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 Project: Adopt A… National Theme: Nurturing the Nation

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.


Scroll down photos and meeting times/ venues etc. of our 6 Institutes


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The Pink Princesses: Mary Bayley, Delys Hollamby and Patsy Hine with Alison Crawford at National Bowls Challenge Porirua February 2017

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Joyce Gameson, Jean Mills and Peggy Flack knitting in the Cardboard Cathedral during visit to Christchurch for National AGM May 2017

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Prayer Stitches

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Shades of Red Hat group meet for lunch in Gisborne, monthly on a Saturday

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Katy Wallace and son Benny at Bag-a-thon organised by Katy July 2017

Poverty Bay Wairoa Federation has 6 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

Otoko WI
Meets in member’s homes in Gisborne First Tuesday of the month 10:30 am [Cup of tea 10am] Contact - Mary Bayley ph: 06 862 3407

Puha WI
Meets in member’s homes in Gisborne on second Wednesday of the month at 10am
Contact - Janet Knox ph: 06 863 2524

Taruheru Makaraka WI
Meets in the Mangapapa Residents Hall, Ormond Road, Gisborne
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 - Alison Crawford ph: 06 868 9586

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.

What’s Coming Up

Tairawhiti Mr/Mrs Senior Competition to be held at the Cosmopolitan Club
Friday 29th September 11.50am-2.30pm. We support this event.
No cost, to enter competition register with Gemtime Jewellers.

A&P Show 13th and 14th October - Many of our members enter handcraft, baking etc. and the Institutes compete in the Courts.
We also assist with setting upand stewarding of entries in the Events Centre. We man the foyer and offer a free draw in a raffle.
Call in and have a go.


Our International Show Day at Kahutia Bowling Club in Cobden Street Gisborne, 

Wednesday November 1st a chance to catch up with others, enter competitions,
hear a guest speaker, and enjoy the entertainment.
Cup of tea at 9.30am, meeting starts at 9.30am.
Cost of lunch $5.00 Non- members welcome, ph: Mary Bayley 862 3407