Poverty Bay Wairoa Federation of Women’s Institutes

Poverty Bay Wairoa Federation of Women’s Institutes

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Alison Crawford and National President Kay Hart at our Federation AGM May 2017


Hello from Alison Crawford, President of Poverty Bay Wairoa Federation of WI.

The countdown is on to celebrate 100 years of WI in New Zealand in 2021. Would you like to belong to the largest women’s group in New Zealand with a long and proud history?

We would love you to join WI. All that is required to start your own WI, is for a group of 6 or more like-minded women to get together.

You can do what you want, decide where you want to meet and at what time. Or you can join a current WI group.

For more information and ideas please email me:  alisoncrawford@xtra.co.nz


President   Alison Crawford  ph: 06 868 9586

Secretary   Mary Bayley        ph: 06 862 3407

Treasurer   Sandra Green      ph: 06 863 3008


National Theme: Share the friendship... National Project: Teach a skill

Our National Magazine “Home and Country” is delivered every 2nd month through the mail and is full of interesting reading.

Cost $35.00 per year. Non - members are also welcome to order our magazine To order phone Sandra Green or Alison Crawford.


May 28th - 30th National Conference in Lower Hutt

June 26th - 28th WI Pop Up Shop [venue to be decided]

July 2nd 10am - 2pm Health and Well Being Day organised by CCS Disability. Guest Speaker Brigid Ryan of Auckland University at St Andrews Presbyterian Hall. WI will have a stall there.

October 2018 - A&P Show Schedule available now from Office or online.

Scroll down for photos and meeting times/ venues etc. of our 5 Institutes

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Dorothy Sparrow of Taruheru Makaraka WI receives a Good Service Badge from Federation President  Alison Crawford. From left-Jean Davies, Dorothy Sparrow, Nelda McKinnon, Alison Crawford and Sue Hope - Institute President.

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Jean Mills and Judy Ball volunteer to wrap Christmas presents at The Warehouse.

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Kath Hurne of Turanganui WI receives a Citizens Civic Award from left -Simon Cave, Rehette Stoltz, Kath Hurne and Mayor Meng Foon.

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Also to receive a Citizens Civic Award was Trish Engert of Turanganui WI.

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Liz Clark of Turanganui WI is pictured here after receiving a Local Hero Award with a Kiwi Bank representative and the Mayor.

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Alison Crawford presents Christine Schofield of Frasertown WI with a voucher for winning the floral arrangement at the Federation AGM in April in the background is Sandra Green, Federation Treasurer.

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From left: Joy Eder from Christchurch enjoys a visit with Liz Clark, Sandra Green, Alison Crawford, Jean Mills and Patsy Hine at Jean’s home. Joy was very helpful to our members in Christchurch at the last National AGM. She and her husband took members on a guided tour of the city. 

Poverty Bay Wairoa Federation has 5 Institutes that meet on different days/evenings

Crafters Union WI
Are made up of associate members
Contact - Katie Wallace em: katy@katywallace.co.nz 

Frasertown WI
Meets in Wairoa Second Tuesday of the month at various venues
Contact - Patsy Hine ph: 06 838 6545

Puha WI
Meets in member’s homes in Gisborne on second Wednesday of the month at 10am
Contact - Jean Mills ph: 06 867 4514

Taruheru Makaraka WI
Meets in the Mangapapa Residents Hall, Ormond Road, Gisborne. ( Or in members homes )
Third Thursday of the month at 1.30pm
Contact - Sue Hope ph: 06 862 7763

Turanganui WI
Meets at Elgin School, Knox Street, Gisborne on the second Thursday of the month 7pm
Contact - Nelda McKinnon ph: 06 867 5562

Associate members are members who cannot attend their monthly meetings but are still considered members.

They pay the same annual subscription $25.00, receive a newsletter each month,
may enter all competitions and are welcome to join in all events.