Muriel Jones

Muriel Jones

  BPW Gisborne

Membership:                   1969 to present

President:                          1976-1978

Life Membership: 2008

Professional & Personal Insight:

Secondary Teacher

Other community roles:

  • She served on the Inaugural Committee of Citizens Advice.
  • Other community roles include:

the Urewera National Park Board

The Stroke Foundation

Chair National Party electorate

Gisborne Cycle and Walkway Trust

Waikaremoana Boating Association

and currently on the Tawawhiti District Health Board’s Disability Committee.

  • In 1978 Muriel was the first, in fact the only, woman to be elected to the Cook Country Council. She held this

position until Local Government Amalgamation in 1989 and was then elected onto the inaugural Gisborne District Council.  In total Muriel served 15 years in local Government.

  • Muriel also broke into another male dominated domain by becoming one of the early female Paul Harris Fellows as a Rotarian.

Muriel Jones –  Her Story:

  • As a member of BPW Gisborne:

Joined in 1969

Served a term as President from 1976 – 1978

During her Presidency contributed her organizational skills to convening a highly successful Employment

Seminar in Gisborne.

  • As a representative of BPW Gisborne:

Stood on the National Council of Women, taking on the local Presidency as she stepped down from her

Presidency of BPW.