New Zealand Link WI
On this page of our website we will be uploading email correspondence between Julia Warne a member of Baslow WI in England and Denise Gavin a member of Hukanui/Hamua WI in New Zealand. Our WIs have been linked for 71 years. In days gone by we corresponded by letter and cards with a small gift at Christmas but now, using emails we correspond much more frequently and as you will see Denise and Julia are building a good friendship. It's what the WI is all about!
Scroll down for news and click 'Download File' below to read the emails between Denise & Julia...
Barry Colenso chocolatier was the speaker at Baslow WI's September meeting. He made Prince William's chocolate wedding cake and told us in detail all that it entailed. A great speaker and wonderful tasters too!
Barry will be at the Annual Council Meeting at the beginning of October, another opportunity to purchase more of his delicious chocolate.
Message a photo from Denise Gavin:
"This photo was taken at Pukaha National Bird Recovery Centre at Mt. Bruce. Only 15 mins south of here for our July meeting.
From left: Sue, Pat, Barbara, Gwen, Christine, Lesley, Elaine, Denise, Colleen, Leonie and Val
Lesley won the lucky draw for the Baslow WI Centenary Bag, proudly showing it in the front row!"
Message and photo from Denise Gavin:
"Taken at Elaine's in June when we did a Christmas decoration day.
From left: Pat, Christine, Lesley, Margaret Bird, Barbara, Margaret Simpson, Val and Sue. Elaine and I missed it!"
Elaine from Hukanui/Hamua WI models
her up-cycled outfit.
Well done Elaine.
Photos below are before and after of the garments and accessories upcycled by Elaine for the competition mentioned in this month's email.
Thanks for sharing with us Elaine.
March 2019 - News from New Zealand since shootings in Christchurch
March 2019 - Deborah from Baslow WI visits friends at Hukanui-Hamua WI whilst on holiday in New Zealand visiting family and touring.
Here is the latest photo received from our friends in Hukanui/Hamua WI, New Zealand when they were out for a lunch-time meeting recently.
New Zealand winner at Badminton Horse Trials - 6 May 2018
Here in England we have enjoyed a wonderful weekend of equestrian sport at the Badminton Horse Trials. We send our congratulations to Jonelle Price from NZ riding the mare Classic Moet beating four Brits to the winning post and leaving the 'Great Sir Mark Todd' also riding for NZ in 6th place. Fantastic that NZ and GB had it all stitched up this year!
Note from Julia Warne: Denise remembers that when she read the minutes at the Pahiatua Museum, the link initiative came from National. The institutes then indicated that they would like a link and were matched from then on. We have certainly ended up with a good link!
Spring is just coming for our Kiwi friends as we move properly into Autumn...
With each set of emails copied onto a document for this page our editor finds a photo or clipart related to New Zealand. This one made her smile!
13 August 2017 - 70th Anniversary of our Link with Hukanui/Hamua WI
We are proud and happy today to be celebrating our long friendship with Hukanui/Hamua WI in New Zealand. Long may it last. This month we have exchanged hand-made cards especially for the occasion. We'd love to hear from other WIs with overseas 'pen pals'!
A visit: Go to our News/Photos page and scroll down to see photos taken on 17 July 2017 when Keith, the husband of one of our Hukanui/Hamua friends visited Baslow. It was a wonderful warm summer day in Derbyshire one to remember!