About Zonta

Here at the Zonta Club of Wellington, we're a diverse group of women who come together to organise projects and events to support our local charities. We do this because of our commitment to empowering women through service and advocacy.

Founded in 1969, we're part of Zonta International, a leading global organisation of professionals that stand for women's rights. Our members volunteer their time, talents, and money to support women and girls in their local communities, run projects in many parts of the world to improve the lives of women, and advocate on women’s issues at all levels of society.

Our club is one of 28 clubs in the New Zealand Zonta Club, District 16 which has clubs from Northland to Otago. 

 

If you wish to give back to your community, then Zonta could be just what you're looking for.

 

Come to a meeting

If you're interested in joining Zonta, come along to one of our meetings.

These are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month in central Wellington. Meetings include dinner and a guest speaker.

 

Club committees

Find out about our club's committees and the work we do.

Advocacy

We undertake advocacy activities to empower women and girls and their human rights. 

​Our work includes ​coordinating the club’s activities for the ZontaSaysNo to Violence against Women campaign.

We make submissions on upcoming legislation that will improve the status of women and girls.

We organise regular political forums with MPs or candidates to address topics of interest and concern to women.

And support and contribute to wider Zonta District 16 advocacy work.

Fundraising

All funds we raise are distributed across local, national and international projects.

Some of the local projects we support include our local community projects and the science award.  

Recent fundraising activities include

hosting a major auction biennially

in alignment with Wellington’s WOW event. 

Membership

This committee is the engine room — we keep the wheels on and things moving smoothly as well as maintaining appropriate levels of fuel and inspiration.

We organise social events through the course of the year including the Christmas event.

You also get to have your say on the guest speakers or panel discussions.

This is a great committee to start out with, help behind the scenes and get to know some great women in the club.

Service

We're responsible for facilitating projects and maintaining connections with not-for-profit groups within the wider Wellington area.

These have included the Hutt Valley Teen Parents' School, the Wellington Women’s Homeless Trust and Shakti Wellington.

One of the functions of the Service Committee is to organise the annual Young Women in Public Affairs award.

Science

Our objective is to advance women in science by awarding a prize to a woman within 7 years of gaining a PhD in a STEM subject, who is not yet established in her career.

Anyone passionate about advancing women in science would be welcome on the committee.

 

The work involves assessing applications and participating in an internal, then external process to select a winner, followed by assisting to organise the event to award the prize and medal.