Story: Women’s networks and clubs

Mt Maunganui Lionesses

Mt Maunganui Lionesses

In 2006 the Mt Maunganui Lionesses dressed up for a walking event to raise public awareness of breast cancer. Lionesses clubs began in New Zealand in 1976 as adjuncts to the men-only Lions service clubs, and raised money for a range of community causes. When in 1991 the women were given the option of joining the Lions, some Lionesses clubs chose to keep their separate status.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Women’s networks and clubs - Women’s service organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2018