ONZM. JP. Adv.Dip.Tch. NZID
Life Member and Past President BPW NZ
Membership: 1983 to present (BPW Franklin affiliated in 1984)
Vice President/Membership Convenor: 1984 to 1985
President: 1985 to 1987
Life Member: 2009
BPW NZ Federation
Education and Cultural Committee: 1985 to 1991
Projects Chair: 1991 to 1994
First Vice President – Membership: 1994 to 1996
President: 1996 to 1999
BPW International (IFBPW)
Oceania Sub Regional Co-ordinator: 1999 to 2002. Established project – “Women’s Legal Rights – Women’s Access to Justice”
Asia-Pacific Regional Co-ordinator/BPW International Executive Board: 2002 to 2005. Established international project – “Bridging the Gap : Water for Women – Women for Water”
IFBPW Environment & Sustainability Committee and IFBPW Water Task Force: 2008-2011
IFBPW Health and Wellbeing Taskforce: 2014 – current
Professional & Personal Insight:
- Political – Auckland Regional Councillor representing Franklin and Papakura, 1998 to 2010; Deputy Chair of Regional Parks and Recreation (1998-2001); Deputy Chair of Strategic Policy and Planning (2001-4); Chair of Environmental Management and Regulatory Services (2004 to 2010). Certificated Commissioner and Chair of Resource Consent Management Hearings. ARC Rep. Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy BOT (2000-2010) and made Life Member 2010
- Liquor Licensing Commissioner for Auckland Council (2013-2017).
- Health governance – Elected to the Counties Manukau District Health Board in 2013 and re-elected in 2016
- National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) – elected Vice President in 2014 and in office until 2017
- Auckland Botanic Gardens – President of the Friends of ABG and Chair of the FABG Trust ( 2016 – current)
- Education – Secondary school teacher (1964-66) and (1974-93); Trained Teachers’ Certificate (Home Economics), Advanced Diploma of Teaching (Arts and Crafts), Adult Tutors’ Certificate (Adult Education).
- Adult Community Education – Manager for two schools (1993-2004)
- Other occupations – Advertising and Publishing (1967); Owned and managed fabric and gift retail outlet (1968-71); Outwork sewing whilst rearing two sons (1971-74).Owner/manager small poultry farm (1974-1981)
- Honours & Awards – all nominated by BPW NZ or BPW Franklin
- In 2108 Dianne was awarded Honorary Life Membership of BPW NZ
- In the New Year’s Honours, January 2016, Dianne was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to women with disabilities and the environment;
- Westpac Women of Influence Award 2014 (Social Enterprise). Finalist
- Westpac Women of Influence Award 2015 (Global Category). Finalist
- Marjory Toulson Award for Leadership and Training 2010
- Daphne Chapman Award – 2009
- Gold Keys to Achievement – 2009
Activities, projects and influence on BPW locally, nationally and internationally:
- As a member of BPW Franklin established the BPW Franklin Study Awards; worked with club to bring many resolutions to BPW NZ AGM. Continued to be actively involved with club after time as BPW NZ President ended and mentored and supported the club executive. Was a member of the club executive through 2015 to ease succession planning.
- Working nationally: was a very effective President establishing many new initiatives including the set up of Regional meetings and the first manual for the formation of new clubs. Had a focus on Women in business and small business.
- Led the BPW NZ delegation to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women (1995)
- Represented BPW NZ on the NZ NGO Reporting Committee (1995-96), co-ordinated “Beyond Beijing Roadshow”. Portfolio: Human Rights, NGO Report to NZ Government was produced “Beyond Beijing: Kei Tua Beijing – Kote Ahua Mahi A Aotearoa”.
- As President initiated workshops and seminars in all clubs to work on the 12 Areas of concern within “The Platform for Action” the outcome from Beijing.
- Collated the responses and sent to the NZ Government “Platform for Action – A Response” by BPW NZ
- Represented BPW NZ in the production of both the NZ Government’s 3rd and 4th Periodic Report to the UN CEDAW Reporting Committee, and the accompanying NGO Alternate Report
- Forged links between BPW NZ and female Members of Parliament, as well as many other women’s organisations
- Researched and reported on women and girls with disabilities raising awareness of their plight and putting in place policies for both BPW NZ and NCWNZ. This led to BPW NZ becoming the lead on this issue for the NCW Alternate CEDAW report due to be presented in Geneva mid 2018
- Continued to be involved in national activities and is member of Resolution sub-committee in 2017-2018
- Working internationally: was an enthusiastic and committed Oceania Sub Regional Co-ordinator and later Asia Pacific Regional Co-ordinator and visited many countries and attended many AGMs in the region as well as organising the 2003 Oceania Conference in Rarotonga and the 2004 Asia Pacific Conference in Nepal.
- Worked to ensure members were informed about UN Conventions such as CEDAW and to know their legal rights. A project on “Women’s Access to Justice” was presented at the Regional Meeting in Thailand (2001) and at the Congress in Melbourne (2002).
- Part of the founding group for Women for Water which came out of attendance at a UN Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002), represented the Asia-Pacific Region, joined a team of women sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands, to study “water” and influence governments in its use and protection. Outcome, establish a project to be undertaken by women worldwide.
- Served on the BPW International Water Task Force and the World Water Council
- Appointed to WISE (Women with International Societal Expertise) when AP Regional Coordinator.
- Attended all BPW International Conferences as delegate or Leader of the Delegation from 1987 to 2005.
- Strong governance lead when on BPW International Executive and worked on membership issues, financial and strategic directions, as well as encouraging projects that fulfilled the aims and objectives of BPW
- BPW International Policy continues to be made based on resolutions put forward by Dianne and which reflect well on BPW NZ as a federation that promotes advocacy:
- 2014 Signing & Ratifying UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- 2014 Signing & Ratifying the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- 2014 CEDAW and the rights of persons with disabilities
- 2014 Prevention of Forced Marriage
- 2017 Pay Equity for Women and Girls with Disabilities
- In November 2014 a committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the practice of child, early and forced marriage and BPWI was part of the groundswell leading to this leap forward for human rights.
- Dianne’s research, investigation and reports into forced marriage were the basis of presentations to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2015 and 2016 plus ongoing work between BPW New Zealand, BPW Africa and BPW Turkey.
- Dianne’s use of both CEDAW and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to draft resolutions to establish international policy, so that members of international NGO’s can advocate and influence their governments to remove discrimination against women with disabilities, improving their quality of life., was recognised by The NZ Human Rights Commission (HRC) (EEO Commissioner). The Commission has included Dianne’s research in its contributions to its Shadow Reports to United Nations and her work has been recognised as the only known collaborative report of its kind.