Our branch currently has 75 members, most of whom are based in Wellington City, the Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast. As Convenors, our intention has been to engender an environment where Branch members can feel welcomed and connected with each other, and to uphold the importance of manaakitanga. We believe we are making good progress in achieving this.

We have a growing Branch committee and having two Convenors has lightened the load for Catherine. Cherry and Catherine bring complementary strengths to the Convenor role and much behind the scenes work is done together in supporting the Branch to function well. Cherry’s support and leadership is enabling the Branch to develop a stronger relationship with Waka Oranga, which feels important to acknowledge and build on. Our Branch joined Waka Oranga as an institutional member during 2017. The reliability and efficiency that Delia Crozier has brought to her many tasks over the year, and particularly managing our finances, also contributes to the smooth running of the Branch. Towards the end of 2017 Brian Hunt stepped forward into the Secretary role. We are fortunate to have Jane Nicholson as our Events Coordinator – the wonderful array of fun social opportunities that she organised has been a real bonus throughout 2017. We acknowledge the value of our Wellington ACP supervisors group who are supporting those on the ACP pathway and the many contributions these members make to our branch. Geraldine Lakeland is our Council representative, as is more recently Victoria Smith, while Graeme McCartney is our TTBAC Branch representative.

At the beginning of 2017 we changed our meeting venue. After many years at the historic Thistle Inn, we shifted to St Andrews on The Terrace. From the pub to the church! It seems to have been a good move, and we are building a relationship with staff at the St Andrews Centre. As an organisation NZAP has values in common with the centre, particularly social justice, ethics and inclusivity.


Dianne Hendey hendey@actrix.gen.nz


Delia Crozier crozier.delia@gmail.com