Association of Anglican Women

The 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.

The AAW Prayer
O God [our Father] whose love for all people is proclaimed in Jesus Christ,
We thank you for uniting us in prayer and fellowship
Use us now in the mission of your Church
Help us to realise that everything we do and say reflects our love for you
Bless homes and families throughout the world, especially those unhappy or those in need
Show us how by our example and concern we can take your peace and love wherever your spirit leads us – today and all our days.

About the AAW
The AAW 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 20 branches throughout the Diocese with approximately 340 members, 6 Lone members and 2 Life members. We 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 AAW 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.

AAW is affiliated to 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 of AAW. AAW groups have representatives who attend NCW meetings in their areas.

AAW 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 helps them in their daily lives but also in Parish life, with nurturing Christian family life, pastoral visiting and outreaching into the community. Some AAW members take an active part in ministry work or other work on Diocesan, regional or community committees.


If you wish to find out more please contact one of the Executive members listed below.

President: Anne Gover
4 Lennox Street
Gore 9710
Ph: (03) 208 5235
Immediate Past President: Margaret McLanachan
109 Forfar Street
Dunedin 9011
Ph: (03) 453 0131
Secretary: Annette Ainge
33 Takitimu Street
Gore 9710
Ph: (03) 208 9877
Treasurer: Eleanor Groves4B Elsie Street                      Gore 9710 Ph:(03) 208 4027
Chaplain:  Rev’d Angela Dutton
PO Box 249
Gore 9740
Ph:(03) 208 7366
Overseas and Outreach:  Alison Crawford2 Swan StreetGore 9710 Ph:        (03) 208 5203Email:
Social Concerns:  Megan Odgers55 Mornington RoadBalaclavaDunedin 9011 Ph:        (03) 453 6314Email:
Circle Distributor:   Kensie Sutton
26 Hart Street
Dunedin 9011
Ph: (03) 477 6276
Publicity:   Anne Gover
4 Lennox Street
Gore 9710
Ph: (03) 208 5235

Area   Representatives:

Dunedin: Margaret Tegg
1 Colquhoun Street
Dunedin 9011
Ph:(03) 476 4505
Southland: Robin Speden11 Pukaki StreetGore 9710 Ph:        (03) 208 3548Email:
North Otago:   Judy Goodall
Short Street
Maheno RD6
Oamaru 9495
Ph:(03) 439 5717
Central   Otago - contacts Queenstown: 
Alexandra:   Liz Duggan
30 Ventry Street
Alexandra 9320
Ph: (03) 448 7435
Synod Representatives:           Margaret McLanachan and Eleanor Groves
Diocesan Office:   Debbie Flintoff
P.O. Box 13170
Green Island
Dunedin, 9052
Ph: (03) 488 0820
Fax 488 2038

The current theme for AAW is ‘Living Life in Faith, Fun and Fellowship’.
Goals and our Vision
1] Outreach within the parish and community: visiting our elderly and infirm. Music and Movement Groups for pre-schoolers. Supporting Food Banks, Anglican Family Care.
2] Young Women’s Groups to meet socially once a month to bond; later on may lead to further church activity e.g. Sunday School teaching, flowers, needlework, cleaning and AAW.
3] Men’s Nights, inviting our husbands/partners to a pot luck tea with guest speaker, games night or just a social time.

For AAW Groups that have a more senior age group or cannot actively outreach then these goals may suit them:
1] Choose an O and O project and do something with it for the next 12 months, with follow up reports
e.g. Operation Christmas Child or Anglican Family Care.
2] Choose 1 or 2 projects from Social Concerns and go with it for the 12 months, with follow up reports
e.g. Reading to the elderly, visiting the members alone at home or in care.

It is important for us to include all groups regardless of numbers or ages. We all need to feel that we can contribute something –we are all worthy to do things for the Lord and we are all able to PRAY. It is also important for us, as part of our first aim to participate in the mission of the Church.

Diocese of Dunedin Prayer Cycle
Dear Lord,
You have given us a special calling,
The call to pray for each other’s needs.
Bless those who are named on our Prayer Cycle today.
Thank you that we can unite each day in prayer. Amen.

Groups please use this special Prayer Cycle and pray for those shown each day of the month.

2-5 October 2015 at Tolcarne Boarding Residence, St Hilda’s

If you haven’t registered yet don’t miss this opportunity.  Registration forms have been sent to all dioceses in NZ and Polynesia.  If you don’t have a form please contact and a form will be emailed to you.
Margaret McLanachan, our Provincial President, and her team have organised an amazing programme with speakers and workshops that will appeal to you.  The conference runs from mid-afternoon Friday to lunch time Monday, but if you are not able to be there for the whole conference [full board is $300] there is opportunity for casual attendance with daily rates that give the option of including meals or not including meals.

Margaret’s theme for the next three years is ‘Grow in Discipleship, Dreams and Dedication’ and this theme begins at the 2015 Conference.

Because our diocese is hosting this conference I hope that we will have representation from all our diocesan groups and even if your parish does not have an AAW group you would be most welcome to attend.

I look forward to seeing many of you in October