PWANZ 2021 Special Collection - 8 March

We celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021 and remind you that the General Assembly 2016 recommended:

That a PWANZ Special Collection be taken on the Sunday nearest to International Women’s Day each March to support the ongoing advocacy role of Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand locally, regionally, internationally, as well as at the United Nations.

Download a letter from PWANZ and see bank account details for the Special Collection here.

Mother's Day message Perema Jnr Leasi

"If you agree with me, Yes, we're still celebrating Mothers' Day regardless of the sudden changes in our faith journey and daily lifestyles. One of those fundamental changes, is how our children and grandchildren, closely knitted in our compassionate bubbles, have become comfort bubbles full of surprises. My son PJ always accompanies me to various women's fellowship activities - he surprised me with his message here...

- Ola Leasi, President Presbyterian Women

Go to the UN with Presbyterian Women in 2021

Presbyterian Women invites expressions of interest from those wishing to be a self-funded member of the 2021 Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa NZ Delegation to the United Nations. It is possible that the 2021 event may be a virtual event.

Presbyterian Women has special consultative status with the United Nations body responsible for initiatives for the advancement of women. As a member of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Presbyterian Women has a responsibility to be represented to evaluate progress, set standards and formulate policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.

Learn more about CSW65 (2021)

Note: It is possible that CSW65 may be run virtually.

Learn more about the CSW

Coordinator/Leader for the Transition Team

It is time for PWANZ (formerly APW) to share with the next generation its “taonga”, to provide support and to “hand the baton on”!

Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand (PWANZ) is seeking a Co ordinator to lead a team to focus on younger women to reach their full potential for leadership, networking and growing the Church.

Presbyterian Women recently agreed it was time to move forward, restructure and rebrand. The aim is to build capacity development of women in the Church. It wants to target those under 50 years; Pacific Island, Asian, migrant and rural women. PWANZ wants a structure created in which young women in the PCANZ may be empowered to be active in mission and ministry.

21st Century society is very different from those of the “Baby Boomers”. Today’s young women share many of the same passions e.g being acutely aware of the Spirit of God and strong advocates for social justice. However, they socialise differently and tend not to attend meetings but prefer to “meet” through social media or face to face over “a coffee”. These women are BUSY, juggling families, careers, some immersed in different cultures and church.

Presbyterian Women is right now establishing a Transition Team. Over the following ten months the team will consult with younger women as to how “in their way” the Church might engage with them to realise their full potential for leadership, networking and growth. The Transition Team will continue to fulfill its advocacy role of the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women and its role in (Overseas) Mission.

The Coordinator’s role is until September 2016 and is at present a voluntary one. We wish to have the team completed by Christmas. Is God putting this challenge to you ? If so, - then do request a Job Description now from Heather Tate

PWANZ Advisory Team
Valerie Anderson, Lafulafu Ekenasio, Lois Robertson and Heather Tate

National Business Meeting 2015

When: 9 am – 4 pm, Saturday, 26 September 2015
Where: Newtown Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church, corner of Constable and Daniel Streets, Newtown, Wellington.
Cost: $20 to cover catering & printing costs.

Plan to be there to have your input into the future of our movement.

The motions to be discussed are:

  1. ‘A Third Way’ proposal (Transition Structure for PW, Job Description for PWANZ Transition Team)
  2. Closure Motion
  3. 2015 Rules/Terms of Reference for NBM

All PCANZ parishes with an affiliated PW group/s are entitled to one voting member. Individual members may also vote - only one vote per parish however. Registrations are due ASAP. Click here to download registration form.

51st & 52nd Annual Report 2013-2015

CSW 58 Report - March 2014

CSW 59 Report - March 2015

25 May 2013 National Business Meeting Minutes