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July Newsletter


Please note that we will be meeting at the POVERTY BAY GOLF CLUB this month and we will only have non-alcohol beverages available.  

Diane's Message


How mindful and focused are you.  In the day to day busy life are you finding yourself often stretched and maybe a little stressed out?   Are you being pulled in different directions with various demands and priorities? Possibly!

Take a pause and even a deep breath.  Focus first on your breathing then once you are relaxed you can then focus on the rest of this month’s newsletter.   

I like things that are simple, speedy and free.  Like the latest hottest trend in business known as “Mindfulness meditation”.   Other words are you in the here and now or is your mind also thinking about your endless to do list and 20 thousand other things.

Mindfulness meditation focuses on improving work-related stress, work-life  balance and self-care.   

I am agreeable to most things that are clearly helpful and good for wellbeing.  That also helps keep one focused on the here and what is important right here right now.

I will be interested to hear feedback on any ones thoughts about Mindfulness Meditation especially if you find this latest trend beneficial.

The following are three exercises (from a much longer list) that you may like to consider.  Why not give one or two ago? 

·        Aim to be mindful all day long.  Don’t do more than one task at a time; finish one, start another.  Paying one thing due attention, without distractions. This  is a major part of mindfulness.

·        Try to slow down your response time so you’re less emotionally reactive to requests or demands.

·        Make an effort to unplug from technology occasionally.  Allow yourself a little time not to be distracted by emails and other 21st century chatter. 



Quote for the Month



July's Meeting

At our meeting we will be having 3 members sharing their profiles so we can get to know them better.   

Our guest speaker this month is...


Billie-Jean Potaka Ayton


Billie Jean has been Principal of Kaiti School for the last five years.  During this time the school has had a huge turn around in all areas.  
Good things do not come easy and a lot of hard work has gone into building the school into the top performing school it is today.

The modern learning environment is very different from that which many of us will remember.





BPW Financials

June's Financials will be tabled at our June Meeting.






June's Meeting


Our May guest speaker was 
Sandy McHugh, who previously had taught at Gisborne Girls’ High School. Sandy talked to us about the 3 years she spent in Syria teaching at a school needed by the international staff at an Agriculture Institute, in order to attract scientists. The remnants of the early civilisations in the area fascinated her and much leisure time was spent amongst the ruins.

We were enthralled seeing the huge number of photos of the pre bombing period contrasted against what remains there today.  At our June meeting we also celebrated Candle Lightening Ceremony.  Candle Lightening is a BPW tradition celebrating our achievements and to honour our founder, Dr Lena Madesin Phillips.  


To our members celebrating a birthday this month





President: Diane Taylor - Ph: 021 361 826 E:
Treasurer: Lynn Omer - Ph: 867 3517 E:
Technology: TBC
Secretary: TBC - nominations welcomed

Membership & Apologies:  Alison Crosswell Ph: 862 5800
National Communications: TBC
(Marketing / PR): TBC
 Anna Maree Colvin - Ph: 2140 165 E:
Advertising: TBC
Achievement Awards: Alison Crosswell Ph: 862 5800 E:




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• To work for equal opportunities and status for women in business, trade, the professions and in economic, civil and political life.
• To work for the removal of discrimination.
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Club Members

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Resigning from the club: If you wish to resign from our club you must do so in writing. Until you do so you remain a member whether or not subs have been paid and will be charged for meals if you haven’t put in your apologies.

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