Three decades of projects

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Mem­bers, past mem­bers and friends of Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Women Kaita¯ia have cel­e­brated 30 years of friendship, projects, spon­sor­ship, en­abling, ed­u­cat­ing and em­pow­er­ing girls and women in the Far North.

The func­tion was at­tended by na­tional BPW pres­i­dent Hellen Swales and ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Chris­tine Ber­ridge, who spoke of her ex­pe­ri­ences as a mem­ber of the New Zealand del­e­ga­tion to the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women 62 ear­lier this year.

The club’s new­est mem­ber, Leigh Bakker, lit the Lena Madi­son Phillips can­dle, while youngest mem­ber Anu Paulose cut the an­niver­sary cake with pres­i­dent Donna MacMil­lan.

Other guests in­cluded deputy Mayor Tania McInnes, and past pres­i­dents of BPW Kaita¯ia Patsy Thorn­ton, Jan McLean, Les­lie White­horn, Cathy John­stone, Les­lie White­horn, Sandy White, Pam Dawson and Raewyn Pennell.

Other Kaita¯ia mem­bers Marie Berghan, Nancy Peter­son, Natasha Dixon, Tina Dawson, Mar­lene O’Sul­li­van, Mary Dar and Erin Chris­tensen were there too, along with BPW Doubt­less Bay pres­i­dent Lyn Dow, as were for­mer mem­bers, guest speak­ers and sup­port­ers Sarah Foun­tain, Karin Jones, Rowena Critch­ley-Jones, Michelle Ham­mond, Penny Brunker, Dar­lene Bald­win, Mary Wil­liams, Sandy Myhre, Shirley Wil­liams, Carol Collings, Jan Spin­ley, Te­ri­anne Catelow, Sari MacPher­son, Michele Mitcalfe, Eileen Sch­luter and Pat Haines

More than 100 women have been part of the Kaita¯ia club over the last 30 years, the club also sup­port­ing 15 women and girls with ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ships dur­ing that time.


The hon­our of cut­ting the cake went to pres­i­dent Donna MacMil­lan and Anu Paulose.

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