About us

Our story

Positive Women Inc was born in 1990 to support and empower women and families living with or affected by HIV or AIDS. An often overlooked yet significant part of the broader HIV community living in New Zealand:

We provide a support network for our members  and also raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in the community through educational programmes with a focus on prevention and de-stigmatisation.

The Positive Women logo takes the well recognised HIV ribbon and gives it a feminine overhaul by linking the ribbons together in unity to form a rose flower – a symbol of love, beauty, hope, happiness, fruitfulness and growth. The words Positive Women written vertically in green, represent the stem of the rose, symbolising strength and support.


Meet our team

Jane Bruning

National Coordinator

Jane Bruning has been the National Coordinator for Positive Women Inc since September 2004. She is a mother and very proud grandmother and has been living with HIV since 1988. Born in Holland, Jane immigrated to New Zealand at the young age of four. She is passionate about travelling, having gained a National Certificate in Travel and Tourism. She has travelled extensively and lived in Tanzania for nearly 12 years.

Apart from having a Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management, Jane also has a Masters in Social Practise (MScoP) 1st Class Honours. Her thesis is entitled Stigma and Women living with HIV: A Cooperative Inquiry.

She was the Asia Pacific UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegate from 2011-2013.

Marietta Chapman

Social Worker

As the social worker here at Positive Women Inc., Marietta Chapman’s key role is to assist our members with social, emotional, psychological and practical supports.

Marietta’s career has been varied and she has worked in communications and more recently in social work. She has a Bachelor of Arts from North West University in South Africa and graduated with a Master of Social Work (Applied) degree from Massey University in April 2009. Over the years Marietta has worked for non-profit agencies, government agencies and in the health and mental health sectors.

Marietta works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-5pm.

Abby Leota

Positive Speakers Bureau Coordinator

A career in both the not-for-profit and private sectors, Abby brings her knowledge and experience of building organisational capability, project management, and advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights, to the PWI team.

Motivated by people and the power of ‘a voice’, she is passionate about the Positive Speakers Bureau programme.  Based in Wellington, Abby manages her role around her young family’s needs.

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