REPORT TO NCW PAPAKURA/FRANKLIN BRANCH – NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING – SEPT.2013
Friday 20 September:
1. Constitution Review – this was facilitated very expertly by Megan Blenkarne, who was the delegate for GirlGuiding NZ. At Branch level, our Executive Committee had met prior to the September Branch meeting, to review the Briefing Pack, so I had questions and suggestions to provide to the delegates present. There was a good representation of branches and NO’s, and in contrast to last year’s meeting, it was very harmonious and constructive. As we did not complete the review package, we met during lunch on Saturday to complete it – this was with a smaller but dedicated group. Megan has taken many notes and will take these back to the NCWNZ Board for further deliberation.
2. The Official Opening was held on Friday evening following dinner. We were welcomed to Wellington by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Also present was the Minister of Women’s Affairs, who addressed us on girls’/women’s career choices – informing us that the top five have not changed over the past eight years and are historically “female” occupations. There needs to be more women in the trades – Christchurch is encouraging women to apply for work that has been historically male occupations. She reflected on the current Suffrage celebrations and reminded us that the upcoming local government and health board elections are a time to remember how and when we got “the vote” – 1893 – and that was also the year that the first ever female Mayor was elected – Elizabeth Yates – in Onehunga.
Sue Barker from Charities Law, outlined the process of applying for reinstatement of “charitable status” and updating us on the efforts being undertaken to resolve the tax exemption issue. NCWNZ was always recognised as being “charitable” but in 2008 had to be registered as a charity to get tax exemption. A very narrow approach was taken to the definition of “charitable purpose” – definition based on 400 years of case law – a very narrow view – deemed not able to be charitable if working for legislative change – not able to have an advocacy role. NCWNZ was deregistered in 2009 – as were other “charities”, resulting in a decimation of this societal group.
MP Denise Roach has drafted a private member’s bill to try to get “advocacy” accepted as “charitable”. Loss of charitable status changes donee status but NCWNZ wrote to IRD and found we had never lost donee status. In the meantime, as we were informed in April 2013, we have regained charitable status, and our advocacy role is unchanged. NCWNZ has requested that the reinstatement be backdated to our first application to appeal against deregistration, to protect our tax status – three tax years are in question, when we have paid tax and which has never been refunded. Sue recommends the filing of proceedings against IRD in the High Court. NCWNZ has nominated Sue Barker as Tax Consultant of the Year, to Deloitte and will provide us with an internet link to vote for her – please vote.
3. We moved into the Business Session and were reminded that any amendments to the Conference Minutes should be submitted by end of November. The new Office Co-ordinator Michelle O’Donnell, was Minute Secretary, donating her time for this conference. We were given safety advice in the event of an earthquake. After the necessary formalities, we began the Remit Session. I have inserted all remits here, even though Remits 3, 4, 5 were debated on Saturday along with the Urgency ones.
Remit 1 – regarding the “principle of a living wage” – discussion focussed on the word principle and so after some discussion, was carried unanimously.
Remit 2 – regarding the eligibility of children up to 12 years of age for free doctor’s visits – discussion revealed only 7% of these older children are accessing medical treatment – many parents cannot afford doctor’s visits – families moving house frequently take time to establish a primary health provider so instead go to hospital which is at greater cost. Need fence-line at top of cliff especially for families in damp houses – primary age children get to the taxpayer. Children are sick more often than teens – there are targeted cheap visits for Maori and Pacific children but some may have more income than families in non-targeted groups – this remit provides a level playing field – carried 46 for and 1 against.
Remit 3 – the discussion on this remit reflected the mixed opinions at our Branch and as there appeared much unease, with it appearing to be unworkable (e.g. subsidies cannot be tagged in this way). I raised the issues of qualifications and disabilities not being included in the remit and that this remit would result in segregation of care workers in different situations (residential care/hospital/home based caregivers), so I moved that we delay voting. It was moved to send this to the Resolutions Committee for work. It came back on Saturday in a revised version.
Remuneration for Caregivers – “That NCWNZ urges the Government to require every aged care provider and disability support provider to raise the remuneration level of all caregivers to more fairly reflect the value of their work.” One question was raised about whether this is practical and is there any other employer that has required government to broadly raise remuneration? The Playcentre and Preschool Centres have a requirement from Government. Carried unanimously.
Remit 4 – regarding the removal of GST from fresh fruit and vegetables and milk. Discussion was to and fro – for and against. The mover told us that “breakfast in schools” has increased to give pupils a healthy start to the day – we could now improve the supply of fresh fruit/veges and milk to all children by reducing the price. If junk food is available at a cheaper price – it is chosen first. Opinions were that we need to improve the quality of food so this was supported in principle but it reveals a bigger problem – the low cost of junk food e.g. the low price of MacDonald’s – GST is only a small factor in the cost of food but there are other factors that need addressing – it is the start of a big picture i.e. an informed populace on Government policy on the price of food. We all want better food for everyone but a universal system of GST is best – fiddling makes it difficult and what about children’s shoes and clothing? What sort of milk? Look at the wide range available. More costs to figure – are you advocating price control? Australia was quoted but it has made no difference in food choices made. We were referred to The NZ Listener (14 September) “The Great GST Reform Dilemma” – read the article “Keeping simple – best advice”. The 2010 Tax Working Group looked at GST and narrowing the GST base – exemptions narrow the effect of tax, limits distortions. Pacifica early childcare centres are trying to educate parents on healthy food – GST off would help. International Council of Women’s experience – other countries congratulated NZ delegates on simple system – prevents high cost of administration. One delegate was excited about getting cheaper imported Australian strawberries!! But agreed it was better to work costs of food through “working with families”. One delegate was a Fonterra supplier and reminded us that by the end of the year, every child in schools can have free milk along with refrigerators for their UHT milk. Playcentre delegate supports children having healthy food but a change management is needed – send children to school with healthy foods. The remit was lost with 28 Against 14 For and 5 Abstentions. I voted against.
Remit 5 – regarding underage and forced marriages – no dissent – carried unanimously. The Bill mentioned in this remit and introduced as a Private Members Bill has now been taken up by new MP, Claudette Hoeti.
There were two remits submitted and accepted under urgency – even though debated on Saturday, I will insert here for continuity.
Urgent Remit 1.
“That NCWNZ urges the Government to remove from the NZ Public Health and Disability Act No.2, the prohibition of the Human Rights Review Tribunal and the Courts from looking at the new family care policy and deciding whether or not it is unlawfully discriminatory”.
The mover, Auckland Branch, was represented by President Julie Fairey, who carefully explained what this meant as the wording was not easily understood. It needed a 2/3 majority to be carried – it was with 43 For and 2 Against with 2 Abstentions.
Urgent Remit 2.
“That NCW urges the Ministry of Health to relieve Territorial Local Authorities of their current responsibility for decisions on whether or not to add fluoride to municipal drinking water and to pass that decision-making responsibility to the care of the Ministry of Health”.
Moved by Hamilton Branch which raised the issue of the recent decisions of Hamilton City Council to remove fluoride from Hamilton water supply, even though a community referendum had 80% support for it to be retained. It has become an election issue. We were told that both the Minister of Health Hon Tony Ryall and the Prime Minister’s Science advisor Dr Peter Gluckman had released research that there is no negative effect on humans. The NZ Dental Association had released information on the great reduction in tooth decay and incidence of carries in communities that had fluoridated water supply. There were speakers for and against – I spoke from a personal point of view and not for the Branch as this had not been discussed at a meeting. I spoke of being raised on a farm without fluoride – and have had to recently spend as much as the value of a small car on my teeth, and two siblings having to have all teeth removed. How many in the current population know about the history of tooth decay and the cost to families of treating it? I voted for the remit. It was carried with 35 For and 11 Against with 5 Abstentions.
Saturday Business Session
President’s Report – Highlights made by Barbara Arnold
• Mentioned improved Board relationships with branches – with Board members assigned to them (in response to this after she completed her summary, I requested a first meeting with our Board member but was informed that Vanisa Dhiru was in China. Barbara offered to speak with me but I did not push for this as I believe Vanisa should meet with us.)
• Building up relationships with the MoWA – including through jointly organised hui in 3 Centres to celebrate 120 years of women’s Suffrage in NZ (I attended the Auckland one)
• Progress in the Constitution Review heartening – good to see so many at the Friday meeting
• Re-registration of NCWNZ as a charity
• Work as usual at HO even though a change in administration – only a 3-week gap between Nicky and Michelle. Branches kept ploughing on. Volunteers ran the office. The office change was necessary (see Finance Report for some reasons). Circulars were sent out on time – same format with help from volunteers – a tribute to them. The next one is just about ready.
• Meetings with IRD – still work in progress to backdate registration for tax purposes.
• The Capability Review for the Ministry of Social Development (to apply for continuation of funding) – sets us up as a fully functional organisation.
Financial Report – Treasurer Anne Argyle
• This past year a challenge
• Tried to provide salient points in her report
• Payment of taxes complex for a deregistered charity – had to employ a tax consultant (cost $27K extra). 2011-2012, 2012 and part of 2013 still being treated as a taxable organisation and been unable to recover tax paid. Provisional tax has been paid so we should need to pay less than $1K in Terminal tax.
• There has been a negative impact on investments ($18-19K down)
• Auditing – changed auditor – got quotes and saved $2K. The auditors could not provide unqualified approval because the Board cannot control the Branch Returns. She did not need a tax consultant for annual accounts, as Anne belongs to a network of tax professionals so she can do the returns and have another professional to approve.
• Budget – had to be realistic but reflect minimum amount to keep NCWNZ functional. $45K loss in first draft budget – moved to a zero-based budget so that meant a decision to reduce administration costs and disestablish paid staff. Present budget has a $300 profit but has $13K depreciation – will use that to pay back the Centennial Fund. Members’ dues – Board has recognised difficulties within Branches – revenue stream continues to decrease but members not able to pay increase in dues – no increase planned. Circular remains at $20 – mainly cost of producing. Property – looking for tenant for Boardroom – share premises – there is security of a tenant in the wind so cost of occupying premises will go down to $5K
• Travel pool – presidents to claim by email – send tax invoice or km travelled – by 31 October at latest or cost will be estimated. (At a workshop later, I questioned the high level that our Branch had to pay for last year – two delegates and travel to Dunedin. Answer – only the President’s costs are considered. I told the Treasurer that the amount was unexpected and we had to undertake a second fundraiser to pay. Perhaps conference needs to be in centres that have cheaper airfares – even though we had got early-bird fares.)
• Thanks given to previous treasurer for assistance and the generosity of members donating.
Questions: Dame Jocelyn Fish asked about the plan to turn the Centennial Fund into a Trust – have not heard discussion – not on the Balance sheet – she wondered what wording restricted the use of the Fund.
Answer: Anne wondered where the original wording of the Fund is kept? (There is copy available) and had researched wording of creating a Trust – more difficult than originally perceived – trustees would need personal liability so would need to be Board members – who change. Others would need personal liability on $1 million of funds – how many people will take that on? It would create more administration costs. We have changed accounting practices as reflected in the Balance Sheet – not permitted to use Funds – therefore moved to non-current assets – shortest way forward and does not need auditing as a Trust would need.
Questions were raised about the Balance sheet showing $170K cash in the bank – when we tried to raise funds, members did not contribute and asked why extra funds were needed, so cash balances were moved to investments – so not “cash flush”. Questions raised about Honoraria for Board members – no increase now – at last meeting, Board members decided to forego payment because of state of expenses. Questions about the $65K grant from MSD – not included as it is not secure – cannot rely on it – have to report twice a year – now undertaking the Capability Review which is a part of the criteria for the Grant. Questions raised about having an unqualified audit – ideal to have but not necessary – cost now is $12K but relatively standard for charitable organisations with Branches which are not audited. For a qualified audit – each branch would need to provide confirmation/certification of finances or each member pay directly to the Head Office.
Note: Anne signalled her intention to need to retire as Treasurer. Works for Fonterra – has had two fulltime jobs for 6 months of this past year – cannot fit in sleeping!! Anne said she would support an incoming treasurer – she was presented with a Kate Sheppard white rose.
Organisational Capability – seeking a clear direction for the future NCWNZ. Necessary to be undertaken for the application of a grant from Ministry of Social Development. Four workshops were announced from which members had to choose two.
Financial stability (viability and risk); Innovation (new ways to achieve results); Collaboration (revitalise existing groups); Organisational responsiveness (diversity, and barriers to increasing diversity). I attended Innovation (how to resolve issues with limited resources? And how to get new members of a greater diversity?) and Collaboration (shared goals are well understood but collaboration has not been measured; as an umbrella group we need to collaborate with our members NO’s but also need to find out how to collaborate with those organisations outside our membership.) – many notes were recorded in each of the workshops by each group. I trust we will receive a report back sometime. I have some notes but will not include here and will record separately for later discussion within the Branch.
Standing Committee Reports.
Family Affairs – Billa Field. Research on Residential Aged Care Facilities – Facilities are applying for a higher % of premium care – more funding from Government) resulting in fewer basic/standard rooms being available – an issue coming up.
Justice and Law Reform – Cleone Campbell. Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill – tension is rising – need to enforce this but do not want people criminalised if naive. The Bill on Vulnerable Children is coming up with a short time frame the Action Item will be out next week.
Environment – Dell Panny. A note of disappointment – Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner is part way through her report on fracking but there is no funding for time in the field for testing e.g. land farming – spraying contaminated/waste liquid products on to soil/land and test for effects on grass etc.. Prepared a submission on deep sea drilling consents being granted without public submissions – no time to refer to Branches for input. Report in the next circular. Corresponding member Dianne Glenn, a member of the Auckland Conservation Board, alerted delegates about the restructuring of the DOC and the unknown future of the 14 Conservation Boards now that the conservancies have been reduced to 6 regions. Dianne is awaiting reappointment but has term extended to April next year when decisions are expected about Boards. If there are fewer Boards – where is the voice of the public in advising DOC?
Education – Suzanne Manning. Loan Scheme Amendment Bill – no time for Action Item – New Bill rectifies “information only on those who default”, to include those who keep up payments. Alerted us to her report on Charter Schools – concern if these start up at same time as merging ChCh schools – increased workload for Ministry and for schools and their volunteer boards of trustees.
Economics – Katherine Ransom. Apologised for having done so little this past year – fulltime care of her mother Betty who has Alzheimer’s but now in residential care and Katherine has returned to paid work. No report submitted but has started back with NCW work. Report will be in the next circular.
She addressed Flexible Superannuation – no gender analysis has been done, nor for those with lower incomes. Do not take note of the media which is fear mongering about the cost – the Cullen funds is making “pots of money” – personally keen to see the retirement age at 60yrs; there is growing concern about the stranglehold commercial banks have on our life; see the circular soon about our Robin Hood tax system – banks are paying only a small amount of tax on transactions. Unhook “income” from “work” – era of machinery should be releasing us from life-long work with early retirement.
Consumer Affairs – Wendy Pearce. This involves networking consumers with manufacturers. She has only three corresponding members – needs more please, and has no nuclear committee – are there knowledgeable members out there to contribute? Wendy would like Branches to send in 6-10 consumer issues of high interest so she can respond with information/articles in the circular.
Public Issues – Beryl Anderson. 1899 policy “Desirable that women occupy seats on all local bodies”. But in 2013 – Percentage of women on Councils decreasing – why? Please all think about 2016 and how to get more women on to Councils. .Auckland Council is mode changing – very much in business mode. Local Government Commission is looking at Northland, Hawkes Bay and Wellington – calling for submissions soon but concern that women are not attending the meetings. NCW needs to get info out to review meetings – reorganisation not amalgamation. Expecting a boundary tweak in Rodney. Key issues – representation and money – how big an area does each councillor represent? What do rates pay for? Is the infrastructure up to date? Will it last 50years? Water – potable, storm, grey and waste water issues.
In response to the question about why women are not standing for Council – I provided one good reason – cost of campaigning with no guarantees of being elected and gaining an income to cover the costs and inability to claim expense of standing against taxes. Others agreed with me.
Parliamentary Watch – Jean Fuller. Responses to Action Items increasing in number – every response valued and used. Timing is an issue – this Govt. is erratic – used to have 3 months, now 6 weeks but often only 3 weeks – preparation of submissions takes time and the time frames are often too short to complete on time to submit to Select Committees – quality can be affected. Action item responses are used twice – for written submissions and oral submissions – anecdotal evidence is gold dust in oral submissions so please provide when applicable – makes submissions more interesting and Select Committees take more interest.
Abortion Law Reform – Elspeth Preddy – Abortion Law Reform Association NZ. Her interest goes back to 1970’s. Time to talk again – especially young women asking for this as most affected. Politicians reluctant to bring it back into public debate. Alison McCulloch’s book “Fighting to Choose” worth reading. Women were short-changed in the 70’s. Because of poverty there should be easy access to terminations.
Parent led education – Maureen Woodhams – NZ Playcentre Federation. Playcentre is as a chronic point – nearly on its knees. Funding systems for early childcare education are undemocratic – there is an assumption that all who run Playcentres are volunteers. It does involve parents as teachers – a static role – with an onerous workload. This is unsustainable and needs a redesign – should we let Playcentres fail? We have done 12 months research – we have great goals – but cannot see a way to become sustainable under current funding systems. The Parliamentary Commission says “no – families are important”. What can NCW do to help? Please encourage Playcentres in your area to change – please help fund change management (see the website).
Contraception – Helen Chong. Branch President Manawatu. Progress on remits passed should go out to members – especially ones passed last year. Encourage members to talk to DHB’s about contraception provisions.
Remits – Suzanne Manning – Education Convener. Why do we do remits? Women influencing policy? Where does each remit go? Sometimes they are far too specific and need a broader perspective so it can be used/quoted more often – e.g. the aged care remit that was submitted but has been reworded into a broader more workable policy. If remits are passed by a slim majority – does this really have members support? Broaden by starting with an Action Plan after discussion, then draft remit.
Women’s Empowerment Principles – Carolyn Savage – President BPW NZ. This programme was launched in February 2012 with 13 corporations signing up to promote more women into senior management. BPW NZ and UN Women NZ are partners in promoting this international programme. By Suffrage Day – 19 September 2013 – 35 corporations in NZ have signed up to the WEP’s. Camellia Awards were presented at Parliament Buildings on Thursday evening, to winners of each of the seven principles and to one overall winner. Banks featured strongly in the winners and are leading the way.
Meeting Group – Branch Presidents. Facilitator Anne Argyle.Treasurer.
Aim – to share common themes.
• Finances – cost of conference main expense for branches – travel and wash-up variable and difficult to budget. Travel from Auckland costs less than out in the regions. If you use Flybuys or Airpoints to save the Branch funds, still a cost to the Branch (member) and necessary to declare to include in “wash-up”. If driving – include kms travelled.
• Annual Returns – if new members join half way through year, fees could be ½. NCW financial year is 31 March – branches often differ but this is okay.
• Branches are not Incorporated Societies unless have applied for that status. NCWNZ is an Inc. Society and Branches are “Friendly Societies” so cannot claim charitable status.
• Circular – when sent by email – can we print off more? Can we circulate through members own organisations who pay our fees, and share the good news? What is the purpose of the circular – it is internally focussed but has an external role of information sharing. Many members do not print – paperless society but must read before going to a meeting. It was decided it was okay to circulate to member organisations that pay subscriptions for representatives.
• Staff changes at HO – not sustainable to keep producing the circular by volunteer labour – but must stay within our budget – could be revisited with a new budget in February 2014 to budget payments of staff.
• The Conference Manual for Branches organising Conference – issue raised by Julie Fairey, President of Auckland Branch which is hosting Conference in 2014 at Waipuna Lodge. She is nervous about who will carry out the duties designated to HO. Expressed concern about the amount of money that the Branch has to raise – $2-10K and no seeding money from HO. Branches beware!!
• Executive positions – presidents expressed concern about not having a Vice President – no succession training. Wairarapa has no President – rotating committee of 5 members. One does Treasurer role all the time.
• Hutt Valley expressed concern about being overworked volunteers for HO because they are close to Wellington. Solution suggested that Hutt and Wellington Branches confer about dividing up duties so no doubling up.
• Branches discussed having continuity of events – Manukau has International Women’s Day Breakfast every year, Auckland has Suffrage celebration in Khartoum Place and Interfaith Service on closest Sunday to Suffrage Day. Branches in close proximity – to meet and promote each other’s events, remit and Action Item discussions. Hamilton has a garage sale each year and Wellington has a Luncheon with a panel of female MP’s – charge $15 per person and with over 100 attending made $1500. I spoke of sharing and supporting fundraising with Zonta/Quota/BPW – theatre/movies and the Annual South Auckland Combined Women’s Organisations Dinner. Auckland spoke of the “Pledgeme” website for projects to raise funds – the Branch has raised funds to employ a heritage expert to save the mural at Khartoum Place – good for a defined project – credit card payment of pledges.
Saturday night dinner – guest speaker was patron Dame Lesley Max – founder and CEO of the Great Potentials Foundation, an organisation committed to helping children, young people and families to flourish. informing us of difficulties experienced by young mothers trying to raise families in a situation of poverty and in households experiencing domestic violence – voiceless women. Organisations which she has introduced aim to put women into the driver’s seat of their lives. Full report in the October circular (front page)
Sunday 22 September
CEDAW – Vice President Rae Duff
• Beryl Anderson submitted the NCWNZ/NGO Alternative Report last year. 190 NGO’s and branch members contributed. Early years, NGO Report was a Shadow Report – critiquing the Government Report but now do own monitoring over three years, then prepare Alternative Report. 8th CEDAW four-yearly Report due 2016 and will be presented in Geneva instead of New York as previously. The NGO/NCWNZ Report will included data collected by working groups established to reflect areas of concern.
• There are 100 areas where the NZ Government could do better – in the past NZ has been a leader in the area of women’s rights – but we have slipped back. The Government has established 10 guidelines of what public service needs to do – women not mentioned.
• Key points made by UN – violence, vulnerable women, pay inequality and pay equity; the need to measure the impact of policy through the Government’s term. There is inadequate promotion of CEDAW.
• NCWNZ has established working groups with leaders in each area of concern to collect information – anecdotal evidence no longer adequate, need published research reports, documented articles, case studies, etc. Pacific Women’s Watch NZ organised a training programme to assist with research and writing reports. There is the unusual request for an interim report in 2014 – now extended to October 2014 because of delay in releasing statistics from the 2013 Census. The report must include information about the significantly disadvantaged groups of women – with disabilities, rural, older, ethnic minorities, ChCh victims of the earthquakes. Also need to include information about forced and underage marriage. Unsure if we can submit an Alternative Report but working towards one.
• NCWNZ submitted to the NZ Government’s 2nd Universal Periodic Report – to go to Geneva in January 2014. Report is an overview of the Government’s implementation of the seven (of the nine available) covenants it has ratified. Do not know if our comments have been included.
• NCWNZ has communicated with several Ministries to establish one contact person to identify where the gaps are.
Dianne Glenn – Leader of Working Group “Women with Disabilities” – spoke to report attached and tabled to delegates at the National Executive Meeting. An updated report (supplied here) including progress made during her visit to Wellington, has been sent to the Minute Secretary and will be included in the Minutes.
Women and Work – No Barriers. Leader of the project : Megan Blenkarne (GirlGuiding NZ).
An article on this project is included in the October Circular.
Megan gave a power point presentation followed by discussion –
• Project is at inception phase, strategic planning to address occupational segregation which reflected the outmoded idea that there are “men’s jobs” and “women’s jobs” and makes assumptions about the skills of men and women.
• Huge, well understood issue, from the fabric of society – the inner voice of young girls and women works against them. Goes down generations – good model shown was Girl Scouts USA – addresses the issues of choices for young women towards aspirational careers.
• Support of family and friends is vital to enable freedom of choice – ideas and role models need to be promoted but “Science – that’s a girl thing” was very poorly done. Organisations need to collaborate with this project.
• First Principle – “have to accept that girls are taking “nice choices” – need to undermine this
• Second Principle – start with malleable very young girls – pre-schools can influence.
• Third Principle – promote non-traditional work
• Fourth Principle – ensure that we build on existing work done
• NCWNZ can be the facilitator and influencer – which organisations work with girls? Advocates required to undertake activities to address career segregation
• Women in work – different in urban and rural areas – call for information (see Circular article) about what branches are doing – we need cohesive, aspirational approaches.
• Next step – draft proposal with evidence of need, with clear milestones; funding opportunities and needs; researching target areas – young girls and teachers; apprenticeships.
• Need to address unconscious bias – pay and health of society; writers and T writers needed; address women opting for part-time work in later ages and validity of part-time work in male dominated workplaces; flexibility of working hours. Trying to do things to gain substantive equality is rather harder than changing the law.
• Suggestion made to put the PowerPoint on the website. Articles will appear in the Circular.
Session of Vision and Values – at each table we discussed how we perceived the Values of Equality; Perseverance; Respect; Empowerment; Inclusiveness then we added Collaboration; and Learning (critical thinking). These are a substantive part of CEDAW values. We were provided with a Vision for NCWNZ “Leading and empowering women to advance substantive equality for all” but it was decided this is a Mission Statement and that the Vision should be “Substantive equality for all”
Women and Families – we were asked to discuss this topic at our tables and then think of some ideas that NCWNZ could develop projects to respond to Dame Lesley Max speaking on examples of young mothers without parenting skills. Listed below is the feedback.
• Children are paramount
• Children have to live the circumstances
• Older women/post retirement – support/monitoring on superannuation
• Survey of women who are underemployed – higher qualifications than required by job
• What is preventing women from standing for elections?
• Encouraging/educating young women on feminism and its history
• How can NCW branches be more inclusive to young women
• Dental care subsidies into adulthood
• Financial literacy
• Paid parental leave
• Removing inequality in health
• Changes to mental health services – what is the impact on women and children?
• Working with migrant families to become part on NZ society
• Mandatory registration of social workers
• Reviewing abortion issues
• Euthanasia Bill
• Protection of tenants – supplement supporting owner and not tenants
• 10 year review – update of maternity services
• Survey CYFS removals – how families are supported and helped
• Dame Lesley Max – use her as a front person for ante-natal/post natal care, Plunket, parental education, devastation of alcohol foetal syndrome
• Housing conditions – private rental sector, cold damp conditions
• WOF on housing stock
• New teen mothers – establish teen parent units
• HIPPY programme
• Gaps in parental education
• Empowering young mothers – partnering with Play Centre and Plunket etc.
• Cooking – nutrition for young mothers
• Use contacts of church organisations
Conference 2014 – Waipuna Lodge, Auckland. 10-12 October 2014.
Hosted by Auckland Branch – with assistance from Manukau, Papakura/Franklin and Hibiscus Coast. Vice President Toni Millar gave a presentation and extended an invitation to attend. There will be a Mayoral Reception in the City Town Hall Complex. Suggestion is we go by train?? The theme is yet to be decided. Auckland is required to raise $2-10K – no seeding money from HO. Applying for funds by 30 September to help with costs such as minute secretary.
President Julie Fairey will be organising a meeting of the four branch presidents after the current elections (she and I are both candidates). President of Hibiscus Coast had requested that she be included when the local branch presidents meet again, so this will be the first occasion to do so.
Julie also gave a presentation on the new Suffrage Memorial Sculpture in Mt Roskill – see the October Circular – page 14
President Barbara Arnold closed the National Executive Meeting within the scheduled time –providing a summary of an exceptionally busy weekend – thanking all for contributions made – and with a reminder that we need a Treasurer with the retirement of Anne Argyle.
– Vicky Mee & Dianne Glenn