feedback has been very positive and affirming for all of those members who worked so hard to make the conference a success - particularly the members of the host club, Rotorua, and also the District Board members and the other clubs who helped at conference. Conference Chair, Pam McGrath and I are very appreciative of the support that we received, in particular the 191 Zonta registrants.  

Congratulations to Governor-Elect Janet Hope, Lt. Governor-elect Souella Cumming and their new board which takes office in July 2016.

We now turn our attention to some activities for the rest of the year - Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women, our 50 Women of Achievement and 50 Young Women of Potential Awards to commemorate our 50 years of Zonta in New Zealand, Proposals for the Biennium Project for 2016-2018, and Service Recognition Awards.  

Remember to share your stories on club or district Facebook pages and with Zonta International- Send high resolution photos and stories to our PR chair, webmaster and to me.

We have a busy time ahead of us before we can have some summer relaxation.



In this Issue:
50 Women Awards
2016-2018 District Board and Nominating Committee
Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women
Toolkit - Workplace effects of violence against women
Zonta International Jane M.Klausman Awardee
Service Project Guide
District Project 2016-2018

Zonta International Service Recognition Awards




18th -20th September 2015


Top: Conference group
Second Row:from left Rotorua Mayor Hon. Steve Chadwick, Zonta International representative Winnie Teoh, District 16 Governor Janette Irvine, Te Arawa Kaumatua Monty Morrison
Third row: from left Auckland Zonta Club charter members Joan Mary Longcroft and Anne Gambrill, Rotorua Girls High School Kapa Haka group
Fourth row: from left Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Hon. Louise Upston, Minister for women: Lesley Elliott Zonta New Zealand Woman of the Biennium Award recipient, with Kristin Dunne, trustee of Sophie Elliott Foundation
Fifth row: Angela Swann-Cronin, speaker at Gala Dinner, District 16 YWPA Chair Sue Poynter, Gauri Prabhakar D16 YWPA Awardee, Governor Janette

Conference photos can be accessed in Dropbox. They are being put into folders.

Conference presentations will be in the Dropbox link below and also on the website

It was fantastic to be able to announce the launch of our new website at conference. I do hope everyone has logged in and had a look around. We are still working on the 'Resources' page, getting everything to open as it should. We would really like to be able to keep the 'events' page up-to-date, so do let our webmaster know about your forthcoming events. We have a page for awards, so keep us up-to-date with information about your club awards. 

Nikola Bass has developed a new website information document-see link below:

The updated District 16 Rules of Procedure are on the website:

Note that our parliamentary authority is now Robert's Rules.

Many of our clubs will be electing their new boards at AGM's later in the year, so nominating committees will be busy. If asked to serve please remember that you pledged to do so willingly when you accepted Zonta membership. If clubs are updating Bylaws, these will need to be circulated to members at least 10 days before the AGM, to be adopted at the AGM.



We want all Clubs in New Zealand to be able to engage with the 50th anniversary celebrations and in a consistent way throughout New Zealand. These Awards are part of District 16’s 50th anniversary celebrations and provide:

  1. Clubs with an opportunity to engage with their local community,
  2. District 16 and Clubs with an opportunity for media exposure, and
  3. A link to the Zonta International centenary celebrations in 2019.

More importantly these Awards enable Zonta to identify and celebrate women who have empowered women and girls or may in the future.
The Awards are not intended to be ‘elitist’; they are about the recipient’s empowerment of other women and girls. The recipient may be a woman only known in her local community or organisation, or a woman who is known nationally and/or internationally. All nominees must be New Zealand citizens or residents. The other eligibility criteria is set out in the Nomination Forms.
Clubs and like-minded women’s organisations can make a single or multiple nominations.
Clubs can also send the Applications out to other like-minded organisations within their community.
Nominations close on 11 December 2015. 
The recipients will be announced on International Women’s Day 8 March 2016.
The recipients will receive a certificate. There is no financial reward with the Awards. The nominating Club or organisation may like to present the Award.
Please contact Barbara Pope, Chair of the Centennial and Semi-Centennial Committee, with any queries about the Awards or the nomination process.
PH: +64 4 4771 575 | M: 027 323 3253  | E:

Zonta New Zealand 50 Young Women of Potential

Zonta New Zealand 50 Women of Achievement

Congratulations to the elected members of the District Board for 2016-2018 and the Nominating Committee

Governor     Janet Hope
Lt Governor Souella Cumming
Treasurer     Barbara Astill
Area 1 Director  Irene McPherson
Area 2 Director  Nicola Schreurs
Area 3 Director  Sue Grainger
Area 4 Director  Vivienne Stephens
Area 5 Director  Helen Carter

Nominating Committee:
Chair       Janine Gould
Members Lynda Garrett
                Wendy Almond  


It is just one month until all the activities start for ZSN. It is very encouraging to read about plans in clubs' newsletters.
Start preparing your club's media releases and messages to the Prime Minister and Minister for Women.

REMEMBER: Saturday November 28th - nationwide Orange March

Make sure you take lots of photos and send in to our webmaster, PR Chair, and to Zonta International with your stories.

TOOLKIT to promote Productivity Gains from Workplace Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence
This comprehensive toolkit has been developed by Advocacy Chair, Christine Cook.

Violence against Women is a Workplace Issue
This toolkit has been prepared for District 16 Clubs to use as part of the Zonta says No to Violence against Women campaign and to further align our advocacy work to the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
The toolkit is based on the themes raised in the paper, Productivity gains from Workplace Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence and is intended to be used as a resource for Clubs for presentations to employers, panel discussions, debates or at club meetings. Suzanne Snively one of the co-authors of the paper is happy to be involved in promoting this work.
All documents I have referenced are included in the Toolkit so you can access more information or source more material as you choose. (Please reference any additional material you use from the documents.) I also prepared a PowerPoint presentation that can be adjusted to suit different presenters or contexts.

The Toolkit contents are in the 'Advocacy' section of 'Resources' on the website.


This is a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact. In New Zealand the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa  is working with the NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Equal Employment Organisation of the Human Rights Commission. Zonta has had a Hamilton-Waikato member on the WEPs committee and we are in the process of becoming a formal partner on this committee. The other groups are all in agreement and we are awaiting a resolution to be adopted at the next WEPs committee meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for us to further the initiatives of Zonta International, particularly in our provincial areas, encouraging businesses to become signatories to WEPs.


It has just been announced that Katie Keir has been awarded a Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Katie is pictured with District 16 JMK Chair Anne McMurtrie and Governor Janette at the recent Auckland Club's 50th birthday and Awards dinner, where Katie was presented with her Auckland Club and District 16 JMK Awards. We are very proud of Katie's achievements.

The Zonta International Service Committee has sent a very useful tool to enable clubs to assess service projects against Zonta's mission.
This is on the website. See link below:

Strengthening New Zealand's Legislative Response to Family Violence
District 16's Advocacy Committee sent in a submission and thanks to clubs that sent individual submissions.

Parental Leave Bill
From Advocacy Chair, Christine Cook -please respond to the email sent to Club Presidents:

You may be aware submissions are open for an amendment to the Parental Leave Bill proposed by MP Sue Moroney.
Zonta District 16 made a submission to the paid parental leave Bill in 2013 and subsequently Lynn McKenzie (then ZI President)  and Dr Wendy Saunders of the Zonta Club of Wellington presented (on behalf of Zonta District 16) before the select committee.The latest Bill before Parliament is looking to extend paid parental leave from 16 to 22 weeks next year then to 26 weeks in 2018. 
Parental Leave is an important issue for women as it addresses employment parity and influences the representation of women in the workforce. Young women are often leaving University with student loans and then participating in a workforce that pays them on average 9% less than their male counterparts and further to this, women often need to balance work and family responsibilities to maintain economic independence.
These issues are important to Zonta and we intend to make another submission on behalf of District 16 and seek your input and support for this Bill. Dr Judy Whitcombe has attended various meetings and the feedback from organisations such as 26 for Babies, and also politicians is to make as many submissions on the Bill as possible!

Please read the attachments to Christine's email and respond to her by October 30th.
Submissions due November 6th.

The theme of the conference was 'picking up the pace - towards gender equality'. It was an enjoyable and interesting conference with guest speakers Dame Lesley Max, Hon. Louise Upston, Suzanne Snively, Her Worship the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown and Dr Jo Cribb. All of the remits to the NCWNZ conference September 27-28 were passed. Thanks to those of you who sent in your responses. President, Rae Duff presented a new strategic plan and the white paper 'Enabling women's potential - the social, economic and ethical imperative' was launched to the membership.



The time has come to think about proposals for the District 16 Project for the next biennium. It is possible to continue with the current project, but that would have to be put in as a proposal, to be judged against others.

The proposal form has been sent to club presidents. It is also available on the website: 

 Proposals are to be sent to the Governor by Monday 1 February 2016


For the district and club awards there are two categories:
1) Service projects that empower women and girls in general to achieve equal rights and to secure their access to all legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional resources; and
2) Service projects focusing on prevention of the root causes of violence against women and girls through education.
Applications have to be sent to the governor by email by
29th December 2015.


The Zonta Club of Auckland has celebrated 50 years oif service and advocacy at a special Awards Dinner on October 19th.

Photos above:
From left: Joan Mary Longcroft, Anne Gambrill and Lillian Chrystall, Charter Members of the Zonta Club of Auckland, recognised for their 50 years of service.

Anne McMurtrie, District 16 JMK Chair, Katie Keir Auckland Club and District 16 JMK Women in Business Awardee, Governor Janette Irvine, Natalie Germann, Auckland Club Cherry Raymond Awardee, Sandra Dudek, Auckland Club President

Wanganui                35 years

amilton-Waikato    45 years
Auckland                  50 years
Christchurch-Canterbury 45 years

Hibiscus Coast        26 years
Dunedin-Otago        45 years

Lillian Chrystall        50 years Zonta Club of Auckland
Anne Gambrill          50 years
Joan Mary Longcroft 50 years
Catherine Boyd        35 years Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury
Nola Crawford          35 years Zonta Club of Wanganui
Anne Johnston         35 years Zonta Club of Christchurch North
Ngaio Donnell          25 years Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury


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