IWD 2019 Lunch #BalanceforBetter


Fri 8 Mar, 2019 - 12:00pm

International Women’s Day - Let's all help create a #BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world. Join us this International Women’s Day with Melissa Davies, Media presenter and reporter; Wesley Clarke, Assistant Coach Black Ferns; and Izzy Ford, Former Black Ferns Player and Porirua City Deputy Mayor, as they share how they’re advocating for a fairer playing field.

Date: Friday 8 March 2019
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Venue: Southward Theatre | Paraparaumu

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Individual – $49 per person
Table of 10 – $450 per table

Purchase a ticket by Fri 15 Feb and be in the draw to win a hamper sponsored by Absolute Hair.

$5 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Kapiti Women’s Centre with the intention of donating $1,000 to a valuable feminist organisation which promotes the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of women on the Kapiti Coast.

Lunch is co-hosted by Kapiti Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and Kapiti Rotary. They invite Members and Non Members to hear from engaging leaders in New Zealand sport. There will be opportunity for Q&A with the speakers.

Bookings are essential using the Kapiti Chamber web booking form.



Lunch will be catered by PartyPerfect Catering. It will include a wine, beer or juice on arrival, followed by two courses and tea, coffee & truffles

Mains (served family style on each table):

  • Ginger and sesame baked salmon GF – Tofu vegan option available
  • Rice noodle salad GF, vegan
  • Sautéed Asian vegetables GF, vegan
  • Roasted baby beets


  • Chocolate velvet GF, vegan, raw (served plated to table)
  • Tea, coffee & truffles GF (self- serve)

Let us know if you would like the Tofu vegan option or any other special diets by Fri 1 Mar >> admin@kapitichamber.org.nz

About International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2019 provides an important and exciting opportunity for celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness, reinforcing commitment to diversity and inclusion, calling for action and helping forge gender parity. Let's all do what we can to help build a more gender-balanced world – #BalanceforBetter.

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Media presenter and reporter Melissa Davies has been bringing the news to television with an extensive media career, now working at Newshub. From breakfast programmes to the 6 o’clock news, she’s travelled the globe covering everything from court cases in Toyko for the Sea Shepherd's Pete Bethune who’d been captured by a Japanese whaling ship, to the fiscal crisis and protests in Athens.

She’s covered the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. She was also the Newshub correspondent in Bermuda for the 2017 America’s Cup.

She’s reported on royal weddings and the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (meeting the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla along the way) but Melissa names her two career highlights however, as covering the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

She’s spoken with celebrities including One Direction, Usher, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson and more.

A professional and personable host and presenter, Melissa’s stories of her work as a news correspondent are fascinating and engaging, making her ideal for all types of special and corporate events.


Izzy Ford 2

Izzy Ford is a Porirua City Councillor in the Eastern Ward (Rānui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua, Ascot Park and Aotea / Pāuatahanui ki te uunga mai o te ra). She is Chairperson of the Grants, Awards and Events Sub Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk, City Delivery and City Direction Committees’.

She has played for the Black Ferns, is on the Board of Directors for the Wellington Rugby Union, and an excellent Pasifika leader. She is a Trustee of the Porirua Community Trust, a member of the Pacific Health Plus Advisory Board and the newly established ‘Nikau Foundation – Porirua District Fund Committee’, and in her spare time, she is the Board Chair of Rangikura Primary School.

Izzy is born and bred in Porirua. With strong links to the area, Izzy and husband Glynn have chosen to raise their three children Jayden 15, Taylah 10 and Bella 7 in Porirua. One of Porirua’s strategic priorities puts the focus clearly on Children and Young people being at the centre of its decision making, compounding their belief that Porirua is a great city to raise a family and a perfect place to live.


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Wesley Clarke is Coach of the World Champion Black Ferns NZ Women’s National Rugby Union team. He is the husband of Dr Farah Palmer, former captain of the Black Ferns, and first woman appointed to the Board of New Zealand Rugby.

In the Women’s game Wesley Clarke started his coaching career with the Auckland Marist women’s rugby team in 2002 and went on to coach both the Auckland Storm (2016) and the Manawatū Cyclones (2009 and 2013). He also coached the Manawatū Women’s 7’s team to a National 7’s title after reaching their second consecutive final (2015-2016).

Wesley joined the Black Ferns coaching team in 2015 and was an integral part of their 5th Women’s Rugby World Cup win in 2017 as their lineout, defence and forwards play Specialist Coach. In 2018, Wesley was employed as Assistant Coach/Talent Identification Manager for the Black Ferns and coached the team to beat Australia in a two-test series in August to retain the Laurie O’Reilly Trophy.

In the Men’s game Wesley coached Feilding High school to two consecutive National Co-ed finals, winning the National Co-ed title in 2016. He also coached the team to the final of the National Condor 7’s tournament. He was the Assistant Coach for the Manawatū Turbos (2011-2013) when they reached the Championship final of the Mitre 10 Cup, and prior to that was a Regional Coach Development Manager for New Zealand Rugby. Wesley’s commitment and excellence in coaching was acknowledged when he won the Manawatū Coach of the Year two years in a row (2016-2017).

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Donation: Thanks to Olsen Partners

Prize Draw: Thanks to Koakoa Limoncello, NZME, Soprano Ristorante

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