YWCA Auckland Young Women’s Board Internship


We are pleased to announce that we are currently piloting a Board Internship for young women. The purpose of this internship is to provide young women with first hand experience of being involved in a not for profit board with the view that they will be better equipped to undertake a position as a board director subsequent to completing their internship. It also provides a young woman’s perspective to YWCA Auckland Board discussion and decision-making.

This new initiative launched in October 2015, and we are excited to welcome Hannah Johnston as our very first YWCA Auckland Board Intern. Click here and scroll to Board Intern to learn more about Hannah.

Equal Pay Awards 2015 Winners


Congratulations to the Equal Pay 2015 Award winners.

For more info around the award winners please check out our Equal Pay Awards website.

Supreme Award – ANZ Bank 








Gold Award- IAG Insurance








Joint Silver Award – Bell Gully

Bell Gully







Joint Silver Award – ERO







Bronze Award- New Zealand Defense Force










Seeking new board members.


We are seeking to recruit three Board members who have a range of skills, experience and qualifications  one of whom is under the age of 30.

The YWCA has a long and proud history of making real differences for the lives of women and thereby for society. You will be helping to keep this heritage alive. You will be a role model for women and a member of a high performing team.

Click here for more details.



Part time – Finance Manager


We are looking for a part time Finance Manager to join our fantastic team in Newmarket. This role could be during school hours only so would be perfect for someone returning to work.

Reporting to our wonderful CEO, this role will take responsibility for financial management and reporting. We are are looking for an experienced Finance Manager who is analytical, has outstanding attention to detail and has great time management skills. While experience in a not for profit environment is not essential, an empathy for the values and goals of the YWCA is.

Please share this with anyone you know who may be suitable.

Please email your CV and covering letter to Brigette Watkin at: Brigette@akywca.org.nz by 5pm, Monday 17th August 2015.

UN Women’s Flagship Report


29 April:  UN Women have launched their flagship report Progress of the World’s Women, titled “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”. Fusing human rights and economic policymaking, this report provides insight and analysis on what makes economies work for women, and how we can make them a reality, for the benefit of all.

It offers a comprehensive review on women’s rights around the world, and outlines policy priorities for governments to address in order to achieve social and economic equality.


World YWCA Day 24 April


It’s our day today!

We are part of the world’s largest women’s organisation, a global network of 25 million women leading social and economic change in over 125 countries worldwide. That’s pretty amazing…

One of the World YWCA’s latest campaign is No Xcuses – to shine a light on violence against women. You can check out more on the campaign here.

You can check out more about World YWCA here.

Movie date? Or marathon date?


Round the Bays – Check
We did it yayyy (sighs heard around the finish line!!!) Massive pat on the back, high 5s, and cheers to all those people who supported/ walked/ ran/ crawled to help YWCA Auckland. We appreciate all that you gave us whether you participated or donated.

the teamIf you saw us at the event and thought “now that looks like a team I want to support” or just want to show some love to YWCA Auckland it isn’t too late to donate.

You can support our awesome Future Leaders and their mentors by clicking here. We were all young women once – take the opportunity to support their potential. The Future Leaders programme gives young women the tools to blossom into leaders of tomorrow.

Side Note: As the end of the financial year approaches, don’t forget you can claim back a third of your donation.

It’s Y Day!!!! Bold and trans-formative leadership

On the 24th April we celebrate YWCA day around the world. On this day we appreciate the women who have laid down foundations for us and look to the new bold era of women to create pathways for the next generation.

Do you remember when you were a young woman, and someone saying they appreciated you (awards and achievements don’t count)? We can go through much of our younger life without really being appreciated and this is a pivotal stage in our lives. In today’s world we are constantly competing; competing for the job, the guy, the status. We forget to appreciate each other, we forget to look back and realise that someone new is beginning this journey.

So here’s the challenge: The theme of this day is bold and transformative leadership. On 24th April be bold enough to lead the movement. Turn to a young women (not just those you know) and say I appreciate you, you matter.

Future Leaders Fundraiser Pitch Perfect 2

Would you like to go the movies with us? Well, it’s a date!

On 23rd of May our Future Leaders who take part in the unique Future Leaders programme have organised a movie fundraiser. It will be held at Hoyts Cinema, Sylvia Park. Tickets are $20 and we’ll even throw in a few goodies, but we’ll keep those a surprise for date night.

Come along – bring your friends and family and join us for some sing alongs (in our heads of course) some LOL (laughing out loud) moments and just an all round good night.
Can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces there.

Please contact: kendal on kendal@akwyca.org.nz or give us a call on (09) 522 8219 to get your tickets.

Auckland Favourites 
We love Auckland and all the things you can do, see and play with.

  • Easter Show 17-21 April – take the family along for entertainment  and fireworks – best bit it’s FREE!
  • Cadbury Eggstravaganza-  4th & 5th April – Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles. It’s a family outing-  awesome feature is it’s FREE!!!
  • Easter Sunday Carnival 5th April: Good food, fair rides, and an ice slide. Another awesomely FREE event for the family.

Auckland Marathon You ready for the next challenge?
Can we do it? Yes we can!!!!

Want to get fit? So do we!! Want to give back to young women? So do we!! Want to run with your group of friends? So do we!! I think we just became a match.

Auckland Marathon entries are now open. Now if you thought Round The Bays was fun wait till you get on the Auckland Marathon wagon. Get a group of friends together and help us fundraise for YWCA Auckland. We cant wait for you to join us as we tackle the Auckland marathon. Nothing like fresh air and good friends to run or walk with. Email liz@akywca.org.nz to get on that wagon.

PS: Just in case you’re thinking, no way, are you crazy, we’re a bit scared of this challenge too but we reckon we’ll feel amazing afterwards and we’re sure you will too.

YouthWeek_logo_2013_-_Copy We are the future/ko tatau te ao o apopo”

Nominate an Outstanding YWCA Future Leader to be celebrated in Youth Week.

23-31 May 2015: to celebrate Youth Week 2015 we’d love to acknowledge one of our YWCA Future Leaders (past or present) as an Outstanding Leader. She can have displayed her awesomeness in any setting, over time or in one particular situation. To nominate a Future Leader, click here. Once we have a short list, we’ll ask you, our lovely supporters to vote.

You will have the whole of April for nominations. On the 2nd of May voting will open and stay open till the 16th of May. Winner announced 25th May.



International Women’s Day 8 March


The theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is Make It Happen, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Thanks to Working Women’s Resource Centre Committee for providing the following resources towards making it happen:

The Hand Mirror is a feminist team blog featuring feminists who are either based in Aotearoa New Zealand or identify as from here.

Pacific Women’s Watch monitors, reviews and reports on the status of women in the Asia-Pacific region to ensure women in all countries in the Pacific sub-region coordinate in solidatrity of purpose to promote the advancement of women.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Women The ITUC and its affiliated organisations work together to advance women’s rights and gender equality. The ITUC actively promotes equality at the workplace and the full integration of women in trade unions including their decision making bodies.

Fair Agenda is a new independent campaigning community focused on bringing Australians together in critical moments, to drive change that promotes fairness and equality for women.

Emily’s List (US) seeks to put women in office who can make significant contributions to education, health care, voting rights and economic equality.

Emily’s List Australia can provide you with opportunities to emplower your participation, develop your skills or garner support from a nationwide network of volunteers.

Women’s Agenda (Australia) is the digital destination where women (and men) help women achieve.

All the Way for Equal Pay (facebook page) campaign for equal pay in NZ based on the historic Employment Court decision about SFWU member Kristine Bartlett’s equal pay case

PSA Women’s network (facebook page) A place for women members to share experiences about work and organise around things that need to change.

UN Women (facebook page) is the UN agency for gender equality & women’s empowerment. It was established to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls (facebook page) encourages smart girls to volunteer and to be more curious about the world they live in and to provide a healthy alternative to so much that is being marketed to young people on the internet.

Nomsa, our rising fashion star


Nomsa, one of our Future Leader graduates, is an aspiring fashion designer. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nomsa’s story is one of overcoming depression and persevering through difficult times. She features in the latest NZ Woman’s Weekly.

nomsa website

Thank you Outward Bound NZ


Outward Bound New Zealand’s mission is inspiring personal and social development through value based experiential learning in an outdoor environment. Outward Bound is founded on universal values: Compassion, Greatness, Responsibility and Integrity – these values are mirrored in the four year YWCA Future Leaders programme and we are extremely grateful for the full scholarships they provide through our community partnership.

We have just received some thank you letters from our graduate Future Leaders who attended the January 21 day Classic course in Anakiwa and had to share them:

“Outward Bound will help me to achieve any goals I have. I know that hard work pays off. This experience has helped shape me into a better person. I can’t tell what kind of person I would be today without YWCA and I don’t want to know. I am happy with who I am and YWCA has had a great impact on me. YWCA is just such a positive organisation and I hope more girls will continue to grow with your guidance.”

“I would like to thank you for all you’ve done for me and allowing me to attend Outward Bound. I am still lost for words for what I experienced and I will forever embrace and remember my time there. Forever I will embrace every opportunity that YWCA has allowed me to take part in. Outward Bound has taught me to live in every moment, knowing that each one of us are in charge of our own happiness.”

We love our Future Leaders!




YWCA Auckland programmes receive generous support from...
  • ASB Community Trust

  • HSBC Bank - New Zealand

    Perpetual Guardian
  • The trusts charitable foundation
    Skycity Auckland Community Trust

YWCA of Auckland New Zealand

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