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From the desk of the Governor

I had the privilege of attending three events celebrating  women and International Women's Day (IWD) this month. The first was the Zonta Club of Rotorua's Women's Achievement Awards on 4th March where four local women were recognised for their contribution to the community: Angela Swann-Cronin (who many of you will have heard speak at the 2015 District Conference dinner), women's tennis legend Ruia Morrison-Davy, national sexual violence survivor advocate Louise Nicholas and artist and community advocate Jill Walker. Key note speaker was Lizzie Marvelly, singer and columnist Read more.



 
The second event was the IWD breakfast at Parliament jointly hosted by the Zonta Club of Wellington and UN Women Aotearoa. Key note speakers were Governor General, the Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women, the Honourable Paula Bennett and writer and feminist, Sandra Cooney. Sandra's speech looked at feminism 47 years on and her speech is available on the District 16 website.

The third event was the Zonta Club of Ashburton's IWD breakfast on Saturday 11th March with key note speaker Julia Hartley-Moore. Julia talked about her life and how she had been told at school that she "would never amount to much" but went on to have a very successful career. 
Three very different events with one common theme - Women empowering women, which left all who attended feeling inspired. The first of the Area Meetings will be held in Whangarei on 26th March, another opportunity to be empowered and inspired and I hope to see you there.

Area Meetings 2017

Sunday 26 March       Area 1 in Whangarei
Saturday 8th April      Area 2 in Wanganui
Sunday 30th April      Area 4 in Hamilton
Saturday 6th May      Area 3 in Christchurch
Saturday 20th May    Area 5 in Dunedin 

New Sponsor for District 16 YWPA Award and Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in February 2017 with Kepa Financial Services which provides financial sponsorship to these District Awards for a period of five years.
More information about Kepa can be found on their
website  or in this fact sheet.

Sophie Elliot Foundation: District Project

District 16 clubs voted to continue to work with the Sophie Elliot Foundation (SEF) as our District Project for 2016-2018. Our financial support enables the book Loves Me Not – How to keep Relationships Safe to be offered to year 12 students completing the Loves-Me Not workshops in schools. The support from Zonta is very visible on the SEF website.

In January a new video resource was added to the SEF resources. This video, introduced by Nigel Latta, explains how Loves-Me-Not teaches senior secondary school students about healthy relationships. The video encourages parents to talk with their teenage children about navigating relationships and avoiding relationship abuse.

At this point in the biennium clubs have donated $18,000 towards the project. Our commitment is $50,000 and clubs are asked to pay money raised into the District 16 account.








 

Volunteer Service Abroad Speakers

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) would like to offer returned volunteers as guest speakers to all Zonta clubs around the country.

Returned volunteers speak about their experiences in the different countries they have travelled to. They talk about the challenges and joys of working alongside cultures usually very different from their own and their efforts to make a valuable and long lasting contribution to those communities. They are all highly qualified in their different areas of expertise and are confident speakers. There are speakers currently available in Auckland, Christchurch, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, the Nelson Region, Northland, Otego, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Wellington and the Wairarapa.
For more information 
email Madeline McNamara or Pat Martin or phone 04 472 5759.

Zonta Says "No" to Violence Against Women

 
Some photos from around the country.
R
emember to email your photos to our District Publicity Chair Leanne Warr  at publicity@zonta.org.nz  so she can post them to the District facebook page.

AND "Share your story" on the Zonta Says No website(Accessed through the Zonta International
website, under Tools, ZSN,you do need to be logged in to do this)
Top (left)Auckland Club's display at the Auckland library and (right) Wanganui Club.
Bottom (left) Tauranga club and (right) Ashburton  Club

Cindy Sherman Portrait Exhibition Fundraiser - Wellington.

UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand collaborated with the City Gallery Wellington to stage an International Women’s Day Event showcasing the works of Cindy Sherman. “Regarded as one of the most influential artists of her time, Cindy Sherman has for more than four decades produced work which has stimulated conversation on issues relevant to women.” This conversation was facilitated by actor, director and Funny Girl Madeleine Sami, poet Hera Lindsay Bird, ActionStation director Marianne Elliott, curator Claire Regnault and theatre director Nina Nawalowalo who each chose their favourite photograph to respond to.


Dame Margaret Sparrow and Christine Cook attended the event.
 

Changes to the Zonta International Membership Database

 
The upgrade to the membership database will occur at the end of March. An email was sent to the Area Directors on 16th March, a copy of which can be accessed here .
Some dates to be aware of are:
29-30 March -Members cannot log in to the ZI website to access materials and the club directory will not be available
3 April - New database turned on. Members will be sent an email with new user name and link to reset password.
4 April - Clubs will be emailed dues renewal notice.

New Year's Honours

 
Now is the time to be identifying women in your community whose achievements could be recognised in the New Year  Honours. Collecting information and letters in support of any nomination takes time so it is good to think well ahead. Nomination forms are accepted throughout the year. More information and the nomination forms can be found on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Important Dates for your Diary

1 April 2017 - Club YWPA awardees details to District Chair.
28th April 2017 - Call for proposals for a new District Project due.
30th April 2017- Z Club applications for the Emma Conlan Award close.  
8th May 2017 - Call for Remits for District Conference due.
26th June 2017- Nominations for the Zonta Woman of the Biennium Award due.
1st July 2017 - Applications for Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship close. 
21 July 2017 -  Cherry Raymond Award which celebrates a Service or Advocacy project undertaken by Clubs since 1 August 2015. Applications close at 5pm. 
District 16 Conference 2017   Christchurch - 22nd to 24th September
The Conference website is now live. The draft programme will be updated as speakers are confirmed.

The Sudima Hotel are offering a special room rate to attendees. Please quote Booking Reference Number 26836. More information can be found on the
website.

 

Zonta International Convention 2018

The 64th Biennial International Convention will be held in Yokohama, Japan from

29th June to 3rd July 2018

Keep an eye on the Zonta International website for information.

Janet Hope I District Governor 2016-2018 I Zonta International District 16.

governord16@zonta.org.nz I www.zonta.org
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