Anglican General Synod

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa


AAW - Association of Anglican Women

The Aims of the Association

  • To unite in prayer and participate in the mission of the Church.
  • To promote, safeguard and nurture Christian family life.

About the A.A.W.
 The A.A.W. was formed in September 1969. It is an Anglican New Zealand-wide organisation which also includes Polynesia. It is open to all women, and we have our own national magazine entitled the "CIRCLE". There are branches throughout the Dioceses, which offer Christian support, friendship, social interaction and fellowship which is a great way to network with other women.
 Overseas and Outreach is one arm of A.A.W. and it is very active within New Zealand and overseas. Funds given by members support projects to help women and children anywhere. An Emergency Fund is set up to provide relief in natural disasters both within New Zealand and overseas.
 A.A.W. is affiliated to the National Council of Women, which gives our members a voice for lobbying Government and to work for positive change through our own Social Concerns arm. A.A.W. groups have representatives who attend N.C.W. meetings in their areas.
 A.A.W. has taught women how to be leaders, to develop public speaking skills, to be involved in worship leading, and many other skills, which not only help them in their daily lives but also in parish life, with nurturing Christian family life, pastoral visiting and reaching out into the community. Some A.A.W. members take an active part in ministry work or other work on Diocesan, regional or community committees.

The AAW President for Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia is

Dr Judith Mackenzie

5 Chepstow Avenue

Fendalton, Christchurch 8052


The official AAW Magazine is called 'Circle'

Editorial Team for all copy:

Judith Mackenzie - Circle Co-ordinator


Pat Owen - Assistant Editor


Raewyn Dawson - Assistant Editor


Business Manager:

Roberta Smith


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It is our hope that the information contained here will enable Anglicans and others to be informed of the ministry of this Church. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, is a constitutionally autonomous member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia encompasses the area described by its title. The 1992 Constitution of this Church provides for three partners to order their affairs within their own cultural context. Within Aotearoa New Zealand, Tikanga Pakeha comprises seven Dioceses, Tikanga Maori comprises five Amorangi, the boundaries of which differ from those of the dioceses. Tikanga Pasefika encompasses Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, and is known as the Diocese of Polynesia. Publication: 'Anglican Taonga' (Treasure) is a publication affirming the unity and diversity of the Anglican community in these islands. .

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