Thursday, 31 August 2017

This and That

Hastings Centre WI invited CHB members along for a Devonshire Tea! It was just as delicious as it looks 😋

And served in the most beautiful china 😍

Otawhao-Takapau WI invited members from Norsewood WI to celebrate their very special birthday: 
95 years, making Norsewood the oldest active WI in New Zealand

Roll call for the meeting was donations for the Takapau Health Centre - the gorgeous knitted toys are to be used for a raffle

Waipawa-Tikokino WI held a workshop on making paper tole cards 
(part of the 2018 National Handcraft Competitions)

It's fiddly work!

Waipawa-Tikokino also had their first combined birthday celebration since amalgamating; 
the rolling raffle basket was well stocked 

The day had all the right ingredients: good company, good food, and good fun!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Southern Hawke's Bay Federation's Handcraft Show

Southern Hawke's Bay Federation holds a handcraft show in October of every year in Dannevirke. 
There are lots of classes to enter, and the resulting display is well worth a look!
All are welcome to compete, so here is the  full schedule for those who may be interested 😊

Sunday, 2 July 2017


NZFWI always have a theme and project on the go, which changes every two years. 
The theme for 2016-17 is 'Nurturing the Nation', and the project is 'Adopt-a...', 
where WIs adopt a cause and do something to support it. 

Waipawa-Tikokino WI adopted Waipawa School last year, and taught the children handcrafts. This year they have adopted the Pakeke Centre for the over 60s, where members organise and run two craft sessions every month. 
One of those sessions was making a greeting card

Another on making centre pieces for a table, either using flowers, or driftwood and shells

A lifetime's experience certainly showing in the finished article!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bits and Pieces

Otawhao-Takapau WI had a potato growing competition, with the stipulation 
that it be done in a bucket

Wakarara WI had a roll call of pickles and chutneys, to be donated to aged care home Mount Herbert House

and a craft competition of 'A Picture Using Buttons'

Waipawa-Tikokino WI had a competition for wristwarmers (the numbers are for entry, not placings)

and a floral design brief of 'A Roadside Arrangement', with one entry sporting 
a very interesting focal point!

Badges were presented to new members...

... as well as another amazing 50 year bar!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Tea, Tarts & Crafts

Central Hawke's Bay Federation has a new Circle!

'Tea, Tarts & Crafts' is all about enjoying good company and good food, 
with a bit of creating thrown in

The first meeting was held on the 2nd of June

We had a great time chatting, eating, chatting, drinking, chatting 😄
and sharing our crafting ideas and skills 

Tea, Tarts & Crafts is held every first Friday of the month, 9.30 am at the Waipawa Volunteer Fire Brigade hall
on Waverley Street, Waipawa. It is open to non-members, so if you're in the area, please come along! 
Just bring a plate to share for morning tea 😋 and a craft if you have one on the go

You can also visit us on Facebook! Please see the link in the side bar 👍🏼

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Canterbury Belles

The NZFWI National AGM was held in Christchurch this year, and according to the Central Hawke's Bay delegation that attended, had a very positive vibe. The speakers were inspiring, many members were involved in the discussions, and there was great entertainment in the evenings, including the 'Music Hall' drama competition.

The event was hosted by the lovely 'Canterbury Belles', who did a wonderful job in making all 400 attendees feel welcome. The 'goodie bag' for delegates had the usual information on local attractions, but also held lots of TLC from 
all the Canterbury Federation WIs in the form of handmade contributions:

(How the chocolates made it all the way home unopened heaven only knows! 😋)

The soup mug very appropriately from Temuka WI 

You can see a group photo of the Canterbury Belles together with the National Executive Committee on the 
There are also a couple of links there to news articles on two of the amazing women 
who were awarded Gold Honours at the AGM.

The Central Hawke's Bay delegation also brought home a trophy (which is very difficult to photograph!): 
the Avis Rishworth Innovation Award - won by this blog! 😃

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!