Ka Tu Maia Summit 2018


Ka Tu Maia Young Women’s Leadership Summit is returning for its second year of incredible humans, inspirational talks and action packed workshops designed to help young female-identified kiwis win at life.

The summit brings together a diverse range of speakers and panelists aimed at empowering young women to achieve their dreams, inspiring them to think big and teaching them the practical skills to do just that.

They will covering topics like:

  • Self Made Babes – How you can start your own business and turn your dream into an empire
  • Procrastination killer - How to train yourself to stop fluffing around and get it done
  • Self Doubt Slaying – Stop listening to that inner critic and unleash your powerhouse potential
  • You don’t have to know what you want – no idea what you’re doing with life? No problem
  • Love yourself – let’s be real, your 20s can be rough. But we’ve got your back…

They will be covering all of this, and more, and have an all-star line up of inspirational speakers from all walks of life sharing wisdom, inspiration and things they’d wish they’d known. 

Host, Verity Johnson – writer/TV personality

Host, Verity Johnson – writer/TV personality

Alison Mau - TV personality

Alison Mau - TV personality

Villette - music producer and singer-songwriter

Villette - music producer and singer-songwriter

Roseanne Liang – Filmmaker              

Roseanne Liang – Filmmaker              

Aych McArdle – Trans rights activist

Aych McArdle – Trans rights activist

Jackie Clark – The Aunties

Jackie Clark – The Aunties

This year’s summit is hosted by YWCA Auckland and writer & media personality Verity Johnson in partnership with AUT. It will be held at AUT City Campus, 8th September, 9am – 4.30pm.

If you want to be a part of this amazing day, grab a friend and get your tickets now! Be sure to be quick - they sold out last year and we'd hate for you to miss out. They cost $25 and are available here.

There are some scholarships available for both tickets and travel. For more information, please go here.

We look forward to seeing you at Ka Tu Maia!


Where: AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East Auckland

When: 8th September 9am-4.30pm

Tickets: $25 available here


Copy of 8 Feminist Podcasts To Listen To Right Now

We're a little bit obsessed with podcasts. They keep us up to date on what's happening in the world, and keep us sane during those seemingly endless rush hour commutes.

There is a multitude of great feminist podcasts out there, with more popping up every week, making the task of distilling the list down to just a few quite challenging! But here we have it: 8 feminist-approved podcasts to get in your ears now.


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1. On the Rag

On the Rag is bought to you by everyone's favourite NZ news and media outlet, The Spinoff. Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with period puns aplenty. 


2. The Guilty Feminist

Comedian Deborah Frances-White and special guests frankly discuss their patriarchal struggles and hypocrisies of modern day feminism, all in front of a live audience. A refreshing look at the way our values as feminists are being constantly challenged, with plenty of lols in the mix. 


3. Bang!

Another homegrown goody, Bang!, hosted by Melody Thomas, takes a look at real stories told by real people, resulting in frank and often amusing discussions about sex, sexuality and relationships. 


4. Call Your Girlfriend

Decade long BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow keep in touch long distance via their podcast, Call Your Girlfriend. They have warm and honest conversations about everything from Beyonce to friendship dilemmas. 


5. 2 Dope Queens

Half besty banter and half stand-up show, 2DQ is guaranteed to have you in stitches on the bus ride to work. Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are hilarious and clever, as are their brilliantly diverse guests. Also worth a mention is Phoebe Robinson's spinoff podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, co-produced and frequently co-hosted by Broad City's Ilana Glazer.  


6. What Would a Feminist Do?

Guardian writer Jessica Valenti discusses real life stories from the front lines of feminism. The topics cover cyberbullying, periods, objectification, relationships, abortions and much much more, all within the context of gender inequality. 


7. Ladies, We Need To Talk

A podcast from over the ditch, Ladies, We Need To Talk tackles the taboo subjects women often avoid talking about. Prepare to feel a little bit awkward and a little more enlightened. 


8. Still Processing

Still Processing is a New York Times culture podcast hosted by Times writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. They take an intersectional lens to TV, movies, art, music and all things America in 2018. 



What feminist podcasts are you loving? Tell us in the comments below! 

All Things Being Equal: The 2018 Equal Pay Awards

On average, women are still paid less for doing the same work as men. And, that's the reason why the YWCA Equal Pay Awards were developed five years ago.

Words by YWCA Auckland

Women are paid less than men in every country in the world. The World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Report found that, at the present rate of progress, it would take 170 years to achieve global gender equality.

In 2017 New Zealand ranked ninth out of 144 countries in the report for its overall gender gap across education, health, economic opportunity and politics (The Global Gender Gap Index 2017).

New Zealand passed the Equal Pay Act in 1972 but, despite that, women have continued to be paid less than men in the 46 years since then. The pay gaps are much larger for Māori, Pasifika and immigrant women, and women with disabilities.

Whether you are on route or have achieved equal pay within your workplace, the Equal Pay Awards is an opportunity to be recognised as an employer of choice, inspire change and celebrate your success.

There are many great reasons to enter the 2018 YWCA Equal Pay Awards:

  • Be recognised as a thought leader and champion in gender pay equality which will also enhance your corporate reputation.
  • Become an employer of choice for top talent looking for forward-thinking organisations.
  • Celebrate your achievements and acknowledge the hard work of the people in your organisation who have driven the changes.
  • The entry process and feedback from judging can be used to help develop your internal process and systems.
  • You will join a network that has access to resources and mentoring sessions to learn from others journeys.
  • Develop benchmarks for industry standards to see how your own organisation compares.
  • Meet other progressive companies and be inspired by other equal pay champions.
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Whether you are a big business, small-medium business, not for profit, social enterprise or an individual making a difference - there is an award category for you! 

  1. Innovation.  This award celebrates innovative responses to addressing the equal pay gap. These organisations are not afraid to try new things and look outside the box.  An organisation may enter one or more initiatives however, additional entry fees apply.
  2. Leadership.  This award celebrates organisations who exemplify excellence. These organisations understand the benefits of gender equalityand lead the way for others to follow.  They are role models who are active in the community and media sharing their stories and inspiring others to follow. 
  3. Progressive.  This award recognises organisations who have demonstrated commitment to Equal Pay and continue to make sustained advances and improvements to address the issue.  They have created a working environment where individuals, regardless of gender, have equalopportunities. 
  4. On the Journey.  This Award recognises a milestone achievement by an organisation, which has just begun to embark on its equal pay journey. Organisations may enter one or more initiative that are no more than two years old and they can relate to any of the organisational Award categories.
  5. Community.  This Award recognises an organisation in the ‘profit for purpose’ or ‘not-for-profit’ sectors.  We recognise that these organisations have unique pay challenges compared to the private sector and by sharing achievements through this award category, we hope to inspire other organisations to come on the journey.  Organisations may enter one or more initiative and they can relate to any of the organisational Award categories.
  6. Champion.  An organisation or individual can nominate this award to go to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to Equal Pay and gender equality.  Someone who has inspired others, shared their story, stood up for what they believe and made a meaningful impact. An individual may also choose to enter on their own accord.

Deadline for entries is 5pm Friday, 7th September 2018. 

We Support Trans Rights in Aotearoa

Penelopy Mansell, a transgender woman living in Wellington, was recently declined membership by a women's gym despite her birth certificate stating she is a woman.

This story prompted the National Council of Women to issue a statement that they support the inclusion of trans rights in the pursuit of equality in Aotearoa. “Trans women’s rights are women’s rights – and ‘women’s rights are human rights” says NCW CEO Gill Greer. 

Penelopy's story is among many that have recently highlighted the need for more clarity in New Zealand law around diverse gender rights.

As a feminist organisation we believe everyone should have the freedom to define and express their own gender identity, and should not be subject to discrimination or face barriers because of their gender identity. 

Discrimination towards gender diverse people is a serious issue in New Zealand. The Human Rights Commission “To Be Who I Am” report published in 2008, showed that trans people experienced serious discrimination and barriers to education, employment, housing and healthcare. Some trans identified people reported they were afraid to do simple tasks such as shopping or going out for a meal, becasue of their experience of discrimination, harassment and assault.

Trans youth are particularly vulnerable. A 2012 NZ youth survey showed students who reported being transgender faced considerable discrimination and mistreatment, as well as significant disparities concerning health and wellbeing:

  • Approximately 40% of transgender students had significant depressive symptoms and nearly half had self-harmed in the previous 12 months.
  • One in five transgender students had attempted suicide in the last year.
  • Nearly 40% of transgender students had been unable to access health care when they needed it.
  • Nearly one in five transgender students had experienced bullying at school on a weekly (or more frequent) basis.
  • More than half of transgender students were afraid someone at school would hurt or bother them.

We stand with the Nation Council of Woman in encouraging the inclusion of gender diverse people's needs in pursuit of gender equality in Aotearoa. 

The YWCA is an organisation for anyone who identifies as a woman, including trans girls and women. For more information on the programmes we offer, check out our programmes page or get in touch to find out whats on offer in your area. 


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Whangarei Girls High Health Expo

The YWCA Whangarei not only proved safe accomodation, they work closely with young women in their community to help them build confidence and encourage financial independence through teaching financial literacy skills. 

Words by Crystal Stott, YWCA Whangarei Programme Coordinator

We were privileged to be invited to take part in Whangarei Girls High Schools very first Health Expo and wow, what an amazing day we had! The expo, held on the 15th June from, was put together by the year 12 students with the topic of discussion being health promotion campaigns.  We had a stall set up with information and talked about our Y-dub Body Confidence Workshop.

It was a very full on day with approximately 600 girls attending. From the expo we were very happy to see 137 young women signed up to be on our database to receive information about future YWCA events and workshops.

Crystal (left) with whangarei high school students 

Crystal (left) with whangarei high school students 

Some of the ideas that the girls shared around how they could change how society views images on social media were very impressive; one girl came up with the idea of only sharing photos without filters on her Facebook page.

I was also impressed with the knowledge and thoughts that were shared around body image. One of the group's discussion turned to how they could change their perception of what it is to be 'beautiful'. One of the ideas mentioned was to have a big photo board full of all the students at school doing an activity or something that they loved with the word beautiful written in the middle. It was an inspiring discussion to say the least.

Well done Whangarei Girls High School for a fun and informative day.

- Crystal

The YWCA Whangarei are approaching their 100th year. To find out more about their history and current programmes on offer, head over to their page

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Board

Serving on a not-for-profit board is a great way to give back to a cause you care about. But it can also be highly beneficial to your professional development and personal growth. Here are 5 reasons you should join a board: 

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1. Grow your network

We all know that networking is a great way to advance our careers. Being on a board is a great opportunity to meet like minded people and increase your network of contacts.

It is also an opportunity to connect and collaborate with people in a meaningful way. You never know how these relationships will provide value and opportunities later down the track.

2. Sharpen your professional skills

Being on a board will enable you to strengthen a variety of professional skills, which is great for for career development.

You will also hone your leadership skills and ability to contribute to an organization’s strategic direction, such as improving its financial position, brand development, recruitment and much more.

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Kimberley kilgour (Centre), YWCA AOTEAROA NZ CO-PRESIDENT

“Being on a Board has built my understanding of how organisations operate from the governance level down.

 At 26 years old, I have formed a perspective typically gained by people in the executive level of their careers”.

- Kimberly Kilgour


3. Strengthen your credibility

Being selected for a board position shows that an organization has entrusting you with a high-impact role. This endorsement speaks volumes, and can be leveraged to raise your professional profile and strengthen your candidacy for a promotion or new position. 

4. We need more women on boards

Women currently occupy a meagre 18% of board positions in New Zealand. Do something about our poor statistics it and get your butt onto a board seat! (Read more in this article featuring our super awesome chair Co-President and equal pay advocate Susan Doughty, here). 

Women currently occupy a meagre 18% of board positions in New Zealand. Having a diverse representation on a board isn't just the right thing, it's the smart thing. Gender diversity is proven to be better for business (and yes, not-for-profits too because today they have to run like businesses). Boards with more gender diversity are proven to be more innovative, more strategically minded, and generally more effective.

5. Be a part of the movement!

In my humble opinion, the most important reason to join a board is to be part of something bigger than yourself and do good s**t. Whether it's an organisation working for female empowerment and gender equality (ahem, us), environmental policy change, youth development or whatever you're into - get involved with what you're passionate about and be an agent for change.

Being on a Board means you set the future direction of an organisation which in turn, has the potential to impact many more lives than you could possibly reach on your own.

Want to get involved?

YWCAs around New Zealand are often on the look out for board members, so get in touch! 

Or check out Appoint Better Boards or Do Good Jobs for more board vacancies. 

Auckland Future Leaders Camp

Year 12 and 13 Future Leaders got to attend our annual positive youth development camp at Piha Mill Camp in Piha last month. The girls attended learning workshops, conquered physical activities, and got to know each other more.

Words by Anna Beard — Fundraising Coordinator, YWCA Auckland

YWCA Auckland Future Leaders Camp

The girls worked collaboratively to put together a performance for their mentors and YWCA staff who joined them for dinner on the second evening. They showcased their talents through spoken word, dance, song and event management. Our camps are designed to increase each young women’s self-confidence, leadership skills and positive peer relationships and are a cornerstone of the Future Leaders Programme.

Here's what some of the girls had to say about what they took away from camp:

Future Leaders Camp

“I learnt: just turn up, keep turning up. Commitment, dedication and reliability pays off. Find things that satisfy, make you proud and exhilerate you. Take every opportunity.”

“Leadership for me means to lead your ship. Being yourself, learning to appreciate and love yourself. Being a leader by setting a good example.”

Check out our camp photos

Spoken Word Superstars Wanted!

YWCA Auckland are looking for aspiring poets and spoken word extraordinaires aged 14-25 to enter their inaugural spoken word competition in June. 

A free event, it's set to be a night of hot poetry, sizzling truths and even more fiery performances.  The theme is Gender Issues and Feminism. It's open to all genders and you don't have to identify as a feminist to submit as long as your piece is on topic. 

The winner will take away $500, the runner up will receive $200.

Food will be provided and good times guaranteed.

And if you just want to spend a night filled with creative, poetic magic, then bring your friends to the event and register at the link below! 

Venue: Youthline Manukau
Date: Thursday 28th June, 7.00 - 9.00 pm
Theme: Gender issues and feminism
Act duration: Under 5 minutes


Want to come along and be inspired by local poets?

Women In Governance Awards 2018

Last week, members of Auckland, Hamilton and National YWCA were were honoured to attend the Women in Governance Awards Gala Dinner. The awards are run by Women on Boards, who aim to achieve equality by elevating women in governance and leadership.

The winners! Kimberley Kilgour from the YWCA Hamilton board and National board co-president, second from right, accepted the Outstanding Pathway to Leadership award on behalf of the YWCA Hamiton, 

The winners! Kimberley Kilgour from the YWCA Hamilton board and National board co-president, second from right, accepted the Outstanding Pathway to Leadership award on behalf of the YWCA Hamiton, 

Susan Doughty from the YWCA National board was a finalist in the Inspirational Excellence, and  YWCA of Hamilton were the winners in the Outstanding Pathway to Leadership programme. This award recognises an organisation that has provided a pathway that aids the progression of women to governance leadership roles.

Core to our movement is a commitment to good governance and young women’s representation in decision-making.  With a Constitutional requirement for 25% young women (aged 30 years or younger) on our board, we are committed to the promotion of young women leaders. 

We are so proud of our Hamilton sisters for their success in the awards, and the work all of the YWCAs around New Zealand are doing in fostering strong female leadership. 

My Outward Bound Adventure

Last month, our first national Outward Bound Scholarship recipient, Lara, embarked on a life changing adventure.

Last month I had the opportunity to spend 21 days at Outward Bound School, which is located at Anakiwa, in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

To be honest I didn't have much of an idea of what to expect, having purposely not found out too much from friends who had completed the course in the past. I wanted to take the course as it came, and have a few surprises to look forward to along the way too. There were 13 others in my group, and on day one it was overwhelming - there were so many new faces and people to get used to. By the end of 21 days, we had become a tight knit family, and my life had changed for the better.

Every morning at Outward Bound begins at at 6am (or earlier!) with personal training, and a 3.2km run which ends with full submersion in the ocean. This is then followed by a cold, communal freshwater shower, a few moments to get dressed, have breakfast, and then meet with the rest of the groups (or 'watches') for assembly. All of this before 9am, which is when I might normally get up on a weekday! This definitely opened my eyes to how much it is possible to fit into a day as well as just how much better you feel when you exercise daily. Our days were usually jam packed too - with different activities, jobs and tasks to complete before the next day. 

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Outward Bound pushed me mentally, physically and emotionally out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. I definitely already had an area that I thought was out of my comfort zone - where I try put myself regularly - but I soon realized that where I draw my lines should perhaps be a little further out. The courses's motto is "There is more in you," which gets drummed into you to the point you almost use it jokingly with others in your watch when you reach the point of complete exhaustion. It is truly incredible just how true that statement is though. I did my first half marathon on the second to last day of the course, something that I would've not thought I was capable of on day one. Don't get me wrong, it was incredibly tiring, but even at the end of that 21km, I could've kept going for longer which I would've never expected. The mind will give up long before the body starts to.

More than anything though, I am so thankful for the amazing bunch of people I was blessed to have alongside me on the course. We encouraged and supported each other, and it was incredibly inspiring to see people really putting themselves out there and being vulnerable in the group. I definitely have some lasting friendships, and incredible memories of my time in Anakiwa, that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life.

From the bottom of my heart - thank you YWCA for giving me this amazing opportunity!

Spotlight: YWCA Auckland

The Auckland YWCA are now thought leaders in the fight for Equal Pay, linking NGOs and businesses.

Words by Monica Briggs — CEO, YWCA Auckland


Back in 2012, there was a funny synchronicity. We were talking to a creative agency and to a business focus group and we were thinking a lot about how to reach more women. We all jumped in and the result was our Demand Equal Pay campaign.

It aroused massive interest in the media and the public and this surprised us. We realised that people were really confused about what constituted the pay gap in New Zealand. That’s why we started the Equal Pay Awards. We wanted to encourage businesses so that women can have a lifetime of fair earnings.

2017 Equal pay awards

2017 Equal pay awards

That was just three years ago and the general public weren’t nearly as aware as they are now. The feedback we used to get was that women thought their grans had fought for it back in the 1970’s and sorted it all out — wishful thinking! Men didn’t believe it to be a problem either. Businesses weren’t examining their pay data through a gender lens and so the cycle of unfair pay continued.

We need to ensure that positive shifts occur for the hard working women of Aoteroa. Businesses need to take the lead.

You can read more about #eqALL and the Equal Pay Awards on Auckland YWCA's website.


#EMPOWERED at Waikato O Week

Words by Riikka Anderson, YWCA of Hamilton

Hamilton YWCA O Week

Hamilton YWCA O Week

This year for the first time, the YWCA of Hamilton is expanding our programmes and workshops to students at the University of Waikato. We will be running one-off workshops once a month at the halls of residence on variety of subjects ranging from practical life skills to self-defence, from healthy cooking on a budget to Money Savvy and mental health.


To start this journey we were present at the TGIF Party at the O Week on Friday 23rd February. Our aim was to increase the students’ awareness of who we are and what we do. As a part of this promotion we ran several competitions: two on the day and two online. The (not so) Mini Prize was drawn from among those who gave us their email addresses. Thanks to this competition we now have over 150 emails for UoW female students! 


The two competitions on Facebook and Instagram are still running. To participate, students need to like our Facebook page or follow our Instagram account and tag someone who has #EMPOWERED them.

It was great (and very hot) day at the Village Green! It was awesome to meet so many young women and talk to them about issues we all face as women. We will definitely go back next year and look forward to seeing more of those who will join us this year!

If you are based in the Waikato and interested in getting involved, check out the YWCA Hamilton info page


International Women's Day 2018


Each year around the globe, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women world wide. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

"[International Women's Day] is a great opportunity to reflect on our successes and the struggles that remain to achieve gender equality."

 - Barbara Williams, President of UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand

The UN Women theme for IWD 2018 is "Achieve gender equality and empower rural women and girls". Their focus is on accelerating the 2030 agenda, and building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step it up initiative and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

Want to get involved? Find a 2018 International Women’s Day event in your area:

North Island Northland | Auckland | Hamilton | Tauranga | Gisborne & Hawkes BayRotorua | Whanganui | Manawatu | Lower Hutt | Kapiti/Horowhenua DistrictWairarapa | Wellington 

South Island Nelson | Marlborough | Canterbury | Otago | Southland


Did You Know? Three Facts from YWCA Herstory

A lot has happened in the YWCA's long history in Aotearoa New Zealand! Here are a few cool facts you might not know.

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The YWCA was a pioneer of sport for women.
The first YWCA recreation programme was held in Dunedin in 1883 and there was gymnasium work in Auckland by 1886, which was developed into Eurythmics by the YWCA Wellington in the 1940s.

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The YWCA provided support and shelter to young working class women arriving on immigrant ships.
This led to the first hostels – for these women. Later, they attracted young rural women coming to the cities. In the 50s and 60s they were used as student accommodation, and by the 80s they were focused on emergency accommodation and boarding houses.

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The YWCA ran The Girl Citizen Movement.
In the 1920s and 30s, thousands of 14-20 year old women learned the skills of running conferences and meetings, speaking in public, organising fundraising, holiday camps, plays and outings as part of The Girl Citizen Movement. Almost 100 years later, this spirit of developing young women leaders continues in the work we do with Future Leaders.

Hamilton Y Brunch & Focus session

YWCA Hamilton brunch & focus

The YWCA of Hamilton run a number of programmes that serve the needs of young Waikato women. They are looking for feedback from their community to find out what local Women need, so that they can create the best possible programmes for 2018. 

They will be holding three focus session & brunch on Saturday Feb 24th and Sunday Feb 25th. This will be a great opportunity to meet your local Y, make some new friends, and discuss ideas for how they can help local women. 

Head to their Facebook event page for more. 



Auckland Young Feminists Hui

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70 eager and curious young feminists attended the inaugural Auckland Young Feminists Hui, held at AUT on a beautifully sunny Saturday, December 2nd. This Hui was aimed at high school students interested in feminism and to support the formation of a network of feminist clubs in high schools across Auckland.

Founded in 2017, Auckland Young Feminists (AYF) is a society run by a group of passionate women who intend to foster a more equitable, inclusive, and empowering culture amongst our youth. We work directly with high school feminist clubs to support them in their pursuits. The organising committee for the Hui and AYF comprised of representatives from YWCA Auckland, National Council of Women, the Auckland Women’s Centre, and the PPTA.

Attendees got to attend their choice of a range of workshops – Feminism 101, How to Activate Young Feminists in Your School , Gender Issues in Climate Change (run by YWCA Aoteaora/NZ Board Member Niamh O’Flynn), How to Raise Support for your Cause, Women in Urbanism, Gender Equal NZ, Women’s Rights in Work, Family Violence Awareness, and Rape Myths and the Media.

Auckland Young Feminists Hui 2017

Bookending the workshops were a duo of amazing speakers. Starting the day was Kiritapu Allan, (Labour MP for East Coast). She spoke to her journey from small town to her political career paying tribute to the strong circle of women around her who supported and encouraged her.

Dr Judy McGregor (Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, AUT) inspired the audience with stories of her life-long activism and dedication to social justice that started in high school and saw her getting suspended for writing a letter to the Rotorua newspaper decrying the racist policies of her school.

Closing the Hui, was Green MP Golriz Ghahraman who spoke of her introduction to feminism watching her mother and aunts protesting the forced wearing of the hijab in 1979. She said “Feminism and Human Rights aren’t Western concepts. They are universal”.

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Dr. Melani Anae, (Senior Lecturer, Director of Research, Pacific Studies, Te Wananga o Waipapa, University of Auckland) spoke of her involvement in the revolutionary Polynesian Panthers (the anti-capitalist movement of the 70’s formed in response to Maori and Pacifica oppression) and feminism from a Samoan perspective.

All in all, it was an energising and positive event that was the best way to kick-start the AYF movement. Stay tuned!

YWCA of Christchurch seeking Manager and Board Members

The YWCA Christchurch is a part of a national and global mission to empower and support women.

Christchurch offer emergency and transitional accommodation for women and women with children. They also offer a programme to the women who stay with us which involves mentoring, up skilling, sharing skills, tutoring and peer teaching. 

In addition, the Y Christchurch assist women in the following:

  • Assistance with applying to HNZ, CCC and private rental options to get long-term and permanent accommodation
  • On-site counselling
  • Common lounge for friends and Whanau visitors
  • Shared meals on special occasions 

Manager, Full Time

Christchurch are looking for a highly flexible person to fill the role of Manager. The Management role is a full time position established to:

  • Work with the Board to manage all aspects of the YWCA Christchurch operations
  • Manage finances and administration
  • Seek funding and sponsorship for activities and programmes
  • Promote, network and advocate on behalf of the YWCA Christchurch
  • Ensure the daily running of the YWCA programs is effective and efficient

You can read the full job description and apply here:

Two Board Member Positions Available

Christchurch are also seeking two new board members with good skills in communication, strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making and experience or strengths in any of the following areas:

  • Not-for-profit governance
  • Networking and advocacy
  • Legal
  • Social media
  • Strategy
  • Fundraising

This is an unpaid voluntary position, based from anywhere in Aotearoa. 

Read more about the board position or apply here

Outward Bound: Meet our Scholarship Recipients

The YWCA's purpose is to support individual and community change by empowering women, especially young women, to develop and exercise their individual and collective leadership through enhancing their spiritual, physical, mental, and cultural wellbeing. Our partnership with Outward Bound New Zealand is helping us to achieve this through our partnership scholarship.

In November last year, we launched our bi-annual Outward Bound scholarship (previously the programme was run by YWCA Hamilton) in which three young women between the ages of 18 and 26, are given access to a 2018 Outward Bound course at a greatly reduced cost. You can read more about our Outward Bound partnership and how it works here.

We are delighted to introduce our first three Scholarship recipients, Anna, Lara and Kellee, who will be experiencing this life changing course this year.


Anna Connolly, 19

Aspiring teacher, Anna, originally hails from Otorohanga. She is now living in Hamilton studying for her Bachelor of Teaching degree at the University of Waikato.

Anna is looking forward to becoming a YWCA advocate and strong female role model through her teaching career.

"Outward Bound has always been a dream of mine. It excites me now that I'm finally turning this dream into a reality. I've always wanted to push myself, and get out there and be adventurous.

I'm incredibly fortunate that I've been given the opportunity to do Outward Bound. I enjoy being pushed out of my comfort zone and I believe it will shape the person I am and set me up with life long benefits and skills, both physically and mentally which is why I am so happy to receive the scholarship."


Lara Hawker, 23

Wellington-born, Whanganui-raised Lara Hawker moved to Auckland to study special effects makeup. Graduating in 2015 as Student of The Year, Lara now runs a small business and freelances to film and television productions.

Lara has extensive volunteering experience and hopes to become a practising make-up artist with Look Good, Feel Better, to offer her skills to women fighting cancer. She also has plans to become a mentor for younger women entering the workforce, or starting their own business.

"I am incredibly happy and grateful to have been selected for the YWCA Outward Bound Scholarship. I chose to apply for the scholarship as going on Outward Bound was something I had always dreamed of doing as a teen, however due to financial circumstances at the time, I was unable to realise this.

I have always felt that I had l really missed the Outward Bound experience - the time to get know yourself and your own limits, while getting to know others and challenging yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. I am very, very excited to begin my OB journey -  I can't wait to get out of my comfort zone!"


Kellee Henton, 25

Hamilton based Kellee Henton runs her own fitness business aimed towards inspiring and change the lives of women through health and fitness. She is a personal trainer and runs an activewear website, The Kellee Collective, aimed at women of all shapes and sizes.

Kellee has done a lot of charity work with her personal training business to raise money for The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, as well as working with young women to help overcome eating disorders.

"I am so privileged to be receiving the Outward Bound Scholarship from YWCA, an amazing organisation whose values sit close to my heart. Outward Bound has always been on my bucket list, mainly to prove to myself that I'm stronger than I think. I want to share my journey with you all, to prove that you really can achieve anything you set out to - it's mind over matter, and everyone is capable of it. Thank you so much YWCA, I plan to do you proud."

Outward Bound is a not-for-profit organisation, helping people reach their full potential through challenges in the outdoors. "The course gives you the focus and perspective to decide on your future direction. A perfect balance of adventure and reflection, you’ll take time to consider your personal values and work out what’s important. You’ll find a sense of belonging, with new connections and with a better understanding of yourself and your relationship to the wider world."

Our next round of Outward Bound scholarship applications will open in April 2018. 

We wish Anna, Lara and Kellee the best of luck for their Outward Bound adventures this year and we look forward to sharing their stories with you.


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


Auckland YWCA Future Leaders Programme

THE 2017 Future Leader of the Year - Te Po Masina

THE 2017 Future Leader of the Year - Te Po Masina

Future Leaders Graduation Night

Last Monday saw 20 young women graduate from YWCA Auckland's Future Leaders programme. 

Graduation is always an emotional event as we bid farewell and good luck to these girls who have been a vital part of the YWCA Auckland family for four years and we have seen them blossom into confident, resilient young women and postive role models in their communities.

Te Po Masina from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate won the coveted “Future Leader of the Year” award for her committment and outstanding leadership attributes. In her emotional and humble speech she congratulated all her “sisters” graduating from the programme and declared: “Always remember: We are all leaders. Know your voice. Use your voice”.

- Anna Beard, YWCA Auckland

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New Mentors Needed

Auckland YWCA are seeking new mentors to join this wonderful programme and help more young women like Te Po have the opportunity to reach their full potential. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to know more about the Future Leaders Programme, read more at the Auckland YWCA website, or email futureleaders@akywca.org.nz.