Jean Park MNZM JP
NZCS, BPWFellow, Past President BPW NZ
Welcomes all women, Works for all Women
Membership: 1988 to present
President: 1995 to 1998 and 2008
Daphne Chapman National Award
Fellow of BPW NZ
BPW International Medal: Beyond 2000, Helping Women to Help Themselves
BPW NZ Federation
Second Vice President: 1997 to 1998
First Vice President: 1999 to 2000
National President: 2001 to 2003
Professional & Personal Insight:
Highlights of her career includes:
- Teaching Chemistry and Mathematics at Otago Polytechnic, to pre-employment students department and on to the
technical area at Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago.
- Worked with unemployed youth at Arai Te Uru Marae, training in conflict resolution in a variety of disciplines
- Appointed Disputes Tribunal Referee, being a mentor, sat on selection panels, became President of NZ Association
- Member/Convenor sat on NZ Medical Complaints, assessment committees and similarly do so now for psychologists
- Now is appointed to numerous boards and committees as an independent lay member or community representative
addressing mainly issues of policy.
Jean Park – Her Story:
- As a member of BPW Dunedin:
Carried out two terms as President
- As a member on the National Executive:
While working as a Judicial Officer was able to visit many BPW clubs in conjunction with her work
Hold executive meetings and regional meetings adjacent to each other to strengthen the contact with members.
Being in Wellington regularly enabled meetings with various Ministries, Commissions and national bodies
enhancing personal links, addressing issues and raising BPW’s profile as a reputable and knowledgeable
Maintained links with UNESCO and UNIFEM strengthening the relationship through working together on related
BPW Southland was established and Jean Park attended their first meeting and welcomed them into the
- Key Projects:
Literacy and its relationship to legal rights was the focus of many clubs’ work following the conference in 2002
Auckland Conference, 2003 following the International theme of “A World of Peace”, to provide a forum to explore the economic, social and cultural diversity of the women in New Zealand, and to develop projects to advance the integration of migrant women into New Zealand society.
- Key Issues:
Nomination of women as Justices of the Peace, for New Zealand Honours and board members
The Courts Reviews
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs Action Plan
Family Friendly Workplaces
Highly successful lobbying to retain court services in areas listed for closure
Prostitution law reform
Paid Parental Leave
- International representation:
First venture to international conferences was as a Delegate to the United Nations World Conference for Women held in Beijing (1995). This conference:
¨ provided experience and contacts and was the basis for Jean’s ongoing work in conflict resolution
¨ the need for legal literacy and to nominate women for decision-making positions left a lasting impression
Alternate Delegate to BPW International’s Triennial Congress in Vancouver (1999)
¨ responsible for the successful resolution of a diplomatic crisis between member countries with the potential to create ongoing international governmental difficulties liaising with the Prime Ministers
¨ guest presenter at three of the workshops presented by international speakers
BPW International Triennial Congress Melbourne (2002) leader of the New Zealand Delegation
Was awarded the BPW International Medal: Beyond 2000, Helping Women to Help Themselves, for her national two year project on prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace
BPW Australia Conference Melbourne (2002) leader of the New Zealand Delegation
Became a member of the BPW International Culture and Peace Taskforce (2002)
BPW NZ NGO Delegate (2004) then appointed as an Official Member of the Governmental Delegation attending the United Nations 48th Convention on the Status of Women held in New York, focus the role of women in conflict.
Jean Park finishes with:
”I feel strongly that BPW makes a significant contribution to the lives of women, though lobbying and by offering professional development opportunities within our aims to members in a positive, supportive and enjoyable environment.
I am passionate about BPW, the friendships that are made and the support and networks that are formed to enhance women’s lives.
It has provided me with opportunities and experiences that I never dreamed of, and given me international friendships which will sustain me all of my life.”
Kia Kaha Tuahine Kia Kaha – Sisters be Strong.