About us

Our story

Positive Women Inc was born in 1990 to serve and protect an often overlooked yet significant part of the broader HIV community living in New Zealand: women and their families. HIV does not discriminate and neither do we. Positive Women is a safe space for women who live with HIV, a home where they feel even more empowered and where their voices matter the most.

We provide a support network for our members – women and families living with HIV or AIDS. We 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.

If you are a woman living with HIV contact us today and rest assured that we will aim to provide:


Advocacy and Awareness

Funding and Sustainability

Meet our team


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.


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.


Health Promoter

Judith Mukakayange is our administration assistant and health promoter. Along with general office duties, she has been managing the female condom campaign and the bookings for the Positive Speakers Bureau. In 2012, Judith graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Science and Health Promotion.

Judith works Thursdays and Fridays.


Programme Coordinator

Reem Wasay is our programme coordinator and is the newest face to join the team. She looks after new and upcoming projects, is the editor and content manager of our bi-monthly newsletter, takes care of the Positive Speakers’ Bureau and assists in general administrative tasks.

Reem has been an editor and journalist in her home country of Pakistan for the past 13 years with her core focus being on female oriented issues.

Reem works with us full time from Monday to Friday.

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