Annual Outing July 2018

July 13, 2018

The Artists’ Village / Watts Gallery near Guilford in Surrey proved a very successful choice for our annual outing this year. Just 45 minutes from Waterloo, tucked away in the Surrey Hills, you can find this beautifully restored village where
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Hinemihi – the Maori Meeting House at Clandon Park, Surrey

June 15, 2018

After a delicious summer lunch in the Penthouse, an enlightening presentation was given by Anthony Hoete and Sam Callaghan, the Chairman and vice chairwoman of the Te Maru o Hinemihi committee who are working on the restoration project for Hinemihi.
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Visit to The Charterhouse

May 30, 2018

The Charterhouse has been in existence since 1348 and its history can be divided into four chapters; a monastery, private mansion, boys school and alms house which it remains today. A group of the members enjoyed a wonderful tour of
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May Lunch 2018

May 18, 2018

The Spring Lunch is always one to look forward to and this year was no exception. On a beautifully sunny day, surrounded by iconic views of London from the 18th floor of the Penthouse, we enjoyed excellent food, NZ Wine
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Lunch with Peter Gordon

April 16, 2018

Lunch at Peter Gordon’s restaurant ” The Providores” was a great success! A large group of us enjoyed food which could only be described as mouth-watering. We spent a very pleasant 3 hours enjoying such rare treats as ‘spiced dahl
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Visit to Southwark Cathedral

April 8, 2018

On 22nd March a group of us enjoyed a particularly interesting tour of the Cathedral with our very knowledgeable guide, V. She presented us with an overview of the long history of Southwark and then took us on a personal tour
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Miranda Colmans at The March Lunch

March 12, 2018

Events 2018 began with an sparkling start in the form of a thoroughly enjoyable lunch with our antipodean sisters, the Australian Women’s Club London, who always bring their own definitive style to the occasion. You will always be welcome!
We were very privileged to have Miranda Colmans
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Christmas Lunch 2017

December 13, 2017

Another merry Christmas Lunch with great food, wine, company and carols. The Guinness Cake was hugely popular as dessert this year!  The proceeds from the raffle will go to the restoration of Hinemihi, in Clandon Park. It is the only Maori meeting house in
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November Lunch 2017

November 19, 2017

Janice Rymer’s talk was spellbinding and quite unusually, not another word was heard from the audience! Professor Janice Rymer spoke to us about her work as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King’s and St Thomas’s hospitals and Dean of Undergraduate Medicine
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Visit to The Angels Costumiers

October 15, 2017

What an extraordinary experience this was! The insider’s view to all that happens to the original ideas presented by the Costume Designer or Director. From cutting to fitting to tweaking to finished garment; we were able to see it all. The
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Summer Drinks Party 2017

September 17, 2017

This event is the only one opportunity we have each year to use The Penthouse at night and what a spectacular 360 degree view it is has! 80 members, friends and families enjoyed this year’s Summer Drinks Party, although the
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Annual Outing

August 17, 2017

Our outing to the village of Cookham in July was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Cookham was described by Stanley Spencer as, a “village in Heaven”. Our first visit was to the John Lewis Heritage Centre where we heard the fascinating story
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Dianne Boaden

August 6, 2017

President: October 2016 – June 2017
Committee:  2012 – 2017
Member: 2002 – 2017
It is with the greatest sadness that we advise our members that Dianne died suddenly on Saturday 24th June, 2017.
Throughout her short illness, Dianne continued to organise the NZWA
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Janine Mateparae – Our New Patron

June 22, 2017

I grew up in rural Whanganui. I enjoyed the outdoors – running, riding my pony and equestrian eventing.
After leaving school, I worked for 12 years in the fashion industry as a designer and pattern maker and I also did some
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June Lunch 2017

June 7, 2017

We were delighted to welcome our new patron Janine, Lady Mateparae who introduced herself to us.
What better time to have a flower themed lunch than the week following The Chelsea Flower Show! As the guest speaker the NZWA invited a
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Thank you from Waiau School

May 27, 2017

This photo is of the children and staff at Waiau School after receiving the donation we raised at the Valentine’s Tea on 14th February 2017, for their new swimming pool. Go to Gallery 2017 to see a copy of the
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May Lunch

May 11, 2017

We were delighted to welcome Nick Swinglehurst to be our guest speaker on this occasion. Nick has recently returned from New Zealand where he worked as a film editor on three very different types of movies: a micro budget, a
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ANZAC – Walton-on-Thames

May 1, 2017

The ANZAC Service at St Mary’s in Walton-on-Thames is an annual event supported by the NZ High Commission, the Royal Legion, locals and New Zealanders alike.
This year was very special in that there was a booklet to accompany the service
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Mt Felix Tapestry

The ambitious project initiated by the Riverhouse Barn Arts Project, Walton-on-Thames to tell the story of the NZ No 2 General Hospital at Mount Felix was unveiled on Sunday 23rd April. The New Zealand High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae and
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NZWA Lunch at The Clink HMP Brixton

April 16, 2017

An expectant group of members and friends gathered outside Brixton prison before proceeding through security, via the heavy gates topped with barbed wire and locked doors into the very comfortable dining room of The Clink Restaurant. We were catered for
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Theatre Visit – The Lyric Hammersmith

March 26, 2017

Carefully crafted and brilliantly portrayed by veteran stage actors, Matthew Whittet’s play “Seventeen” at The Lyric Theatre surpassed all expectations. It was a sensitive, erudite portrayal of a small group of 17 years olds’ emotional turmoil, as they faced the
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SmileDial Charity – Thank you

March 20, 2017

Received from the charity:
“A HUGE thank you to the New Zealand Women’s Association of London for your amazing donation of $1120.00. We will use this money to support some of the amazing mums, nanas and carers who do an amazing
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March Lunch

March 6, 2017

The March Lunch this year attracted a happy and bustling group of nearly seventy guests, boosted in part by our friends from the Australian Women’s Club (AWC).
Two speakers had been booked with the theme of small business set ups. Due
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Valentine’s Day Champagne Tea

February 23, 2017

Resplendent in red, the Penthouse was the scene of a romantic Valentine’s Day Champagne Tea last week. Ladies from FIWAL and the NZWA enjoyed exquisite food served on beautiful vintage china, heard amusing poems and listened to arias sung by
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“From the Archives”

February 12, 2017

In 2001, an active and long standing member of the NZWA, Rachel (Rahera) Windsor Q.S.M. was honoured by the New Zealand Society at their Waitangi Day Dinner. She was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for ” Leadership and Service
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UK New Zealander of the Year 2017 – 3rd February 2017

February 5, 2017

It has been a major achievement that one of our members was nominated for the UK New Zealander of the Year 2017 – a first since the Award was established in 1999 – then to reach the final three is
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UK New Zealander of the Year 2017 – 3rd February 2017

At a special New Zealand Society Waitangi Day Charity Ball the winner of the UK New Zealander of the Year 2017, was announced from three very worthy finalists. This year the winner of the Award was Alexandra, Lady Smith to honour her
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UK New Zealander of the Year 2017

January 26, 2017

This year there were 11 nominations fore this award and of the three women finalists, one is a NZWA member and the other is our Patron. They are Jane Thomas our past President 2012 – 2014 and outstanding committee member and
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