About Us

After the establishment of the first clubs in the US in the early 1920’s, small groups of women travelled to Europe between 1928-1930 seeking to arouse interest in an international organisation.  In August 1930, women from 16 countries gathered in Geneva and formed the International Federation.  Dr Lena Madesin-Phillips was elected as the first International President.

BPW International      www.bpw-international.org

BPW New Zealand:     www.bpwnz.org.nz

BPW Tamaki:                https://bpwtamaki.wordpress.com

BPW Tamaki was founded in 1967 and has enjoyed many notable successes over the years including actively lobbying for a range of bills, from Matrimonial Property through to Prostitution Law Reform and Flexible Working Hours. Several members are currently on BPW NZ’s executive giving the club good insight into the work of BPW at national level.

BPW Tamaki Executive


Catherine Nairn


Joan Bielby


Noelene Murdoch


Faye Gardiner        




BPW Tamaki Past Presidents

Moira McLean 2013 – 2017
Faye Gardiner 2012 – 2013
Glenys Hayward 2010 – 2011
Maureen Beard 2008 – 2009
Pauline Bennett 2006 – 2007
Jan Chipperfield 2004 – 2005
Moira McLean 2002 – 2004
Faye Gardiner 2000 – 2002
Lorraine Cameron 1998 – 2000
Joyce Rae 1997 – 1998
Lois Hayward 1996 – 1997
Linda Lindegreen 1994 – 1996
Joan Bielby 1994 – 1995
Eileen Peterie 1992 – 1994
Olwyn Barradell 1990 – 1992
Muriel Brennan 1988 – 1986
Joan Bielby 1986 – 1988
Lynette Irving 1984 – 1986
Betty Corrin 1983 – 1984
Valerie Weir 1981 – 1982
Jean Davies 1979 – 1981
Lynette Beck 1977 – 1979
Joan Catchpole 1975 – 1977
Betty Corrin 1973 – 1975
Joan Bielby 1971 – 1973
Lillian Henshaw 1969 – 1971
Joyce Bradley 1968 – 1969

BPW International aims to unite business and professional women in all parts of the world.

Our International Aims

1 . work for women’s:

• economic independence
• equal opportunity and representation in economic, civil and political life

2. encourage and support women and girls to:

• develop their professional and leadership potential
• undertake lifelong education and training
• use their abilities for the benefit of others, locally, nationally and internationally

3. advocate:

• for the elimination of all discrimination against women
• for human rights and the use of gender-sensitive perspectives

4. undertake

• world-wide networking and co-operation between business and professional women
• non-profit projects that help women gain economic independence
• to present the views of business and professional women to international organisations and agencies, and to business, governments and civil society.

Official Collect of Business & Professional Women

We ask

  • That we meet together as women, not allowing beliefs, religion, nationality, ethnicity or language to come between us.
  • That these meetings enable us to move forward and advance the status of women throughout the world.
  • That the value of women be recognized in our families, our communities, our workplaces, our country and the world.
  • That we use our good ideas, our knowledge, our experience to promote the worth of women.
  • That we combine our strengths to move forward in peace, in serenity, and in love.
  • That women of all generations will do their part to achieve harmony and equality among all human beings.

The Collect 


Women on Boards NZ Survey

Submission Review of Holiday Act 2003

Submission Legal Aid Review

BPWNZ Awards

  • BPW NZ Club of the Year
    Alix Haywood Award for best Club Newsletter
    Anne Todd Bell Award (Issues Award)
    Brooker Marketing Award
    Daphne Chapman Award
    Jean Park Community Achievement Award

BPW Awards Manual

BPW NZ Awards Guidlines

Margery Toulson Scholarship Criteria

Margery Toulson Scholarship Application Form

National Remits

Remit Guidelines & Procedure

New Zealand Club Contact Lists

Women working for women