Longford Park Village


Meet & Greet:6.15pm

1st Wed of the Month
1 Longford Park Drive
Takanini, Papakura
Contact Us if you'd like to come along.

May 2016

Wonder Woman Sarah White


At this month's meeting the Pink Ribbon took centre stage for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.  We welcomed Sarah who had raised over $6000 for the Foundation by completing a 5 day trek in the foothills of the Himalayas.  The challenge was not just physical and financial but also emotional, as the small group of ‘Wonder Women’ trekked through rain, snow and sleet and down scary rock slopes and slept in basic local rest houses to accomplish their personal challenge.  It was a wonderful achievement for Sarah and the members of the expedition and we all enjoyed meeting her.


Area Forum


During April, Auckland and Northland Zonta Clubs met at McLeans’s College in Pakuranga for their annual Area Meeting. This gathering was used to present Certificates to leaders of the Girl Guiding New Zealand who were recently recognised by the Zonta Association as two of the 50 NZ Women of Achievement in 2016.

(L to R) Janette Irvine, Governor of District 16, Sonia Faulkner, National President of the GirlGuiding As NZ, Fiona Harnett, Board member of the International Girl Guiding, Mavis Shuker, President of the South Auckland Zonta Club.
Yellow roses, the Zonta emblem, were presented, to two very well deserving recipients of this award. Sonia Faulkner, besides her high profile position in the Girl Guides Assn, is also a long serving member of the South Auckland Zonta Club.

Nine women of the South Auckland Club attended the Area Meeting and enjoyed getting together with Zonta members from many clubs. Ideas were shared, old friendships renewed and new friends made. We were entertained by students of Mclean’s college Chamber Quartet and a Lion Dance.




April 2016

April 2016


The Next Generation

At the April Meeting of the Zonta Club of South Auckland we enjoyed a visit from the next generation of women who are making their mark on society. Five younger women from a variety of professions and occupations presented their views on how life is working for them. They provided insights in to how a number of issues affected them both in the work place, as employers and as members of society.
They touched on issues such as:
• harassment at work
• work / family balance
• pay parity
• work environments
• as an employer your challenges
• service clubs/community work
• key changes you’d like to see in your workplace

It was encouraging to hear that many employers are working hard to provide flexibility for women with children to care for but also how women at home and as employers are working for the community in many different voluntary ways.



March 2106


March meeting 2016 

Zonta South Auckland celebrated International Women’s Day with a Zonta Rose Day meeting - an opportunity to present a yellow rose, a Zonta symbol, to local women who have made outstanding contributions to their local communities.
This year, the club recognised four women, Betty Jackson, Margaret Swift, Shirley Maihi and Catherine Grey.
Betty Jackson of Bombay has spent 40 years living in and around Bombay nurturing a wonderful garden which she has always enjoyed sharing with the community. Her orchids have provided a warm welcome for many a new resident in the area. She has worked at the IHC shop in Pukekohe since 1970 and has made countless bottles of pickles and jams over the years to sell there, all from the fruits of her garden. Now over 90, she lives at The Palms but continues to fill her week up with activity as always including still working one day a week at the shop.
Shirley Maihi , the Principal of Rongomai School, was unfortunately not able to be present to receive her rose but her amazing contribution to the lives of thousands of families and school children in the community was shared with the members. She has always considered the wider needs of the school in many innovative ways such as establishing day care centres to enable women to go to work. Her goal has been to maximise learning opportunities for children and valuing the individual.
Margaret Swift of Pukekohe has been involved in a multitude of organisations over the years from the District Council, to Guides, AFS, Swimming Club, Board of Trustees, the Hospice and many others. She continues still these days to drive patients to appointments and delivers meals on wheels. Margaret feels strongly that women should be able to do anything they want to and following on from the women who fought for women’s suffrage we should “keep the ball rolling”.
Catherine Grey, was a founding member of the Zonta Club and for 38 years has worked on fundraising for women’s projects particularly for the Study Awards which Zonta give out each year to local women to assist in their ongoing education. She was a very able professional and ran her own physiotherapy practice for many years. Assisting women to achieve their potential has always been a prime interest of hers and she is a Life Member of the National Council of Women. Catherine considers that much progress has been made in our generation particularly for working women but women’s issues are still right up there in importance.
We value this opportunity to recognise these women and thank them for their contribution to our community.