Manukau’s National Council of Women celebrate International Women’s Day1 Mar 2020

The Manukau Branch of the National Council of Women celebrated International Women’s Day on the 7th March where three women from the community were presented
with certificates acknowledging their exemplary work within the community. Senior
students from four secondary schools in Manukau were invited to attend the

Guest speaker Denise Lee, MP for Mangakiekie presented on the subject of “Climate Change – How it affects our Harbours”. Sharing the serious effects of climate change and other issues on the unique life in our oceans and coasts. The 2020 celebratory event saw three extraordinary community members acknowledged for their community work:

Virginia Warren

A founding member of the Franklin Branch of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. Virginia is passionate about women’s rights and development so took a lead role in organising local celebrations of the ‘125 years of Women’s Suffrage’ in 2018 and organised numerous community training events and seminars. Some of these seminars were Personal Growth, Election Preparation, Stress Management, Marketing, Brain Fit, Violence and Leadership. She has showcased women whose achievements, skills and personal stories are truly awe inspiring.

Christine Rattray, JP, Salvation Army

Christine has held various positions in the National Council of Women, including over a period of time, the role of president of two different branches and the position of convener for Social Issues, providing support for people attending court hearings.

Manya Lynch, Community Maternity Care.

Manya is a Maori midwife and her presentation has received much publicity. Manya said that this presentation was a really lovely recognition of midwifery especially in South
Auckland. Women from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, India and the African nations are all a part of the diverse community of women for whom she cares and that they bring a great richness in birthing tradition (tikanga) birthing history and stories which have been a great privilege to be a part of. One her greatest gifts is the understanding that although we may be from very different cultures, faith and backgrounds there are many things that make us the same.

Judi Goldsworthy, President of the Manukau

Branch, thanks to the Wiri Licensing Trust on behalf of the Manukau Branch of the
National Council of Women of New Zealand for providing financial support for local students to attend the 2020 International Women’s Day celebration.

About the National Council of Women

The National Council of Women (NCWNZ) is the leading organisation focused on the Gender Equal NZ movement. NCWNZ is an umbrella organisation with a volunteer board and 15 branches nationwide, with more than 200 organisations, as well as individual members. Established in 1896, the NCWNZ have led or supported many initiatives that have benefited New Zealand communities.

More information can be found on their website: