Country women visit New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: Barbara Schaefer, Marie Lally, Mary Edwards, and Jean Spence were among about 180 women attending the conference.
NEW ZEALAND: Barbara Schaefer, Marie Lally, Mary Edwards, and Jean Spence were among about 180 women attending the conference.

Four Eyre Peninsula women last month attended the 17th Triennial South Pacific Area Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Barbara Schaefer (Kimba), Marie Lally (Tumby Bay), Mary Edwards (Cleve) and Jean Spence (Wudinna) were among about 180 women attending the conference with the theme Honouring the Past, Protecting the Present, Preparing for the Future.

On a rainy Sunday afternoon after an ecumenical church service, the women took part in the Women Walk the World event in New Plymouth’s Pukepura Park.

The walk is held annually around the world to raise funds for the organisation’s projects, which assist women and their families in such needs as access to clean water, health care and literacy facilities.

Women from Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Kiribati and Fiji gave reports on activities in their countries where assistance received from New Zealand and Australia is very much appreciated.

The conference covered topics related to all South Pacific countries, including transport, protection of shared marine environment, cervical cancer and  safety standards for products containing button batteries.

A fashion parade presented by a woman who had transformed wool produced on her property to garments presented on the fashion catwalk was well-received.

The farewell dinner followed an enjoyable day tour of the area by bus-loads of members and partners.