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Women's Fund 2018 Awards

Women are naturally connected, collaborative and generous.

Their world is often centred around family and community.

They want to help others to nurture, to make things better, fairer and more just.

Their ability to make change happen for their family and community is powerful.

To celebrate the spirit of our original suffragists, and to mark the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand, the Women's Fund made its first ever awards in September 2018.

Held at the Ellen Meville Centre, a specially organised Retreat Day for those nominated for a Women's Fund Award saw more than 40 community change-makers brought together.

As well as a celebration of their work, the day gave the women a chance to connect, reflect, share and learn from one another.

We know that hardworking change-makers often don't get time to step back and reflect, and so the day also included nurturing and tools for self-care.

Following the Retreat Day, the recipients of the first ever Women's Fund Awards were announced.

Celebrating

Champions.

Campaigners.

Change-makers.

Jackie Clark

The Aunties

 Jackie Clark

Jackie’s award was used to provide food and manaakitanga to women
The Aunties walk along side. By bringing a group of 30 women together, the intention was for the women to make social connections but also to be able to offer emotion and practical support to each other.

Kristina Cavit

The Kindness Institute

 Kristina Cavit

Kristina’s award was used to support The Kindness Institute’s ATAWHAI youth wellbeing project. Through the ATAWHAI programme’s social and emotional education, 150 marginalised rangatahi aged 14-18 were supported to develop the tools they need in order to transform their mental wellbeing.

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Mengzhu Fu

Shakti Youth Unit

 Mengzhu Fu

Mengzhu’s award was used towards training for migrant youth to equip them with the skills and tools to become leaders and advocates for other young migrants, and to create social change to prevent family violence. All of the training attendees were young migrant women who had first-hand knowledge of the issues affecting migrant and refugee youth – and some were survivors of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Liz Ferris

Te Papapa Preschool

 Liz Ferris

Preschool teacher Liz’s award was used to support two local women to grow through further education. Two teachers employed at Te Papapa Preschool were supported to pursue their Bachelor of Teaching in ECE.

Soala Wilson

SPINZS

 

Soala Wilson

Soala’s award was used to support the work of Sanitary Products in New Zealand Schools (SPINZS). 51,360 sanitary products were purchased and distributed to 14 schools, reaching 16,235 students – enabling young girls to continue with their education during their period.

Gabriella Brayne

Auckland Young Feminists / Auckland Women's Centre

 

Gabriella Brayne

Gabriella’s award was divided between two projects: a Rangatahi/Youth Engagement Project for the Auckland Women’s Centre, and a media and communications plan for the Auckland Young Feminists.

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Renu Sikka

Our Stories on Plate

 

Renu Sikka

Renu’s award was used to support the work she does through her “Our Stories On Plate” project. A total of 97 women took part in various events organised by Our Stories On Plate, including a story café for migrant and refugee women to make meaningful connections while discussing food, migration and belonging in Aotearoa.

Lily Henry

To Wahi

 

Lily Henry

Lily’s award was used for two purposes: to help subsidise the fees and accommodation cost for five volunteers to attend a two-day conference, and to assist with costs of delivering nutritional community cooking classes.

Amie Maga

Puketapapapa Community Driving School

 

Amie Maga

Amie’s award was used to support the cost of a female driving instructor/mentor to deliver culturally appropriate driving lessons for migrant and refugee women. More than 80% of learner drivers on the Puketapapa Community Driving School (PCDS)’s waiting list are women from resettled communities, who prefer to have a female instructor.

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Arna Metcalfe

Auckland Young Feminists steering group / National Council of Women

 

Arna Metcalfe

 

 

WF Awards Group Photo

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Retreat Day and Awards, please contact us.

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