Thursday, 6 April 2017

Visiting and celebrations

It was a very enjoyable day for three CHB Federation members as guests 
at the Southern Hawke's Bay Federation AGM at Dannevirke

The fabulously dressed SHB President

The AGM included a special occasion with a special guest:
the oldest surviving WI in New Zealand Norsewood WI's 95th birthday, 
and our National President was there to help Norsewood's President cut the cake

The 'baubles of office'

This photo shows a meeting when Women's Institute in New Zealand was only a very young five years old. 
Founder Miss Anna Elizabeth Jerome Spencer is in the middle row, fourth from left. 
Taken at Norsewood, 1926

Otawhao-Takapau WI celebrated a member's great accomplishment of 50 years' service, 
with the Central Hawke's Bay Mayor there to present the bar

And the wonderful achievement of lots of lovely new members!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

2017 CHB Federation AGM

This year's AGM was hosted by Otawhao-Takapau WI on a beautiful blue sky Central Hawke's Bay day - 
though autumn is definitely here, as evidenced by the lovely dahlias on the table

Roll call included clothing for children ages 0-5, and aluminium bottle tops - members do seem to have gone all out there...

The sales table was stocked with plenty of goodies

and one of the raffles had all sorts of delicious preserves as a prize

Competitions included "A Song Title" for floral

"Three Blooms in a Jar" entries

The 'Community Work' category was a knitted singlet, one per institute. Many more are made by members, and all are donated

The NZFWI National Handcraft Competitions are also judged, and the winners forwarded on 
for entry at the National AGM in May

A throw knitted from handspun yarn

A ladies' cowl

Otawhao-Takapau's drama circle provided the entertainment with three hilarious skits

Two very interesting guest speakers and tables full of delicious tucker during the breaks rounded the day off nicely!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Founders Day at the Birthplace of WI

A homestead out the back of Napier is where it all started. 
The first meeting of Women's Institute in New Zealand was held at 'Omatua', Rissington, 
on the 21st of February 1921, led by Miss Jerome Spencer. 
This setting turned out to be very appropriate, as Omatua is Māori for 'first home"

Omatua is now a Girl Guiding Centre, and 96 years later WI members can still meet there, 
the perfect venue to celebrate Founders Day, hosted by Northern & Hawke's Bay Federation 

First things first, buying tickets for the three raffles on offer

Then off for a trot down the road to pay our respects at Miss Jerome Spencer's grave - 
raising the eyebrows of passing motorists!

Anna Elizabeth Jerome Spencer
Born Napier 16th Nov 1872
Died Napier 23rd Oct 1955

Then back up the road for the usual WI lunch: plentiful and delicious!


There is a Women's Institute Garden of Remembrance planted at Omatua

Unfortunately the ever vigorous blackberry and ivy are trying to take over, 
with a few members making a valiant effort to cut them down to size. 
It soon became apparent that more drastic intervention is needed, 
and there was some brainstorming on how to tackle this problem

After a cuppa, it was time to head down to Napier. The Central Hawke's Bay ladies had some time to kill, 
so paid a visit to Marine Parade for an icecream and a walk along the waterfront

The celebrations were rounded off with dinner at the RSA. 
Thank you Northern & Hawke's Bay Federation for a very enjoyable day!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A Festival and Festivities

The Waipawa Spring Festival (aka 'Duck Day') saw CHB Federation out in the community again, manning a stall with all the generous donations from members to sell. Home baking is always popular!

The aprons were eye catching, prompting one child to exclaim "I know you, you came to our school!'

A few days later Waipawa WI celebrated its 91st birthday with a pot-luck lunch, yummy as always

The iris is Waipawa WI's emblem

Spring has sprung, and the floral competitions were well supported

The floral design brief was 'One Colour (Plus Green)'

After lunch a variety of table top games were played, the sales table was opened, a raffle with multiple draws was held, and the roll call of 'A Brooch with a Story' brought forth many interesting anecdotes

The festivities were rounded off with a cuppa - and some delicious birthday cake!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Federation Social Day

Our biennial meeting has undergone another transformation, now known as the Federation Social Day. We met at the wonderful Ongaonga Hall, and enjoyed chatting over some delicious food for teas and lunch. We were very fortunate to be granted the privilege by ITV (UK) to show some episodes of the TV series Home Fires, which was very close to home and immensely enjoyed by all

The floral design competition's brief was "Ikebana Inspired"

One of the craft competitions looked ahead to the 2017 National Handcraft Competitions: a stitched Christmas card

The other craft competition was "Something New From Something Old" - this beautifully done nightie was made from an old sheet, and took out most outstanding exhibit

The second floral category was Three Flowering Shrubs - Distinct

The prizes awaiting awarding

At the end of the day we braved the changeable spring weather to dedicate 
the 95 years of Women's Institute in New Zealand commemorative seat

The dedication written and performed by our own Reverend member:

Welcome, and thank you for the privilege of being with you here today to remember and commemorate 95 years of Women's Institute in New Zealand, and to dedicate this seat at the Ongaonga Museum grounds.

All of us here have gained something special over the years from WI, and as we remember with love those women who met and established the movement 95 years ago, bringing women together to share their interests of homemaking, crafts, gardening and more importantly, long lasting friendships, we give thanks.

The enthusiasm and dedication of the young and not so young members today is wonderful, and for many of you, as in years gone by, WI has been a cornerstone in the social calendar.

WI has never lost the touch of bringing women together.

It is now my pleasure to dedicate and bless this seat, to remember those who have gone before, and for those who sit here and reflect on the blessings of the CHB Federation of Women's Institute for commemorating the past 95 years, may we look to WI continuing bringing women together, and may God's peace and love be with you all.