UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Dear Members and Supporters

He mihi mahana ki a koe

Warm greetings to you

Thank you so much for your amazing support for our International Women’s Day 2018 Celebrations.

One of the great strengths of IWD every year is that it gathers women and girls from all over Aotearoa New Zealand to share their stories and to be inspired anew for action for the coming year. 2018 was no exception. This year, in part due to livestreaming of the annual Breakfast in Parliament, we reached more groups and individuals throughout New Zealand than ever before. We also reached out to groups overseas for the first time. To date, we have received $3,000 from your donations during IWD for the UN Women Meri Seif Bus project in Papua New Guinea.  Tenkyu tumas!

In addition to our IWD activities, we are also pleased to provide, courtesy of Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission, a brief summary of New Zealand NGOs participation at the annual Commission on the Status of Women meeting held in March in New York.

With sadness, we note the recent death of long time UNIFEM and UN Women NCANZ Auckland based supporter, Lady Rae Frampton.  Beverley Turner, former UNIFEM President and UN Women Life member remembers Lady Rae.

Nga mihi nui
Barbara Williams
President UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ

IWD Events around Aotearoa NZ

Barbara Bedeschi Lewando, Vice –President and IWD Coordinator

The many events held across New Zealand, were a huge success and we couldn’t be more proud to see so many people join us in solidarity on the road to achieving gender equality and supporting women’s empowerment.

This year, our special thanks go to the Christchurch Local Committee of UN Women, and to the many groups which supported us including Zonta Club Marlborough, Soroptimists Waimea, Zonta, ICW and Graduate Women North Shore and Women’s Federation for World Peace. We really appreciate your support and look forward to next year to further strengthen our collaboration.

While International Women’s Day is one day, we know that recognising actions needed to achieve gender equality must be something we do everyday.

Together let us work to ensure that no woman is left behind, on International Women’s Day or ever. Thank you to all our supporters, partners, sponsors, guests and speakers for making this IWD an inspiration and another step forward for women’s empowerment.

If you made a kind donation at the event, our team will be processing your gift in the coming weeks and you will be sent a tax receipt via email or via post.

Images of our events are available on our Facebook account – click here to access.

If you would like to do more, you can still support women’s empowerment across the globe by donating to the Meri Seif Bus project or by purchasing an Esprit IWD 2018 Signature Scarf here.

Thank you again for your support.

IWD breakfast at Parliament 2018

Sue Kedgley, UN WomenNCANZ Board Member and Breakfast Coordinator

Helen Clark was the star attraction at the International Women’s Day breakfast at Parliament this year, organized by the National committee for UN Women and Wellington Zonta and hosted by the Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter.

The Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, spoke at the breakfast, along with the Minister for Women, and the Women’s Choir sang ‘I Can’t Keep Quiet’ in Te Reo.

Then Dr Gill Greer, Executive Director of the National Council for Women, interviewed Helen Clark for 40 minutes.

The breakfast was a huge success, with 400 people attending the event at Parliament. As well, we live streamed the breakfast for the first time, and thousands of people tuned into the breakfast by live stream from all around New Zealand, and in 14 other countries,. More than 100 groups organized breakfasts in their local communities around New Zealand to participate in the breakfast.

Here is the link to – the entire breakfast or just the interview with Helen Clark.

So far 1,400 people have uploaded the video of the interview with Helen Clark, and more than 1000 people have uploaded the video of the whole event.

The feedback we have received from the breakfast and from the people who watched it by live stream has been incredibly positive, and we intend to live stream the breakfast again next year.

Live streaming of the event was made possible by the generosity of UN Women Empowerment Partner, the ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited.

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) women: a New Zealand perspective

New Zealand presented a Side Event* at CSW62, chaired by Dr Jackie Blue and speakers addressed:  “Empowerment of Rural Women through economic opportunity”.   This was a wide ranging presentation and very well received by a packed audience; see:  https://www.hrc.co.nz/news/advocating-womens-rights-united-nations/

The New Zealand Mission hosted a most enjoyable evening reception at the Mission to celebrate NZ’s 125th Anniversary of Suffrage and all ‘kiwis’ at CSW62 were presented with distinctive white camellia lapel pins to mark the occasion.

* ‘Side Events’ are hosted by Governments, UN agencies etc and held on UN premises, nearly always within UN Headquarters.
Side Events should not to be confused with NGO Parallel Events which are held in various meeting spaces across 4 venues within 20 minutes walk  of UN – NZers were involved in hosting and/or presenting at several of these; also in facilitating the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional caucus.

In memory of Lady Rae Margaret Frampton BA, MNZM who died on 13 March 2018, aged 87 years

Beverley Turner, former President of UNIFEM (predecessor of UN WomenNCANZ)

Lady Rae Frampton a former President of the Auckland Branch Committee of UNIFEM New Zealand died recently in Auckland after a long and active community life.  Rae was an enthusiastic supporter of many voluntary organisations dedicated to making a difference in society, especially to the lives of women both in New Zealand and overseas.  These included National Council of Women New Zealand where she enthusiastically convened the Home Economics and Consumer Affairs Standing Committee from 1990 and also New Zealand Federation of University Women, now Graduate Women New Zealand where she served a successful term as Auckland Branch President.  NZFUW/FGWNZ’s primary focus on the importance of education for girls and women as a means of ensuring that everyone in society is able to develop to their fullest potential fitted Rae’s values well and had much appeal.

A colleague from another international NGO to which Rae belonged within New Zealand recalls that “Rae was a calm and positive influence working toward the betterment of the status of women and encouraging women to achieve with university qualifications.  She was always willing to help and give useful advice gained over many years from her wide involvement with various NGOs.”

The 1998-1999 UNIFEM New Zealand Auckland Region’s 6th Annual Report presented by Rae as the outgoing President detailed a busy year of activity under her very capable leadership.  Activities had ranged from the annual IWD fundraising Breakfast in central Auckland and other successful IWD fund-raisers in Titirangi and Papakura; to ‘Dollars for Women’ fund-raising by Westlake Girls students.  A unique event convened by Rae was a special Dames’ Day Afternoon Tea based on the themes of Gender Equity and Progress for Women with ten recipients of this highest honour partaking vigorously in a skilfully chaired Q & A session; the considerable donations received also signalled the increasing visibility of ‘UNIFEM Auckland’ as we were known.

Rae was a modest leader and could seem self-effacing at times as she worked quietly and diligently to support UNIFEM goals in support of human rights of women and girls with an increasing focus on the Pacific region.
Several UNIFEM Auckland colleagues during Rae’s presidency have shared their memories of Rae…
‘Rae may have been quietly spoken but she was passionate about women’s rights.’
‘Her goals were clear, both nationally and internationally; Rae was always positive and willing to “give it a go”.’
‘I remember Rae as a small, slight and modest woman with bright eyes and a very big social conscience’…

When Jane Prichard, a long-time friend of Rae’s spoke at Rae’s funeral, she concluded by saying:  
Thank you Rae for the life that you yourself described as  “challenging, enlightening, stimulating and enjoyable”.  What more could you ask…

Sir Alan and Lady Rae Frampton with Massey University Chancellor Russ Ballard – Taken on March 13, 2013

NCW launches findings of the Gender Equal Survey

New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey shows strong ideas about what boys and men “should” be like hold us all back

Gender Equal NZ, led by the National Council of Women, has today released the results of New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey, along with the Good Guys animated short film and infographic.
“We carried out this demographically representative survey with Research NZ in late 2017” says National Council of Women CE and Gender Equal NZ spokesperson Gill Greer.  “The Gender Attitudes Survey tested attitudes around gender roles – in the household, at school, at work and in the community and gives us a snapshot of where we’re at in New Zealand on gender”
“The good news is most New Zealanders recognise gender equality is a fundamental right for all of us. But we are seeing a pocket of New Zealanders that hold old-fashioned views about gender stereotypes and roles” says Gill, “these views hold all New Zealanders back from achieving true gender equality.”

Read the full basic report from the Gender Attitudes Survey here.
View the Good Guys animated film here.
View and download the Good Guys infographic here.
Link to www.genderequal.nz

SDG Summit

UN Women NCANZ will be represented at the SDG Summit being held in Wellington on 23 April. We will report on this ground breaking event in our next newsletter.

Thank you for your support of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand.  There are plenty of ways you can be involved:

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New Horizons for Women Trust

Kia ora koutou

Please share with women in your community. We welcome applications from women seeking funding support for second-chance education, research, and specific purpose awards.

New Horizons for Women Trust

Hine Kahukura

There are over 40 awards to select available in 2018. Applications close on SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018 at 7pm. For more information or to apply for an award please go to:


New Horizons for Women Trust Hine Kahukura provides awards that benefit women and/or girls. Each year the Trust provides a number of second-chance education, research and specific purpose awards.

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura looks forward to receiving applications from women throughout Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018.

Noeline Holt


New Horizons for Women Trust 

Public consultation on climate change negotiations

On 14 March 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) published a call for submissions seeking views on what New Zealand’s priorities should be in the international climate change negotiations. The Ministry for the Environment has been asked to reach out to iwi / hapū / Māori using our contacts to let them know of this consultation process.


To provide some context, the Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in 2015. Countries that signed up to the Agreement are now negotiating the guidelines for how to put it into practice.  The guidelines are due to be agreed at an important meeting in December 2018 in Poland – the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). Although the COP24 is not until December, negotiations on the guidelines are already under way.


MFAT  would like to hear your views on the outcomes New Zealand should seek in these negotiations to help reach an outcome on the Paris Agreement guidelines that will balance all countries’ needs and priorities.  The submission period closes on 3 April.    Further information on the consultation process can be found on MFAT’s website here.   The reason for the timeframe is that the negotiating mandate will be considered by Cabinet in mid-April, before the first negotiating session of 2018 takes place in late April in Bonn, Germany.


Please note that you should make your submission to MFAT directly via their website here, and not to the Ministry for the Environment.

MWDI HineBoss Business Workshop

Kia ora Māori Womens Welfare League,

We would love you to join us at the upcoming HineBoss™ Programme in Wellington on the 21- 23 March.

Get over $1000 sponsorship to attend the three day MWDI HineBoss business programme. The cost to you is $30 plus booking fee. Please feel free to share with your networks.

Māori Women’s Development Incorporated are proud to bring to you this three day wahine business programme with a difference.

The HineBoss™ Programme is designed to empower Wāhine Māori and their whānau through entrepreneurship, fun and passion.

HineBoss supports individuals to get more clarity around their business idea, articulate their vision, mission and values, understand business structures, make sense of their finances, look into ways of marketing a business, identifying who is required for your business to flourish and ensure individuals are balancing not only the businesses well-being but also themselves.

We have included some information for your perusal.

MWDI HineBoss – Wellington

HineBoss is a 3 day programme and looks at the holistic ways to cover all the fundamentals of starting a business which helps you to find your own answers and unleash your business potential.

This 3 day interactive business programme has been designed to support small to medium sized business owners. The programme will give you practical tips and tricks to keep your business on track and guidelines to track your business.

The programme will support you, the business owner, both with home and work and will support you to create strategies to grow your business. The programme covers all aspects of running a successful business, managing money and staff.

Your convenient A5 sized work book is your personal business diary, which you can take anywhere. Consisting of 12 modules is uncomplicated with simple check lists and tasks including a business health check managing the 3Ps – place, people and profits.

The HineBoss™ Programme value added services include a pre-programme interview to assess necessary support and resources you need; 3 day intensive training and workshops, evening home work requirements and a post-programme follow up assessment and support.

A few of the intended learning outcomes from some of the modules include:

Business Structure
Gain competency and understanding of business structures; be able to choose the most appropriate business structure for her business; gain an understanding of the IR tools available.

Building My Business
(Re) ignited passion for business; developed a mission, vision, values and goals that inspire action.

My Fabulous Finance
Gained an understanding of emotional attachment to money and its effects on running a business; analysed the financial requirements of running a business; created a spreadsheet that gives an understanding of the business income and expenditure for the last 12 months.

My Business Team
Gained a sense of the value of team members; identified who is missing from the team; created a plan of how to complete the team; identified barriers to success.

Customer Service/Target Market
Gained an understanding of the target market demographics; developed strategies to build the customer base; gained an understanding of good customer service strategies.

Marketing Magic
Developed a creative brief; demonstrated an ability to build a brand; identified which type of marketing works best for the business; created a marketing strategy; identified benefits of the business to the customers; identified the point of difference; analysed competitors.

Created a detailed account of income and expenses for the business; completed a cash flow statement for the business.

Work Life Balance
Recognised the important facets of life and work; developed a strategy to support success at home and in business.

Created a business pitch; developed presentation skills; developed skills to analyse presentations; seen the business through others’ eyes.

My Year in Review
A clear understanding of the last 12 months of the business; evaluated what worked and didn’t work in the business; identified what was missing from her business; investigated an overview of last year’s finances; gained an understanding of the starting point from which the business will grow.

MWDI HineBoss – Wellington

125 Suffrage Celebrations at Government House