The Business and Professional Women Mana club celebrated its association with other international clubs with a candle-lighting ceremony earlier this month.
The Mana club was joined by the Upper Hutt club and Angela McLeod, who represented the international federation.
Philippines ambassador Virginia H Benavidez, spoke about how important it was to advocate for those who had no voice, or who were oppressed and unable to speak out.
She congratulated the Mana club for the work it does lobbying on issues that affect women. Benavidez lit a candle to symbolise lighting the way for the future.