Anita Devcich

Anita Devcich

BPW Warkworth,  BPW Te Puke,  &  BPW Taupo

Anita Devcich, National President 2003 – 2006

 Anita is an entrepreneur and company director with diverse interests. She manages her retail spa and swimming pool business in Rotorua and has farmed livestock, developed and managed kiwifruit & avocado orchards, been a property developer and a consultant for small businesses. She enjoys travel with a purpose, gardening and is interested in economic issues and working to advance the status of women.

Joined BPW in 1988 in Warkworth and has not missed a national conference since  attending Cambridge 1989. Was a member of the Health, Environment and Projects committees and elected Chair of the Projects committee in 1996. Became Treasurer in 1999 and First Vice President in 2001 – 2001, followed by a three year term as President.

She has been also active in her club, Te Puke in various committee roles and twice as President. She is a recipient of the Daphne Chapman Award.

In 2005 she wrote a presentation on ‘The Status of Working Women in NZ’ and delivered it at to the 11th Women in Management Conference in Auckland that year and to the NZ University Student’s Association’s annual conference in Hamilton in 2006.

Anita has attended four BPW International Congresses and led the NZ delegation to Congress Lucerne 2005. In Melbourne 2002 she prepared and successfully presented  a resolution on Sexual Slavery and Trafficking of Women and Girls and has also presented Constitutional Amendments regarding Financial Policy.

She has attended Asia Pacific Regional Meetings and BPW Australia national conferences and, while a member of the BPW International Public Relations Committee, prepared and collated a questionnaire on ‘The Status of Women in the Media in NZ’ for  a BPW International report.

In 2006 she attended the facilitator training seminars for BPW USA’s Individual Development Program in New York.

Anita is currently a member of BPW Taupo.

Past President BPW NZ

Membership:       1988 to 1993  BPW  Warkworth

2003 to present BPW Te Puke

President: 1994 to 1996

2008 to present

BPW Awards

Daphne Chapman Award: 2001

BPW NZ Federation

Health Committee: 1991 to 1992

Environment Committee: 1993 to 1995

Projects Committee: 1996 to 1997

Chair Projects Committee: 1997 to 1999

Treasurer: 1999 to 2001

First Vice President: 2001 to 2002

President: 2003 to 2006

BPW International:

BPW International Public Relations Committee: 1999 to 2003

Sub Regional Co-ordinator for Oceania: 2006 to 2009

Professional & Personal Insight:

  • Anita is an entrepreneur and company director with diverse interests.
  • Owner/Manager of a retail spa and pool business in Rotorua.
  • Has farmed livestock, developed and managed kiwifruit & avocado orchards.
  • Been a property developer and a consultant for small businesses.

Other interests:

  • She enjoys travel with a purpose, gardening and working to advance the status of women.

Anita Devcich –  Her Story:

  • As a member of BPW Warkworth:

Carried out programmes, treasurer, first vice president and member positions on the committee

Was on the organising committee for the Auckland Conference, 1993

Attended every national conference since attending her first in Cambridge, 1989

  • As a member of BPW Te Puke:

Carried out various committee roles and twice as President

2005 Anita wrote a presentation on ‘The Status of Working Women in NZ’ and presented it at the:

¨ 11th Women in Management Conference in Auckland, 2005

¨ NZ University Student’s Association’s annual conference in Hamilton, 2006

  • International representation:

Attended four BPW International Congresses

Led NZ delegation to Oceania sub regional meeting, Cook Islands 2003

Led the NZ delegation to Lucerne 2005

¨ developed and presented financial amendments to the Constitution

BPW Congress Melbourne 2002.  Anita prepared and successfully presented:

¨ a resolution on Sexual Slavery and Trafficking of Women and Girls

¨ Constitutional Amendments regarding Financial Policy

Attended Asia Pacific Regional Meetings in Singapore 1998, Bangkok 2001, Seoul 2008

Attended BPW Australia national conferences in Adelaide 2002, Sydney 2006 and led NZ delegation to Alice Springs 2004

As BPW International Public Relations Committee, prepared and collated a questionnaire on ‘The Status of Women in the Media in NZ’ for an international report

Trained as facilitator for BPW USA’s Individual Development Program, New York 2006