2017 FUNDRAISING QUIZ NIGHT LOTS OF FUN!

21 teams attended the WWLA Politics and Elections Quiz night on a sodden winter’s night.  Several teams were decked out in fabulous costumes. Teams had chosen their names with some care: Lipstick on a Bull; Forever Turei Morning, The After Davids, Zip It Sweetie and The Baubles of Office to name a few.  “SSC” (Stout Street Chambers) were re-named Trivia Newton John, to avoid confusion and passing off proceedings.

 

 

 

 

Convenor Donald Trump (Steph Dyhrberg) kicked off proceedings, promising the Quiz would be the biggest the world has ever seen.  Quiz Mistress Wendy Aldred ran a tight ship, conducting 8 gripping rounds of tough questions.  The music round provoked controversy but Otago graduates of a certain age aced the Strait Jacket Fits question.

Throughout the evening, silent auction items were mutely fought over, and the returning officers (the WWLA Committee) extracted every cent from every pocket to sell 3 books of raffle tickets for 2 gift baskets and a month’s yoga classes.  Wendy turned auctioneer to take bids on exciting items including a night for 2 people on Kapiti Island donated by Kapiti Island Nature Tours, which fetched the stunning sum of $860.

Surprise special guest Gareth Morgan drew the raffle, and being a good sport, signed a poster of himself holding a large, grumpy looking moggy, which was promptly auctioned off.  The over-excited winner of that auction was overheard wondering what on earth she was going to do with it….

The award for Best Dressed Individual was won by a landslide by Melanie Bromley of PCO as a     stunning “Lady Luck”. 

                                                     Over and Dunne

Competition for Best Dressed Team was so close that the ever popular dance-off tiebreaker was wheeled out.  By popular acclaim, the youthful Over and Dunne lasses pipped Cook the Books and Regina (call me Reg) from PCO, carrying off the kudos and 6 bottles of sparkling wine, donated by Central Chambers.

Trivia Newton John showed their class by polling highest, carrying off a genuine plastic gold cup and tickets for Oktoberfest, donated by Buddle Findlay.  Forever Turei Morning from Kiwibank proved it’s not actually that hard being Green, clearly delighted with their silver cup and 6-packs of craft beers donated by Coolmoves Furniture Removal.  Last place winners, the After Davids had scarpered in dismay by the time their award came up, but Lipstick on a Bull stepped into the breach.

The night was a great success, with around $2,000 raised for the scholarship fund to assist deserving women law students at Victoria Law School.  Thanks to Wendy and Committee for organising and running the event, and the generous local businesses and lawyers who donated prizes and auction items:

HERITAGE HOTELS   BUDDLE FINDLAY   CENTRAL CHAMBERS   STOUT STREET CHAMBERS   CLIFTON CHAMBERS

DYHRBERG DRAYTON EMPLOYMENT LAW    KAPITI ISLAND NATURE TOURS    CATHY RODGERS

3 WISE MEN     BODY MAGIC PILATES    GARAGE PROJECT     POWER LIVING YOGA    CO-LIBERATE

ANNAH S    THUNDERPANTS     NZ FOOD AND GROCERY COUNCIL      MUNCH    DYRBERG KERN

WHITCOULLS LAMBTON QUAY    SHOC CHOCOLATE     FIX AND FOGG    SCENT FLORIST

UNICHEM PHARMACY GRAND ARCADE     T2 WILLIS STREET      MAC’S FUNCTION CENTRE

COOLMOVES FURNITURE REMOVAL           DELIVEREASY

 

WOMEN’S AFFAIRS – POLITICIAN PANEL 3 AUGUST 2017

Story and photos by Josie McNaught

It’s said that a week is a long time in politics. As Chapman Tripp’s boardroom filled up fast, the talk was all about Jacinda (no last name needed, like Cher or Madonna).  Perfect timing for our women politicians panel event.

Our panellists for the evening were in great form. TOP candidate and “boring tax expert” Dr Jenny Condie, Wellington Central National candidate Nicola Willis, Green MP Jan Logie and long-time Labour MP Ruth Dyson did not disappoint with their frank and sometimes fiery answers to some tough questions.

Our MC (Madam in Charge), political journo turned lawyer Linda Clark reminded us that in the twinkling of an eye, an MP can find themselves “without an office, without a seat, without a party (and in Churchill’s case without an appendix too).”

Linda’s no nonsense approach, steely voice of command and charming wit kept the questions, answers and the laughs coming, and the politicians on message.


Madam in Charge Linda Clark

That message came through loud and clear from the audience and the panel: We are women – hear us roar!

Topics ranged over equal pay, flexible, family friendly working conditions, access to housing, healthcare, social welfare and abortion. The mood of the audience was plain: we want sensible solutions to the problems of social injustice, not ones that only favour big business or the wealthy. We are intensely concerned about the environment and demand more than lip service paid to cleaning up our waterways. And we don’t think our wombs are anyone else’s business.

Jan Logie telling it like it is;                   Dr Jenny Condie and Nicky Willis

Women lawyers are engaged, informed and ready to fight for the causes they are passionate about.

One of the features of the night was the age range of the audience. Who said under 30s are apathetic when it comes to politics? The large number of younger women present and debating the issues at the end of the evening put paid to that myth.

WWLA convenor Steph Dyhrberg and Committee member Grace Bennett organised a most memorable evening and our thanks go to Chapman Tripp for the generous hosting.

 

PRESENTATION BY PROF RON JONES – JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH MEDICO-LEGAL SOCIETY

Prof Ron Jones

Professor Ron Jones gave a fascinating presentation to an enthralled group of 70 people at DLA Piper on 5 July.  Prof Jones was one of 3 colleagues at National Women’s Hospital who wrote the 1984 paper that blew the lid on the ‘unfortunate experiment’.  Recent revisionist activities drove Prof Jones to write his book “Doctors in Denial: the forgotten women in the ‘unfortunate experiment'”.

Prof Jones held us spellbound as he explained the background to the unethical behaviour at National Women’s perpetrated by Associate Professor Herb Green, the failure by the head of department Professor Dennis Bonham and other senior hospital staff to halt the experiment, and the tragic outcomes for many women.  Prof Jones also spoke about the Cartwright Enquiry and the aftermath.  Several participants in the enquiry were present and added their views.  All royalties from the sale of Prof Jones’ book will be donated to gynaecological cancer care and research.

 

Convenor Steph Dyhrberg

Cartwright Enquiry alumni: L to R Chris Hodson QC, Professor Charlotte Paul, Professor Ron Jones, Dame Lowell Goddard QC, Hugh Rennie QC

 

 

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