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Lower Hutt Women’s Centre

1987 –

Theme: Service

In 1986 the Lower Hutt City Counci  set up a series of seminars for the women of Lower Hutt to put forward ideas on what they needed. One of the ideas was a women’s centre, for empowerment, education, ending discrimination and tackling oppression of women. 

Dress for Success New Zealand

1999 –

Theme: Service

This essay written by Gwynneth Jansen was published online in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 2019.

Dress for Success in New Zealand was part of a global movement for change and empowerment of women.  The first organisation was established by Nancy Lublin in 1997 in New York, and by 2018 it had grown to more than 150 affiliates in 20 countries.

Soroptimist International of Aotearoa New Zealand

1939 –

Theme: Service

Known as:

  • Soroptimist International (New Zealand)
    1939 – 2018
  • Soroptimist International of Aotearoa New Zealand
    2018 –

This essay written by Sandy Bardsley was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Yvonne Simpson and Annette Smith in 2018.

In 1993 Soroptimist International was one of the world's largest women's service organisations, involving nearly 100,000 women in over 90 countries. The term 'Soroptimist' means 'best of sisters'.

New Zealand Women's Royal Army Corps Association

1961 –

Theme: Service

This essay written by Bronwyn Dalley was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Bronwyn Dalley in 2018.

The aims of this organisation were to foster esprit de corps, affiliate with other ex-WAAC and kindred associations, and arrange functions. 

Inner Wheel New Zealand

1936 –

Theme: Service

Known as:

  • Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland
    1936 – 1947
  • Association of Inner Wheel Clubs
    1947 – 1967
  • International Inner Wheel
    1967 – 1990
  • Inner Wheel New Zealand
    1990 –

This essay written by Diana Beaglehole was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Annabelle Valentine in 2018.

Women's division of Rotary

RSA Women's Sections

1941 –

Theme: Service

This essay written by Bronwyn Dalley was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Stephen Clarke in 2018.

The women's sections of the Royal New Zealand Returned Services' Association (RSA) offered a range of welfare and support services to members of the RSA and the wider community

Zonta International (New Zealand)

1965 –

Theme: Service

This essay written by Cherry Raymond was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Helen Reilly in 2018.

Zonta International became a world-wide service organisation of women executives in business and the professions, working to improve the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of women.

Rebekah Lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

1895 – 2015

Theme: Service

This essay written by Yvonne Robertson (later Wilkie) was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Yvonne Wilkie in 2018.

The Rebekah Lodges were the Women’s Associate Lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Hospital Library Visitors' Association

1887 –

Theme: Service

Known as:

  • Hospital Lady Visitors' Association
    1887 – 1984
  • Hospital Library Visitors' Association
    1985 –

This essay written by Patricia Sargison was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Patricia Sargison in 2018.

1887 – 1993

The Hospital Lady Visitors' Association (HLVA) was founded in Christchurch in 1887 'to bring cheer and brightness into the lives of patients while in hospital and to give temporary relief and assistance to destitute and needy persons when they leave'. [1] One hundred years later, the president stated, ’Although the requirements of patients have changed gradually with changes in society in general, the essential nature of the Association remains . .

Dominion Federation of Townswomen's Guilds

1932 – 2018

Theme: Service

This essay written by Fiona McKergow was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Fiona McKergow in 2018.

–The Dominion Federation of Townswomen's Guilds aimed to educate women and to encourage 'their development as citizens'

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