We began in 1921 and have remained relevant for women in town and country communities since then.

A fascinating story of the New Zealand WI in Women Together - follow this link https://nzhistory.govt.nz/women-together/new-zealand-federation-womens-institutes

The winners of the 2019 Challenge Trophy (Indoor Bowls - Triples). From Rotorua Federation, Totara Region, with national president Fay Leonard. L - R NatalieTrumper (skip), Fay Foster (second) and Teresa Coles (lead).

All competitors from left in green Southern Hawkes Bay, in blue Riverlea WI (3rd), behind the winners Romahapa WI (2nd), at the back in red Canterbury East and in front in blue Poverty Bay Wairoa.

What we do

  • Offer friendship and fun
  • Travel and walking groups
  • Get involved with our local community
  • Encourage leadership
  • Teach and share homemaking skills
  • Provide opportunities for members to be involved in choral, drama, floral art, all types of handcraft and writing
  • Help others

South Pacific Funds

Members raised funds to help women and children in Vanuatu. $6,604 was sent through Rotary International to Pacific Pathways. A letter of thanks was received saying "Thankyou for your support and your generous donation towards the costs to build the Aore Yumi Kindy on Aore Island, Vanuatu. With great appreciation from the Aore Yumi Kindy committee, the pikinini (children) and the greater Aore Community. Thank you for helping us to make a difference! Warm regards Sue & David, Pacific Pathways. Below is a photo of the kindy.

Theme and Project

We always have a theme and project which covers two years. The current ones for 2018 - 2019 are:

"Share the Friendship"
"Teach a skill"
Look for opportunities in your community to share friendship through teaching a skill to others be it teaching cooking or preparing a budget. Or perhaps new people in your community have skills to teach you and the friendship offered is shared to make them feel at home.

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