22 Jan - Sea-change in 2019 with Kiwi Marathon Ocean Swimmer, Tracy Clark

Written by Stacey Williams.

Tracy Clark photo 1There are some big sea-changes ahead in early 2019 so get a head start and join us for an inspiring evening with Kiwi marathon ocean swimmer, Tracy Clark.

Tracy is a marathon swimmer, making her way through the Oceans Seven – completing seven straits around the world - the North Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar.book button1

Tracy is incredibly passionate about this extreme sport and ALWAYS swims in her New Zealand swim cap and togs with ‘Kiwi’ on the bum! Her belief is to ‘dream big’, ‘never give up’ and ‘you’re never too old to achieve your dreams’. Come along and hear how Tracy manages to set goals and dig deep when she needs to the most

Early NZ Game Changers - Personal account Elizabeth Sullivan

Written by Stacey Williams.

Screen Shot 2018 10 14 at 9.03.17 AMEarly NZ Game Changers
As personal account by NZBWN member, Elizabeth Sullivan

In March I was fortunate enough to spend the day with my grandmother’s cousin, Madeline Anderson Orlowski. Born on 4th May 1907, on Baldwin St, Dunedin, the world's steepest residential street, Madeline is the oldest person in New Zealand. She is the granddaughter of New Zealand's earliest Polish settlers, who arrived at Port Chalmers in December 1872.

The eldest of 4 sisters, fear did not feature in Madeline’s vocabulary, nor that of her youngest sisters Rayena, Mavis and Gertrude. One day when they were staying in Wanaka, the 4 sisters took their dad’s car, a Crossley, to visit friends at a station in Glenorchy, on the far side of Lake Wakatipu. Driving down the treacherous Crown range towards Arrowtown, the brakes failed, but Mavis managed to control the car, driving it to Arrowtown and then on to Queenstown.

The sun had set before they started on their way home, not to be put off by the man who said, ‘If you’re going to drive through the Kawerau Gorge in the dark, you’ve got the courage of Ned Kelly’ (an Australian outlaw). The battery and headlights were low & Madeline had to walk in front, so they could see where they were going. They got home eventually, returning the car to their dad without brakes or lights, but they and the car were all in one piece.

Celebrating 125 years of having the vote

Written by Emma Keeling.

Screen Shot 2018 10 20 at 5.07.39 PMIs change happening fast enough?

It was a resounding NO from almost everyone in the room at the game changers evening to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the women of New Zealand winning the right to vote.

As we gathered in the penthouse of the High Commission, faces of game changes of the past and present watched as we sipped wine and prepared to be challenged and inspired, although we didn’t know to what extent.

So often in our everyday lives we get together with our friends for a wine that can turn into a whine. But on this night as men, women, Maori, pakeha and well, everybody, gathered at the feet of our six wise panellists (they were on a podium), it was obvious the organisers wanted this to be forward thinking, discussing how we, together, can put change into motion. How can we progress equality and diversity in society?

What's the Goss?