A Brief History of the Zonta Club of: Dunedin-Otago

Chartered: December 22nd 1970 at Balmacewan Golf Club with celebration Dinner. Number of Charter members: 28.
Charter President: Joan Irwin.
Meetings held 4th Wednesday of the month. Club Dues: $12.00
Present membership: 24 Present President: Sue Kelly
Meetings held 4th Wednesday of the month. Club Dues $195.00


The membership over the years has varied from 19 to 52 but has usually been around the 30. Since the club chartered there have only been two members who have repeated the office of President. There have been 40 Presidents over the life time of the club.

The Club has had three members receive their thirty years service award and at present have one member with 41 year’s service, one with 34 year’s service, one with 27 year’s service, one with 20 year’s service and the balance with 14 or less years of service.


The club has hosted several Area Workshops and forums in Dunedin and also in Wanaka. It has hosted the District Conference in Dunedin in 1995 and co-hosted with Metropolitan Dunedin Club in 2007

Several members have served at the District level:
Natalie Ellis–Wilson, Area Director 1984-86 Kate Lovell, Area Director 1994-96 Netta Noone, Area Director 2000-2002Read more


From reading the 1972 annual report the club gave $450.00 to International funds and the club has continued to support the International Projects over the years.

The pattern of giving internationally, nationally and locally has continued.

The focus on advocacy has varied over the years but is still a very important activity of the club.Read more

Advocacy: has been carried out at various times with submissions being made on matters affecting women and children. These have been done in association with NCW when applicable.

Other Organizations:

  • The Club has subscribed to : Dunedin Council of Social Services,
  • National Council of Women, Dunedin Branch. Otago Pioneer Women’s Association
  • They have worked in partnership with Rotary and Cadburys in fundraising ventures.
  • In 1996 the club established a Sister Club relationship with Zonta Club of Otaru, Japan.

The club meets once a month for a dinner meeting with usually a Speaker on a topic of interest.
The Board of Directors meets once a month between meetings. Fellowship functions are arranged at various times during the year. The cost per meeting is $28.00 which covers the meal.
An active programme of member recruitment is carried on by the club members during the year.
The club has adopted the policy of having all members as part of a committee with a Director as convener so that all are involved.

SOM for Metropolitan Dunedin Club:
In 1997 the club instigated a SOM committee to help establish another Zonta club in Dunedin.
The club was Chartered in August 1997 and three members, Kate Lovell, Noelene Harridge and Netta Noone mentored the Club for a further two years. The possibility of a club in Central Otago was investigated but without success.

Compiled by Historian: Netta Noone