National Coordinator October update

Kia ora
We hope this finds you all well and starting to adjust to our new normal, whatever that may be. COVID, snow in spring and a broken harbour bridge. We’ve had a year of it; however, I believe we will end the year stronger and more resilient than when we started.

While we had to cancel some of our big events like the HIV Woman’s Seminar, the Women’s Retreat and the Family Hui, we have been kept very busy working on our online training programme and updating existing and developing new resources.

We are in the process of implementing a COVID impact survey to identify how COVID has affected our members. We had a number of situations where people living with HIV returned from overseas during COVID lockdowns with nowhere to live and little possibility of work. Marietta, our Social Worker, has been working tirelessly with these women and their families through these difficult times. We suspect there will be other families who have been adversely affected and hope the survey will highlight areas of need, so we can hopefully develop appropriate services going forward.

A significant focus for Positive Women Inc. over the next 6 months will be upskilling on the organisations commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and working with tangata whenua in the development of policies and procedures to help us in the implementation of te Tiriti in the culture of the organisation.

So Positive Women Inc. has managed to hang in thankfully.
We want to express a HUGE thank you to our funders, Lottery Grants Board, Foundation North, MAC AIDS Fund, Merck Sharp and Dohme and MOH, who gave us permission to reassign the funds we had originally been given for projects which we were not able to run due to COVID, and to NZAF, our landlord, for providing rent relief for two months.


Nga Mihi Jane Bruning