A+W NZ AGM 13 June 2018

9 July 2018

The A+W NZ AGM was held on Wednesday 13 June 2018, in the Betty Wark Room at the Ellen Melville Hall in Auckland.

The Minutes from the AGM, the Financial Report, and the Chair Report are available on the links as provided.

At the AGM, both Treasurer Nicole Allan and Co-Chair Elisapeta Heta resigned from their positions at the AGM, and a new team was voted in, with Ysabelle Empiso and Suchi Undevia joining the team, and new positions for Divya Purushotham and Sukshma Paranjpe.

The 2018-2019 Core Team is as follows;

Co-Chair:  Lynda Simmons

Co-Chair:  Divya Purushotham

Treasurer:  Suchi Undevia

Secretary:  Sukshma Paranjpe

Networks: Anner Chong

Events:  Ysabelle Empiso

Research: Ashleigh Smith

Policy: Lynda Simmons

We look forward to a fantastic year with renewed energy and ideas, and welcome the new team.

We had a great time celebrating the hard work, energy and dedication that Elisapeta and Nicole brought to A+W NZ.

A big thank you to Nicole, who was A+W NZ Treasurer 2015-2017;

Words that spring to mind when reflecting on Nicole's contribution to the team are attention to detail, honesty, clarity and intelligence, as well as just being great company! We have a huge gratitude for her work, especially for navigating the demands of the 2017 A+W NZ Dulux Awards event. Nicole's calmness, patience and forward-thinking brought us through a sometimes-stressful awards event. We thank Nicole for her service, A+W NZ have benefitted greatly.

A big thank you to Elisapeta, A+W NZ Co-Chair 2017, and A+W NZ Secretary 2016;

Elisapeta joined A+W NZ in early 2013 and took on with strength and gusto the full force of the contributing to the massive Between Silos Exhibition organisation.

The whirlwind that was 2013 only subsided for a short time before the momentum built again and we held the inaugural A+W NZ Awards in 2014. Elisapeta contributed to the fine-tuning of the philosophy behind these awards, and they are the stronger for it now. Her focus on bringing a Maori world-view together with our architectural and gendered lives has meant that A+W NZ has grown richer and has benefitted from her leadership. We proudly know that we have been ‘leading the way’ in bringing these worlds together, hopefully normalising architecture as the bicultural practice we believe it should be.

The time is right for Elisapeta to leave A+W NZ., as her energy is now being given to Nga Aho and the NZIA. We are going to miss her competence, her intelligence, her laugh and her beautiful waiata.