Audrey Harris, QSO
BPW Huntly & Districts
Past President BPW NZ
Membership: 1973 to current
President: 1985 & 86
Life Member: 1992
Member of Standing Committee – Projects: 1981 & 1982
Chair for Standing Committee – Education: 1983 to 1987
2nd Vice President: 1987 to 1989
National President: 1989 to 1991
Life Member: 1997
Wrote BPW Manual and BPW Archivist: 1997
(Total of 11 years on the Federation)
International Chair – Projects: 1991 to 1993
International Chair – Projects: 1993 to
Professional & Personal Insight:
- Audrey was born at Te Hoe into a dairy farming family.
- Was a boarder at Hamilton High School for four years.
- Attended the Auckland Teachers Training College, Graduated as a Teacher.
- Spent nine years as a Primary School Teacher at Te Hoe and Rangiriri before moving to Te Kauwhata
College in 1971.
- Audrey after after marrying Keith, had two young children, helped with the farming, took pride in her herd of pigs which consisted of 23 sows and continued teaching.
- Became Senior Mistress and Assistant Principal at Te Kauwhata College and was instrumental in bringing concern for the status and achievement of girls to the fore. Audrey always believed in “if something was worth doing it required her need to be thorough.”
- Audrey was Secretary of the Huntly Branch of the IHC for eight years. Her contributions to so many other organizations is vast.
- Has lived by a favourite saying of her Grandmother’s which was; “All that you do, do with your might. Things done by halves, are never done right.”
In 1994 Audrey received the following two accolades:
- certificate in the Finals of NZ Senior Achievers Awards, nominated by BPW Huntly & Districts Club, was presented by the Hon Peter Gresham and Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard as guest of Honour.
- the same week the Queens Service Order at the Investiture Ceremony at Government House.
- BPW Huntly and Districts presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation and Citation in June 2005, prior to her departing to Waipu.
Audrey Harris – Her Story:
- As a member of Huntly & Districts Club over 32 years:
Mentor and has enriched the lives of all who have come in contact with her during her term
Leader and a member who illustrated the true indication of calibre, energy, loving and tremendous giving which has been remembered by her members it was the common saying “when there has been a hurdle to cross – Ask Audrey, she’ll know.”
- Later years Audrey had been involved in other areas at club level for example
organizer of the events for and on behalf of the Ministry of Senior Citizens with Huntly and Districts being the volunteer organization responsible for handling the finances
Chair for Huntly and Districts Club SOTHA Event held in October 2005
continued to worked quietly behind the scenes to mentor members through their own.
- During her term on the Federation the following was achieved:
as President visit 37 out of 45 clubs around NZ
Þ prepared the “History of the New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs 1939—1993”
attended 25 Candlelighting ceremonies, Huntly’s still holds a special place
wrote the BPW manual and was BPW Archivist in 1997
- International representation:
1985 she was on the planning Committee – International Congress
¨ Was appointed New Zealand’s delegate to the Hague Congress
1989 Leader of the New Zealand Delegation to the Bahamas Congress and the Mexio Project 5/O.
¨ It was in Mexio that the La Paz Nursing course was started where we have contributed as a club to finance this project.
1990, Invited to address the Australian BPW Conference.
1991, NZ Delegate to the International Congress in Nairobi, Kenya.
¨ Was appointed International Chair of Projects. Audrey also fitted in another task this year as leader of the BPW Delegation invited to Russia as guests of the Soviet Women’s Committee.
1992, Co– opted as a member to the Women’s Advisory Committee at the Waikato Polytech.
1993 , New Zealand delegate to UNIDO/Regional meeting of Asia and Pacific held in Nepal.
¨ Re-elected International BPW Chair of Projects at the International Congress in Nagoya Japan.
Awards given by BPW International Affiliate