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Our Vision

Soroptimist International is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.

Our Mission

Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships 

Our Story

Soroptimist International is a global voice for women.

Our club was proudly founded on the 8th of March 1975, on the International Women's Day.

Soroptimist International members are women of generosity as we share what we know; what we do and invite others to join us in these activities. Our members are diverse in their interests; their ethnicity and abilities which they share generously with others.

 

New Zealand members of Soroptimist International are members of the South West Pacific Federation which includes clubs in:

  • Australia

  • Cambodia

  • Fiji

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Malaysia

  • Mongolia

  • New Zealand

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Samoa

  • Singapore

  • Solomons

  • Thailand

Soroptimist International has FIVE Federations:

 

Members in every club are able to visit with other clubs when they are travelling internationally. Soroptimist International members combine nationally and internationally to report their concerns and are a voice for women at the United Nations.​

Clubs have ‘Friendship Links’ with clubs in each Federation which are formally recognised and recorded. We currently have friendship links with the United Kingdom, Fiji, Mongolia, The United States, Italy and Malaysia.

Our Members
Club Officers and Members
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Sylvia Heywood

President 

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Hantie Theron

Membership 

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Kiri Chivell

Member

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Pamela Crossman

Member

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Vivia Whitlock

Member

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Anne Farrington

Member

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Mary Hill

Member

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Cynthia Forrest

Member

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Janice Macdonald

Member

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Johanna Cogle 

Secretary 

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Petra Thoma

Treasurer

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Alannah Wesche

Member

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Paula Siddle

Immediate Past President

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Kathleen Phillips 

Member

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Kantha Soni 

Member

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Anna Roberton

Member

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Mary Burns

Member

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Fleur Lindsay

Member