22nd - 24th Sept 2017  Shaping Our Future

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Zonta International District 16 Conference

Working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Conference 2017


Dear Zontians

The next District Conference will be held in Christchurch, the South Island’s “Garden City” and gateway to other tourist destinations in the South Island. If you haven’t been to Christchurch in the last few years I encourage you to claim the dates 22nd to 24th September 2017 and plan to stay longer to enjoy this vibrant and ever changing city.


The combined Area 3 Zonta clubs are hosting this conference and I am working with Conference Committee Chair, Wendy Almond, and her conference committee to organise an inspiring conference for you. Other clubs from across the District have enthusiastically agreed to helping with the different aspects involved in hosting such an event including my club, the Zonta Club of Hibiscus Coast, who will greet you when you register on your arrival in Christchurch.


The theme for the conference is our biennium theme “Shaping our Future”. We will hear from inspiring speakers who are shaping the future and empowering women.


We will be hosting a Leadership Seminar on the Friday morning prior to the opening ceremony.


The conference will be held at the Sudima Hotel, a newly refurbished hotel located within walking distance of the Christchurch airport. You can book accommodation at the Sudima via this link early bird room rates are available until June 30th 2017 at http://www.sudimahotels.com/


We are offering some uniquely Christchurch experiences. On Friday night, there will be an opportunity to ride the iconic Christchurch tram to some of the local restaurants for dinner and to mix and mingle in an informal atmosphere and catch up with Zonta friends. The gala dinner on Saturday will be held at the Transitional “Cardboard” Cathedral, an experience not to be missed.


Please keep watch on the conference website as we will add information on the keynote speakers and programme as it becomes available.


We look forward to seeing you all in Christchurch in September 2017.


Janet Hope

Governor District 16 2016-2018


Zonta District 16
(New Zealand) is a leading organisation of professionals empowering women through service and advocacy.