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.

Tree planting

On October 19 a group of members gathered to plant a tree in Bruce Pulman Park in Takanini, in memory of club member Lynette Jones, who died last year.  The Rev Joy Glaysher, a Friend of Zonta and a past president, officiated at the ceremony.


October Dinner Meeting

On October 1 the club held its 2014 Awards presentation evening.   We were privileged to have Dame Judith Potter present the awards this year.  She gave an inspiring talk on the first woman to graduate and practice as a lawyer in New Zealand.  Each year we invite the previous year’s recipient to tell us about the success of year. The 2013 Study Award went to Cynthia Strickland, a podiatrist in South Auckland and she told us that she was able to use the award money to take time out of clinical work and do research projects on diabetes and gout in the South Auckland communities

Young Woman in Public Affairs Award 2014

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) Programme is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement to the status of women. The winner of the Zonta South Auckland YWPA award for 2014 is Jaimie Gibbons from Kings College. 


Study Award 2014:

The winner of the 2014 Study award, which aims to support and promote the education and /or training of women over the age of 25 who live in the South Auckland region, is Hellen Lanigan, pictured receiving her award from Dame Judith Potter.  Helen is completing her first year of the Pacific Nursing Degree Course at Manukau Institute of Technology.   She has strong affiliations to Tainui in the Matamata area.  Hellen has worked voluntarily at Women’s Refuge and her supervisors had suggested that she move over to a Social Work degree  She is keen to pursue study in a field where she can assist the children and families of the South Auckland community and Zonta is delighted to be able to help her with this vision.  





September Dinner Meeting

In support of the worldwide Zonta advocacy initiative Zonta Says NO the speaker at the September meeting was Stephanie Lambert, Advocate. She spoke about the issues facing women in the sex industry today and what her organisation, Stand Against Slavery in the Sex Industry in New Zealand, is doing to help.

Stephanie is pictured below with club member Margaret Williams, with the Zonta Advocacy campaign banner.


August Dinner Meeting 2014

In August members enjoyed an evening of fellowship, sharing heirlooms and treasures created by themselves or family members.  Pictured below is an advent calendar created by Jan Clements.




July Dinner Meeting 2014

The July meeting was both a celebration of our birthday - 37 years since we chartered as a club - and International Night.  The speakers were a panel of three women who have recently come to New Zealand, Margaryta Green, Katie Paterson & Hong Lee.  They discussed a number of questions about their experiences as new settlers.


President Shirley Beazley, Charter President Walsh and our two newest members, cut the birthday cake.

The panel of speakers at our International Night


June Dinner Meeting 2014

Our speaker for the June dinner was Mrs Shelley Grieve.  A Practice Nurse in Drury for most of the time, every year Shelley visits the remote island sin Fiji to educate the women on health issues and diet,  She gave a most interesting talk on her experiences.  Below Shelley with Zonta member Catherine Grey.


May Dinner Meeting 2014

Two club members, Yvonne Harris and Lizzie Farrell (pictured below), spoke of their journeys as professionals in the New Zealand Health Services.



April Dinner Meeting 2014

We express a special appreciation to our Zontian Member Sonia Faulkner, for conducting the South Auckland Club Arena night in which we took a good look at ourselves and how we saw our Club progressing. Sonia’s expertise in facilitating an interesting and entertaining interaction, where members could contribute and openly express their expectations has brought sound ideas for our board to work on.

Following is a summary of the most supported contributions, collated by Sonia..

1) What is remarkable about the South Auckland Zonta Club?  

The fellowship and friendship and working together.

2)  What would we like others to comment about when they read our newsletters, come to visit as speakers or guests, visit our website, read about us in the newspaper?

That we are making a difference in the community. That we are a friendly group of ladies.

3) Who do we want to target for membership?

Successful people who can make time for Zonta; like minded people who are interested in service.

4) What might we need to put on the website to attract members?

Up to date data, activity photos, list of projects achieved over the years.

5) Should invited speakers at club meetings have a particular focus? If yes… what

focus should they have?

Positive subject matter in advancement of women. Variety and balance.

6) How can we involve our Friends of Zonta in our activities and keep the connection fresh?

Keep them well informed, always make them welcome and let them choose participation.

Sonia leading the discussion 


 March Dinner Meeting 2014

Our speaker for the March Dinner was Elizabeth Subritzky, founder member and Director of Freedom from Sexual Exploitation. Elizabeth has presented a submission to the House of Parliament to repeal the Prostitution Reform Act which has proved to fail in protecting women selling in the sex industry.

Elizabeth proposed the adoption of the Nordic Model which has been so successful in Sweden, where prostitution has been halved since the prohibition was introduced in 1999. 

New Zealand is a destination for trafficking women.  The information Elizabeth related to us was somber and challenged us as Zontians to help curb the rise in this form of slavery. 


The Zonta Club of South Auckland's

2013 Awards presentation

was held recently at Longford Park Village 


Read more about our special awardees here




Recent inspiring speaker from 'Stop Demand'

Denise Ritchie from 'Stop Demand' gave us much to think about with the facts and case studies she presented to us. Here she is presented with flowers by club member Doreen Attwood


Governor Maureen

 Governor Maureen Heine introduces to Zonta South Auckland, Denise Ritchie founder of 'Stop Demand'

"A vibrant key note speaker, Stop Demand's founder Denise Ritchie has addressed audiences ranging in size from 30 to 3,000+.  She draws on a range of topical and often polarising issues that touch all communities - pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual violence, to widespread cultures spanning locker rooms to corporate boardrooms. 

Denise is a captivating speaker who challenges, provokes and inspires audiences to become part of a positive movement for change".


Bits & Bobs, Boots

Beads, Bags and Bed-wear


"The Bits and Bobs evening was a great success, the best yet. The goods on display were very tempting and made for some great gift ideas.

On behalf of the club I would sincerely like to thank the Local club for all the work they put into organising such a great night. This one event has raised sufficient returns to completely cover their commitments for the year.  that is nothing short of fantastic.

Thank you to all the workers, your efforts were greatly appreciated by all who enjoyed a fantastic girly night". Patricia Morley, Club President.



 2012 Study Awards Presentation

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Honorable Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM QC guest speaker, and Mr Ross Craig on behalf of the Chenery Trust, who presented the awards to the winners of our Study Award and Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

Lynda Garrett Area 1 Director; Ashley Varney YWPA award recipient; Katherine Thomas Study Award winner; Maureen Heine District Governor


Katherine Thomas, Mr Ross Craig and Catherine Grey


Status of Women Chair Margaret Dunkley with 2011 Awardee Jennifer Cassidy. Jennifer spoke with warm appreciation of the assistance her Study Award had been to enable her pursue her studies during the last year.

Sonia Faulkner representing the Study Award Committee, Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM QC


Sonia Faulkner, National President of GirlGuiding NZ; Mavis Shuker, Chair of New Horizons for Women Trust;  District Governor Maureen Heine; all members of Zonta South Auckland proudly supporting Zonta South Auckland's Study Award and the Young Women in Public Affairs Award.


61st Zonta International Convention

Torino, Italy


Zonta South Auckland's own member Maureen Heine became District 16 (NZ’s) Governor at our 2012 Convention held in Torino, Italy. Governor Maureen wears the kakahu proudly representing New Zealand Zontians. Zonta South Auckland congratulates Maureen on her high achievement and service with distinction to women both locally and globally.


Zonta Celebration Dinner in Auckland Saturday 18th August, 2012. Governor Maureen Heine with District 16 secretary Pauline Maddock

International President Lynn McKenzie


Congratulations, Lynn, from the Zonta Club of South Auckland on becoming the first NZ Zontian International President. We are very proud of your prestigious achievement and wish you all the very best for the coming biennium. View here.


Read about the Zonta Club of Auckland here