President's Message

Release Date: 
Sunday, 6 September, 2020
Dr. Susan Iwamura
Auckland Area PPSEAWA group

Kia ora PPSEAWA Hawaii,

I was delighted to join the first post-lockdown (Level 4) meeting of PPSEAWA NZ Auckland Area Group. We were all happy to be able to see each other after weeks of staying home. With two of their members, I went to the annual meeting of UN Women Aotearoa NZ. As always, presentations and discussion were inspiring.

Like all of you in Hawaii, we have been in and out of various lockdown levels. Right now we just left Level 3 and are in Level 2.5. Masks are mandatory on public transport (bus, ferry) but optional elsewhere. Restrictions continue on size of gatherings.

While we in the US just celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, New Zealand honored their 127th year on September 18.

I hope you and your families are doing well in these challenging times. Mahalo to Millie and Ulrike for continuing our newsletter. As long as we keep in touch with each other, we know we will gather again when conditions permit.

Here they say “Kia Kaha.” I have seen several translations—all are meaningful: Keep safe/Stay strong/Be kind.

Aloha, Susan

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