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BPWconference Diverse resolutions tabled at national BPW gathering
Student loan repayments and KiwiSaver, the gender pay gap at retirement and climate change are just some of the many topics that will be debated at the 54th annual conference of the NZ Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW) in Warkworth this month. More than 80 women from throughout New Zealand are expected to attend the three-day event, which starts on Friday, April 20. The theme is Past, Present and Future and the moderator will be Children’s Minister and long-standing BPW member, Tracey Martin. Warkworth BPW club president Sally Smith says a busy and interesting programme has been arranged. The business sessions will be held in the Mahurangi College auditorium, while the Conference Dinner will be held at the Warkworth Town Hall. The Friday night speaker at the Awards Dinner will be Professor Jennifer Curtin, who is currently engaged in a project that examines women’s political leadership and cabinet representation in four Westminster countries, including NZ. She will speak on the future for women and girls, and their opportunities. Saturday’s programme will feature a panel discussion on the topic of intergenerational leadership. Several local
Warkworth BPW chapter members at a regular monthly meeting with guest speaker Anwen Robinson (front, second from left), the creator of the social enterprise Career Mum.
National BPW president, Hellen Swales, of Wellington, will be in Warkworth for the conference.
women will participate, including former Mahurangi College student Julia Caulfield and senior BPW Warkworth member Mona Townson. Other panelists will be Kidscoin founder Brittany Teei and NZ Leadership Institute development manager Dr Sue Watson. Sally says she is particularly looking forward to the Sunday address by Prue Kapua (Ngati Whakaue/Te
She says BPW offers women the opportunity for personal development, networking and to be involved in a range of issues at a local, regional, national and even international level.
Arawa/Ngati Kahungunu), who is the immediate past president of the Maori Women’s Welfare League. “I’ve heard her speak before on the subject of colonisation in the NZ context and her talks are always very thought-provoking.” Sally hopes the conference will raise the profile of the Warkworth chapter, which has been operating for more than 30 years.
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Networking pinpoints need Local networking is an important aspect of the BPW charter and this often has surprising outcomes. For example, when NZ First MP Tracey Martin talked about a global initiative to provide disadvantaged young women with free, reusable sanitary protection, BPW president Sally Smith was keen to get involved. The Days For Girls programme was setup early last year, with a sewing group meeting on the first Thursday of each month at Sally’s Sandspit home. Last year they made 50 kits, which were snapped up locally. “We thought the need would be overseas and perhaps in the Far North, but we soon found that there were many young girls locally who either couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to
commercial sanitary protection,” Sally says. Each kit consists of a cotton drawstring bag, two brushed cotton liners, eight brushed cotton pads, two pairs of cotton knickers, a bar of soap, a cotton flannel and two resealable plastic bags. The pads and liners are washable and can last for two to three years. Donations of new dark cotton knickers, all sizes; cotton face flannels (not microfibre); bars of soap; and medium resealable snap lock plastic bags are always welcome. They can be left at Tracey Martin’s office in Riverside Arcade, Warkworth. Days For Girls originally started as a means to help girls in Africa who were missing school just for lack of sanitary protection.
Local resolution given UN clout In 2011, a cousin of Warkworth BPW president Sally Smith organised a bike ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise awareness of depression and suicide, following two tragic deaths by suicide in their extended family. Sally says she became interested in what New Zealand and the Government provided in terms of mental health, depression and suicide, in particular. “It wasn’t much. There was (and still is) no target for the reduction of suicides, a strategy and plan that wasn’t delivering much, and a rising number of suicides year-on-year,” she says. “Through BPW Warkworth, a resolution was passed nationally urging
the Government to ensure that every District Health Board had someone suitably qualified on the Board who had responsibility for mental health, and it urged the Government to set a suicide reduction target.” At the three-yearly International BPW congress held in Cairo last year, NZ’s suicide prevention resolution was redrafted into an international resolution, urging the United Nations to put pressure on governments everywhere to adopt a programme addressing the issue of suicide and depression. “This was passed unanimously. So, a little voice in Warkworth became a significant voice globally.”
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Nepal connection fostered On the international front, the Warkworth BPW chapter provides yearly support to the Nepal Literacy Fund. Chapter president Sally Smith says this has enabled many women to not only become literate, but also computer literate. The programme was founded in Kathmandu in 1994 and started by training women in food processing, mushroom growing, organic compostmaking and waste management. Literacy, sewing and tailoring, sales techniques and accounting are also included. Sally says that although some of the projects are small in terms of beneficiaries, over the years thousands of women have benefited from the skills learned and the incomegenerating activities they have embarked on. “It has given them not only an income, but also higher self-esteem and a happier family life,” she says.
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Sally added that the International Federation for BPW, through its members and the BPW Chapters in Nepal, also contributed to the building of 49 new houses after the Nepal earthquake.
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One of the many activities that Warkworth BPW members are involved in outside of the monthly meetings is the Brain FIT for LIFE course, which the club sponsors. Social worker and BPW member Bronwyn Lane says she was so impressed when she heard about the course that she trained to become a teacher. Developed by Aucklanders Dr Allison Lamont and Gillian Eadie, who founded the Memory Foundation, the five 90-minute sessions are aimed at the 50-plus age group. The classes cover a number of strategies to increase memory retention using in-class group exercises. Bronwyn says memory loss isn’t an inevitable part of ageing. “One of the most important skills is to learn ways of focusing the mind on things you want to remember,” she says.
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Forum shares business gems Two enterprising businesswomen, Jackie Russell and Bev Giles, are hosting a Q&A forum for business people and not-for-profit organisations in Snells Beach on Tuesday, May 1. Jackie, who has a marketing and journalism background, says the hour-and-a-half long session will be an opportunity to address topics that are relevant to local business people (men and women) and not-for-profit representatives. “The format will be interactive and we hope that everyone will take away a couple of gems that they can apply to their own business,” she says. Bev, who setup a business coaching business late last year after 26 years in banking, says there will be plenty of opportunity to network during the session. Both women believe that it’s important
for local businesses to position themselves for the wave of growth that is predicted for Mahurangi. “It will be an advantage for businesses to have good support and networks in place before new businesses start arriving in the area,” Bev says. The forum will include short presentations from Jackie and Bev, as well as KGA accountant Martyn Ecroyd and recruitment and human resources specialist Tanya Gray. “The presentations will be kept short and relevant – the point of the afternoon is to give business people the chance to talk openly about their issues and identify their needs.” The You Ask It forum will be held at the Create Campus, in Goodall Road, from 4pm to 5.30pm. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to Life Education. Everyone welcome.
Looking back The International Federation of Business and Professional Women was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1930. The first NZ chapter met for the first time in 1939. The organisation currently has affiliates in 95 countries, spread across five continents. “Each woman, as a citizen, must bring to the national policy of her own country, the contribution of forward-looking and constructive thought followed by determined action. Each woman must dedicate herself to protect and promote the interests of all other women in business and in the professions.” – BPW International founding president Dr Lena Madesin Phillips.
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