December 2017 YWCA National Newsletter

Kia ora koutou

Thank you for your support in making Aotearoa a better and more equal place for women. We wish you a restful and restorative holiday break and look forward to working with you in 2018.

Tēnā rawa atu koe.



Auckland YWCA Future Leaders Programme

Last Monday saw 20 young women graduate from YWCA Auckland's Future Leaders programme. They are currently seeking new mentors to join this wonderful programme and help young women have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Christmas at the Y

Christchurch YWCA and Hamilton YWCA are looking for kind donations from members of the community to make Christmas feel like Christmas for local women in need.


An Intergenerational Women's Movement

The YWCA Aotearoa NZ is a national association of women of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. In 2017, the simple founding principle has never been more relevant and powerful.






Liv Doogue
Executive Officer
YWCA of Aotearoa NZ

November 2017 YWCA National Newsletter


The Equal Pay Awards 2017

The Auckland YWCA's fourth annual Equal Pay Awards went off without a hitch, and drew in the biggest crowd to date.

Beverage company Lion and the Human Resources Director of law firm Simpson Grierson, Jo Copeland, emerged as the 2017 Gold winners. 

The Silver winner was engineering company AECOM, and International tourism firm Magic Memories claimed the Bronze category award.

Read more.




YWCA Branded Cards and Reusable Coffee Cups

Do you want to support the YWCA movement to empower young women in Aotearoa New Zealand? Purchase YWCA greeting card sets and reusable coffee mugs! They make great gifts for Christmas. 

The design represents generations of strong women, layers of one's self, and stages of life.

Read more.


YWCA Aotearoa New Board Members

The YWCA Whānau are lucky to have four amazing new women join the YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand governance board.

Read more.






October 2017 YWCA National Newsletter

Outward Bound Scholarship, Suffrage Day Success, & New Executive Officer 


YWCA Outward Bound Scholarship

An amazing opportunity for exceptional young women attend a life-changing 21-day course at greatly reduced cost. Applications open now until 31 Oct.


Kate Would Be Proud

We put out the call to vote on Suffrage Day to recognise 124 years of women voting, and people really responded! Thanks to all who participated.


New YWCA Executive Officer

Welcome, Liv Doogue! As our current Executive Officer Alanna Irving goes on parental leave, Liv brings a range of skills to our movement.


Spotlight: YWCA Hamilton

Since 2000, the Hamilton YWCA has offered valuable scholarships to women under 30. Manager Anne Bennett says, "To achieve change, we need women with influence and education." Read more.




September 2017 YWCA National Newsletter

Vote tomorrow for #Suffrage2017, report released, and we're hiring!

Join the YWCA #SUFFRAGE2017 Campaign

What better way to recognise suffrage than voting?

Tomorrow, 19 September, join us in acknowledging 124 years of women's suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand by early voting. Share a selfie on social media tagged #Suffrage2017 to celebrate making our voices heard together around the country.


Released: HerStory in 2017 Report

What do young women in Aotearoa New Zealand today really care about? What challenges and opportunities do they face? What does leadership mean to them? We did research to find out. A report that listens to the voices of young women, to understand the needs of young women in Aotearoa New Zealand today.


Recruiting: Executive Officer

Our current EO, Alanna, is going on parental leave. We seek a passionate, skilled, and highly motivated individual to assist with our work nationally. Could it be you or someone you know? Applications close 29 Sept.





August 2017 YWCA National Newsletter

We're Seeking New Board Members!

The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand is seeking new non-executive board members, including a treasurer, for the national board. If you have governance skills and a passion for empowering young women, we want to hear from you!


President's Message to Political Parties

We believe that public opinion and awareness of gender equality issues in New Zealand is at a pivotal tipping point. 


"There is More In You"

Jahvaya Wheki and Annie Oxborrow participated in Outward Bound through YWCA Hamilton's scholarship programme in April 2017, and had a life changing experience.


Spotlight: YWCA Christchurch

Christchurch YWCA provides emergency and transitional housing to women and children in a property owned by the Christchurch City Council. 

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Report: World YWCA board meeting

New General Secretary, new strategic priorities, and a new affiliation fee formula.



  • Weigh in on Research New Zealand's Gender Attitude Survey

Link removed because the survey is intended only for NCWNZ members.



July 2017 YWCA National Newsletter

Website Re-Launched!

Discover the amazing things YWCAs are up to across the country, the her-story of our movement, and much more at

Watch: Close the Gender Pay Gap

#JustAsk if women and men are paid the same at your workplace. Amazing TEDx talk by Jo Cribb.

Does your organisation care about pay equality? Sign the Equal Pay Compact and commit to it!

Young Voices at the Human Rights Council

World YWCA played an important role in bringing much-needed focus to the youth voice during the June session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Find out more....

Women's Suffrage Petition on Display

Come see it with your own eyes as part of the He Tohu exhibition at the National Library in Wellington.