National Coordinators February Update

By Jane Bruning

Kia ora. WOW, the first update of 2020. On behalf of Positive Women Inc., we wish all our readers a very Happy New Year and hope those new years resolutions are going well.

It was great to have some time out over the Christmas and New Year holidays, even though they seem such a long time ago now.

Positive Women Inc. started the year off with a bang, hosting
Cafe+ and Lounge+ with Body Positive and NZAF at the Big Gay Out. It was a great day with politicians promising more money for HIV and LGTBQI+ initiatives, excited to see how that pans out.

We have been working on the PSB e-Learning programme “HIV Essentials” which will be launched later in the year. This programme is aimed as a training tool for our Positive Speakers and will also be available to the public with a focus on health professionals and training institutes.

The Stigma Index research continues. We are now only seeking participants from Maori, Pacific, Asian and African ethnicity to ensure there is a balanced representation in the study.

Going forward we have the HIV Women’s Seminar on 19 June, the Women’s Retreat on 20 and 21 June and the HIV Family Hui from 30 October to 1 November, so a very busy year ahead.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to engaging with you throughout the year.

Nga Mihi Jane