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31 May 2022 - 3:57pm

From the President

From the President

Celebrating GWNZ and building our resilience for the future

Celebrating GWNZ and building our resilience for the future

17th to 18th June 2022 is the long awaited GWNZ Centenary Celebration hosted by Graduate Women North Shore (GWNS). GWNZ has been ‘empowering women and girls through education’ since 1921.  The weekend is designed to “Look back and Look forward.”

There are two main events: Firstly, Join GWNS and their North Shore community on Friday 17th June for drinks and nibbles; and three women leaders reflecting on “Breaking barriers: Looking back – Looking forward”. For details see the Flyer for this event and RSVP by 10 June to northshore@gwnz.org.nz.

Secondly, Saturday offers a range of events for members such as a breakfast at a local café, facilitated workshops for the branches/Independent Members to share their insights for  ‘Looking back and Looking forward’, hearing from the awardees for the GWNZ/GW Fiji Pacific Scholarship, and finishing up with the centenary dinner overlooking Takapuna Beech. For details see the full programme and RSVP to your branch President or Independent Member convenor. Thank you GWNS, and Lorelle George (President) for the hours of work in making this happen. Members, please join us for this celebration of GWNZ working for women and girls for over 100 years.

The last couple of years have impacted on the status of women and girls; including their access to education. The purpose for GWNZ is as relevant now as it was in 1921. One way to build our resilience as an organisation is to ensure we understand what matters to women and girls and how access to education can contribute to what matters.

For us to be relevant ‘Looking Forward” we need to hear from our future leaders. To this end at the recent Special General Meeting, GWNZ have introduced two new membership categories: student membership – undergraduate and membership – postgraduate student. These membership categories are designed to engage students as our future leaders in the work of GWNZ, empower branches /IMN to attract students to branches /IMN and to minimise financial barriers to membership.

These new categories take effect from the Special General Meeting. Please work with your branch committee and IMN convenor to reach out students and engage them in the work of GWNZ. They are our future!

  • Dr Jo Innes, President (GWNZ), Chair (GWNZ-CT)