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National Coordinators October Update

By Jane Bruning Kia ora. In September I celebrated 15 years of working at Positive Women Inc. In some ways, it seems like only yesterday but in other ways, it seems like a lifetime ago. One thing for sure is that it has been one of the most rewarding jobs...

Positive Speakers Bureau October Update

By Abby, PSB Coordinator. Since the last newsletter, we have kicked-off the new HIV Online Training Project.  It’s a big project and there are a few parts to it which include: An interactive online HIV course An online Quiz A set of Factsheets The creation of an online HIV Information...

Body Positive HIV Treatments Update 2019

Body Positive held its annual HIV Treatments Update Seminar on Friday 30 August 2019 at the Education Center at Auckland Hospital. It was a very informative day with current topics presented by excellent speakers. The Positive Speakers Bureau had short video soundbites made of the presentations. Copies of the powerpoint...

Donation from Auckland Airport

Picture from left: Kristina, members of the HIV Stigma Index working group and Nic, bottom right. The HIV Stigma Index Study got a surprise boost in September with a $1000 donation from Auckland Airport. Nic Hill, an AUT psychology student, did 150 hours over 7-8 weeks work placement with us...

NZ Camp for +Teens

Picture from left: Marietta and Rebecca. Positive Women Inc. together with Rebecca Flanagan, the paediatrics nurse with the Community HIV Team at Auckland hospital, recently organised an overnight camp for young people in New Zealand living with HIV. While the camp was short, the group had a fun-packed program from...

Board October Update

Picture: Board Members from Positive Women Inc. say thank you to Karen Ritchie (centre). By Caroline Bree, Board Chair. The Positive Women Inc Board is feeling refreshed and re-energised heading into Spring. Firstly and very fortunately because we have three wonderful new members. Enatha  was voted on at our AGM...

NZ HIV Stigma Index Study on TV3

Gareth Thomas, ex Welsh rugby player, contemplated suicide when he found out he had HIV. We were very excited that TV3 picked up the story on the New Zealand People living with HIV Stigma Index project, linking it with the recent announcement by the ex Welsh ruby player, Gareth Thomas,...

Cartier Bereavement Fund

Positive Women Inc. has been very fortunate to be part-recipients of funding from the closure of the Cartier Bereavement Trust. The Cartier Bereavement Trust was set up by Karen Ritchie in honour of her friend Courtney Cartier, who died as a result of AIDS. There was no money to pay...

Advice on Measles from CHIV

Picture from left: Judy Gilmour, Michele Lowe, Jenny Bielby and Rebecca Henley. The Community HIV Resource Team (CHIV) is made up of three nurse specialists and a social worker. This amazing team of dynamic women are the backbone of the ID clinic at Auckland Hospital. With the current measles outbreak...

African Womens Gathering

Head Wrap Workshop and Lunch for African women When: Saturday 19th of October, 11am – 2pmWhere: 1/31 Hargreaves St, St Marys Bay, AucklandCost: Free We invite any African women wanting to socialise in a welcoming, fun and relaxed space to join us for a free African head wrap tutorial ....

Positive Women Wanted

This year for the World AIDS Day Festival, Positive Women Inc. will be running an anti stigma event over 3 days. We are replicating a successful campaign the Danish AIDS Society used in 2007. Members of the organization walked through the busy streets of Denmark in giant plastic bubbles, highlighting...

Positive Women Inc. included on NZ History website.

Click on link to get to NZ History: Women Together website. To mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2018, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage prepared an online history of women’s organisations in New Zealand – ‘Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand /...

New Leadership at UNAIDS

UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian engagement. “I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at such a critical time in the response to HIV,” said...

Health Promotion

Recently our Community Engagement and Health Ambassador, Megan Rees attended a health promotion course offered by the Health Promotion Forum. This course broadened her understanding of the role and importance of health promotion and the broader concept of health within community and national settings. Megan will now be able to...

MUMG Celebration Day

We gathered together on a beautiful day in August to celebrate and reflect on the first stage of creating MUMG (Morningside Urban Market Garden). All of the women who have contributed to MUMG over the last 9 months were recognised for their hard work and dedication. The goal of this...

Upcoming Events

Body Positive HIV Treatments update 30 August 2019.PLDI Alumni Gathering 30 August 2019. To register or to find out more information click here

Coordinators Update

Kia ora. We have finally entered the electronic age with our newsletter. It’s taken a while but we made it. We hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your feedback on the new format. Some fantastic work and projects have been happening over the past few months. You...

Positive Speakers Bureau Update

By Abby Leota: Positive Speakers Bureau Coordinator Did you know that our speakers have reached nearly 3000 people already this year? It’s true! We have 63 booking and delivered 45 talks throughout NZ from Dunedin to Kerikeri. In June, four of our speakers shared their stories as part of the...

News From the Board

By Caroline Bree: Board Chair June is always a highlight in the Positive Women Inc. Board year; hearing the personal stories and research updates at the HIV Women’s Seminar and then relaxing and reconnecting with friends at the Retreat. Mark Hendrickson’s discussion about HIV and Shame was a powerful introduction to...

Market Garden Course for Refugee and Migrant Women

If you are a migrant or refugee women living in Auckland there is a social enterprise set up in Morningside to teach you gardening and business skills. It is a free 3 month part time course that will teach you how to grow produce in a New Zealand environment. You...

Being Positive: The Fight Against HIV Stigma

By Thomas Phillips Follow this link to read the article. HIV-positive New Zealanders share their stories of overcoming stigma to become community leaders in the fight against discrimination. A 2018 Consumer Link Survey commissioned by NZAF and Positive Women Inc., showed that 46 percent of New Zealanders would not want...

Stigma Index Survey

Click here if you would like to enroll in the survey. This year the biggest research project about HIV Stigma and Discrimination in NZ is taking place – The Stigma Index. We are looking for people living with HIV from a range of ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. Please...

Stigma Index Training Weekend July 2019

Click here to see photos. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index 2.0 is a tool to measure the extent of stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV. More than 100 countries have implemented the Stigma Index, and for the first time, the Stigma Index Working Group is running this...

Morningside Urban Market Garden – Eden Park site on TVNZ

In July we launched our newest site to our community enterprise – Morningside Urban Market Garden (MUMG) Eden Park. Thanks to the generous support, and can do attitude of the team at Eden Park, we got underway with our second site. Watch the TVNZ news piece that includes the new...

Morningside Urban Market Garden – NZ Gardener Magazine June 2019

Morningside Urban Market Garden (MUMG) is a social enterprise that develops business skills among migrant and refugee background women by growing local microgreens and edible flowers for use in local cafes. MUMG is a collaboration of six organisations (Positive Women Inc being one of them), none of whom receive funding...

HIV Women’s Seminar 2019

150 people attended the HIV Women’s Seminar hosted by Positive Women Inc., on June 21 at Sorrento in the the Park in Auckland. A wide range of topics were discussed (see copy of programme below). Copies of powerpoint presentations can also be found below although most speakers spoke without a...

Women of Influence Awards

If you know an amazing women who is making a difference in the lives of every day Kiwis, the annual Women of Influence Awards nominations are now open. There are ten award categories – Arts & Culture, Board & Management, Business Enterprise, Community Hero, Diversity, Global, Innovation, Science & Health,...

Int. AIDS Candlelight Memorial – Wellington

The Candlelight Memorial in Wellington was another beautiful service – a fitting tribute to all the men and women who have lived and fought HIV and AIDS. (Heather’s tribute – an excerpt from the Int. AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Wellington) Held at the Tararua Tramping Club, men and women from within...

Int. AIDS Candlelight Memorial – Auckland

A beautiful service was held at St Matthews in the City in Auckland to commemorate the AIDS Memorial vigil on May 20. Coming together since 1983 to remember the brave men and women who have battled and lost the fight against HIV and AIDS, the memorial is about paying tribute...

A letter to UNAIDS’ leadership

The following op-ed is adapted from a letter sent by Vuyiseka Dubula and 22 other leading women activists to the leadership of UNAIDS. We write as African woman who have been involved in work to end AIDS and gender-based violence in the last few decades.  As activists, and women who...

How cats could help treat HIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is similar to HIV; it attacks a cat’s immune system, making it susceptible to infection. Although FIV and HIV belong to the same group of viruses, FIV cannot be transmitted to humans. Still, because of the similarities between the two viruses, scientists have been studying FIV...

Launch of More to Me; a video poem for International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day this year Positive Women Inc launched a very special video poem for its members and women living with HIV all around the world. A unique and moving insight on what it is really like to be a woman living with HIV and how those three letters...

Annual Auckland Pride Parade 2018

The annual Auckland Pride Parade this year was full of all the things that make this event a festival to remember: love, joy, hope and celebration. It is always such a joy to be a part of this parade and to lend our presence to the universal language of love....

Preventative HIV drug to get Pharmac funding

A drug that can prevent people from contracting HIV will receive funding from Pharmac. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can reduce users’ risk of contacting the HIV virus by more than 90 percent. Pharmac announced on Wednesday that it will fund PrEP under the brand name Truvada from...

PrEP use can reduce HIV stigma in gay communities

A study published ahead of print in the Journal of AIDS reports how earlier prejudice against people who use PrEP has largely been overcome among users of social media hook-up apps in four large US cities. The study also found that people who used PrEP (approximately 11% of participants) were...

Puawai 2017 was a show to remember

The third annual Puawai festival was in a league all of its own. A commitment to togetherness, love and hope the week long festivities held laughter, fun, education, empowerment and a little bit of raunchy awareness Auckland was treated to a spectacular week of shows, workshops, performances and community magic...

Mega T-shirt auction to raise money for HIV awareness

Kicking of the port city’s huge lineup of events leading up to World AIDS Day this year is a celebrity T-shirt auction being held at The Vodka Room in fashionable Ponsonby, Auckland. The brains and management behind this event goes by the name LiveAID Australasia and it is breaking new...

Scoop.co.nz generates pre-event buzz for 2017’s Puawai’s festival

We’re super excited and super charged at the buzz that is being created for the upcoming Puawai festival, which features a unique collaboration between Positive Women Inc, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Body Positive. A series of events are lined up in the running to World AIDS Day, 2017...

People on HIV medication cannot transmit the virus, declares CDC

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has declared that HIV-positive people taking effective medication to suppress the virus cannot pass it on through sex, and that it will update its guidelines accordingly. The landmark step by the US public health institute follows years of clinical trials showing that those using effective anti-retroviral...

HIV treatment breakthrough creates antibody that attacks 99 per cent of virus’ strains

An antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains has been developed by scientists for the first time. The “exciting breakthrough” could eventually lead to treatment or even prevent transmission of the virus, with trials on humans due to get underway in 2018. Experiments on 24 monkeys injected with HIV showed none developed the virus...

HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2017

Informative, educational and enlightening – these are just some of the words to best describe this year’s HIV Treatments Update Seminar. Taking place on August 25 at the Clinical Education Centre in Auckland City Hospital and organised by Body Positive, the seminar was a lineup of seasoned healthcare practitioners, working...

HIV rates climbing among over-50s in UK and Europe, researchers warn

HIV rates are climbing in the over-50s in the UK and across Europe, while the rate of new infections among younger people is dropping, according to new research which warns that the epidemic may be taking a new direction. The study, from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in...

PWI’s National Coordinator is now an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

Recognised for her tireless efforts working for women living with HIV in Aotearoa, PWI’s National Coordinator Jane Bruning, was awarded the distinction of becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) on August 16, 2017. Dedicated to destigmatising a positive diagnosis and raising awareness about the key...

PWI at the University of Auckland’s Womensfest

It’s always a joy to do something fun and empowering for women. So when PWI was contacted to set up shop at the annual University of Auckland (UoA) Womensfest, we jumped at the chance! Thinking of this as just the right opportunity to reignite some steam in broader awareness and...

Fifth Annual HIV Women’s Seminar 2017

The mainstays of this year’s Annual HIV Women’s Seminar, which took place on June 23rd (at the gorgeous Sorrento in the park here in Auckland), were curbing stigma, staying updated with the latest in the world of HIV treatments, heartfelt personal stories, understanding how new refugees in New Zealand deal...

Paper Dolls Presented to Parliament

On Friday 7th March, Positive Women Inc. presented 200+ paper dolls in support of bringing female condoms to New Zealand to Labour MP Carol Beaumont. The presentation was made on the steps of Parliament early in the morning. This presentation marks the culmination of our three year long Paper Doll...

Cervical Screening

We are embarking on a new project/programme with Well-Women and Family Trust and NZAF Burnette Centre, offering free Cervical Screening for women living with HIV. The Well-Women and Family Trust have a contract with the MoH to provide cervical screening for hard to reach women. You can read more about...