New directions….


Thanks to ellen & ellen we have just published our Strategic Plan 2014-2016, outlining our strategic themes for women aged under 40 years:

  • Leadership
  • Economic independence
  • Safe spaces
  • Wellbeing

Our key drivers:

  1. Understand and respond to the changing needs of our women.
  2. Create and deliver added value for young women in the Auckland area.
  3. Build upon the strong and self-sustaining legacy of YWCA Auckland.
  4. Collaborate with other organisations to enhance outcomes for young women in Auckland.
  5. Grow our programmes and thrive as an organisation to respond to community needs.
  6. Explore different options around financing the work of YWCA Auckland.
  7. Create a road map to guide future investment and activity of YWCA Auckland.

Because every woman deserves choice……..

Full Plan here.



Come work for us….


Operations Manager

  • New leadership role reporting directly to CEO
  • Operational, strategic & commercial focus

YWCA Auckland is 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. With a proud heritage of providing FREE community programmes in Auckland for over 125 years which deliver on our mission to not rest until every woman is able to fulfil her potential, YWCA Auckland are passionate advocates of young women’s economic and social development, and what we do makes a real difference in New Zealand women’s lives.

This newly created role reporting directly to the CEO will take responsibility for the planning and operations of the organisation going forward. The key purpose of the role is to ensure and improve the performance, productivity, efficiency and profitability of the organisation. We are seeking a strong Operations Manager with exceptional relationship management skills, who can lead and drive best practice and incubate and pilot new programme initiatives, while keeping an eye to the strategic view.

With two direct reports, candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • prior experience in a leadership role
  • strategic agility
  • strong financial and commercial acumen, including reporting
  • experience in contract management
  • adherence to risk management and legislative compliance
  • experience managing assets
  • managerial courage and integrity to lead through change
  • proven project management skills.

While experience in a not for profit environment is not essential, an empathy for the values and goals of the YWCA is.

This really is a wonderful leadership opportunity in a small friendly organisation doing great work.

Please note applications close Friday 14 November, and we are looking for candidates who can commence in the role after the Christmas break in January 2015.

Please contact Joanna on 09 968 8243 or email your CV to without delay.

JOB ID: 1833_657945423703360620

Celebration update and photos….


YWCA Auckland Celebration and AGM

Last night we held our 129th annual celebration and AGM. Thank you to all those who attended to mix and mingle and hear about our programmes and initiatives. Your support means a lot to us all.

In the official AGM, we were delighted to present Dame Cath Tizard with our first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Dame Cath has been a long-time supporter of women and YWCA Auckland. She is also one of the funniest women we know. You can read her fascinating history here.

Photos from last night here.

The gender gap: How NZ is faring


Written by Sophie Ryan, NZ Herald

New Zealand women are among the most educated in the world, a new report shows, but there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women – including their pay packets.

The World Economic Forum’s annual report on the gender gap shows New Zealand has dropped in global rankings from seventh last year to 13th this year.

The Global Gender Gap Index ranks countries on the gap between men and women on health, education, economic and political indicators.

New Zealand has improved or stayed the same on all indicators except for economic participation and opportunities, where the gap has widened. For pay equality, the country ranks 33rd out of 142 countries.

Dame Jenny Shipley, the country’s first female Prime Minister and chairwoman of Global Women NZ, said the report showed there was “so much to do” to reach equality.

It was “inexcusable” for a woman to graduate from secondary or tertiary education with equal qualifications to a man and enter the workforce, only to be paid less.

Dame Jenny said women needed to speak up and companies needed to be prepared to tackle any disparity.

Federation of Business and Professional Women president Vicky Mee said she wasn’t surprised the country had slipped in the rankings.

“New Zealand has been a leader for many years but we’ve sort of lost that edge and that push. We are not holding companies to account enough.”

She said things were likely to get worse for women in low-earning jobs.

“Things that are worrying are things like the Employment Relations Amendment Act … I think … there will be an increasingly big gap between the very low paid in our society and the very high paid.

“And because the majority of low paid employees are women, it will in fact just widen that gap.”

Minister for Women Louise Upston said the report showed the country could be doing better.

However, the first place ranking for equality in educational attainment was something New Zealand could be proud of, she said.

Monica Briggs, chief executive of YWCA Auckland, said systemic pay inequity in New Zealand needed to change.

“Women in female-dominated industries getting paid less than work of similar value in male-dominated industries – this is prolific in New Zealand, with women tending to be clustered into a relatively narrow range of occupations that have been traditionally considered women’s work and not valued equally.”

Read the full report here:

The index aims to understand whether countries are distributing their resources and opportunities equitably between women and men.

The report follows a Court of Appeal decision yesterday, which upheld an Employment Court decision that ruled employers must pay workers in the female-dominated aged care industry wages that were equal to workers in a similar male-dominated industry.

The appeal was brought by Terranova Homes and Care, the workplace of Lower Hutt rest-home carer Kristine Bartlett, who brought the initial case with Service and Food Workers’ Union backing.

The New Zealand Aged Care Association had funded the appeal and would not confirm whether a further appeal to the Supreme Court would be launched.

John Ryall, president of the union, said he was “over the moon” with the outcome.

Same skills, two different pay rates for partners

Motueka woman Caitlin Lewis was given a lower paid job than her partner. She believed it was because of her gender, and she felt she had to act.

In 1999 and 2000, Ms Lewis worked for a seafood company as a fish trimmer.

She was employed not long after her partner Brett Edwards – but although the pair had the same skills and background, Mr Edwards was given the more highly paid position of a trainee filleter.

Ms Lewis, now 46 and working as a labourer, said when her first pay cheque arrived and she realised she was being paid less than Mr Edwards, she felt she needed to do something about the issue as it affected not only her, but other women that worked as trimmers in the factory – many of them mothers.

“I’m South African and I was really surprised that New Zealand would let something like this happen.

“It was a huge shock to suddenly be pigeon-holed based on my gender.”

She said she thought the problem should be easy to fix, so she looked up who to complain to.

Ms Lewis complained to the Human Rights Commission, arguing that although she and Mr Edwards had identical skills and background, she was given the lesser paid job because she was a woman.

The seafood company denied the allegation but the tribunal found that the job had been allocated on a gender basis and that the company appointed men to be filleters and women to be trimmers.

The decision was appealed in the High Court, which in 2007 concluded the two jobs should not be allocated based on sex.

- NZ Herald

Money Lovely Money


We love money so we’re loving Money Week this week – fun ways to learn how to use it wisely, save it, invest it and spend it….

We work with many young women whose families are under financial pressure. Learning financial literacy is a key step in making sure these young women achieve economic independence.

In conjunction with Women in Super, we have been delivering financial literacy workshops to our Future Leaders for the last few years. Workshops are intended to be both fun and informative.

Get your money hat on this week. Check out all the events happening here – money is obviously popular!




YWCA Auckland extends congratulations to the organisations who won awards at the second White Camellia Awards, held on Thursday 2 October. As our inaugural Equal Pay Awards highlighted, organisations in New Zealand are working hard towards providing an equal professional playing field for women. Monica Briggs, CEO says” it’s great to see leadership being demonstrated by such diverse organisations. We hope these organisations will inspire the wider business community.”

Media release: UN Women NCANZ

Banks lead the way on gender equality in the workplace

For the second year running, banks have scooped the majority of the awards at the second White Camellia Awards*, held in Auckland on Thursday night. The awards recognise organisations that have made the most progress in implementing the seven principles of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

“The 2014 supreme winner is the Bank of New Zealand. Banks are leading the way in terms of providing corporate leadership for gender equality in the workplace,” UN Women NCANZ President Angela McLeod said today.

“It’s pleasing to see other businesses, such as law firm Bell Gully, Deloittes, and retailer Farmers, picking up awards for their efforts to advance women in the workplace, and treat men and women equally,” adds Bev Cassidy-McKenzie, of the EEO Trust.

Not only are the winning businesses making commitments to women’s empowerment at a chief executive level, they are actively recruiting women into senior roles, including governance. These companies are supporting women and men in their parenting responsibilities; addressing gender pay gaps and; have a number of other initiatives to support the full participation of women at work.

Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue said, “Signing up to WEPs is basically the smart thing to do. Investing in women in the workplace pays huge dividends for consumers, employees and business productivity.”

The awards were sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (EEO), the Employers and Manufacturer’s Association and Coca-Cola Amatil.

Based on the seven principles of the WEPs, the 2014 award winners are:

•   Supreme Winner – BNZ
-   Principle 1 – Leadership Promotes Gender Equity
    ASB and BNZ
-  Principle 2 – Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Non-discrimination
Bell Gully
-  Principle 3 – Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence
Farmers Trading Company
-  Principle 4 – Education and Training
-  Principle 5 – Enterprise Development, Supply Chain and Marketing Practices
- Principle 6 – Community Leadership and Engagement

The seventh principle requires measuring and reporting women’s empowerment. By participating in the survey, all organisations that responded have demonstrated their commitment to this principle.

* White Camellias are an emblem of women’s suffrage. They were given to all the Members of Parliament who voted for the right of women to vote in 1893. White camellias are featured on our ten dollar bill alongside a portrait of Kate Sheppard. The White Camellia Awards are organised jointly by UN Women NCANZ, the EEO Trust, the Human Rights Commission and BPW New Zealand.

Emma Watson inspires……


Recently elected United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an impassioned speech at the U.N. headquarters in honor of the new “HeForShe” gender equality campaign, which aims to “mobilize men against gender inequalities.”

Talking about her journey towards becoming a feminist, Emma Watson eloquently and simply posits gender equality as an issue for both genders.  Click here to see her speech.

Suffrage Day 2014


As the 121st anniversary of Suffrage nears, here’s a look at some of the progress New Zealand has made towards gender equality. We are proud of the part we have played…

You can be part of the change too – become a mentor to a young woman, become a member or donate to the cause.

Thank you to Good Magazine for publishing this article online.



Working towards pay equity


Working towards a better future for all New Zealanders includes paying men and women equally. On average women earn 13% less than men, due to a variety of reasons, some not immediately apparent. Raising awareness around this issue is critical for everyone’s prosperity…

See article attached, written by Su Duffey, GM Human Resources at Westpac – this year’s inaugural winner of YWCA Equal Pay Awards.

Become our Brand New Board Member


Why should you join the board of directors of the YWCA of Auckland?

The YWCA has a long and proud history of making a difference for women and thereby for society. You will be helping to keep the heritage alive. This organisation is making a real difference in the lives of women. You can make a real difference working with this organisation. You will be a role model for women. You will be a member of a high performing team and choose to be an exemplar of possibility.

Our Vision: We will not rest until every woman is able to fulfil her potential.
Purpose: Driven to give women the opportunity to realise a better future.
Essence: Because every woman deserves choice
Values: Pioneering, Integrity, Diversity, Respect and Passion

We are seeking to recruit a Board member who has a range of skills, experience and qualifications.

• Financial literacy, analytical skills and knowledge of legal requirements.
• Business acumen or strong networks in the commercial sector.
• Strategic thinking and problem solving skills.
• Governance experience (or as an aspiring director – a solid understanding of governance, and knowledge of the requirements of a director/trustee).
• Demonstrable passion and commitment to enabling and empowering women, especially young women.
• Be a financial member of the Auckland YWCA –

• CA and/or CPA qualification.
• Funding partnerships and stakeholder relationship management
• Fundraising expertise or contacts in this sector.
• Specific expertise and knowledge related to the development of young women’s leadership, programmesmanagement/development, Maori, Pacific and ethnic minority community development.
• Excellent networks and a desire to build and extend our relationships with partner organisations.

Please send a covering letter and Curriculum Vitae to Brigette Watkin by 12pm on 12th of September 2014. Interview date for shortlisted candidates: 16th September 2014.

YWCA Auckland programmes receive generous support from...
  • ASB Community Trust
  • Vodafone Foundation New Zealand

    Gaurdian Trust
  • The trusts charitable foundation

    Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Skycity Auckland Community Trust

    HSBC Bank - New Zealand

YWCA of Auckland New Zealand

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