June 22nd, 2018

MC: Alexis LewGor

This year New Zealand celebrates 125 years of women’s suffrage.  The hui on Friday acknowledges the women who have been championing social change in our communities.  They will showcase programmes and interventions promoting inclusion and family well-being, and supporting positive settlement through cultural awareness, business enterprise, volunteering and technology.

9.30 am


10.00 am


10.10 am

Morning tea

10.20 am


Lonie Martin, President, MNZ Women’s Council

10.25 am

Opening Speech

Jan Logie, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice
(Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues)

10.40 am

Suffrage 125 by National Council of Women NZ

Vanisa Dhiru, President
Lisa Lawrence, Vice President

10.45 am

Q&A and Acknowledgment

11.00 am

Insights from the regions- Panel Presentation and Discussion

Ethnic Women Community Leaders present case studies of their work with ethnic women promoting inclusion and family well-being.

Chairperson – Alexis Lewgor

This session will explore:

  • Family Safety – Sandra Tonkin – Waitaki Multicultural Council
  • Building relationships with Maori – Margriet Theron, President, Rotorua Multicultural Council
  • International Students’ well-being – Meggy Bartlett-McBride, President, Southland Multicultural Council
  • YouthAPP – linking youth to Social Support through technology

Ross Patel, President MNZ Youth Council

12.00 pm

E Tu Whanau and Launch of MNZ ‘Safety of Women and Children’ Impact stories

Ann Dysart, Manager, Ministry of Social Development
Pancha Narayanan, President MNZ