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Women's Leadership Development Group



Mentoring Initiatives 


If you would like to be connected to a possible mentor in your region, please email us – and if you can offer mentoring, spiritual direction, supervision or are just keen to connect with other women for coffee – do reach out – we will do our best to put you in touch with someone!

Women's Leadership Development Group Hui

November 2022

We began 2022 with three Zoom hui, open to current and past students of St John's Theological College who had an opportunity to share with one another and develop our Kaupapa.


We offered the opportunity to gather in person and via zoom to network and discuss Kate Coleman’s book, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership". Feedback was that it was an intimate and meaningful korero. 


Watch your email for more opportunities in 2023. 

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Writers Retreat

October 2022

12 women throughout Aotearoa and Tonga gathered together at Vaughan Park, in Auckland NZ. 


This initiative was a space offered to current or alumni students of St John’s Theological College and a space for those working on academic or writing projects to write, retreat and build a collegial relationship.   

It was a partnership between the WLDG and the Anglican Women’s studies centre and will there will be another opportunity offered in 2023.


What participants said about the Writers Retreat:

“In addition to the work of writing, I really enjoyed fellowship with the other participants. It was so great to be able to have a concentrated time of work, then be able to have other writers, academics, co-sojourners to fellowship with during break times”.


“The rediscovery of writing has been like soul food, triggering long forgotten experiences, creativity, something I can do anywhere, anytime with just a pencil and paper. The Retreat further opened the space for more nourishment with the beautiful sandy beach, clean warm lodgings, tasty meals, morning Chapel and prayers, awesome guest speakers, supportive and encouraging women writers from our Anglican faith, and warm manaakitanga”


“This Retreat to me was so constructive that I instantly pictured my story as we discussed with the quest speakers. Listening to so many stories told, it gives me great passion to tell my own story not from a view of anyone else but from our own mouth as Tikanga Pasifiki.  I highly valued this Retreat and looking forward to start my writing centred on Ordained Women in Tonga.”

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