News Archive

September 2016


M2Woman magazine Mar/Apr 2013 – pay equity article

Next magazine March 2013 – pay equity article

Women’s Leadership

“Love Democracy, Use your Power” – Green Party release on Suffrage Day September 2013

ASB leads way in corporate gender equality – September 2013


The Tribune, August 2013 – Palmerston North Encore

Latitude – August/September – article on Christchurch Encore Coordinator

Western Leader – July 2013 – 10 out of 10 coverage

North Shore Times, April 2013 – Encore participant story

Rodney Times April 2013 – Encore participant story

December 2014

We farewell the Encore programme

We are sad to announce that YWCA Auckland is no longer delivering Encore as of 2015.

Over the last ten years, YWCA Auckland has delivered Encore, a free gentle exercise programme for women who have had breast cancer treatment, helping over 3,000 women from Kerikeri down to Invercargill. Participants have ranged in age from 29 to 91, and over 80 women have trained to become facilitators.

Following research and needs assessment, the YWCA Auckland Board has re-evaluated its current programmes and has decided that the organisation needs to refocus efforts on younger women under the age of 40. This, combined with issues around the financial sustainability of the Encore programme, has led to the decision that YWCA Auckland will no longer be delivering Encore as of 2015.

YWCA Auckland is extremely grateful to the Encore facilitators and assistants who have facilitated local Encore programmes around the country. These incredible women have devoted their time, energy, passion and love to the programme, and Encore could not have reached so many women without their help.

Our sincere thanks to all our funders, particularly NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and Ted & Mollie Carr Endowment Fund, for their support, without which we would not have been able to deliver Encore.

YWCA Auckland is committed to the current and future needs of young women in the Auckland area. We will meet these needs with the continuation and growth of the Future Leaders programme an emergent leadership programme for 14-18 year olds, and with a focus on financial literacy and pay equity further assisting unmet needs within the community we serve.

Here are some useful website links: The Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust

March 2015: The Pinc NEXT STEPS programme is up and running and currently accepting registrations, with classes beginning in May. New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Network Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition Lymphoedema NZ Breast Cancer Support  Shocking Pink Breast Cancer Nirvana

11th September 2012

Love the skin you’re in…..

Our awesome youth advisory group  (Superwoman’s Voice to Empower) organised a pot luck lunch last Saturday for the younger Future Leaders to get to know each other. 50+ girls and mentors came dressed to represent their cultural backgrounds and bought a lot of yummy food – notice how many photos of the food there are! The SV2E girls did a great job of organising the day – youth participation in action!

Photos here

5th September 2012

New Zealand Fashion Week Lunch for Future Leaders

Gorgeous Saben bags and fabulous frocks were admired and claimed at our NZ Fashion Week lunch on Tuesday 4th September. 100 friends and supporters of the YWCA Future Leaders programme glammed up in their fashionable best to enjoy lunch and shopping rolled into one.

Worknesh, one of our amazing Year 13 Future Leaders, spoke touchingly about her relationship with mentor Roz and how the programme has helped transform her life. Roanne Jacobson from Saben spoke about the inspirations in her life.

We raised just on $10,000 for our Future Leaders programme, supporting young women like Worknesh to reach their potential.

If you couldn’t make it to lunch, you can support Future Leaders by buying one of Hailwood’s vintage YWCA t-shirts for $45 – click here.

As one of the affiliated charities for NZ Fashion Week, you can also catch us on Coat Check this Saturday and Sunday and see our Hailwood t-shirts up close – we’d love to see you there.

Thank you Roanne Jacobson for your generosity and time, Adrian Hailwood, Liz Mitchell, Trelise Cooper, Caroline Sills, Stolen Girlfriends Club for your beautiful frocks and Boh Runga for your jewellery.

Saben has also generously offered a 20% discount to our supporters when you shop online. Just use the coupon ‘SabenlovesYWCA’ at the checkout to claim your discount. They will also donate $10 to us on any purchases made online before the end of NZ Fashion Week

Photos here.

17th August 2012

Future Leaders Overcoming Your Fears Workshop

On Saturday 11th August Future Leaders held our ‘Overcoming your Fears’ Workshop and activity day. With the Year 10’s next door undertaking the infamous goal setting workshop, YWCA Future Leaders took over the Fickling Convention Centre in Three Kings.

Attendance for the Overcoming your Fears workshop was brilliant with 42 Future Leaders and 29 Mentors present for the workshop. Karen Ross from aVara Consulting facilitated an amazing workshop on overcoming your fears by being in charge of yourself and using your brain on purpose!

For the afternoon we had planned to venture south to Rocket Ropes to test our new techniques for overcoming fears. However, due to high winds and bad weather we were unfortunately unable to go to Rocket Ropes but we did have an exciting plan B up our sleeves… BIG UPS! So off we went to BIG UPS for an afternoon of inflatable fun. It was great to see so many of our Future Leaders and Mentors battle it out on the jousting ring, sumo suits, giant zorb balls, vertical bungee, climb and whizz down the 10 ft slide. Check out our awesome photos from a fun filled day with our Year 11 troops!

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that came and made the day such a great success!

6th August 2012

YWCA Auckland New Zealand Fashion Week Lunch

We are thrilled to announce YWCA Auckland has been chosen as an Affiliate Charity at New Zealand Fashion Week 2012.

Adrian Hailwood has designed YWCA T shirts to commemorate this fantastic partnership, and they will be on sale at New Zealand Fashion Weekend (coat check) and via our website in September.

We will be hosting a Fashion Week lunch on Tuesday 4th September, in partnership with Saben, and will feature garments from our New Zealand Fashion supporters.


2nd August 2012

Tertiary Scholarships – Applications now open!

Every year the YWCA Auckland offers a Tertiary Education Scholarship to assist a young woman (aged 16 to 30) to understand the role of governance in a non-profit organisation and to provide the Board with another young woman’s perspective on the activities of the YWCA.

The scholarship grants $3,000 for tertiary study to provide assistance with course-related costs, for example; textbooks, fees, laptop computer, course related software. It is paid in two instalments over the year.

The young woman selected for the scholarship will be required to take part in YWCA activities by becoming an ex-officio member of the Board. This will involve attending the monthly evening meeting of the Board, 11 meetings in total including the Annual General Meeting, and taking a full role in discussing policies and procedures for the organisation.  Mentoring in this role will be provided from an existing Board member along with ongoing support.

Click here for an application form.

30th July 2012

“Every path has puddles”

The aim is never to remove or cover the puddles, but merely to provide information and sometimes company on the path they choose to follow, whether around or over or straight through the puddles. It seems inevitable that for our Future Leaders to move into any career there is a fair amount of training that is required. Gone are the days where you start your learning on the job, followed by the dying trend of one career for the one life you have.

The dream of owning a lolly shop and having lots of lollies to choose from can quickly turn into a panic. Which one, where can I get it from, how long will it last, does it come in different colours, flavours or sizes. Such can be the case for our Future Leaders when deciding where to train, how to train, for how long, and even when to train or study.

The 23 Year 12’s from McAuley, Sir Edmund Hilary and Kelston gathered here last Saturday for their Pathways workshop with 10 mentors. Marnie took them through an activity which helped them navigate what type of people they enjoyed being around, walking alongside etc. This is vital considering most people will stick at a job longer if the people in their environment are enjoyable, even if the job is not ‘the perfect job’ and on the flip side, ‘the perfect job’ starts to look not-so-perfect if they don’t enjoy the people. We then handed out possible traits, abilities and hobbies that were linked to that particular type as well as possible career paths that have those types of people.

Nicole Manuele from AUT came to share with the Future Leaders the different options and the importance of being able to track their progress even now in Level 2 as a way to carve out their pathway into the required courses. We discussed the importance of Plan B and how the straight obvious path is not the only path to their destination. The girls responded well and interacted with each other, sharing possible institutions and courses of study. Nicole, I and other mentors during the break were able to talk about their options and alternatives.

The day concluded with a nice walk up the road to laser tag where we donned our guns, vest and military alias for an hour and a half of mayhem. For many of the girls it was their first time and after the first round there was some kind of strategy…well at least for some.

Click here to check out the photos.

Rabena Tanielu – Future Leaders Coordinator.

14th July 2012

Tree Planting Rocks

Future Leaders and their mentors spent the day on Saturday planting 500 trees at Selwyn Park. Organised by Conservation Volunteers, many of the girls had never planted a tree before and were pleased to find it’s fun!

The day was part of the programme’s Community Service component, aimed at showing the value in giving back to the community. Many thanks to those who participated and worked hard planting.

Photos here or on Facebook

14th July 2012

M.A.N.A Self Defence

Every women deserves to live life free of fear and worry. And that’s what Protect’s Safe For Life programme, which caters to the self-protection requirements, can give you.

This course is for women who are looking to ensure that they never become victims of sexual violence, assault, or any other form of violence and by survivors of past assaults looking to ensure that it never happens again. Safe For Life helps to eliminate un-warranted fear and worry by instilling confidence, awareness and empowerment. This is a real-life programme open to women of all sizes and levels of physical ability.

Saturday 14th July

1:00 – 4:00pm

YWCA Auckland Main Office, 21 Scanlan Street, Grey Lynn.

(Parking available under the building)

Free to YWCA participants and $2.00 for others.

Limited Numbers so register now by email to or text 027 290 5034.

You won’t want to miss out on this!

10th July 2012

Discover Adventures Fundraising Challenge

Hilary Sumpter, our outgoing CEO, is undertaking a Discover Adventure challenge to raise money for the YWCA in June 2013. The challenge is a 14 day horse trek through Mongolia, and there are spaces available for other passionate riders to join her. Take the trip of a lifetime while raising money for the YWCA.

Mongolia stirs up visions of wide open landscapes, wild horses galloping across the steppes and a nomadic way of life, little has changed since the times of Gengis Khan.

Mongolia – In the footsteps of Gengis Khan

Other Discover Adventure Challenges

Vietnam and Cambodia – Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat Cycle

China – Great Wall of China Trek

10th July 2012

Our Amazing Volunteers

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers – we are so grateful to have 150+ wonderful women who give time, energy and love mentoring our Future Leaders. Their commitment to mentoring and supporting our young Future Leaders inspires all of  us at YWCA Auckland.

As we recognise and celebrate Volunteer Awareness Week we also celebrate 10 years delivering the Future Leaders programme. YWCA Auckland applauds our graduates and mentors and celebrates the difference we have made to over 300 young New Zealand women’s lives in the last decade. Future Leaders is a one on one mentoring and leadership development programme which aims to develop and support young women to become leaders and role models in their communities. Our graduates are young women who are driven, goal oriented and resilient, and can make informed choices in their lives. Over 80% of graduates from the Future Leaders programme go on to tertiary education, and often are the first in their family to do so.

This is the ONLY mentoring programme in New Zealand which focuses solely on young women in a four year leadership development programme. 14-18 year old girls from decile 1-4 schools are matched with a mentor who supports and encourages her, along with an extensive programme of developmental activities.

Janet Wilson has been a mentor for the last 2 years, and says the benefits of mentoring are many “Without doubt this is one of the most rewarding – and challenging – tasks I’ve ever taken on. I use the word “task” with caution because it’s so much more than that. Maa is a lovely person who has met her share of challenges in her life head on.

This is something that involves not only the heart but head in equal amount if you are to help your mentee.

In return you get to give to funny, charming, kind women who teach you as much as you teach them. I couldn’t recommend Future Leaders more – it’s one way of having a direct effect on the lives of the community in which you live.”

We will have an intake of 70 new Future Leaders next year, and need MENTORS to match with them. Become a mentor and make a real difference to a young woman’s life or recommend a friend/ colleague/ Whanau member.

Book in for our next Mentor training.

Contact Marnie (09) 370 0113 027 207 5558


YWCA Auckland programmes receive generous support from...
  • Auckland Council

    ASB Community Trust
  • Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

    Lottery Grants Board
  • Perpetual Guardian

    Skycity Auckland Community Trust
  • The Lion Foundation

    The trusts charitable foundation

YWCA of Auckland New Zealand

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