Colleen Brooker

Colleen Brooker

BPW Auckland

Colleen Brooker joined BPW in Hamilton in 1972 then transferred to Auckland.  She has held all committee positions in the club and many at New Zealand Federation level including first vice president. Three yearly International meetings have been attended, often as a delegate, since 1984.  

 This networking has given her a broad knowledge of BPW, and issues relating to women in most parts of the world.  Colleen was part of a delegation that visited Russia as guest of the Soviet Women’s Committee with a view to start up a BPW club in Moscow.  She has served as a trustee on the New Zealand Horizons for Women Trust when living in Wellington.

Colleen took on the responsibility for BPW NZ Merchandise 10 years ago and now provides a wide variety of resources for clubs to take advantage of for personal use or for speaker’s gifts.  Using BPW NZ products is a wonderful way to reinforce the BPW brand.


Colleen M Brooker

Colleen Brooker

     BADGE OF HONOUR 2010   BPW(F)

 BPW Membership:

Membership: 1972 to 1978 (Hamilton)

1978 to present  (Auckland)

President: 1981 to 1983, and 1985 to 1986

Secretary: 2009 to current

Committee positions: various over the years

BPW NZ Federation:

Membership Chair: 1981 – 1983

Publicity & Publications Chair: 1983 – 1987

Planning Committee NZ Congress: 1983 – 1985

Publicity & Press Officer for NZ Congress: 1985

Employment & Conditions Chair: 1987 – 1989

1st Vice President : 1989 – 1991

Finance Officer: 1991 – 1993

Trustee on the NZ Horizons for Women Trust when living in Wellington

Merchandise Convener: 1998 to current

Minute Secretary at the Executive meetings: 2006 – 2009

Badge of Honour: 2010

BPW International Federation:

International Publicity Committee Member: 1985 – 1989

Professional & Personal Insight:

  • Qualified Nurse and owned a Secretarial College & Word processing Bureau, 1978 – 1990
  • NZ Qualifications Authority, Education Management Systems Auditor, 1991- 2008
  • Other roles: Treasurer of Association of Private Providers of Training & Education

Member of Advisory Committee to Government Commission to Education Structure

Member of Chamber of Commerce.  Trustee, New Horizons for Women’s Trust

Colleen Brooker – Her Story:

  • As BPW club member attended her first NZ Conference, 1981, result became Membership Chair

Club delegate to the National Council of Women and Trustee on the New Zealand Horizons for Women Trust when living in Wellington

PPSEAWA Delegate, 1989 – 1990.

Association with BPW NZ:

Publicity Chair, magazine ‘Speak Up’ was produced successfully

Assisted with the International Congress held in Auckland,1984

¨ held the position of Press Officer

¨ ensured the International President had speaking opportunities in the press, radio and on television.

International representation:

Attended almost every Congress since 1984, these have included:

¨ Auckland, New Zealand (1985), Hague, Delegate (1987), Bahamas, Deputy Leader and Delegate (1989),  Nairobi, Delegate (1991)

¨ visited the Project 5.0 Nursing School in Las Pas, Mexico (1991).

One of three official sponsored delegates who travelled to the Soviet Union to meet with the Russian Women’s Committee (equivalent to the

Ministry of Women’s Affairs NZ) about the Business and Professional Women’s organisation, to explore setting up a BPW club in Moscow and

St Petersburg (1990),

¨ entertained by the Japanese BPW women in Tokyo on route

¨ participated in the goodwill tour through Scandinavia , Finland meeting BPW women.

NZ Vice President, Australian Conference, 1990, first of many exchange visits between the two countries.

As an observer attended the following conferences and was a volunteer:

¨ Melbourne, Head Teller (2002), Switzerland, Credentials Desk (2005).

  • Colleen Brooker instigated the annual Brooker Marketing Award to encourage clubs to advertise themselves professionally.